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Most Read of 2015

10 commentaries

The year that just ended witnessed an extraordinary array of economic and political challenges, including disunion in Europe, decelerating Chinese growth, and deepening turmoil in the Middle East. Understand what happened – and what to expect – with the year's ten most-read Project Syndicate commentaries.

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  1. The Trans-Pacific Free-Trade Charade
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    The Trans-Pacific Free-Trade Charade

    Oct 2, 2015 Joseph E. Stiglitz & Adam S. Hersh warn that the biggest regional trade and investment agreement in history is not what it seems.

  2. Economists vs. Economics
    Paul Krugman Panayiotis Tzamaros/ZumaPress

    Economists vs. Economics

    Sep 10, 2015 Dani Rodrik examines the recent wave of criticism of the discipline by its leading figures.

  3. Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy
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    Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy

    Jun 29, 2015 Joseph E. Stiglitz explains what is really at stake in this weekend’s referendum.

  4. The Liquidity Time Bomb
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    The Liquidity Time Bomb

    May 31, 2015 Nouriel Roubini warns that policy measures to reduce short-term market volatility have increased long-term risk.

  5. The Education Myth
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    The Education Myth

    May 31, 2015 Ricardo Hausmann pours cold water on the idea that more and better schooling leads to rapid and inclusive growth.

  6. How Scary Is the Bond Market?
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    How Scary Is the Bond Market?

    Mar 16, 2015 Robert J. Shiller reminds us that crashes are relatively rare, and that contagion is unprecedented.

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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.
  2. fischer215_Mostafa AlkharoufAnadolu via Getty Images_tel aviv iran attack Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu via Getty Images

    The Gaza War Goes Global

    Joschka Fischer

    The escalating war in the Middle East must be understood in a broader context. The fact that the Iranian regime felt emboldened to risk a direct strike on Israel attests to a changing world order in which Western power is increasingly open to challenge.

    considers the implications of Iran’s unprecedented decision to launch a direct strike on Israeli territory.
  3. nyirinkindi1_ISAAC KASAMANIAFP via Getty Images_women phone fintech ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP via Getty Images

    Gender-Neutral Fintech Isn’t Working for Women

    Emmanuel Nyirinkindi & Jessica Schnabel show that the industry is not fully delivering on its promise to accelerate financial inclusion.
  4. evans72_Alex WongGetty Images_palestine statehood Alex Wong/Getty Images

    The Urgency of Palestinian Statehood

    Gareth Evans explains why formal international recognition is crucial to ending the intolerable status quo.
  5. schiffrin10_Mark WilsonGetty Images_journalists Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    Quality Journalism Is More Important than Ever

    Anya Schiffrin, et al. explain how policymakers can support rigorous, objective reporting, just as they provide other public goods.
  6. wei60_MANJUNATH KIRANAFP via Getty Images_india population MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP via Getty Images

    Is India’s Economy Overhyped?

    Shang-Jin Wei argues that the country’s rapid development, while undeniable, conceals deeper structural problems.
  7. krake1_Celal GunesAnadolu via Getty Images_spring meetings Celal Gunes/Anadolu via Getty Images

    Negotiating a Bigger, Better World Bank

    Michael Krake & Wempi Saputra explain how a new framework will nudge countries to invest in projects that deliver global public goods.
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    The Ozone Layer’s Recovery Shows How to Protect the Planet

    Robert Redford & Xiye Bastida highlight the critical role of international cooperation in preserving the planet’s habitability.
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    The Middle East Needs a Ceasefire Now

    Daoud Kuttab explains why the latest escalation could lead to a truce instead of an all-out military showdown.

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