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  1. adebajo8KOLA SULAIMONAFP via Getty Images_tinubu KOLA SULAIMON/AFP via Getty Images

    Africa’s Hobbled Hegemons

    Adekeye Adebajo

    In the face of regional turmoil, rising extremism, and heightened geopolitical tensions, Africa urgently needs strong leadership. But its two most significant regional powers, Nigeria and South Africa, are too constrained by domestic challenges to represent Africa’s interests effectively on the world stage.

    examines the causes of political and economic malaise in Nigeria and South Africa.
  2. lmbaye1_Manuel MedirGetty Images_africaimmigration Manuel Medir/Getty Images

    Rethinking How to Address Irregular Migration from Africa

    Linguère Mously Mbaye calls for a paradigm shift in how immigration policies are discussed, designed, and implemented.
  3. ghazouani1_YANICK FOLLYAFP via Getty Images_africachildren Yanick Folly/AFP via Getty Images

    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
  4. hichilema1_David MAREUILAnadolu AgencyGetty Images_g7 David MAREUIL/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    The G7 Cannot Afford to Ignore Africa

    Hakainde Hichilema urges the group to commit to an ambitious replenishment of the International Development Association.
  5. songwe13_Anna MoneymakerGetty Images_rutobiden Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

    A New Dawn for US-African Cooperation?

    Vera Songwe identifies three ways that the United States can ultimately help itself by helping the continent.
  6. moghalu4_Peter TitmusUCGUniversal Images Group via Getty Images_southafricashipping Peter Titmus/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
  7. ruto4_LUIS TATOAFP via Getty Images_kenyafloods Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images

    How G7 Leaders Can Unlock Financing for Africa

    William Ruto urges wealthy countries to help bring the global financial system into line with the developing world's needs.
  8. matola2_Per-Anders PetterssonGetty Images_malawi cooking Per-Anders Pettersson/Getty Images

    Clean Cooking Advances Women’s Empowerment

    Rachel Ruto outlines a gender-based strategy for improving energy access and reducing air pollution in Africa.
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    The Geopolitics of Africa’s Debt Crisis

    Anne O. Krueger urges developed countries to back efforts by the IMF and the World Bank to promote growth-enhancing reforms.
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    Europe Must Clamp Down on Russian Oil Flows Through Turkey

    Martin Vladimirov urges policymakers to close the sanctions loophole that allows the Kremlin to sell fossil fuels to the EU.
  2. mcarthur3_Michael Kappelerpicture alliance via Getty Images_SDGs Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

    Rebooting the Sustainable Development Goals

    John W. McArthur & Zia Khan urge political, business, and civil-society leaders to foster the big ideas needed to meet the 2030 targets.
  3. goldberg30_ Nikolas KokovlisNurPhoto via Getty Images_greece work week Nikolas Kokovlis/NurPhoto via Getty Images

    Is Greece’s Six-Day Work Week a Harbinger?

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg points out that the country is facing the same demographic problem as almost all advanced economies.
  4. op_gierok1_floortjeGetty Images_euro floortje/Getty Images

    The Euro and Its Imperial Ancestors

    Victoria Gierok

    At 25, the euro has come of age at a time when European politics is tending toward fragmentation and a renewed emphasis on national sovereignty. To determine whether it will last, it helps to consult the history of earlier common-currency projects.

    draws lessons from earlier experiments with common currencies across disparate polities and economies.
  5. parrado4_ERNESTO BENAVIDESAFP via Getty Images_infrastructure development ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP via Getty Images

    Overcoming Political Short-Termism in Latin America

    Eric Parrado envisions independent institutions empowered to devise and implement long-term development-related policies.
  6. salehiisfahani9_ATTA KENAREAFP via Getty Images_pezeshkianzarif Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

    Iran’s Economy Needs a New Deal with the West

    Djavad Salehi-Isfahani shows that pursuing sanctions relief is the only solution to the country's stagflation.
  7. adebajo8KOLA SULAIMONAFP via Getty Images_tinubu KOLA SULAIMON/AFP via Getty Images

    Africa’s Hobbled Hegemons

    Adekeye Adebajo

    In the face of regional turmoil, rising extremism, and heightened geopolitical tensions, Africa urgently needs strong leadership. But its two most significant regional powers, Nigeria and South Africa, are too constrained by domestic challenges to represent Africa’s interests effectively on the world stage.

    examines the causes of political and economic malaise in Nigeria and South Africa.
  8. ltobin2_Brett CoomerHouston Chronicle via Getty Images_USmanufacturingrobot Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images

    The US Needs a Techno-Industrial Strategy

    Liza Tobin & Addis Goldman outline a three-pronged approach that would entrench American leadership in advanced industries.
  9. strain29_ Bonnie CashGetty Images_powell Bonnie Cash/Getty Images

    The Fed Should Not Cut Interest Rates Yet

    Michael R. Strain argues that declaring victory over inflation, while tempting, would be to misread current economic conditions.

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