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The African Century

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  1. arezki18_MARCO LONGARIAFP via Getty Image_africarenewable Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

    Africa’s Shifting Economic Paradigm

    Rabah Arezki urges policymakers to pursue reforms to promote competition and boost domestic consumption.
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    The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance

    Bogolo Kenewendo argues that Africa has the ideas, ambition, and capacity to implement green solutions – just not the funding.
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    A Marshall Plan for Africa

    Colin Coleman calls on the G20 to help accelerate economic growth and promote human development on the continent.
  4. adebajo2_OUSMANE MAKAVELIAFP via Getty Images_ecowas Ousmane Makaveli/AFP via Getty Images

    West Africa’s Brexit Moment Could Fuel Regional Turmoil

    Adekeye Adebajo highlights five key challenges facing policymakers as they try to contain the crisis in the Sahel.
  5. mohieldin31_MOHAMED ABDIWAHABAFP via Getty Images_somaliafisherman Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP via Getty Images

    Somalia Has Turned a Corner

    Mahmoud Mohieldin & Abdulqafar Abdullahi applaud the country's success in implementing difficult reforms, and identify challenges ahead.
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    The Conceptual Roots of the Global South’s Debt Crisis

    Ndongo Samba Sylla argues that developing countries’ current distress is partly the result of some dominant economic beliefs.
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    Africa Needs an Entrepreneurial Boom

    Hippolyte Fofack argues that supporting local industrial enterprises could help reduce the continent’s import dependency.
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    An African Success Story for Development Finance

    Akihiko Nishio & Victoria Kwakwa highlight the effectiveness of the concessional lending provided by the International Development Association.
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    How to Make Green Hydrogen Work for Africa

    Amos Wemanya argues that the industry must be developed in a way that puts the continent’s interests first.
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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
  2. ito35_KAZUHIRO NOGIAFP via Getty Images_jpan economy KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images

    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.
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    A Stablecoin Pilot in China?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng see an opportunity in Hong Kong’s efforts to establish a regulatory regime for issuers of the cryptoasset.
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    The War for the West

    Ivan Krastev interviewed by Sławomir Sierakowski

    Although the events of the last two years amount to a clear strategic failure for Russian President Vladimir Putin, it is equally clear that the West became overly confident after Ukraine's battlefield successes in 2022. Now, a strategic re-calibration may be in order.

    about the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges facing Western democracies in a changing world.
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    An Antidote to the Polarization Poison

    Ngaire Woods suggests how policymakers can foster a sense of solidarity among people of different political creeds.
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    How America’s CHIPS Act Hurts Taiwan

    Chang-Tai Hsieh, et al. worry that US inducements are luring the world’s top semiconductor manufacturer down a dead end.
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    Will the US Economy Drive Global Growth this Year?

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Despite rosy forecasts, the US economy faces powerful headwinds that call into question its ability to serve as the world’s main growth driver. These challenges are compounded by domestic and geopolitical uncertainties that have not been reflected in market valuations and economic assessments.

    explains why economists and investors are far too optimistic about America’s near-term prospects.
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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.

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