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The JFK Legacy

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President John F. Kennedy had barely served a thousand days in office when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, 50 years ago. Read Project Syndicate’s experts on how JFK’s evolving legacy continues to influence American life, politics, and foreign policy.

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  1. JFK’s Women Problem

    JFK’s Women Problem

    Nov 18, 2013 Naomi Wolf explains why JFK's reputation among American women has declined.

  2. The Kennedy Temptation

    The Kennedy Temptation

    Nov 7, 2013 Ian Buruma on the dark side of American idealism.

  3. JFK Reconsidered

    JFK Reconsidered

    Oct 31, 2013 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. looks at the real John F. Kennedy.

  4. Profiles in Peacemaking

    Profiles in Peacemaking

    Jun 27, 2013 Jeffrey D. Sachs on the lessons Barack Obama can learn from John F. Kennedy.

  5. Risking It All

    Risking It All

    Mar 7, 2013 Martin Rees on how and why nuclear deterrence worked.

  6. The Cuban Missile Crisis at 50

    The Cuban Missile Crisis at 50

    Oct 8, 2012 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. on how close the world was to nuclear war in 1962.

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    Trade Unions Can Defeat Europe’s Far Right

    Oliver Roethig explains why stronger trade unions hold the key to countering the rise of extremist parties.
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    Why Republicans Go Crawling Back to Donald Trump

    Reed Galen sees the fecklessness of figures like William Barr as proof of the sorry state of the American political class.
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    Economic Development in an Age of Great-Power Competition

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng considers developing countries’ prospects for boosting competitiveness amid rising US-China trade tensions.
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    Human Capital for the Age of Generative AI

    Simon Johnson & Eric Hazan explain how adoption of the technology could help suitably qualified workers climb the wage ladder.
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    To Fight Climate Change, Protect Healthy Soil

    Juan Lucas Restrepo & Barron Joseph Orr explain how sustainable farming practices can reverse biodiversity loss and transform our food systems.
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    How to Protect the World from the Next Pandemic

    Winnie Byanyima & Joseph E. Stiglitz envision a global accord that applies the lessons of past health crises and includes binding commitments.
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    Strict Separation Is Not the Answer for Palestine and Israel

    Yanis Varoufakis warns against a two-apartheid-state solution that affirms the dangerous principle of ethnic exclusivity.
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    Preparing Now for the Next Disease X

    Tom Achoki, et al. propose several steps governments can take to establish robust and resilient response mechanisms.
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    To Protect Democracy, Protect Exiled Journalists

    Antonio Zappulla highlights the existential threats facing independent news outlets forced to relocate by repressive regimes.

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