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The New Development Agenda

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The Sustainable Development Goals, recently agreed at the UN, will guide global development efforts for the next 15 years. Will the new agenda replicate the success of the just-completed Millennium Development Goals, or do the SDGs ask too much of developing countries?

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  1. A Fish Called Development
    Lung fish.

    A Fish Called Development

    Oct 1, 2015 Oby Ezekwesili, et al. urge leaders to eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies at the WTO meeting in December.

  2. Leaving Our Children Nothing
    Portrait of a young girl.

    Leaving Our Children Nothing

    Sep 30, 2015 Johan Rockström wants to leave our descendants no poverty, no greenhouse-gas emissions, and no biodiversity loss.

  3. The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development
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    The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

    Sep 18, 2015 Jeffrey D. Sachs, et al. cite new technologies that can help meet long-term education, health, and poverty-reduction goals.

  4. Securing a Sustainable Future
    Flood water in Sylhet City Md. Akhlas Uddin/ZumaPress

    Securing a Sustainable Future

    Sep 16, 2015 Gro Harlem Brundtland & Graça Machel warn world leaders that climate change could erase progress toward development goals.

  5. Unsustainable Development Goals
    Typhoon in china Xu Yu/ZumaPress

    Unsustainable Development Goals

    Sep 15, 2015 Bjørn Lomborg calls the UN's Agenda for Sustainable Development the missed opportunity of a generation.

  6. Another Great Leap Forward for Development
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    Another Great Leap Forward for Development

    Aug 27, 2015 Javier Solana underscores the universality of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    Resentment on the Western Front

    Sławomir Sierakowski thinks the Polish public needs a more open and honest conversation about refugees before resentment spirals.
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    Crypto’s Well-Worn Path to Crisis

    Xavier Vives writes that, despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of FTX’s collapse was established long ago.
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    The Unavoidable Crash

    Nouriel Roubini anticipates a stagflationary debt crisis, owing to a dangerous combination of inflation and over-borrowing.
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    War Over Taiwan?

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. considers whether a deterrence arrangement that has worked for 50 years is still sufficient.
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    The Contested Fed

    James Livingston

    By all accounts, central banks – particularly the Fed, because the dollar is still the world’s dominant currency – already act as investment authorities. But their recent bailouts have exacerbated economic inequality, and have done little or nothing to address climate change.

    reviews three books that, each in its own way, reveal a central truth about the world’s leading central bank.
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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

    Bill Emmott

    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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