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297 commentaries, Updated on 30 Nov 2022

Russia has failed to achieve the quick victory in Ukraine for which it apparently hoped, but a prolonged war of attrition would amount to a different …

  1. Simon Johnson Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner
  2. Nancy Qian Post-War Reconstruction Is a Good Investment
  3. Sławomir Sierakowski The Rocket Attack That Wasn’t
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100 commentaries, Updated on 29 Nov 2022

Project Syndicate commentaries on the growing threats to liberal democracy, open societies, and the rule of law around the world.

  1. Jason Stanley Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda
  2. Jan-Werner Mueller What Makes a Fascist?
  3. Laura Tyson, et al. What a Republican US Congress Would Mean
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867 commentaries, Updated on 28 Nov 2022

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, PS commentators assess its implications for the economy, propose policy responses, and consider what might – and sho…

  1. S. Alex Yang, et al. No Easy Exit from Zero-COVID
  2. Mariana Mazzucato, et al. The World Is Still Failing at Pandemic Preparedness and Response
  3. Ebere Okereke, et al. Making the Most of Africa’s Pandemic Dividend
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14 commentaries, Updated on 21 Mar 2022

As the world changes rapidly, so does the nature of the risks we face. Yet our models for mitigating security threats have largely failed to keep up. …

  1. Lolwah Al-Khater, et al. Building the Green-Recovery Consensus
  2. Kemal Derviş, et al. Will Ukraine's Tragedy Spur UN Security Council Reform?
  3. Thitinan Pongsudhirak Southeast Asia's New-Old Cold War
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47 commentaries, Updated on 13 Sep 2022

As former Irish President Mary Robinson and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu pointed out nearly a decade ago, “climate change is a matter of ju…

  1. Hindou Ibrahim The Best Way to Preserve Nature Is Also the Fairest
  2. Mo Ibrahim What Climate Justice Means for Africa
  3. Laura Chinchilla Miranda The Varieties of Climate Inequality
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92 commentaries, Updated on 20 Oct 2022

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Project Syndicate is highlighting a selection of insightful commentaries written by female contributors on iss…

  1. Jayati Ghosh India’s Self-Inflicted Economic Catastrophe
  2. Laura Tyson, et al. Progressive Federalism to Combat Judicial Extremism
  3. Yasmine Sherif, et al. The Taliban’s War on Women and Girls
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10 commentaries, Updated on 7 Sep 2022

In Finance of the Future, Project Syndicate, with support from Circle, brings together leading experts, innovators, regulators, and more to examine th…

  1. Tomicah Tillemann What Is Web3 Good For?
  2. David Malpass Aiding the Digital Revolution in Global Financial Inclusion
  3. Dante Alighieri Disparte Yes, Crypto Still Matters
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19 commentaries, Updated on 24 Nov 2021

In the run-up to the first-ever Nobel Prize Summit, Project Syndicate – in partnership with the Nobel Foundation, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Im…

  1. Johan Rockström, et al. Green Business After COP26
  2. Johan Rockström, et al. Deciding Humanity’s Future
  3. Bryan Doerries The Tragedy of Climate Change
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258 commentaries, Updated on 23 Nov 2022

Africa’s economic rise is a world-changing development, but the sources of its emerging strength – and lingering weaknesses – are little understood. W…

  1. Julius Maada Bio Africa’s Education Opportunity
  2. Hippolyte Fofack Fairer Green Finance
  3. Tony Blair COP27 Is About Africa and Action
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120 commentaries, Updated on 22 Nov 2022

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility from illiberal and autocratic regimes, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey,…

  1. Arzu Geybulla Facebook Is Failing Journalists
  2. Anne-Marie Slaughter, et al. Defending Democracies’ Information Infrastructure
  3. Alexander Schallenberg, et al. Defending Democracy’s Defenders
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266 commentaries, Updated on 24 Nov 2022

The challenges facing developing countries – from providing clean water to fighting infectious diseases – are jeopardizing their economic growth prospects, …

  1. Werner Hoyer, et al. Global Health Is the Best Investment We Can Make
  2. Keith Klugman A Child Killer Meets Its Match
  3. Vanessa Nakate, et al. It’s the Energy System, Stupid
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43 commentaries, Updated on 17 Oct 2022

PS commentators weigh in on the sudden collapse of the Afghan government and the return of the Taliban two decades after the group was ousted from pow…

  1. Gordon Brown, et al. Afghanistan’s Girls and Women Fight Back
  2. Carl Bildt Did the Afghan Failure Lead to the Ukraine War?
  3. Brahma Chellaney The Afghan Abyss
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell

    In a world of giants, the EU and Mercosur together represent just 10% of the world’s population and 20% of global GDP. If either wants to wield global influence, it needs the other, making the EU-Mercosur trade agreement a strategic imperative.

    urge European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.
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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.

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