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313 commentaries, Updated on 25 Jan 2023

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. Nina L. Khrushcheva Assassinated Are the Peacemakers?
  2. Joschka Fischer Europe Transformed
  3. Carl Bildt Post-Putin Possibilities
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112 commentaries, Updated on 25 Jan 2023

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

  1. Richard K. Sherwin Patriots in Name Only
  2. Richard Haass The World’s Stake in American Democracy
  3. Sławomir Sierakowski Russian Aggression Is Undermining Populism
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875 commentaries, Updated on 18 Jan 2023

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

  1. William A. Haseltine Breathing Life Back into COVID Prevention
  2. Ian Buruma China’s Autocracy in Crisis
  3. Nancy Qian China’s Brutal COVID Winter
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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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94 commentaries, Updated on 20 Dec 2022

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

  1. Olga Speranskaya, et al. Who’s Ready to Fight Plastic Pollution?
  2. Sheila Kohanteb To Curb Global Violence, America Should Look Within
  3. Jayati Ghosh India’s Self-Inflicted Economic Catastrophe
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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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267 commentaries, Updated on 25 Jan 2023

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

  1. Rabah Arezki The Multilateral Financing Paradox
  2. Nana Akufo-Addo, et al. Global Education Has Reached a Tipping Point
  3. Rabah Arezki Egypt’s Economic Crisis Is a Golden Opportunity
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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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273 commentaries, Updated on 27 Jan 2023

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

  1. Carlos Lopes Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit
  2. Rabah Arezki The Multilateral Financing Paradox
  3. Maximo Torero The Second Green Revolution Will Be Digitized
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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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    A Subsidy War Without Winners

    Andrés Velasco calls on policymakers to avoid petty conflicts and work together to encourage green investments.
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    Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy

    Taniguchi Tomohiko explains how the government’s ambitious defense agenda expands on the late prime minister’s ideas.
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    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.
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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.
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    Realism About Techno-Optimism

    Gernot Wagner laments that public debate about climate solutions is long on political grandstanding and short on nuance.

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