Big Picture

The Big Picture brings together 4-5 Project Syndicate commentaries not just on topics in the news, but also on the deeper issues driving the news. Thanks to the unique resources available to the world’s largest provider of original, high-quality commentary, with the Big Picture, readers quickly gain the insights of diverse, authoritative perspectives on critical global events and challenges. The Big Picture surrounds a topic – from unrest in Iran and US tax reform to green finance and the broader sustainability agenda – with curated presentations featuring the world’s leading thinkers, practitioners, policymakers, and statesmen, providing an immediate, yet comprehensive view of the day’s most urgent news and issues.


The Syrian Tinderbox

5 commentaries, Updated on 23 Feb 2018

As the conflict in Syria approaches its eighth year, the Islamic State has been all but uprooted, yet President Bashar al-Assad's regime remains firmly in p… read more


Federalism vs. the Feds

3 commentaries, Updated on 22 Feb 2018

“States’ rights,” once the rallying cry of Southern racists hostile to federally-madated civil-rights measures, is now being used – particularly by the wealthiest… read more

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Can Multilateral Leadership Fill the Trumpian Void?

4 commentaries, Updated on 22 Feb 2018

After a year in which US President Donald Trump renounced many of America's global leadership commitments, the post-war international order remains intact, … read more

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South Africa After Zuma

4 commentaries, Updated on 19 Feb 2018

President Jacob Zuma has at last been replaced by ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa, raising hopes that the country will close a chapter marked by corruption and economic failure.&n… read more

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Democracy Fights Back

5 commentaries, Updated on 19 Feb 2018

The indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 US election through social media and other channels comes amid reports that Rick Gates, a former adviser to President Donald Trump,… read more

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The Coming Trump Tariffs

5 commentaries, Updated on 19 Feb 2018

The US Commerce Department has invoked national security concerns to justify a range of proposed protectionist measures against China and others. 

Is Pr… read more

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The New and Old Challenges to Security

3 commentaries, Updated on 16 Feb 2018

Heads of state and military leaders attending this year's Munich Security Conference are meeting at a time when the threats to global and Western security are more dive… read more

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Toward a European Monetary Fund?

4 commentaries, Updated on 14 Feb 2018

For eurozone reformers, the current period of synchronized growth is an ideal time to push ahead with deeper integration, starting with a transformation of the Eu… read more


How Hungry Is the Bear?

9 commentaries, Updated on 13 Feb 2018

The sell-off in US stock markets is starting to give the rest of the world the jitters. 

If investors are finally beginning to accept what economists ha… read more


The Winter Olympic Diplomatic Games

3 commentaries, Updated on 12 Feb 2018

The show that really matters in Pyegonchang is the peninsular dance between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in. 

Could the North’s surpr… read more


Is the World Bank Losing Its Way?

4 commentaries, Updated on 12 Feb 2018

The World Bank is changing direction under its president, Jim Yong Kim, turning to Wall Street to invest in infrastructure projects in poor economies instead of lobbyin… read more

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An Olympic Thaw?

2 commentaries, Updated on 9 Feb 2018

North Korea’s surprise decision to take part in the Winter Olympic Games, which kick off next week in PyeongChang, South Korea, has raised hopes that … read more

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The Balance of Soft Power

3 commentaries, Updated on 7 Feb 2018

Under President Donald Trump, the United States has largely abdicated its global leadership role, and ceded much ground to an increasingly ambitious China.&… read more

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The Trump Slump?

5 commentaries, Updated on 6 Feb 2018

A week that began with Donald Trump once again claiming credit for US economic performance ended with the S&P 500 falling nearly 4%. Have Trump’s deficit-stoking … read more


Volkswagen’s Monkey Business

6 commentaries, Updated on 5 Feb 2018

Volkswagen is again making headlines for the wrong reasons, this time for subjecting people and animals to exhaust fume tests.  What lies behind the litany of scan… read more

The Rise and Fall of Bitcoin?

5 commentaries, Updated on 5 Feb 2018

Bitcoin investors’ fortunes have soared and plummeted in recent months. 

But how concerned about the economic role and impact of cryptocurrencies should the r… read more

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A Lifeline for Petrostates?

5 commentaries, Updated on 1 Feb 2018

Until recently, slow global growth and massive shale-gas production in North America was driving down energy prices and forcing oil-exporting countrie… read more


Lessons from Davos

4 commentaries, Updated on 30 Jan 2018

Donald Trump was, no surprise, the star attraction at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he sought to make his “America Fir… read more