Collections of commentaries on specific issues.


A Tax Plan that’s All Stuffing?

4 commentaries, Updated on 24 Nov 2017

US President Donald Trump has set a Christmas deadline for enacting the Republican tax plan, and economic observers are virtually unanimous in judging it a … read more

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Angela Merkel’s Endgame?

3 commentaries, Updated on 24 Nov 2017

The collapse of coalition negotiations has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel facing a stark choice between forming a minority government or calling for a new el… read more

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Germany in Limbo

15 commentaries, Updated on 24 Nov 2017

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hopes of forming a new coalition government have been dashed by the withdrawal of the Free Democrats from talks, forcing he… read more


Mugabe Goes At Last

4 commentaries, Updated on 24 Nov 2017

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, has finally lost his grip on power, expected to be replaced after a military coup by the deputy he sacked, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Muga… read more

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Saudi Arabia’s Impatient Young Man

4 commentaries, Updated on 20 Nov 2017

Since his sudden elevation to crown prince and heir apparent to his father, 32-year-old Mohammed bin Salman has set about reforming the economy, purging his rivals, and asser… read more

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The African Century

45 commentaries, Updated on 20 Nov 2017

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

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Education: The Brain Gain

74 commentaries, Updated on 20 Nov 2017

Education does not benefit only its recipients; it has a profound impact on national economic outcomes. Poor educational performance may be a determin… read more

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The Arms Race in Cyberspace

4 commentaries, Updated on 17 Nov 2017

A rash of hacks, leaks, and ransomware attacks by Russia, North Korea, and other hostile governments have raised the alarm in Western capitals – not least because many of the… read more

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Toxic Social Media

16 commentaries, Updated on 17 Nov 2017

Evidence that Russia has used social media to spread fake news is emerging in Britain and Europe, in addition to the United States. Writers for Project Syndi… read more

DEBATE: Can Nation-States Have It All?

2 commentaries, Updated on 14 Nov 2017

National sovereignty, democracy, and globalization are goals that many believe are worth fighting for. But is it really possible to have all three at once?

  • Harvard’s Dani Rodrik …
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Targeting Central Bank Independence

4 commentaries, Updated on 13 Nov 2017

When central banks’ primary role was to maintain price stability, freeing them from political meddling ensured the credibility they needed to achieve their mandate. But in the wake of monetary policymakers’ mas… read more

Press Released

18 commentaries, Updated on 10 Nov 2017

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility by US President Donald Trump, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey, a… read more

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What Role for Germany

4 commentaries, Updated on 9 Nov 2017

With Chancellor Angela Merkel’s negotiations over a new government dragging on, Germany’s de facto leadership role in Europe hangs in the balance. Will a coal… read more

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The Future of Homo Economicus

4 commentaries, Updated on 8 Nov 2017

The 2008 global financial crisis undermined the widespread belief that economics is akin to the natural sciences, with supposedly immutable laws enabling accurate prediction. One result of this reckoning is that more economists are em… read more

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The Trumping of Asia

3 commentaries, Updated on 6 Nov 2017

Donald Trump’s first  trip as president to Asia, where he has unnerved US allies and adversaries alike, will be dominated by the North Korean nuclear crisis.  As that crisis has become by far the gravest threat to regi… read more

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Big Tech Crunch

4 commentaries, Updated on 6 Nov 2017

Last week, lawyers for Facebook, Google and Twitter confronted a virtual inquisition by US senators incensed by the role the tech giants played in Rus… read more

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Reserving Judgment on Powell

4 commentaries, Updated on 6 Nov 2017

The sigh of relief that has greeted US President Donald Trump’s selection of Jerome Powell to chair the US Federal Reserve Board may be premature. Certainly, the fact t… read more

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America Bashing or Facing the Facts?

0 commentaries, Updated on 3 Nov 2017


Bjorn Lomborg accuses a recent report on the Sustainable Development Goals, led by Jeffrey D. Sachs, of selling short efforts by the US, which accoun… read more

  1. China corruption Isaac Lawrence/Getty Images

    The Next Battle in China’s War on Corruption

    • Chinese President Xi Jinping knows well the threat that corruption poses to the authority of the Communist Party of China and the state it controls. 
    • But moving beyond Xi's anti-corruption purge to build robust and lasting anti-graft institutions will not be easy, owing to enduring opportunities for bureaucratic capture.
  2. Italy unemployed demonstration SalvatoreEsposito/Barcroftimages / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

    Putting Europe’s Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

    Across the European Union, millions of people who are willing and able to work have been unemployed for a year or longer, at great cost to social cohesion and political stability. If the EU is serious about stopping the rise of populism, it will need to do more to ensure that labor markets are working for everyone.

  3. Latin America market Federico Parra/Getty Images

    A Belt and Road for the Americas?

    In a time of global uncertainty, a vision of “made in the Americas” prosperity provides a unifying agenda for the continent. If implemented, the US could reassert its historical leadership among a group of countries that share its fundamental values, as well as an interest in inclusive economic growth and rising living standards.

  4. Startup office Mladlen Antonov/Getty Images

    How Best to Promote Research and Development

    Clearly, there is something appealing about a start-up-based innovation strategy: it feels democratic, accessible, and so California. But it is definitely not the only way to boost research and development, or even the main way, and it is certainly not the way most major innovations in the US came about during the twentieth century.

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    Preparing for the Trump Trade Wars

    In the first 11 months of his presidency, Donald Trump has failed to back up his words – or tweets – with action on a variety of fronts. But the rest of the world's governments, and particularly those in Asia and Europe, would be mistaken to assume that he won't follow through on his promised "America First" trade agenda.