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326 commentaries, Updated on 17 Jul 2024

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

  1. Adekeye Adebajo Africa’s Hobbled Hegemons
  2. Linguère Mously Mbaye Rethinking How to Address Irregular Migration from Africa
  3. Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani, et al. Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity
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60 commentaries, Updated on 17 Jul 2024

Project Syndicate commentaries on the conflict in Gaza following the October 7, 2023, Hamas attacks on Israel.

  1. Shlomo Ben-Ami Israel Is Enabling Iran’s War of Attrition
  2. Dmitry Muratov, et al. Restore the Olympic Peace
  3. Raja Khalidi The Financial Destruction of Palestine
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92 commentaries, Updated on 16 Jul 2024

Project Syndicate commentaries on the issues and trends shaping the biggest global election year in history.

  1. Shang-Jin Wei Will Trump Benefit from the Attempt on His Life?
  2. Mariana Mazzucato, et al. What Labour Needs to Succeed
  3. Mattia Ferraresi The Trump Shooting Reveals the Hallmarks of American Political Violence
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133 commentaries, Updated on 12 Jul 2024

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

  1. Natalia Kanem Supporting Sexual and Reproductive Health Is Good Business
  2. Titir Bhattacharya, et al. Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?
  3. Dolika Banda Investing in African Women Will Yield Outsize Returns
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33 commentaries, Updated on 24 Jun 2024

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

  1. Jordan Bleicher, et al. The Geopolitical Imperative to Upgrade the Dollar
  2. Agustín Carstens, et al. The Rise of the Finternet
  3. Mariana Mazzucato, et al. Central Banks in a Cashless World
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92 commentaries, Updated on 11 Jul 2024

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. Mary Robinson Rich Countries Must Meet Their Biodiversity Financing Pledges
  2. Mia Amor Mottley, et al. What Climate-Vulnerable Developing Countries Need Right Now
  3. Justina Nixon-Saintil AI Holds the Key to Resilient Cities
Putin's War on Ukraine

446 commentaries, Updated on 15 Jul 2024

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. Dmitry Muratov, et al. Restore the Olympic Peace
  2. Joseph E. Stiglitz, et al. The Way Forward for Ukraine’s Economy
  3. Ana Palacio The Putin-Kim Pact Is an Opportunity for the West
The Light Bulb

60 commentaries, Updated on 21 Jun 2024

In The New Enlightenment, Project Syndicate, in partnership with The New Institute, brings together leading experts, academics, practitioners, and pol…

  1. James Livingston Two Cheers for Identity Politics
  2. Mariana Mazzucato The Economics of Health for All
  3. Mariana Mazzucato, et al. Governments Must Shape AI’s Future
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49 commentaries, Updated on 15 Jul 2024

Activists, campaigners, and other experts consider how to support freedom, justice, and human dignity globally.

  1. Gordon Brown What to Do About the Taliban’s Gender Apartheid
  2. Abdullah Gül The Case for Optimism in the Muslim World
  3. Lilja Dögg Alfreðsdóttir How to Close the Gender Wage Gap
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100 commentaries, Updated on 9 Jul 2024

PS commentators consider how to seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks created by artificial intelligence.

  1. Dambisa Moyo Where Will the AI Super Cycle Lead?
  2. Ylli Bajraktari AI-Augmented Disinformation Is NATO’s New Battlefield
  3. Diane Coyle The Digital Economy’s Growing Time Tax
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240 commentaries, Updated on 16 Jul 2024

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

  1. Steve Pincus The King of the Americans
  2. Chris Patten Can Democracy Win in 2024?
  3. Susan Stokes Inequality Spurs Democratic Backsliding
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135 commentaries, Updated on 29 May 2024

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

  1. Antonio Zappulla To Protect Democracy, Protect Exiled Journalists
  2. Jodie Ginsberg Our Freedoms Depend on Press Freedom
  3. Carsten Brosda Must Democratizing the Media Be Bad for Democracy?
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    Africa’s Hobbled Hegemons

    Adekeye Adebajo

    In the face of regional turmoil, rising extremism, and heightened geopolitical tensions, Africa urgently needs strong leadership. But its two most significant regional powers, Nigeria and South Africa, are too constrained by domestic challenges to represent Africa’s interests effectively on the world stage.

    examines the causes of political and economic malaise in Nigeria and South Africa.
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    The US Needs a Techno-Industrial Strategy

    Liza Tobin & Addis Goldman outline a three-pronged approach that would entrench American leadership in advanced industries.
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    The Fed Should Not Cut Interest Rates Yet

    Michael R. Strain argues that declaring victory over inflation, while tempting, would be to misread current economic conditions.
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    Preparing for a Future of Extreme Heat Waves

    Renzo R. Guinto urges political leaders to place resilience at the heart of housing, transport, and water policies.
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    Israel Is Enabling Iran’s War of Attrition

    Shlomo Ben-Ami thinks that Binyamin Netanyahu and his messianic allies are hastening the destruction of the Jewish state.
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    Unlocking IMF Reform

    Barry Eichengreen

    Sketching a reform agenda for the International Monetary Fund is easy; implementing reform is hard. It will require, among other things, the US to give up its veto in the institution, and China to assume more responsibility for global stability and the problems of other economies.

    writes that the key is a governance overhaul combined with a renewed focus on the Fund’s core mission.
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    The King of the Americans

    Steve Pincus observes that the US Supreme Court has given the president powers denied to English monarchs since James II.
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    Will Trump Benefit from the Attempt on His Life?

    Shang-Jin Wei draws parallels between the attack on Trump and the incident that swayed the 2004 Taiwanese election.
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    Fighting Climate Change Requires a Different Mindset

    Sonia Guajajara thinks the rest of the world can learn a lot from how indigenous peoples relate to nature.

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