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America’s Turbulent Transition

22 commentaries, Updated on 18 Jan 2021

On January 20, Joe Biden will succeed Donald Trump as US president with America’s democratic constitutional order under its greatest strain since the … read more

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Rule of Law

16 commentaries, Updated on 10 Dec 2020

Project Syndicate commentaries on rule-of-law issues around the world.

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Value in the Age of AI

36 commentaries, Updated on 12 May 2020

Much has been written about Big Data, artificial intelligence, and automation. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will have far-reaching implications fo… read more

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Our Planet, Our Future

11 commentaries, Updated on 16 Oct 2020

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… read more

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The US Election

76 commentaries, Updated on 18 Dec 2020

As the United States confronts what is possibly its most consequential election of modern times, PS commentators examine its economic, political, soci… read more

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Visionary Voices

165 commentaries, Updated on 14 Jan 2021

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

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The COVID-19 Crisis

614 commentaries, Updated on 18 Jan 2021

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

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Education: The Brain Gain

100 commentaries, Updated on 17 Aug 2020

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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Reinhart to the World Bank

11 commentaries, Updated on 15 May 2020

PS congratulates Carmen M. Reinhart, a contributor since 2014, on her appointment to serve as the World Bank's vice president and chief economist.

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Trump, Trade, and China

100 commentaries, Updated on 20 Jan 2020

The biggest cloud hanging over the world economy is the incipient trade war with China launched by US President Donald Trump. But with America’s closes… read more

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Press Released

86 commentaries, Updated on 21 Dec 2020

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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ps25

51 commentaries, Updated on 4 Mar 2019

Project Syndicate celebrates its 25th anniversary with PS 25, a collection of our hardest-hitting commentaries so far.

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Future Cities

31 commentaries, Updated on 24 Sep 2019

Half of the world’s population live in cities, and that share is growing rapidly. How can cities expand, maintain services and communities, and be envi… read more

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Solutions for Sustainable Development

32 commentaries, Updated on 26 Sep 2019

Efforts to combat climate change through sustainable development are as complex as they are important for the future of humanity. With US President Donald T… read more

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The African Century

177 commentaries, Updated on 29 Oct 2020

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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Havel Lives

23 commentaries, Updated on 3 Feb 2012

December 18 marks the first anniversary of the death of Václav Havel – playwright, dissident, president, giant of the twentieth and twenty-first centu… read more

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Their Faintest Hour

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2 commentaries, Updated on 26 Jul 2019

With Boris Johnson’s improbable ascendance as Britain’s new prime minister, the absurdity of British politics in the age of Brexit has plumbed new dep… read more

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Lagarde to the ECB

10 commentaries, Updated on 24 Jan 2018

PS congratulates Christine Lagarde, a contributor since 2009, on her nomination to serve as president of the European Central Bank. In this collection… read more

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    A COVID Genocide in the Americas?

    Federico Finchelstein & Jason Stanley

    Just as political leaders like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro have forced a reckoning about the historical persistence of fascist politics, so have their disastrous responses to the COVID-19 pandemic renewed the relevance of the concept of genocide. How else are we to come to grips with so many culpably avoidable deaths?

    call for a debate on the historical and moral implications of the Brazilian and US pandemic responses.
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    Merkel Minus Angela

    Josef Joffe

    Armin Laschet's surprise victory in the CDU leadership contest makes him the front-runner to become Germany's next chancellor, but it doesn't guarantee him the job. Laschet will need to defeat Markus Söder, the ambitious and politically flexible leader of the CDU's Bavarian sister party. 

    appraises Armin Laschet, who is now the odds-on favorite to become the country's next chancellor.
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