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.

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The Future of Europe

47 commentaries, Updated on 8 Jan 2019

After the election of President Emmanuel Macron in France and the return of a centrist grand coalition government in Germany, many hoped that the Franco-German ax… read more

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Trump, Trade, and China

60 commentaries, Updated on 15 Jan 2019

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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The African Century

94 commentaries, Updated on 7 Jan 2019

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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Future Cities

24 commentaries, Updated on 12 Dec 2018

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

Press Released

47 commentaries, Updated on 11 Dec 2018

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


The 2018 United Nations General Assembly

23 commentaries, Updated on 1 Oct 2018

At the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly this year, the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 and global public health are among the top issu… read more

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Kofi A. Annan, 1938-2018

7 commentaries, Updated on 16 Feb 2018

Kofi A. Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations (1997-2006) and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was one of the greatest diplomats of our time. Un… read more

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Vladimir Voinovich: 1932-2018

2 commentaries, Updated on 29 Jun 2010

Vladimir Voinovich, perhaps the last of the great Soviet dissident writers, has died at age 85, having outlived the regime that sent him into exile. V… read more

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The Trump-Kim Summit

19 commentaries, Updated on 20 Jun 2018

As the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un approaches, the North Korean leader continues to surprise the international community, most recent… read more

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Education: The Brain Gain

94 commentaries, Updated on 11 Oct 2018

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 Syrian Quagmire

10 commentaries, Updated on 23 Apr 2018

The world’s attention is drawn to Syria seemingly only when Syrian troops drive rebel forces from another town or city, or attack civilians using chemical w… read more

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Visionary Voices topic

66 commentaries, Updated on 3 Jan 2019

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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DEBATE: America Bashing or Facing the Facts?

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  • Bjorn Lomborg accuses a recent report on the Sustainable Development Goals, led by Jeffrey D. Sachs, of selling short efforts by the US, which accounts for …
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Peter Sutherland, 1946-2018

28 commentaries, Updated on 12 Sep 2016

Peter Sutherland, EU Commissioner, Irish Attorney General, first head of the World Trade Organization, and a long-time contributor to Project Syndicat… read more

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China Bytes Back

5 commentaries, Updated on 26 Dec 2017

With 42% of global e-commerce, 11 times more mobile payments than in the United States, one-third of the world’s most successful tech start-ups, and P… read more

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Should We Worry About Debt?

5 commentaries, Updated on 18 Dec 2017

The IMF recently warned China that four-fifths of its banks need more capital, while the Trump administration’s tax plan threatens to explode the US budget deficit. Is … read more

Murdoch's Last Stand?

5 commentaries, Updated on 21 Aug 2017

Rupert Murdoch’s sale of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets to Disney for $66 billion may mark the end of the media mogul’s career, which will long be remembered for its… read more

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Default Lines

4 commentaries, Updated on 30 Nov 2017

Sovereign finances survived the global recession, just barely in some cases, but now Puerto Rico and Venezuela are insolvent. 

While the reasons for the… read more

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