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 Syrian Quagmire

9 commentaries, Updated on 19 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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Trump, Trade, and China

21 commentaries, Updated on 18 Apr 2018

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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Visionary Voices topic

20 commentaries, Updated on 17 Apr 2018

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?

0 commentaries, Updated on 10 Apr 2018

  • 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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Press Released

30 commentaries, Updated on 14 Mar 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

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Peter Sutherland, 1946-2018

28 commentaries, Updated on 9 Jan 2018

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 20 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 15 Dec 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 4 Dec 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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Who Can Stop North Korea?

15 commentaries, Updated on 4 Dec 2017

North Korea's claim to have a hydrogen bomb has upped the ante in its game of nuclear poker with the US and its allies. Sanctions have not deterred Kim Jong-… read more

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Xi Triumphant

17 commentaries, Updated on 4 Dec 2017

President Xi Jinping has dramatically consolidated his power, emerging from the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress as China’s strongest leader since Mao Zedo… read more

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Germany in Limbo

16 commentaries, Updated on 4 Dec 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

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The GOP Tax Package

19 commentaries, Updated on 4 Dec 2017

Congressional Republicans’ tax plan, most economists agree, will hurt America's poor and middle class while causing the fiscal and external deficits t… read more

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All Eyes on Lebanon

3 commentaries, Updated on 3 Dec 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, having reversed his previous decision to resign, is now demanding that his governing partners – President Michel Aoun and Hez… read more

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How Many More World AIDS Days?

5 commentaries, Updated on 3 Dec 2017

Since its emergence in 1981, the global AIDS epidemic has taken around 36 million lives, and ravaged some of the world's most vulnerable communities. While the world ha… read more

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Education: The Brain Gain

86 commentaries, Updated on 29 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 African Century

61 commentaries, Updated on 29 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