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291 commentaries, Updated on 29 Sep 2023

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

  1. Mark Malloch-Brown Africa Is the Future of Multilateralism
  2. Marit Kitaw Making the Most of Africa’s Strategic Green Minerals
  3. Senyo Ador, et al. Investing in Africa’s Green Transition
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105 commentaries, Updated on 26 Sep 2023

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

  1. Joyita Roy Chowdhury, et al. Why India’s Women Are More Vulnerable to Disasters
  2. Nancy Qian Youth Unemployment and China’s Economic Future
  3. Tarja Halonen, et al. Winning the Fight for Women’s Land Rights
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20 commentaries, Updated on 19 Sep 2023

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

  1. Carla Norrlöf The Dollar’s Full-Spectrum Dominance
  2. Koray Caliskan Regulation, Not Crypto, Is Broken
  3. Benn Steil The Real Cost of De-Dollarization
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76 commentaries, Updated on 26 Sep 2023

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. Dani Rodrik, et al. Bridging the Climate-Development Gap
  2. Nouriel Roubini, et al. What Climate Finance Needs
  3. Anne-Marie Slaughter, et al. A Pact for People and Planet
Putin's War on Ukraine

388 commentaries, Updated on 29 Sep 2023

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. Nina L. Khrushcheva Putin and Kim’s Cartoon Summit
  2. Carl Bildt The Axis of Outcasts
  3. Chris Patten A Smidgen of Hope
The Light Bulb

52 commentaries, Updated on 2 Oct 2023

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

  1. Slavoj Žižek Freedom Without Justice
  2. Antara Haldar Laying Chicago Economics to Rest
  3. Mariana Mazzucato, et al. Auto Strikes and Climate Change

24 commentaries, Updated on 28 Sep 2023

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

  1. Ashwini Deshpande Affirmative Action Under Siege
  2. Anne-Marie Slaughter, et al. A Pact for People and Planet
  3. Joyce Banda Keeping Climate Justice Alive
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46 commentaries, Updated on 28 Sep 2023

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

  1. Joschka Fischer Is AI a Master or Slave?
  2. Peter Singer, et al. Self-Driving Cars and AI Ethics
  3. Jamie Metzl Human Success in the AI Age
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161 commentaries, Updated on 2 Oct 2023

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

  1. Maciej Kisilowski, et al. Can National Reconciliation Defeat Populism?
  2. J. Bradford DeLong America’s Broken Civic Bargain
  3. Sławomir Sierakowski Will a Visa Scandal Sink Poland’s Populists?

127 commentaries, Updated on 20 Sep 2023

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

  1. Laura Tyson, et al. To Protect Democracy, Revive Local Journalism
  2. James Deane Britain’s Turn Against Championing Media Freedom
  3. Christophe Deloire, et al. Press Freedom on Trial in Guatemala
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311 commentaries, Updated on 26 Sep 2023

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

  1. Joyita Roy Chowdhury, et al. Why India’s Women Are More Vulnerable to Disasters
  2. Sonali Johnson How to Achieve Universal Cancer Care
  3. Justina Nixon-Saintil Advancing Environmental Justice with AI
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162 commentaries, Updated on 28 Sep 2023

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

  1. Ashwini Deshpande Affirmative Action Under Siege
  2. Milan Vaishnav India’s Universities Lack the Freedom to Excel
  3. Gordon Brown The Taliban’s Gender Crimes Against Humanity
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    Freedom Without Justice

    Slavoj Žižek

    At the end of European Communism, there was a widespread, euphoric hope that freedom and democracy would bring a better life; eventually, though, many lost that hope. The problem, under both Communism and the new liberal dispensation, was that those pursuing grand social projects had embraced ideology instead of philosophy.

    considers what an Albanian Marxist philosopher can tell us about liberty in today's world.
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    Can National Reconciliation Defeat Populism?

    Maciej Kisilowski & Anna Wojciuk

    For the US, Slovakia's general election may produce another unreliable allied government. But instead of turning a blind eye to such allies, as President Joe Biden has been doing with Poland, or confronting them with an uncompromising stance, the US should spearhead efforts to help mend flawed democracies.

    reflect on the outcome of Slovakia's general election in the run-up to Poland's decisive vote.
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    Not Destined for War

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. rejects historical analogies implying that zero-sum conflict between the US and China is inevitable.
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    Is “Peace Through Commerce” Dead?

    Harold James doubts that new conflicts and rivalries justify a full-scale rejection of European-style economic engagement.
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    Putin and Kim’s Cartoon Summit

    Nina L. Khrushcheva thinks that Russia's recent meeting with North Korea was intended primarily as a warning to the South.
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    Saudi Arabia’s New Nationalism

    Bernard Haykel explains the reasoning behind the Kingdom's ongoing domestic- and foreign-policy transformation.
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    The Green Growth Mindset

    Gernot Wagner sees doctrinaire debates about capitalism as irrelevant or even deleterious to the decarbonization effort.
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    Africa Is the Future of Multilateralism

    Mark Malloch-Brown explains why the continent should be at the forefront of efforts to bring about international reforms.
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    A Chinese Bubble Long in the Making

    Yi Fuxian traces the deep roots of the country's mounting economic and financial problems.

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