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    The World Is Still on Fire

    Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh

    For the last several years, world leaders have made big promises and laid out bold plans to mitigate the climate crisis and help the neediest countries adapt. At this year's World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, they must demonstrate that they can fulfill these promises, rather than simply touting new ones.

    think policymakers need to get four things right to shore up the credibility of the international system.
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    Israel Must End the Gaza War

    Dennis Ross

    With the exception of the extreme right, no one in Israel wants to be stuck in Gaza, responsible for 2.4 million Palestinians, and facing a likely insurgency. Israel can end this war soon and save those hostages who are still alive, having demilitarized Gaza and set the stage for an alternative to Hamas.

    thinks the only strategic objective that matters is close – or close enough – to being met.
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    Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?

    David Alton, et al. urge British policymakers to take a proactive approach to addressing mass-atrocity crimes.
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    America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs

    Dani Rodrik shows why policies to boost employment in the twenty-first century ultimately must focus on services.
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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over

    Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe urge global policymakers to prevent mass insolvency and finance urgent climate projects.
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    Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more

    Minxin Pei doubts China’s government is willing to do what is needed to restore growth, describes the low-tech approaches taken by the country’s vast security apparatus, considers the Chinese social-credit system’s repressive potential, and more.
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    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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  1. Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap
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    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Apr 16, 2024 Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.

  2. Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over
    diwan27_ LUIS TATOAFP via Getty Images_kenya green energy LUIS TATO/AFP via Getty Images

    Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over

    Apr 16, 2024 Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe urge global policymakers to prevent mass insolvency and finance urgent climate projects.

  3. America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs
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    America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs

    Apr 16, 2024 Dani Rodrik shows why policies to boost employment in the twenty-first century ultimately must focus on services.

  4. Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more
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    Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more

    Apr 16, 2024 Minxin Pei doubts China’s government is willing to do what is needed to restore growth, describes the low-tech approaches taken by the country’s vast security apparatus, considers the Chinese social-credit system’s repressive potential, and more.

  5. Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?
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    Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?

    Apr 16, 2024 David Alton, et al. urge British policymakers to take a proactive approach to addressing mass-atrocity crimes.

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    Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more

    Minxin Pei doubts China’s government is willing to do what is needed to restore growth, describes the low-tech approaches taken by the country’s vast security apparatus, considers the Chinese social-credit system’s repressive potential, and more.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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    Is Techno-Monopoly Inevitable?

    William H. Janeway assesses a new theory of “technological market power” and its effects on the modern economy.
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    Joseph S. Nye, Jr., on nuclear risk, American hubris, great-power competition, and more

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. calls for restoring the credibility of the US nuclear umbrella, highlights the role of nongovernmental agencies in international relations, worries that the US will play its cards poorly vis-à-vis China, and more.
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    The Struggle for Currency Supremacy

    Paolo Tasca expects that digital assets will accelerate efforts to create alternatives to the US dollar.
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    The Indian Giant Has Arrived

    Mohamed A. El-Erian & Michael Spence consider the risks and challenges associated with the country's rapidly expanding global footprint.

“It is better to ask forgiveness than permission” has been the mantra of the digital revolution so far, and one should not expect that to change with artificial intelligence. For those already in a position to dominate this potentially groundbreaking sector, the opportunities are too enticing to miss.

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    Taxing Polluters Is the Key to Climate Justice

    Laurence Tubiana makes the case for new levies to finance green investments in developing countries.
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    Solar Geoengineering Is a Dangerous Distraction

    Yacob Mulugetta, et al. urge the international community to heed African countries’ warnings about speculative climate fixes.
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    China Doubles Down on Green Tech and the Energy Transition

    Stuart P.M. Mackintosh explains why the West should welcome the country’s decision to ramp up spending on clean-energy projects.

Opinion that Moves

  1. Dani Rodrik America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs
  2. Joaquim Levy, et al. The Bretton Woods Institutions We Need
  3. Indermit Gill, et al. The World Cannot Afford to Ignore the Poorest Countries
  4. Lawrence H. Summers, et al. The World Is Still on Fire

  1. David Alton, et al. Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?
  2. Dennis Ross Israel Must End the Gaza War
  3. Stephen S. Roach China Stifles Its Own Debate
  4. Shlomo Ben-Ami Europe’s War Jitters

  1. Iván Duque Márquez How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab
  2. Michael R. Bloomberg What Can Stop the Shortening of American Lives?
  3. Jane Kabubo-Mariara Africa’s Prosperity Depends on Achieving Gender Equality
  4. Mariana Mazzucato How to Save the Pandemic Treaty

  1. Laurence Tubiana Taxing Polluters Is the Key to Climate Justice
  2. Ricardo Hausmann The Bioeconomy Will Not Save the Amazon
  3. Yacob Mulugetta, et al. Solar Geoengineering Is a Dangerous Distraction
  4. Stuart P.M. Mackintosh China Doubles Down on Green Tech and the Energy Transition

  1. Amar Bhidé The Boring Truth About AI
  2. Daron Acemoglu Are We Ready for AI Creative Destruction?
  3. Antara Haldar Can AI Learn to Obey the Law?
  4. Andrew Sheng, et al. China Needs a Better Innovation Ecosystem

  1. Peter Singer Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?
  2. Eric Posner The Future of Work in the AI Era
  3. Slavoj Žižek No Barbarism Without Poetry
  4. Ian Buruma The Case for Israel Remains Valid

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

  1. Peter Doyle Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise
  2. Adekeye Adebajo Ending Congo’s Forever War
  3. Hippolyte Fofack The Way Out of Africa’s Debt Doom Loop

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

  1. Natalie Dunleavy Campbell, et al. The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet
  2. Mark Esposito, et al. The Threat of Persuasive AI
  3. Karina Montoya The Google Trial’s Dangerous Secrecy

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

  1. Mariana Mazzucato How to Save the Pandemic Treaty
  2. Helen Clark, et al. Delivering the Pandemic Accord the World Needs
  3. Gordon Brown Empowering the Pandemic Accord