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    The United States Blues

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    1. Anne Case Anne Case ,
    2. Angus Deaton Angus Deaton ,
    3. Harold James Harold James ,
    4. Chen Long Chen Long ,
    5. Lenny Mendonca Lenny Mendonca ,
    6. Nouriel Roubini Nouriel Roubini ,
    7. Michael Spence Michael Spence ,
    8. Joseph E. Stiglitz Joseph E. Stiglitz ,
    9. Laura Tyson Laura Tyson

    Not long ago, America was the unchallenged global hegemon. But as inept leadership fuels an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases amid deepening economic distress and nationwide protests against systemic racism and police violence, many are wondering whether the US can govern itself, much less lead the world.

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    All Eyes on Germany

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Compared to governance disasters like the United States under President Donald Trump, contemporary Germany looks like a bastion of stability. But recent books by leading German commentators raise the possibility that Europe's largest economy is not ready for prime time as a global actor. 

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All Eyes on Germany

Helmut K. Anheier

Compared to governance disasters like the United States under President Donald Trump, contemporary Germany looks like a bastion of stability. But recent books by leading German commentators raise the possibility that Europe's largest economy is not ready for prime time as a global actor. 

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Trump after Tulsa Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

The United States Blues

Featured in this Big Picture
  1. Anne Case Anne Case ,
  2. Angus Deaton Angus Deaton ,
  3. Harold James Harold James ,
  4. Chen Long Chen Long ,
  5. Lenny Mendonca Lenny Mendonca ,
  6. Nouriel Roubini Nouriel Roubini ,
  7. Michael Spence Michael Spence ,
  8. Joseph E. Stiglitz Joseph E. Stiglitz ,
  9. Laura Tyson Laura Tyson

Not long ago, America was the unchallenged global hegemon. But as inept leadership fuels an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases amid deepening economic distress and nationwide protests against systemic racism and police violence, many are wondering whether the US can govern itself, much less lead the world.

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The Gendered Pandemic

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  1. Beth English,
  2. Henrietta H. Fore,
  3. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
  4. Arancha González,
  5. Natalia Kanem,
  6. Shannon Kowalski,
  7. Ann Linde,
  8. Sandie Okoro,
  9. Raj Persaud,
  10. Kelly Pike,
  11. Paul Prettitore,
  12. Kevin Watkins

The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the challenges facing women and girls, and threatens to roll back recent progress toward greater equality and empowerment. Unless governments’ pandemic responses take gender into account, the most vulnerable could be left behind altogether.

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Who Can Check China?

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  1. Carl Bildt,
  2. Brahma Chellaney,
  3. Óscar Fernández,
  4. Yanghee Lee,
  5. Javier Solana,
  6. Shashi Tharoor,
  7. Yoon Young-kwan

Heightened trade tensions, the ongoing COVID-19 blame game, and sometimes-deadly border skirmishes have sharpened the debate in the United States, Europe, and Asia about how to rein in China’s geopolitical rise. Policymakers must now weigh a range of options – from cooperation to confrontation.

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