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    America’s Captured Courts

    Sheldon Whitehouse

    Decades ago, a group of powerful US corporate interests recognized that the unpopular policies they sought faced steady headwinds in the elected branches of government. But courts, stocked with amenable judges and presented with the right cases, could reliably deliver political wins without answering to voters. 

    shines a light on the dark money behind the US judiciary's rightward turn under Republican presidents.
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    Keeping the Global Focus on Low-Income Countries

    Kristalina Georgieva & Sigrid Kaag

    As bad as the COVID-19 pandemic has been for major advanced economies, it is even worse for low-income countries that entered the crisis with only limited resources and already-high debt burdens. The international community must do more to help these governments confront the virus, or this crisis will never truly be over. 

    call for a greater effort to extend debt relief, financing, and other assistance to the world's poorest.
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    From Paris to 2030

    It’s been five years since the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. As the world looks towards the next ten years, join our virtual sustainability event on December 9 for a series of in-depth discussions on the issues of global climate leadership and climate action.

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Palestine’s Agony

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Arab governments argued for decades that an Israeli-Palestinian peace should be the precondition for normalization of relations with the Jewish state. But the recent diplomatic breakthrough between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain suggests a major regional shift that threatens to leave the Palestinians out in the cold.

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Waiting for Biden

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  2. John B. Emerson,
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  4. Daniel Gros,
  5. Josef Joffe,
  6. Joseph S. Nye, Jr.,
  7. Ana Palacio,
  8. Sebastián Strauss

US President-elect Joe Biden’s victory has fueled hopes of renewed international cooperation after four years of President Donald Trump’s zero-sum “America First” approach to the world. But although Biden will undoubtedly improve the tone of US foreign policy, America’s allies and adversaries alike should be prepared for some hard bargaining in tackling major global threats.

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The Trumpian Persuasion

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  5. Nina L. Khrushcheva,
  6. Jan-Werner Mueller,
  7. Raj Persaud,
  8. Eric Posner,
  9. Anne Sibert

The 2020 US presidential election has confounded many on the American left, with President Donald Trump receiving millions more votes than he did four years ago despite his administration’s disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. Even if Trump loses, as seems likely, his distinctive brand of divisive populism will remain a potent force in American politics.

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The African Century

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The COVID-19 Crisis

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