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    The Coming Food Fight

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    1. Sandrine Dixson-Declève,
    2. José Antonio Ocampo,
    3. Felia Salim,
    4. Gloria Abraham Peralta,
    5. Hilal Elver,
    6. Barbara Unmüßig,
    7. Simon Zadek,
    8. Agnes Kalibata,
    9. Kristina Skierka

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused hunger to spike, highlighting the need for radical reforms of the global food system to ensure its long-term resilience. But many fear that the United Nations Food Systems Summit on September 23 will entrench the current inequitable status quo instead of delivering real change.

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    After Merkel

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    1. Sigmar Gabriel,
    2. Joschka Fischer,
    3. Ana Palacio,
    4. Mark Leonard,
    5. Helmut K. Anheier,
    6. Constanze Stelzenmüller,
    7. Elmira Bayrasli

    As Germany’s chancellor since 2005, Angela Merkel has been a pillar of the European and global order. But whoever succeeds her following the country’s September 26 federal election must also address massive structural challenges and widespread popular anxieties at home.

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    AI Wars

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    1. Eric Schmidt,
    2. Kai-fu Lee,
    3. Frank-Jürgen Richter,
    4. Stan Matwin,
    5. Aida Ponce Del Castillo,
    6. Stefaan G. Verhulst,
    7. Mona Sloane

    While recent advances in artificial intelligence may not justify either excessive optimism or dystopian visions, the technology will significantly reshape economies and societies. But will geopolitical competition and a surfeit of hype hamper progress toward setting standards for this critical technology’s responsible development and use?

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    The Economic Anti-Consensus

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    1. Kaushik Basu,
    2. James K. Galbraith,
    3. Alicia Sasser Modestino,
    4. Dani Rodrik,
    5. Eric Posner,
    6. Nouriel Roubini,
    7. Anne O. Krueger

    The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are forcing policymakers and citizens alike to rethink some basic assumptions about economic behavior. Not surprisingly, this has put economists in the cross-hairs, as a growing chorus – within and outside the discipline – challenges longstanding orthodoxies.

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    The Great Collapse

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    1. Richard Haass,
    2. Brahma Chellaney,
    3. Charles A. Kupchan,
    4. Bill Emmott,
    5. Jeffrey D. Sachs,
    6. Fawaz A. Gerges,
    7. Jim O'Neill,
    8. Djoomart Otorbaev

    The Taliban's stunningly swift return to power after 20 years of fighting American-led troops and the Western-backed Afghan government raises profound questions about the future of Afghanistan, the region, and, most importantly, America's role in the world. Has the graveyard of empires claimed another victim?

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    The Anti-Vax Pox

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    1. Jeffrey Frankel,
    2. Daniel Gros,
    3. Michael Burleigh,
    4. Hugo Drochon,
    5. Peter Singer,
    6. Ngaire Woods,
    7. Anna Petherick,
    8. Rosemarie Muganda

    Across the advanced economies, governments are having to combat not only the coronavirus’s highly contagious Delta variant but also a substantial hard core of vaccine resistance. Yet in the developing world, the major obstacle to achieving herd immunity is not so much vaccine acceptance as access – and for that, rich countries are largely to blame.

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    Will Bidenomics Deliver?

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    1. Laura Tyson,
    2. Lenny Mendonca,
    3. Michael J. Boskin,
    4. Katharina Pistor,
    5. Eric Posner,
    6. Anne O. Krueger,
    7. Jean Pisani-Ferry

    With ambitious spending plans and efforts to curb corporate power, US President Joe Biden hopes not only to spur an inclusive economic recovery, but also to defuse widespread anger among American workers. But with the US economy already rebounding strongly from pandemic-induced recession, critics warn that there are dangers to excessive stimulus.

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    Crypto Crunch Time

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    1. Yanis Varoufakis,
    2. Anne O. Krueger,
    3. Barry Eichengreen,
    4. Katharina Pistor,
    5. Paola Subacchi,
    6. Kenneth Rogoff

    Digital-currency competition in the coming years will likely pit central banks against a host of private challengers. Will upstart cryptocurrencies have the firepower and the following to overturn the monetary status quo, or will the current financial establishment prevail?

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    The Latin American Tinderbox

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    1. Javier Solana,
    2. Enrique V. Iglesias,
    3. Ana Palacio,
    4. Mauricio Cárdenas,
    5. Jorge G. Castañeda,
    6. Kenneth Rogoff

    A toxic combination of COVID-19, economic anxiety, and mounting popular anger threatens to erode support for democratic institutions across the region. If national leaders and the international community fail to respond effectively, the wave of unrest that has gripped country after country will likely grow worse.

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    Afghanistan on the Brink

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    1. Joschka Fischer,
    2. Carl Bildt,
    3. Brahma Chellaney,
    4. Richard Haass,
    5. Amin Saikal,
    6. Anne-Marie Slaughter,
    7. Ashley Jackson,
    8. Elmira Bayrasli,
    9. Djoomart Otorbaev

    As US and NATO troops prepare to leave Afghanistan by mid-July and the Taliban make rapid territorial gains, the outlook for the country’s long-suffering people is becoming bleaker by the day. The withdrawal is also likely to undermine regional security, embolden Islamist militants, and damage America’s already shaky international standing.

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    China’s Communists at 100

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    1. Minxin Pei,
    2. Nancy Qian,
    3. Brahma Chellaney,
    4. Chris Patten,
    5. Joschka Fischer

    As the Communist Party of China marks its centennial, it can celebrate more than 70 years of uninterrupted rule, decades of rapid economic growth, and the country’s rise to global superpower status. But will President Xi Jinping’s domestic clampdown and aggressive foreign policy ensure the survival of one-party rule, or hasten its decline?

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    America's Lost World

    Leonard Benardo & Ivan Krastev

    The idea of America as a cultural wellspring and bastion of freedom was always an artifact of the Cold War. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Americans increasingly have struggled to articulate what they really stand for.

    review two recent books examining the country's post-war cultural boom and bust.

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