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    Transforming Education Means Fighting Poverty Traps

    Leonardo Garnier explains why addressing inequalities of access and opportunity is a condition of quality universal education.
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    Transforming Education

    Joyce Banda, et al. urge governments to support a new initiative to increase funding for schools in developing countries.
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    Biden’s Misfire on Student Loans

    Yann Coatanlem argues that the United States and others need to reform tax and welfare systems to encourage lifelong learning.
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    The End of Real Social Networks

    Daron Acemoglu worries that digital platforms are eroding the foundations of human interaction and socialization.
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    Childish Morality?

    Peter Singer shows why it matters that children value strangers, and life itself, very differently than adults do.
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    Don’t Let Young Pakistanis’ Futures Be Washed Away

    Yasmine Sherif & Gordon Brown exhort the international community to provide emergency funding for education following this summer’s floods.
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    Schoolchildren Deserve Free Lunch

    Kevin Watkins shows why universal school-meal programs have become even more important for improving educational outcomes.
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    Sustainable Development Is a Matter of Market Design

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that better coordination and stronger incentives are needed to kickstart progress toward the SDGs.
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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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