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  1. pdoyle1_ISSOUF SANOGOAFP via Getty Images_cfa franc ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images

    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
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    Ending Congo’s Forever War

    Adekeye Adebajo examines the complex domestic, regional, and external dynamics of one of Africa’s most intractable conflicts.
  3. fofack23_ MICHELE SPATARIAFP via Getty Images_ethiopia MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images

    The Way Out of Africa’s Debt Doom Loop

    Hippolyte Fofack urges international development policymakers to address the inequities in the global financial system.
  4. arezki19_MARCO LONGARIAFP via Getty Images_senegalelection Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

    Senegal’s Election and Africa’s Future

    Rabah Arezki considers what Bassirou Diomaye Faye's presidency could mean for one of Africa's most closely watched democracies.
  5. kabubomariara2_Gerald AndersonAnadolu Agency via Getty Images_motherkenya Gerald Anderson/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    Africa’s Prosperity Depends on Achieving Gender Equality

    Jane Kabubo-Mariara outlines steps policymakers can take to redistribute unpaid domestic work among households and communities.
  6. miliband12_ LUIS TATOAFP via Getty Images_sudan refugees LUIS TATO/AFP via Getty Images)

    Sudan’s Descent into Violence Must Not Be Ignored

    David Miliband urges policymakers to facilitate the flow of humanitarian aid and increase funding for the war-torn country.
  7. brown106_KOLA SULAIMONAFP via Getty Images_nigeriaschool Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

    For Nigeria’s Schools, Safety Must Come First

    Gordon Brown writes that the latest mass abduction of students underscores the dilemma facing parents throughout the country.
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    The Big Push African Women Need to Escape Poverty

    Rudo Kayombo shows how deploying a wide range of interventions at once can help the poor build sustainable livelihoods.
  9. adjei1_ NIPAH DENNISAFP via Getty Images_ghana forest preservation NIPAH DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images

    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
  2. singer230_View PicturesPeter CookUniversal Images Group via Getty Images_cambridge View Pictures/Peter Cook/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and to put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

  4. roach164_PEDRO PARDOPEDRO PARDOPOOLAFP via Getty Images_china development forum PEDRO PARDO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach

    For more than two decades, the China Development Forum was a meeting where foreign business, political, and academic leaders could debate the state of the Chinese economy with the country’s highest leaders. But this year’s gathering eschewed open and honest dialogue, in favor of telling only “good stories” about China.

    bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
  5. pdoyle1_ISSOUF SANOGOAFP via Getty Images_cfa franc ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images

    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
  6. benami212_Elyxandro CegarraNurPhoto via Getty Images_eumilitary Elyxandro Cegarra/NurPhoto via Getty Images

    Europe’s War Jitters

    Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone

    As with social media, the incentives around AI are aligned for rent extraction, where large companies, acting as intermediaries, amass profits at others’ expense. Governments urgently need to step in to ensure that the technology is being designed and brought to market in ways that will serve the common good.

    urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
  8. duquemarquez2_ArterraMarica van der MeerUniversal Images Group via Getty Images_guyana Arterra/Marica van der Meer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

    How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab

    Iván Duque Márquez highlights the current government’s unique approach to managing its renewable and non-renewable resources.
  9. sierakowski107_Beata ZawrzelNurPhoto via Getty Images_poland Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

    Beating Back Populists at the Grassroots

    Sławomir Sierakowski interprets the seemingly mixed results of recent municipal and provincial elections in Poland.

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