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The Year of Elections

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  1. 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.
  2. tharoor189_R.SATISH BABUAFP via Getty Images_voting R.SATISH BABU/AFP via Getty Images

    Does Pakistan Still Matter to India?

    Shashi Tharoor explains why India’s upcoming election is unlikely to change its policy of benign neglect toward its neighbor.
  3. sherwin11_Jessica KourkounisGetty Images_rfk Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

    Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Twisted Fantasy

    Richard K. Sherwin asks why the scion of a storied political family is playing the role of a spoiler against President Joe Biden.
  4. reichlin35_JOHN THYSAFP via Getty Images_meloni John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

    Giorgia Meloni’s Surprising Success

    Lucrezia Reichlin predicts that the Italian prime minister will have a lasting influence on European politics.
  5. haass166_ROBERTO SCHMIDTAFP via Getty Images_UScapitoljanuary6 Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

    America’s Year of Living Dangerously

    Richard Haass highlights what's at stake for the US and the world in November's Biden-Trump rematch.
  6. hedegaard11_y Dursun AydemirAnadolu via Getty Images_parliament elections Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu via Getty Images

    Unity Is Europe’s Greatest Asset

    Connie Hedegaard emphasizes the importance of stability amid persistent economic and geopolitical crises.
  7. tharoor188_Ritesh ShuklaGetty Images_indiaelection Ritesh Shukla/Getty Images

    Indian Democracy’s Moment of Truth

    Shashi Tharoor warns that the ruling BJP will do everything it can to curtail dissent ahead of this year's general election.
  8. boskin93_Tom WilliamsCQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images_election Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

    The Anatomy of the Biden-Trump Rematch

    Michael J. Boskin surveys the complicated mix of economic and other issues that will likely decide the 2024 election.
  9. patten163_ LEON NEALPOOLAFP via Getty Images_starmersunak Leon Neal/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

    The UK’s Upcoming Election and Its Consequences

    Chris Patten urges British policymakers to collaborate with their European counterparts on migration, security, and trade.
  1. moreiradasilva2_JOHN WESSELSAFP via Getty Images_internally displaced mozambique JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images

    Overcoming the Development-Project Implementation Gap

    Jorge Moreira da Silva highlights ways to strengthen the International Development Association’s already-powerful impact.
  2. diwan27_ LUIS TATOAFP via Getty Images_kenya green energy LUIS TATO/AFP via Getty Images

    Developing Countries’ Liquidity Crisis Is Not Over

    Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe urge global policymakers to prevent mass insolvency and finance urgent climate projects.
  3. rodrik221_SAUL LOEBAFP via Getty Images_bidenintel Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

    America’s Manufacturing Renaissance Will Create Few Good Jobs

    Dani Rodrik shows why policies to boost employment in the twenty-first century ultimately must focus on services.
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    Minxin Pei on China’s economy, surveillance state, repression of dissent, and more

    Minxin Pei doubts China’s government is willing to do what is needed to restore growth, describes the low-tech approaches taken by the country’s vast security apparatus, considers the Chinese social-credit system’s repressive potential, and more.
  5. alton1_ Mark KerrisonIn Pictures via Getty Images_end genocide protest Mark Kerrison/In Pictures via Getty Images

    Who Should Decide If It’s Genocide?

    David Alton, et al. urge British policymakers to take a proactive approach to addressing mass-atrocity crimes.
  6. jlevy3_MANDEL NGANAFP via Getty Images_imfworldbankmeetings Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

    The Bretton Woods Institutions We Need

    Joaquim Levy, et al. explain how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank can rise to current global challenges.
  7. gill6_NIPAH DENNISAFP via Getty Images_poverty NIPAH DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images

    The World Cannot Afford to Ignore the Poorest Countries

    Indermit Gill & M. Ayhan Kose warn that a growing gap between the world’s haves and have-nots will undercut global goals.
  8. summers14_TONY KARUMBAAFP via Getty Images_sudanfamine Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

    The World Is Still on Fire

    Lawrence H. Summers & N.K. Singh

    For the last several years, world leaders have made big promises and laid out bold plans to mitigate the climate crisis and help the neediest countries adapt. At this year's World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, they must demonstrate that they can fulfill these promises, rather than simply touting new ones.

    think policymakers need to get four things right to shore up the credibility of the international system.
  9. dross1_JACK GUEZAFP via Getty Images_israel JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images

    Israel Must End the Gaza War

    Dennis Ross

    With the exception of the extreme right, no one in Israel wants to be stuck in Gaza, responsible for 2.4 million Palestinians, and facing a likely insurgency. Israel can end this war soon and save those hostages who are still alive, having demilitarized Gaza and set the stage for an alternative to Hamas.

    thinks the only strategic objective that matters is close – or close enough – to being met.

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