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307 commentaries, Updated on 1 Mar 2024

Africa’s economic rise is a world-changing development, but the sources of its emerging strength – and lingering weaknesses – are little understood. W…

  1. Roselyn Fosuah Adjei Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation
  2. Hippolyte Fofack Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa
  3. Rabah Arezki Africa’s Shifting Economic Paradigm
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40 commentaries, Updated on 16 Feb 2024

Project Syndicate commentaries on the conflict in Gaza following the October 7, 2023, Hamas attacks on Israel.

  1. Daoud Kuttab Can Marwan Barghouti Be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela?
  2. Carla Norrlöf Settler Sanctions and the Liberal International Order
  3. Yun Sun Why China Won’t Fight the Houthis
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11 commentaries, Updated on 26 Feb 2024

Project Syndicate commentaries on the issues and trends shaping the biggest global election year in history.

  1. Ngaire Woods An Antidote to the Polarization Poison
  2. Adeel Malik Pakistan’s Middle-Class Rage Against Military Rule
  3. Michael R. Strain Nikki Haley Should Stay in the GOP Race
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120 commentaries, Updated on 20 Feb 2024

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Project Syndicate is highlighting a selection of insightful commentaries written by female contributors on iss…

  1. Bogolo Kenewendo The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance
  2. Ashwini Deshpande Are Social Norms Really the Main Cause of Low Female Employment?
  3. Nisha Arunatilake Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Is Hurting Older Women
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28 commentaries, Updated on 28 Feb 2024

In Finance of the Future, Project Syndicate, with support from Circle, brings together leading experts, innovators, regulators, and more to examine th…

  1. Cina Lawson, et al. A Global Cash-Transfer Fund Could End Extreme Poverty
  2. Andrew Sheng, et al. A Stablecoin Pilot in China?
  3. Josh Burek Is Blockchain Ready for Primetime?
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86 commentaries, Updated on 20 Feb 2024

As former Irish President Mary Robinson and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu pointed out nearly a decade ago, “climate change is a matter of ju…

  1. Bogolo Kenewendo The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance
  2. Patrick Guillaumont, et al. Official Development Assistance Must Recognize Countries’ Vulnerabilities
  3. Monique Barbut, et al. Realizing the Potential of the Climate Loss and Damage Fund
Putin's War on Ukraine

420 commentaries, Updated on 1 Mar 2024

Russia has failed to achieve the quick victory in Ukraine for which it apparently hoped, but a prolonged war of attrition would amount to a different …

  1. Ian Buruma Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing
  2. Robin Brooks, et al. Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions
  3. Harold James The Financial March to War
The Light Bulb

57 commentaries, Updated on 7 Feb 2024

In The New Enlightenment, Project Syndicate, in partnership with The New Institute, brings together leading experts, academics, practitioners, and pol…

  1. Bertrand Badré, et al. How to Democratize AI
  2. Mariana Mazzucato A Progressive Green Growth Narrative
  3. Dani Rodrik Confronting Our Four Biggest Economic Challenges

41 commentaries, Updated on 19 Feb 2024

Activists, campaigners, and other experts consider how to support freedom, justice, and human dignity globally.

  1. Nabil Ahmed Cracks in the New Gilded Age
  2. Carla Norrlöf Settler Sanctions and the Liberal International Order
  3. Adam Michnik interviewed by Irena Grudzińska Gross The Redemocratization of Poland
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66 commentaries, Updated on 1 Mar 2024

PS commentators consider how to seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks created by artificial intelligence.

  1. Junaid Nabi How AI Could Reshape Medicine
  2. Mariana Mazzucato, et al. The Algorithm and Its Discontents
  3. Edoardo Campanella Which AI Risks Matter?
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194 commentaries, Updated on 28 Feb 2024

Project Syndicate commentaries on the growing threats to liberal democracy, open societies, and the rule of law around the world.

  1. Nicholas Reed Langen Judgment Days for Democracy
  2. Ngaire Woods An Antidote to the Polarization Poison
  3. Daniela Schwarzer Will Europe Ever Get Serious About Defense?

131 commentaries, Updated on 23 Feb 2024

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility from illiberal and autocratic regimes, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey,…

  1. Natalie Dunleavy Campbell, et al. The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet
  2. Mark Esposito, et al. The Threat of Persuasive AI
  3. Karina Montoya The Google Trial’s Dangerous Secrecy
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    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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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma

    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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