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318 commentaries, Updated on 2 Feb 2023

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. Josep Borrell Making Ukrainian Victory Possible
  2. Slavoj Žižek Death or Glory in Russia
  3. Simon Johnson Only the US Congress Can Stop Ukraine from Winning
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114 commentaries, Updated on 30 Jan 2023

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

  1. Chris Patten The Necessity of Morality in Foreign Policy
  2. Richard K. Sherwin Patriots in Name Only
  3. Richard Haass The World’s Stake in American Democracy
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875 commentaries, Updated on 18 Jan 2023

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, PS commentators assess its implications for the economy, propose policy responses, and consider what might – and sho…

  1. William A. Haseltine Breathing Life Back into COVID Prevention
  2. Ian Buruma China’s Autocracy in Crisis
  3. Nancy Qian China’s Brutal COVID Winter
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14 commentaries, Updated on 21 Mar 2022

As the world changes rapidly, so does the nature of the risks we face. Yet our models for mitigating security threats have largely failed to keep up. …

  1. Lolwah Al-Khater, et al. Building the Green-Recovery Consensus
  2. Kemal Derviş, et al. Will Ukraine's Tragedy Spur UN Security Council Reform?
  3. Thitinan Pongsudhirak Southeast Asia's New-Old Cold War
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47 commentaries, Updated on 13 Sep 2022

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. Hindou Ibrahim The Best Way to Preserve Nature Is Also the Fairest
  2. Mo Ibrahim What Climate Justice Means for Africa
  3. Laura Chinchilla Miranda The Varieties of Climate Inequality
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94 commentaries, Updated on 20 Dec 2022

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

  1. Olga Speranskaya, et al. Who’s Ready to Fight Plastic Pollution?
  2. Sheila Kohanteb To Curb Global Violence, America Should Look Within
  3. Jayati Ghosh India’s Self-Inflicted Economic Catastrophe
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10 commentaries, Updated on 7 Sep 2022

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

  1. Tomicah Tillemann What Is Web3 Good For?
  2. David Malpass Aiding the Digital Revolution in Global Financial Inclusion
  3. Dante Alighieri Disparte Yes, Crypto Still Matters
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19 commentaries, Updated on 24 Nov 2021

In the run-up to the first-ever Nobel Prize Summit, Project Syndicate – in partnership with the Nobel Foundation, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Im…

  1. Johan Rockström, et al. Green Business After COP26
  2. Johan Rockström, et al. Deciding Humanity’s Future
  3. Bryan Doerries The Tragedy of Climate Change
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268 commentaries, Updated on 2 Feb 2023

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

  1. Safia Boly, et al. How to Transform African Agriculture
  2. Rabah Arezki The Multilateral Financing Paradox
  3. Nana Akufo-Addo, et al. Global Education Has Reached a Tipping Point
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120 commentaries, Updated on 22 Nov 2022

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

  1. Arzu Geybulla Facebook Is Failing Journalists
  2. Anne-Marie Slaughter, et al. Defending Democracies’ Information Infrastructure
  3. Alexander Schallenberg, et al. Defending Democracy’s Defenders
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273 commentaries, Updated on 27 Jan 2023

The challenges facing developing countries – from providing clean water to fighting infectious diseases – are jeopardizing their economic growth prospects, …

  1. Carlos Lopes Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit
  2. Rabah Arezki The Multilateral Financing Paradox
  3. Maximo Torero The Second Green Revolution Will Be Digitized
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43 commentaries, Updated on 17 Oct 2022

PS commentators weigh in on the sudden collapse of the Afghan government and the return of the Taliban two decades after the group was ousted from pow…

  1. Gordon Brown, et al. Afghanistan’s Girls and Women Fight Back
  2. Carl Bildt Did the Afghan Failure Lead to the Ukraine War?
  3. Brahma Chellaney The Afghan Abyss
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.
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    Only the US Congress Can Stop Ukraine from Winning

    Simon Johnson explains why Russia’s best hope now lies with House Republicans’ nonsensical position on the US debt ceiling.

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