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Democracy and Its Enemies

52 commentaries, Updated on 17 Jan 2022

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

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The COVID-19 Crisis

825 commentaries, Updated on 27 Jan 2022

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

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The Security Deficit

11 commentaries, Updated on 25 Jan 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. …

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Climate Justice

39 commentaries, Updated on 10 Jan 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…

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The Female Voice

107 commentaries, Updated on 24 Nov 2021

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

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Our Planet, Our Future

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…

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Paris Peace Forum

8 commentaries, Updated on 28 Nov 2021

In partnership with the Paris Peace Forum, Project Syndicate has curated a selection of commentaries examining pressing challenges to global governanc…

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The African Century

220 commentaries, Updated on 26 Jan 2022

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

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Press Released

108 commentaries, Updated on 20 Jan 2022

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

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Visionary Voices

223 commentaries, Updated on 26 Jan 2022

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

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State of Hope

3 commentaries, Updated on 19 Jul 2021

Nelson Mandela once said, "May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” It is in that spirit that, this Mandela Day, Project Syndicate, in pa…

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Education: The Brain Gain

124 commentaries, Updated on 17 Dec 2021

Education does not benefit only its recipients; it has a profound impact on national economic outcomes. Poor educational performance may be a determin…

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    Higher Education and the Crisis of Democracy

    Daniel Chirot

    Three recent books by established academics add to the chorus of those decrying the slow and steady death of what used to be called a “liberal education.” Because a proper understanding of history and human complexity is necessary for democracy, Daniel Chirot of the University of Washington thinks the authors are right to worry.

    reviews three recent books that aim to defend liberal education in an age of anti-liberal extremes.
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