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The Security Deficit

5 commentaries, Updated on 4 Aug 2021

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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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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Donald Rumsfeld (1932 – 2021)

4 commentaries, Updated on 5 May 2006

Donald Rumsfeld (1932-2021), twice US secretary of defense, was one of America’s great bureaucratic infighters, famously undermining Henry Kissinger d…

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Democracy and Its Enemies

27 commentaries, Updated on 28 Jul 2021

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

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Press Released

105 commentaries, Updated on 28 Jul 2021

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

201 commentaries, Updated on 3 Aug 2021

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

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The Female Voice

28 commentaries, Updated on 22 Apr 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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Hans Küng: 1928-2021

4 commentaries, Updated on 26 May 2010

Hans Küng, the philosopher/priest who was silenced by conservative popes following his role in shaping the Second Vatican Council’s liberal reforms, has died at the…

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Climate Justice

22 commentaries, Updated on 17 Jun 2021

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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America’s Turbulent Transition

55 commentaries, Updated on 5 May 2021

On January 20, Joe Biden will succeed Donald Trump as US president with America’s democratic constitutional order under its greatest strain since the …

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Rule of Law

16 commentaries, Updated on 10 Dec 2020

Project Syndicate commentaries on rule-of-law issues around the world.

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Value in the Age of AI

37 commentaries, Updated on 26 Mar 2021

Much has been written about Big Data, artificial intelligence, and automation. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will have far-reaching implications fo…

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Our Planet, Our Future

18 commentaries, Updated on 21 Jun 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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The US Election

76 commentaries, Updated on 18 Dec 2020

As the United States confronts what is possibly its most consequential election of modern times, PS commentators examine its economic, political, soci…

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The COVID-19 Crisis

758 commentaries, Updated on 4 Aug 2021

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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Education: The Brain Gain

100 commentaries, Updated on 17 Aug 2020

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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Reinhart to the World Bank

11 commentaries, Updated on 15 May 2020

PS congratulates Carmen M. Reinhart, a contributor since 2014, on her appointment to serve as the World Bank's vice president and chief economist.

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Trump, Trade, and China

100 commentaries, Updated on 20 Jan 2020

The biggest cloud hanging over the world economy is the incipient trade war with China launched by US President Donald Trump. But with America’s closes…

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    Are Central Banks to Blame for Rising Inequality?

    Kenneth Rogoff

    The view that central-bank interest-rate policy can and should be the main driving force behind greater income equality is stupefyingly naive, no matter how often it is stated. Central banks can do more to address the inequality problem, but they cannot do everything.

    argues that monetary policy did not cause, and largely cannot mitigate, increasing income and wealth disparities.
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    Biden's Neo-Populist Economic Doctrine

    Nouriel Roubini

    Within the space of just half a year, US President Joe Biden has completed a necessary economic-policy regime shift that started chaotically under his predecessor. But while the Biden administration has a much better handle on the issues, that doesn't mean the new dispensation will be without risk.

    thinks the US administration has completed a necessary policy regime change that began under Donald Trump.

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