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265 commentaries, Updated on 20 Sep 2022

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. Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg What Stopped Globalization?
  2. Carl Bildt Winter Is Coming, and Putin Is Failing
  3. Shlomo Ben-Ami Who Is Winning the War in Ukraine?
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88 commentaries, Updated on 22 Sep 2022

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

  1. Javier Solana The Global Necessity of American Democracy
  2. James Livingston The Return of the Anti-Federalists
  3. William H. Janeway What’s Breaking Democracy?
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861 commentaries, Updated on 23 Sep 2022

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

  1. José Manuel Barroso Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe
  2. Mariana Mazzucato Failing the Pandemic Preparedness Test
  3. William A. Haseltine Public-Health Funding Today Keeps the Doctor Away
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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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91 commentaries, Updated on 19 Aug 2022

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

  1. Laura Tyson, et al. Progressive Federalism to Combat Judicial Extremism
  2. Yasmine Sherif, et al. The Taliban’s War on Women and Girls
  3. Khadyja Sy, et al. Can Gender Equality Be Saved?
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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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248 commentaries, Updated on 23 Sep 2022

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

  1. Landry Signé The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential
  2. Donald P. Kaberuka Investing in Africa’s Health
  3. Daniel Cohen, et al. A Fork in the Road for Development Financing
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116 commentaries, Updated on 22 Sep 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. Nicholas Agar Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?
  2. William A. Haseltine Health Messaging in the Disinformation Age
  3. Noëlle Lenoir Fighting Big Lies
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258 commentaries, Updated on 23 Sep 2022

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

  1. José Manuel Barroso Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe
  2. Mark Cliffe The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails
  3. Donald P. Kaberuka Investing in Africa’s Health
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42 commentaries, Updated on 16 Aug 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. Carl Bildt Did the Afghan Failure Lead to the Ukraine War?
  2. Brahma Chellaney The Afghan Abyss
  3. Charles A. Kupchan, et al. America's Afghan Imperative
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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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