By Paola Subacchi LONDON – A global collapse in economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly increased the risk of debt distress in many countries, pushing the poorest ones to the brink.
By Shlomo Ben-Ami TEL AVIV – In less than four years, outgoing US President Donald Trump has achieved what, historically, only devastating wars had done: recast the global order.
By Laurence Tubiana PARIS – In the space of just a week during this year’s United Nations General Assembly, representatives of the world’s largest single market and the world’s second-largest economy each laid their climate cards on the table.
By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – As Joe Biden eked out a victory in the US presidential election after a few suspenseful days, observers of American democracy were left scratching their heads.
By Shashi Tharoor NEW DELHI – Beyond the major headlines surrounding the US presidential election, a little-noticed development is attracting attention both in India and among American campaign strategists.
SAN DIEGO – It is hard to imagine more devastating effects of climate change than the fires that have been raging in California, Oregon, and Washington, or the procession of hurricanes that have approached – and, at times, ravaged – the Gulf Coast.
By Marta Valiñas, Francisco Cox Vial, and Paul Seils NEW YORK – In September 2019, the United Nations Human Rights Council mandated us to investigate alleged human-rights violations in Venezuela – specifically, extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture, and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.
By Chris Patten LONDON – When I was governor of Hong Kong, one of my noisiest critics was Sir Percy Cradock, a former British ambassador to China.
SÃO PAULO/GENT– When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Brazil’s economy, the country’s per capita income was already in steady decline.
By Muhammed Magassy BANJUL – Africa is becoming a new COVID-19 epicentre.
WASHINGTON, DC – After months of downplaying the severity of COVID-19, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has contracted it.
By William A. Haseltine CAMBRIDGE – I was recently stunned to learn of the serious consideration being given to deliberately infecting human volunteers with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in order to assess the effectiveness of potential COVID-19 vaccines.
By Jeffrey Sommers MILWAUKEE – George Floyd’s death at the hands – and under the knee – of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has triggered a wave of peaceful protests and violent rioting in most major cities across the United States.
By Simon Johnson, Galit Alter, Tess Cameron, and Michael Mina Simon Johnson is co-chair of the COVID-19 Policy Alliance and a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
By Shlomo Ben-Ami TEL AVIV – The COVID-19 crisis has become the latest front in the escalating clash of ideologies that has become a central feature of geopolitics in recent years.
By Shashi Tharoor NEW DELHI – As India’s 1.3 billion people struggle to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the country’s 28 states stands head and shoulders above the rest.
By William A. Haseltine CAMBRIDGE – Like surfers looking out for the next big breaker before the first one has passed, epidemiologists and public-health officials in the United States are bracing themselves for a fresh surge of COVID-19 infections later this year.
By Gordon Brown LONDON – “This is not a discrete one-off episode,” Wellcome Trust head Jeremy Farrar has warned.
By Myoung-hee Kim SEOUL – South Korea experienced one of the world’s largest initial outbreaks of COVID-19 outside China.
By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Arjun Jayadev, and Achal Prabhala Joseph E.