How gender parity improves global health

By Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Senait Fisseha GENEVA – Since the start of the year, we have traveled from Afghanistan and Pakistan, where health workers administering the polio vaccine are battling snowstorms to reach children who need it, to North Kivu, where officials are trying to stop one of the deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history.

The Social Solution to Automation

By Nicholas Agar WELLINGTON – Nowadays, one struggles to think of any jobs that will still be available for our children when they grow up.

The Race to Challenge Trump

By Michael J. Boskin                                STANFORD – With the first debate between Democratic candidates just four months away, the 2020 US presidential campaign is off to an early start.

West Africa’s Democratic Tipping Point?

By  Olusegun Obasanjo, John Dramani Mahama, Ernest Bai Koroma, and Saulos Chilima ABEOKUTA/MUNICH/FREETOWN/LILONGWE – The decision to postpone Nigeria’s presidential election, made just hours before polls were due to open, has raised fears about the integrity of the eventual vote.

Empowering the African Union

By  Donald P. Kaberuka KIGALI – When the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded in 1963, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, the bloc’s first president, issued a clarion call: “What we require is a single African organization through which Africa’s single voice may be heard, within which Africa’s problems may be studied and resolved.

Global Health Versus Online Trolls

By Junaid Nabi Junaid Nabi is a public health researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Digital dangers to democracy

By Laura Chinchilla SAN JOSÉ – Hardly a day goes by without some new allegation that social media are undermining democracy.

Macron’s Great Gamble

By  Jean Tirole TOULOUSE – In reaction to the ongoing “Yellow Vest” revolt in France, President Emmanuel Macron has decided to hold a “grand” nationwide debate.

Why is immigration different from trade?

By Amar Bhidé MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – Despite the current backlash against free trade, exemplified most prominently by US President Donald Trump’s protectionist “America First” agenda, the economic case for easing the movement of goods and services across borders is strong and straightforward.

From Yellow Vests to the Green New Deal

By Joseph E. Stiglitz NEW YORK – It’s old news that large segments of society have become deeply unhappy with what they see as “the establishment,” especially the political class.

Prospects for US-China Relations in 2019

By  Kevin Rudd NEW YORK – Throughout 2018, much of Asia has been shaken by the new and increasingly unpredictable dynamics in Sino-American relations.

Beyond GDP

By Joseph E. Stiglitz INCHEON – Just under ten years ago, the International Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress issued its report, Mismeasuring Our Lives: Why GDP Doesn’t Add Up.

Capitalizing on Africa’s Demographic Dividend

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The bleak fate of the Amazon

By  Paulo Artaxo Paulo Artaxo is Professor of Environmental Physics and Head of the Department of Applied Physics at the University of São Paulo.

Who deserves credit for the strong US economy?

By Michael J. Boskin STANFORD – US President Donald Trump claims credit for “the greatest ever” economy, and constantly contrasts economic conditions today with the historically weak recovery under President Barack Obama.

The disruptive power of ethnic nationalism

By Shlomo Ben-Ami TEL AVIV – This summer, Israel passed a controversial new “nation-state law” that asserted that “the right [to exercise] national self-determination” is “unique to the Jewish people” and established Hebrew as Israel’s official language, downgrading Arabic to a “special status.” But the drive to impose a homogeneous identity on a diverse society is hardly unique to Israel.

Winning the war on tuberculosis

By Ibrahim Assane Mayaki Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, a former Prime Minister of Niger, is CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

Social Solidarity for Sustainable Development

By Gro Harlem Brundtland OSLO – The late Kofi Annan once said that climate change is the “existential issue of our time.” A wave of extreme weather events this past summer – from wildfires in California and Sweden to floods in India and drought in Australia – show just how right he was.

The case against climate despair

By Carl Bildt STOCKHOLM – Heat waves and extreme-weather events across the Northern Hemisphere this summer have brought climate change back to the forefront of public debate.

Soros – A better bailout was possible

By Rob Johnson and George Soros NEW YORK – The recent exchange between Joe Stiglitz and Larry Summers about “secular stagnation” and its relation to the tepid economic recovery after the 2008-2009 financial crisis is an important one.

Trump’s assault on refugees

By  Gordon Brown LONDON – The decision by US President Donald Trump’s administration to stop funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has politicized humanitarian aid, threatens to add yet more fuel to one of the world’s most combustible conflicts, and jeopardizes the futures of a half-million Palestinian children and young people.

The Toll of Putin’s Wars

By  Anders Åslund STOCKHOLM – Wars are expensive, as the Russian people are now learning.

America the Loser

By  J. Bradford DeLong J. Bradford DeLong, a former deputy assistant US Treasury secretary, is Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Fifty Shades of Trump

By Elizabeth Drew Elizabeth Drew is a contributing editor to The New Republic and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.

Should we be worried about productivity trends?

By Sandile Hlatshwayo and Michael Spence Sandile Hlatshwayo recently received her PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and will join the International Monetary Fund in the fall.

Urbanization 2.0

By Carl Bildt CHICAGO – We are now in the final days of the industrial age.

Who Is Marine Le Pen?

PARIS – I vividly remember French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s first appearance on television.

A big bond for Africa

By Nancy Birdsall and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala LAGOS – The countries of Sub-Saharan Africa have reached a critical juncture.

Trump and the Rebirth of Press Freedom

By Tony Karon NEW YORK – US President Donald Trump’s administration has shocked the mainstream press by bullying news outlets and unabashedly trafficking in “alternative facts” (also known as lies).

Donald Trump’s North Korean family values

By Kent Harrington Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA analyst, served as National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Chief of Station in Asia, and the CIA’s Director of Public Affairs.

The Manchurian Cabinet

By Nina L Khrushcheva MOSCOW – Donald Trump’s transition from US President-elect to taking power recalls nothing so much as a forgotten Hollywood genre: the paranoid melodrama.

The new xenophobia

By Ngaire Woods OXFORD – Democratic governments in the West are increasingly losing their bearings.

Missing the economic big picture

By J. Bradford DeLong BERKELEY – I recently heard former World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy paraphrasing a classic Buddhist proverb, wherein China’s Sixth Buddhist Patriarch Huineng tells the nun Wu Jincang: “When the philosopher points at the moon, the fool looks at the finger.” Lamy added that, “Market capitalism is the moon.

How Trump happened

By Joseph E Stiglitz Joseph E Stiglitz, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001 and the John Bates Clark Medal in 1979, is University Professor at Columbia University, Co-Chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute.

Reform or divorce in Europe

By Joseph E Stiglitz   NEW YORK – To say that the eurozone has not been performing well since the 2008 crisis is an understatement.

The data-poor lives of adolescents

By Ali H Mokdad   SEATTLE – Data can save lives. Without it, we wouldn’t know that smoking causes lung cancer and coronary disease, that helmets reduce death rates for motorcycle accidents, and that better education for women improves child survival – and much else.

How to end hunger

ISTANBUL/KUALA LUMPUR – Last September, world leaders made a commitment to end hunger by 2030, as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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