An education crisis for all

By Alice Albright WASHINGTON, DC – Aichetou, a 14-year-old girl, lives on the outskirts of Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, in Africa’s Sahel region.

The Case for a World Carbon Bank

By Kenneth Rogoff CAMBRIDGE – Although much derided by climate-change deniers, not least US President Donald Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal hits the nail on the head with its urgent call for the United States to lead by example on global warming.

Empowering Africa’s powerful women

By Zainab Bangura FREETOWN – As the protests that led to the ouster of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in April continue to rage, the large numbers of women taking to the streets of Khartoum are giving hope to female leaders across Africa.

A Confrontation from Hell

By  Amin Saikal CANBERRA – Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power once called genocidal wars “a problem from hell.” As US President Donald Trump’s administration ratchets up tensions with Iran, the world must now reckon with the prospect of a “confrontation from hell” between the two countries.

Where do good jobs come from?

By Daron Acemoglu CAMBRIDGE – Around the world this May Day, policy proposals that would have appeared radical just a few years ago are now on the agenda.

Trump is guilty as not charged

By Elizabeth Drew WASHINGTON, DC – The political situation in the United States is more unsettled now than at any time since I began covering it, including the Watergate era.

Approaching Two Regions

By Luis Alberto Moreno President of the Inter-American Development Bank For many people in the Caribbean, mentioning the Arabian Gulf is likely to conjure up images of a distant desert.

Europe must unite on China

BRUSSELS – When seeking investment capital and seemingly lucrative commercial deals, EU member-state governments do not always consider shared European interests.

Let’s talk about geoengineering

By David Keith CAMBRIDGE – Negotiations on geoengineering technologies ended in deadlock at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, last week, when a Swiss-backed proposal to commission an expert UN panel on the subject was withdrawn amid disagreements over language.

No choice and no exit for the UK

LONDON – The United Kingdom’s protracted attempt to leave the European Union has upended the two illusions by which the world has lived since the end of the Cold War: national sovereignty and economic integration, the twin end points of history, according to Francis Fukuyama’s celebrated 1989 essay.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.