By Jorge Familiar World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean On a recent trip to Latin America I met Marco Gómez, an inspiring young entrepreneur from Costa Rica who studied aerospace engineering abroad on a scholarship.
By Ibrahim Assane Mayaki Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, a former Prime Minister of Niger, is CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Anders Åslund STOCKHOLM – Wars are expensive, as the Russian people are now learning.
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.
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.
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.
By Carl Bildt CHICAGO – We are now in the final days of the industrial age.
PARIS – I vividly remember French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s first appearance on television.
By Nancy Birdsall and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala LAGOS – The countries of Sub-Saharan Africa have reached a critical juncture.
NEW DELHI – India’s parliamentary system, inherited from the British, is rife with ineffiencies.
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).
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.
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.
By Ngaire Woods OXFORD – Democratic governments in the West are increasingly losing their bearings.
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.
By Nina L Khrushcheva NEW YORK – “What we love will ruin us,” predicted Aldous Huxley in 1932.
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.
By Joseph E Stiglitz NEW YORK – To say that the eurozone has not been performing well since the 2008 crisis is an understatement.
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.
By Peter D Sutherland LONDON – Migration continues to dominate political debate in many countries.
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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