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The Political Lessons of COVID-19

If an evil mind were to engineer the perfect virus to wipe out an animal species, it would choose the

The Great COVID Stonewall of China

COVID-19 has now been with us for more than a year and a half. It has stopped societies in their

What’s Behind the “Crisis of Democracy”?

Donald Trump is out of the White House, but nobody in their right mind would say that the world has

The Summer of Disaster

The world is facing two disasters that are making the COVID-19 crisis doubly worse than it ought to be. The

Biden’s Neo-Populist Economic Doctrine

The paradox is that the “Biden doctrine” has more in common with Trump’s policies than with those of Barack Obama’s

America’s Ambivalent Commitment to International Justice

On the recent fifth anniversary of an international arbitral tribunal’s ruling that rejected Chinese claims over the South China Sea,

Time to Relax Global Travel Restrictions

Anyone who risks a visit to Canada these days needs to take care. Canadians are threatening six months in jail,

European Colonialism in Africa Is Alive

Last year, as the Black Lives Matter movement was intensifying across the United States following Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s

Europe’s Hijab Test

In mid-July, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that private employers in the EU can ban

Is the US Economy Running Out of Slack?

How much slack is there in the US economy? In economics, the “gap version” of Okun’s law holds that a

China’s Animal Spirits Deficit

When it comes to the Chinese economy, I have been a congenital optimist for over 25 years. But now I

A Big Step Forward for Global Tax Justice

Multilateralism has been on the defensive in recent years. In a global setting that is more multipolar than multilateral, competition

Globalization Strikes Back

The summer of 2021 has come to be largely defined by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating climate change. Both

Europe’s Green Unilateralism

The European Union is one of the few signatories to the 2015 Paris climate agreement that initially committed to binding

The Changing Map of Economics

The International Economic Association’s triennial World Congress has long been one of the most important global gatherings of economists, owing

Dismal Economics

Self-regarding economics departments at prestigious academic institutions no longer bother to teach the history of economic thought – a field

The Dangers of Decoupling

The Chinese government’s crackdown on Alibaba last year, and on the ride-hailing company Didi this month, has generated fevered speculation

Latin America’s Perfect Storm

Latin America is experiencing an especially grave set of crises. The region’s economies are stagnating. Its politics are broken. And,

Afghanistan: No Peace without a Clear Vision

Peace is the absence of war, while war is the absence of peace! A negotiated peace in Afghanistan presents a

Facebook Should Ban More World Leaders

I’ve been a professional free-expression advocate for more than a decade. That is why I support the Facebook Oversight Board’s