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COVID-19 and Human Freedom

The upsurge of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States serves as a bitter reminder that the pandemic

What Difference Did 9/11 Make?

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were a horrific shock. Images of trapped victims leaping from the Twin Towers

The Colonial Trap

On February 20, 1947, Clement Attlee, the socialist British prime minister, informed parliament that India would become independent no later

The G20 Must Recommit to COVAX

It is one year since the international community gave its backing to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) facility to

America’s Return to Realism

US President Joe Biden’s speech defending the withdrawal from Afghanistan announced a decisive break with a tradition of foreign-policy idealism

Green National Accounting

Once, on a flight out of Albuquerque, I was reading a glossy magazine article criticizing gross national product when I

Monetary Order and International Security

This year includes big anniversaries in the history of the international monetary order. August 15 marked 50 years since US

The AI Revolution and Strategic Competition with China

The world is only starting to grapple with how profound the artificial-intelligence revolution will be. AI technologies will create waves

Back to the Seventies?

With the United States’ disastrous exit from Afghanistan, the parallels between the 2020s and the 1970s just keep growing. Has

The Stagflation Threat Is Real

I have been warning for several months that the current mix of persistently loose monetary, credit, and fiscal policies will

Abandoned and Alone: Lamenting the US-Australian Alliance

Listening to Australian pundits talk about the relationship of their country with the US – at least from a strategic

The Case for a Food Systems Stability Board

The COVID-19 pandemic, rising rates of global poverty and inequality, persistent conflict, and the escalating climate and biodiversity crises are

The Evolution of American Capitalism

Jonathan Levy, a historian at the University of Chicago, is a leader in the burgeoning movement to place capitalism at

The Danger of “Nothing to Lose”

Presidents, generals, dictators, and ordinary people take big risks when they have nothing to lose, similar to a quarterback in

Biden’s Cruel Summer

A political leader’s performance and legacy are usually defined more by how he handles his inbox than by whether he

The Transformative Power of Early Education

In the small northern Croatian town of Orehovica, preschoolers get together twice a week to play and learn. The classes,

The G7, the UN, and Afghanistan’s Future

This week, G7 leaders will convene to discuss Afghanistan. It’s crucial that the G7 leaders think clearly about the important

Star Trek Versus Imperialist Doctrine

On February 9, 1967, hours after the US Air Force pounded Haiphong Harbor and several Vietnamese airfields, NBC television screened

How to Reap a Demographic Dividend

Mozambique often makes international headlines these days because of its frequent cyclones and the worsening conflict in the north of

The Failed Coup that Failed Russia

Thirty years ago this month, a group of communist hardliners seized control of Moscow and placed Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev