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The Post-Pandemic Recovery’s Missing Link Friday, September 18th, 2020

Trust will be key to the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. Yet over the past ten years, people’s trust in governments, public and private institutions, and one another has declined across many of the advanced economies. As is typical in periods of deep uncertainty, the price of..

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The Rise of Covidnomics Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Boundaries between academic disciplines are always artificial creations intended to facilitate analysis, given our limitations. But as the economist Albert Hirschman once argued, there are times when it is incumbent on us to trespass them. The ongoing battle against COVID-19 and its economic..

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The Greatest Generation’s Squandered Legacy Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

To the interwar generation of the first half of the twentieth century, today’s crises would have appeared rather ordinary. They had seen much worse: the two bloodiest wars in human history, mass unemployment and destitution created by the Great Depression (which still dwarfs this century’s..

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GIVE CREDIT TO TRUMP FOR HIS PEACE INITIATIVES Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

The peace accord between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel has been made possible by the initiative of President Trump and no one needs to have any doubt about this fact. Following the footsteps of UAE, Bahrain has also restored it’s relationship with Israel and both these countries have..

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The COVID Silver Linings Playbook

The human tragedies and massive economic disruptions caused by COVID-19 have rightly commanded the attention of the public and policymakers for more than six months, and should continue to do so. But in managing the immediate crisis, we must not lose sight of the opportunities. The oft-quoted line..

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America’s COVID Election Monday, September 14th, 2020

The pandemic that US President Donald Trump has handled so disastrously – over 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 are expected in the United States by Election Day – is persuading an unprecedented number of voters to cast their ballot by mail rather than expose themselves at the polls. That means..

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Reclaiming American Greatness

Julia Jackson, the mother of Jacob Blake, a young black man from Kenosha, Wisconsin, who was shot seven times in the back by police, got it right when she said, “America is great when we behave greatly.” Sadly, for the past four years, President Donald Trump has been leading America in the..

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The Q-ing of the West Sunday, September 13th, 2020

The emergence of the far-right QAnon cult in America has brought conspiratorial thinking to the forefront of global politics, particularly now that US President Donald Trump has offered his own oblique praise of the group. While the “Q” sign has become a familiar sight at Trump rallies, its..

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US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – BETWEEN DEVIL AND DEEP SEA Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Every Presidential election in the USA in the past has been marked by bitter criticisms, allegations and provocative debates. Therefore, it is not a surprise that the ongoing campaign for the next US President is also being marked by such a climate of bitter confrontation between the two..

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India’s Silenced Parliament Friday, September 11th, 2020

After a nearly six-month hiatus, the Indian parliament will reconvene in mid-September at a time of deepening national crisis. But I fear that it may be unable to hold the country’s failing government to account. Parliament is obliged to meet now, because India’s constitution limits the gap..

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The UN’s Unhappy Birthday Thursday, September 10th, 2020

The United Nations turns 75 this autumn, and if this were a normal year, many of the world’s leaders would gather in New York City to celebrate this milestone and open the annual meeting of the General Assembly. But this year is anything but normal. There will be no gathering because of COVID-19..

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The Pandemic’s Most Treacherous Phase Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

April marked the most dramatic and, some would say, dangerous phase of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States. Deaths were spiking, bodies were piling up in refrigerated trucks outside hospitals in New York City, and ventilators and personal protective equipment were in desperately short supply...

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The Solidarity America Needs

The same deep tension lies at the heart of the fight against COVID-19 and climate change, particularly in democracies. In each case, the measures necessary to save everyone entail costs that widen existing inequalities. At a time when the United States and other democracies need solidarity, the..

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The Revenge of the Special Relationship

Seventy-five years ago, the prestige of the United States and the United Kingdom could not have been higher. They had defeated imperial Japan and Nazi Germany, and they did so in the name of freedom and democracy. True, their ally, Stalin’s Soviet Union, had different ideas about these fine..

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Winning the Fight Against Cholera Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Beginning in 2017, Yemen suffered the largest and fastest-spreading cholera outbreak in modern history. Thousands of new cases were reported daily, more than half of them children. And Yemen was not alone: that year, more than 1.2 million people contracted cholera in 34 countries, and 5,654 died...

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The Coming Global Technology Fracture

The international trade regime we now have, expressed in the rules of the World Trade Organization and other agreements, is not of this world. It was designed for a world of cars, steel, and textiles, not one of data, software, and artificial intelligence. Already under severe pressure from..

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China’s Rapid Shift to a Digital Economy Monday, September 7th, 2020

Despite taking a serious hit from COVID-19 lockdowns, China’s economy has proved resilient. It has not, however, fully bounced back: some activities, especially in the service sector, simply cannot be revived. Yet, unlike most of the world, China seems unlikely to become mired in a long..

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Retiring Abenomics

The official reason given for Shinzo Abe’s departure as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister was personal health. And now, his signature economic-policy program may be headed for a similar fate. “Abenomics” was ushered in with great fanfare in 2013, so it is worth considering what it has..

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