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Will Hong Kong Be Tiananmen 2.0? Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

The United Kingdom returned Hong Kong to China 23 years ago on the promise that the territory would enjoy a “high degree of autonomy” under the “one country, two systems” principle for at least 50 years. For the first decade or so, China largely fulfilled that promise. But its commitment to..

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UK government decides to merge DFID with Foreign Office

Krishna Prasad Sharma, LONDON:- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the Department for International Development (DFID) would now be merged with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Speaking in the weekly 'question hour' in parliament on Tuesday, PM Johnson said DFID would be..

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Firm Priorities for Fragile States Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

No country has been spared the impact of COVID-19. But some – the world’s most “fragile states” – face a particularly difficult set of challenges. Before the pandemic arrived, Yemen, Sudan, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Venezuela, and other struggling countries were already..

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What’s in a Recession? Monday, June 15th, 2020

On June 8, the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that economic activity in the United States had peaked in February 2020, formally marking the start of a recession. But we already knew that we were in a recession that had likely begun around that..

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The World Waits for No Country

The United States finds itself confronting several daunting challenges simultaneously. There is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already claimed nearly 120,000 lives and shows little sign of abating in large swaths of the country. The economic impact has been devastating, with some 40 million..

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Trump at West Point: Un-Policing the World Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Donald Trump claims to be the law-and-order president of the United States. There does not seem much sign of this as the stitching of the Republic gets undone. Protesters have been given a considerable roughing up across several states; police forces are in retreat before proposals of defunding..

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Modi’s Fiscal Follies

Students in introductory macroeconomics courses typically used to learn about the paradox of thrift. This theory, popularized by John Maynard Keynes, states that if households decide to save more and consume less during a slowdown or recession (because of uncertainty about future income), then the..

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Will COVID-19 Widen the Gender Justice Gap? Saturday, June 13th, 2020

Worldwide, an estimated 1.5 billion people face legal problems they cannot resolve, while 4.5 billion – particularly women, the poor, and other vulnerable people – are excluded from the protections and opportunities that the law provides. True, the news is not all bad. United Nations..

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How People Power Strengthens the Rule of Law Friday, June 12th, 2020

On a cold winter’s night in July 2016, thousands of people gathered inside and outside Rotten Row Magistrates’ Court in Harare to await the verdict in the Zimbabwean government’s case against Pastor Evan Mawarire, the leader of the #ThisFlag movement and a staunch opponent of then-President..

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The Middle East’s Threat Multiplier

Survey the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and you will find no shortage of crises, from escalating tensions between the United States and Iran to the cycles of violence in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere. Countless young people across the region feel a sense of despair as they confront the..

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Is Age Discrimination Acceptable?

Should we value all human lives equally? This question arose in an acute form in March, when the coronavirus overwhelmed Italy’s health-care system. Envisaging a situation in which there would not be enough ventilators for all patients needing one, a working group of the Italian Society of..

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America’s Calamity Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

It has been a calamity for the United States that, when two national tragedies – the COVID-19 crisis and the country’s legacy of racism – collided this spring, the occupant of the White House was an unstable person, totally unfit to govern. President Donald Trump’s inability to cope with..

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Chinese Diplomats Behaving Badly

Chinese diplomats have long had a reputation as well-trained, colorless, and cautious professionals who pursue their missions doggedly without attracting much unfavorable attention. But a new crop of younger diplomats are ditching established diplomatic norms in favor of aggressively promoting..

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