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A Wrong Turn for World Bank Concessional Lending

The International Development Association is the part of the World Bank that is meant to help the world’s poorest countries.

Updating the Global Refugee Regime

The debacle in Afghanistan has rekindled the global debate over how to manage refugee flows. There is widespread concern that

Data Privacy Chinese-Style

China has just passed a major data-privacy law. Inspired by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, China’s Personal Information

The Afghan Tragedy and the Age of Unpeace

The images of desperate Afghans scaling the perimeter fence at Kabul’s airport in an attempt to flee Taliban rule provide

The Olympic-Size Difference Between India and China

The Tokyo Olympic Games are over, and the Japanese people and government have heaved a sigh of relief that the

Will Biden Make a Historic Mistake at the Fed?

In 1987, Alan Greenspan was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan to chair the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors,

Europe’s New Refugee Crisis

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has already deepened conflicts elsewhere, including Europe, where a confrontation is escalating between Belarus and

Can Economics Keep Up?

When the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen received the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award,

How Paradigm Blindness Leads to Bad Policy

We live in an age of systemic gridlock, policy chaos, and sudden-shock failures. How is it possible that Afghan security

Mind the Mind Gap

Over the past 60 years, some development gaps across countries have narrowed impressively. But others have persisted. And one has

A Dose of Eurorealism

The narrative is becoming a trope: the United States and China are locked in a battle for global supremacy in

The Pandemic’s Impact on China’s Growth Prospects

In the second quarter of 2021, China’s GDP grew by 7.9% year on year. That was a relatively strong performance,

A World of Heat and Headwinds

As recently as three months ago, the global economy seemed to be on track for a relatively robust recovery. The

Pandemics and Progress

No one would want to repeat the past 18 months. COVID-19, climate change, and global political developments have left tens

Why Nation-Building Failed in Afghanistan

The United States invaded Afghanistan 20 years ago with the hope of rebuilding a country that had become a scourge

Biden’s Iranian Opportunity

For years, Iranian moderates, such as former President Hassan Rouhani, tried and failed to reach an understanding with the West.

Friends of the Taliban?

The days and nights following the Taliban’s capture of Kabul and the collapse of the Afghan government have been remarkably

America’s Withdrawal of Choice

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country. His government has collapsed as Taliban fighters enter Kabul. Bringing back memories

Pax Americana Died in Kabul

The terrorist takeover of Afghanistan, following President Joe Biden’s precipitous and bungling military exit, has brought an ignoble end to

Ending the Drowning Epidemic

Each year, more than 80,000 children globally die from a danger that gets little public attention and is not taken