Monday, May 27, 2019

American Soft Power in the Age of Trump

US President Donald Trump’s administration has shown little interest in public diplomacy. And yet public diplomacy — a government’s efforts to communicate directly with...

No time to waste: Stop plastic pollution

Plastic pollution kills an estimated one million people around the world each year and causes enormous damage to the environment, health and livelihoods of...

Europe Should Lead on Climate Action

Since the massive mobilization effort that preceded the 2009 Conference of the Parties (COP15) in Copenhagen, the world has begun translating words and intentions...

Towards a disastrous war

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power once called genocidal wars “a problem from hell.” As US President Donald Trump’s administration ratchets...

Malaria on the march again

Mosquitoes are often described as the most dangerous animals on earth, because the diseases they transmit – including malaria, dengue, and Zika — cause...

Putting Growth in its Place

After leaving Goldman Sachs in May 2013, I had the privilege of chairing an independent City Growth Commission to study the geographical imbalances of...

Seven Fallacies of Economic Sanctions

The sanctions imposed on Iran by US President Donald Trump have begun to bite the country’s economy hard. Inflation, seemingly defeated by President Hassan...

Creative Disruption in Health Care and Education

Governments are often more eager to invest in physical infrastructure — such as roads, bridges, and airports — than in human capital, through channels...

Sri Lanka mourns its dead, will rise again

Last week the world joined Sri Lanka in mourning as it buried victims of the coordinated bomb-blasts that killed over 250 people and maimed...

Data Protection is Social Protection

In recent decades, social assistance programs around the world have been strengthened to the point that they now benefit more than 2.5 billion people,...

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