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    Vaccine Producers Must Step Up

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Governments of countries where vaccines are being produced – the United States, European Union members, the United Kingdom, India, Russia, and China – need to cooperate under United Nations leadership to ensure that a sufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses reaches the poorest countries. Five steps are especially urgent.

    urges governments to take five steps to ensure global immunization against COVID-19 before it's too late.
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    Japan's Four-Horse Race

    Takatoshi Ito

    The winner of the Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential race this month will succeed outgoing LDP leader and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. And while party leadership contests usually are subject to the uncertainties of factional politicking, there is good reason to think that this time will be different.

    profiles the main contenders to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
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    The Security Deficit

    As the world changes rapidly, so does the nature of the risks we face. Yet our models for mitigating security threats have largely failed to keep up. In The Security Deficit, Project Syndicate, in partnership with the Doha Forum, brings together leading experts, academics, practitioners, and politicians to identify the world’s biggest vulnerabilities – and show what it will take to strengthen our defenses.

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The Coming Food Fight

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused hunger to spike, highlighting the need for radical reforms of the global food system to ensure its long-term resilience. But many fear that the United Nations Food Systems Summit on September 23 will entrench the current inequitable status quo instead of delivering real change.

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After Merkel

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  2. Joschka Fischer,
  3. Ana Palacio,
  4. Mark Leonard,
  5. Helmut K. Anheier,
  6. Constanze Stelzenmüller,
  7. Elmira Bayrasli

As Germany’s chancellor since 2005, Angela Merkel has been a pillar of the European and global order. But whoever succeeds her following the country’s September 26 federal election must also address massive structural challenges and widespread popular anxieties at home.

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AI Wars

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  2. Kai-fu Lee,
  3. Frank-Jürgen Richter,
  4. Stan Matwin,
  5. Aida Ponce Del Castillo,
  6. Stefaan G. Verhulst,
  7. Mona Sloane

While recent advances in artificial intelligence may not justify either excessive optimism or dystopian visions, the technology will significantly reshape economies and societies. But will geopolitical competition and a surfeit of hype hamper progress toward setting standards for this critical technology’s responsible development and use?

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