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305 commentaries, Updated on 20 Feb 2024

Africa’s economic rise is a world-changing development, but the sources of its emerging strength – and lingering weaknesses – are little understood. W…

  1. Rabah Arezki Africa’s Shifting Economic Paradigm
  2. Bogolo Kenewendo The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance
  3. Colin Coleman A Marshall Plan for Africa
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40 commentaries, Updated on 16 Feb 2024

Project Syndicate commentaries on the conflict in Gaza following the October 7, 2023, Hamas attacks on Israel.

  1. Daoud Kuttab Can Marwan Barghouti Be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela?
  2. Carla Norrlöf Settler Sanctions and the Liberal International Order
  3. Yun Sun Why China Won’t Fight the Houthis
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28 commentaries, Updated on 2 Jan 2024

PS commentators consider the challenges and opportunities presented by the UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai.

  1. Antara Haldar Look East to Fix Climate Governance
  2. Laurence Tubiana, et al. The IMF Needs to Lead on Climate Finance
  3. Gernot Wagner How to Assess the Outcome of COP28
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120 commentaries, Updated on 20 Feb 2024

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Project Syndicate is highlighting a selection of insightful commentaries written by female contributors on iss…

  1. Bogolo Kenewendo The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance
  2. Ashwini Deshpande Are Social Norms Really the Main Cause of Low Female Employment?
  3. Nisha Arunatilake Sri Lanka’s Debt Restructuring Is Hurting Older Women
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26 commentaries, Updated on 21 Feb 2024

In Finance of the Future, Project Syndicate, with support from Circle, brings together leading experts, innovators, regulators, and more to examine th…

  1. Josh Burek Is Blockchain Ready for Primetime?
  2. Steve Kaczynski, et al. The Rise of Consumer Crypto
  3. Ian Ayres, et al. FTX Was Never Really Bankrupt
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86 commentaries, Updated on 20 Feb 2024

As former Irish President Mary Robinson and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu pointed out nearly a decade ago, “climate change is a matter of ju…

  1. Bogolo Kenewendo The Case for Mission-Driven Climate Finance
  2. Patrick Guillaumont, et al. Official Development Assistance Must Recognize Countries’ Vulnerabilities
  3. Monique Barbut, et al. Realizing the Potential of the Climate Loss and Damage Fund
Putin's War on Ukraine

416 commentaries, Updated on 21 Feb 2024

Russia has failed to achieve the quick victory in Ukraine for which it apparently hoped, but a prolonged war of attrition would amount to a different …

  1. Dmytro Kuleba, et al. Europe and the World Need Ukraine to Prevail
  2. Joschka Fischer Europe Is Home Alone
  3. Mark Leonard The Trump Effect Takes Europe
The Light Bulb

57 commentaries, Updated on 7 Feb 2024

In The New Enlightenment, Project Syndicate, in partnership with The New Institute, brings together leading experts, academics, practitioners, and pol…

  1. Bertrand Badré, et al. How to Democratize AI
  2. Mariana Mazzucato A Progressive Green Growth Narrative
  3. Dani Rodrik Confronting Our Four Biggest Economic Challenges
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41 commentaries, Updated on 19 Feb 2024

Activists, campaigners, and other experts consider how to support freedom, justice, and human dignity globally.

  1. Nabil Ahmed Cracks in the New Gilded Age
  2. Carla Norrlöf Settler Sanctions and the Liberal International Order
  3. Adam Michnik interviewed by Irena Grudzińska Gross The Redemocratization of Poland
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64 commentaries, Updated on 23 Feb 2024

PS commentators consider how to seize the opportunities and mitigate the risks created by artificial intelligence.

  1. Edoardo Campanella Which AI Risks Matter?
  2. S. Alex Yang, et al. The Case for Regulating Generative AI Through Common Law
  3. Bertrand Badré, et al. How to Democratize AI
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192 commentaries, Updated on 20 Feb 2024

Project Syndicate commentaries on the growing threats to liberal democracy, open societies, and the rule of law around the world.

  1. Daniela Schwarzer Will Europe Ever Get Serious About Defense?
  2. Adeel Malik Pakistan’s Middle-Class Rage Against Military Rule
  3. Edward B. Foley, et al. How to Depolarize American Politics
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131 commentaries, Updated on 23 Feb 2024

Today’s media landscape is littered with landmines: open hostility from illiberal and autocratic regimes, mounting censorship in countries such as Hungary, Turkey,…

  1. Natalie Dunleavy Campbell, et al. The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet
  2. Mark Esposito, et al. The Threat of Persuasive AI
  3. Karina Montoya The Google Trial’s Dangerous Secrecy
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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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