Project syndicate Project Syndicate - The World’s Opinion Page Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:48:15 +0300 <![CDATA[Venezuela’s Freedom Fighters]]> When President Nicolás Maduro announced plans to elect a constituent assembly to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution, he presented the July 30 vote as a means to restore public confidence in his government. But as the vote nears, and with protests being met by mounting violence, holding the sham election would only make matters worse.

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<![CDATA[Deciphering China’s Economic Resilience]]> International economic forecasters find it difficult to resist superimposing the experience of crisis-prone developed economies onto China. But, once again, the Chinese economy has defied the pessimists: after decelerating for six consecutive years, real GDP growth appears to be inching up in 2017.

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<![CDATA[A Cross-Party Way Forward on Brexit]]> With Brexit looming, the UK needs an experienced leader who can dispense with tribal politics and bring together sensible Tories, Labourites, and Liberal Democrats to map out the country's future. As a respected former chancellor of the exchequer, Father of the House Kenneth Clarke is the man for the job.

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<![CDATA[Unmasking the Climate-Change Deniers]]> Twenty-five years after adoption of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the world has yet to implement a treaty that effectively addresses global warming. One reason is the oil and gas industry's highly effective infrastructure of pseudo-science.

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<![CDATA[Why Obamacare Survived]]> When the 2016 general election delivered all three branches of the US government to the Republican Party, the time to fulfill the party's promise to "repeal and replace" Obamacare seemed to have arrived. Why haven't they succeeded?

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<![CDATA[Britain En Marche ?]]> Even as the UK faces the upheaval of Brexit, nobody is talking about remaking – much less challenging – the established political parties. But, while the British political system does put formidable barriers in the path of new parties, the chances of success are greater now that at any time in the past 40 years.

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<![CDATA[Ten Lessons from North Korea’s Nuclear Program]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:00:19 +0300 <![CDATA[The Coming Financial Volatility]]> Bond investors are from Mars, and central bankers are from Venus – or so suggests the bond market’s negative reaction to signals that the exceptional monetary-policy accommodation of the last decade is winding down. Are risky asset markets right to ignore the red flags that the bond markets are waving?

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<![CDATA[The West’s Decadent Foreign Policy]]> The West is increasingly reluctant to allow its vision of civil liberties and human rights to shape foreign policy, often owing to the potential commercial costs. Such foreign-policy decadence threatens to undermine the West's claim to be a community of values – and the EU's claim to be more than a glorified customs union.

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<![CDATA[The Shame of Le Monde diplomatique]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:50:00 +0300 <![CDATA[The Flip Side of Euro-Atlantic Integration]]> In recent decades, the EU has been powered by two fundamental forces: integration and expansion. But, with Britain's vote to leave the Union and illiberalism on the rise in countries like Poland and Hungary, those forces are now in doubt.

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<![CDATA[The Middle East’s Next War]]> The impending collapse of the Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate will not bring peace to the Middle East. Instead, another conflict will take center stage: the struggle for regional hegemony between Sunni Saudi Arabia, backed by the US, and Shia Iran, backed by Russia.

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<![CDATA[A Life Lived in Truth]]> For the last eight years of Liu Xiaobo’s life, the Chinese authorities robbed him of his liberty and his dignity. But in the state-enforced silence surrounding Liu’s stage-managed death, the words of his Nobel Prize lecture ring out even louder: “Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth.”

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<![CDATA[How to Reduce Germany’s Surplus]]> It stands to reason that Germany cannot simultaneously reduce its current-account surplus and continue to extend loans to other countries that have run deficits, and failed to maintain fiscal discipline. If all parties involved could reach this basic understanding, that alone would be a major step in the right direction.

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<![CDATA[When Populism Can Kill]]> By validating unfounded fears about vaccines, Italy's opposition Five Star Movement and Greece's Syriza-led government risk exposing children and other vulnerable members of society to preventable infectious diseases. When the "war on expertise" targets health-care practitioners, it has gone too far.

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<![CDATA[Fostering Arab Entrepreneurship]]> Innovative startups can be a boon to the Middle East and North Africa, bringing jobs and private-sector development to struggling economies. But regulatory environments that favor big firms and the state sector are stifling startup ecosystems, curbing the potential of the region’s most promising growth engine.

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<![CDATA[How to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance]]> Drug-resistant microbes kill 700,000 people every year – more than three times the annual death toll from armed conflicts. A global challenge of this scale demands public-private collaboration, in which governments make up for market failures, and companies bring to bear their knowledge and experience.

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<![CDATA[Capitalizing on Africa’s Youth Dividend]]> For Africa, the question is no longer “if” students are taught, but “what.” Unfortunately, while access to education has improved significantly in recent decades, school curricula have changed little since the colonial era, when secondary education was an elite privilege designed to advance the careers of a select few.

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<![CDATA[Turkey’s Year of Turmoil]]> It has been one year since the failed coup in Turkey, but questions about the country’s future still abound. Chief among them is whether Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will continue to use the events of last summer as a pretext to launch his own coup against what remains of Turkey’s secular democracy.

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<![CDATA[Trump’s Surprisingly Strong Start with India]]> Heading into the recent meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, expectations were modest. Yet the leaders of the world’s two most populous democracies ended up making important headway on strengthening the bilateral relationship.

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