Project syndicate Project Syndicate - The World’s Opinion Page Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:17:08 +0300 <![CDATA[Putting Asia’s Savings to Work in Asia]]> For more than three decades, Asia has been exporting its savings, through a trade surplus with the US, and re-importing them, in the form of foreign-direct and portfolio investment via New York and London. That process makes little sense, especially at a time when higher returns on investment are available within Asia itself.

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<![CDATA[Syria’s Balance of Terror]]> Given the weaknesses, divisions, and fatigue of the various forces at work in Syria – both the regime and the opposition – regional powers may now have a better chance of pushing for a sustainable ceasefire. But regional powers have their own interests, which seem to be taking precedence over ending the fighting.

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<![CDATA[Trump’s China Challenge]]> Many anticipated that America's tough-talking new president would put a halt to China’s aggressive efforts to secure strategic hegemony in Asia. But, so far, the Trump administration has shown that it is all bark and no bite.

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<![CDATA[The Price of Empire]]> Whether through national strength or civilizational weakness, India has long refused to hold any grudge against Britain for 200 years of imperial enslavement, plunder, and exploitation. But Indians’ equanimity about the past does not annul what was done – or forgive Britons' ignorance of their history.

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<![CDATA[Achieving an African Industrial Revolution]]> After decades in the slow lane, Africa's economy has had its foot on the accelerator, with impressive growth since the mid-2000s solidifying its potential as the global economy's next new growth engine. But sustaining rapid development will take work – and help from countries like China and Italy.

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<![CDATA[How to Survive the Trump Era]]> In barely a month, US President Donald Trump has managed to spread chaos and uncertainty – and a degree of fear that would make any terrorist proud – at a dizzying pace. While most elected officials welcome being all things to all people, Trump has left no room for doubt about who he is.

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<![CDATA[The European Union First]]> The world needs the European Union now more than ever. Despite recent crises and the hard blow dealt by the UK's Brexit vote, the EU may well be the world’s best line of defense against today’s most serious threats: isolationism, nationalism, xenophobia, and extremism.

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<![CDATA[Mutual Assured Deterrence]]> A new world order is beginning to evolve, but the process has so far proved slow, chaotic, and laden with risk. During this dangerous time, we should remember how we survived the Cold War: by maintaining the tools of hard power.

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<![CDATA[The Art of the North Korean Deal]]> More than two decades of nuclear diplomacy with North Korea have highlighted the need to resolve two fundamental dilemmas. And, while past political leaders have preferred to sweep them under the carpet, Donald Trump’s untraditional leadership and negotiating style could enable him to make progress where his predecessors did not.

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<![CDATA[China’s Growth Odyssey]]> China’s steadily declining rate of economic growth is a problem for both China and the world economy. Now that US President Donald Trump is set to wreak havoc on global stability, can China still hope to achieve the widely shared prosperity it has long sought?

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<![CDATA[Ensuring Euro-Atlantic Security]]> The chasm between Russia and the West appears to be wider now than at any point since the Cold War. But Americans, Europeans, and Russians must still work together to reduce shared existential threats posed by terrorism, nuclear proliferation, or their own accidents, mistakes, and miscalculations.

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<![CDATA[Restoring Faith in Globalization]]> Attacks on globalization do not follow from past economic performance or current facts. World leaders should not be shy about defending a process that has delivered more prosperity to more people than anyone could have dreamed of just a few decades ago.

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<![CDATA[How Europe Should Deal With Trump]]> In many ways, Trump’s “America first” policy is defined by its opposition to the internationalist US foreign policy of the past eight decades. But it is not in Europe’s interest to cut ties proactively now, as some are urging, before being presented with concrete US decisions that directly affect key European interests.

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<![CDATA[The Fight for Ocean Health]]> The ocean is changing for the worse, but there is growing evidence that it can regenerate. To ensure that outcome, government, business, and civil society must unite to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goal for the ocean is achieved.

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<![CDATA[Trump the Reluctant Multilateralist]]> US President Donald Trump did not take office as a committed multilateralist. But even a president committed to putting “America first” now seems to recognize – at least with respect to NATO – that a framework through which countries can pursue shared goals is not a bad thing.

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<![CDATA[A Baltic Test for European Arms Control]]> Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2014, its political and military relations with the West have deteriorated sharply. To head off the risk of an arms race or military confrontation, both sides must urgently agree to reciprocal measures to limit military capabilities and engage in arms control, beginning in the Baltics.

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<![CDATA[Trump and the Rebirth of Press Freedom]]> President Donald Trump's administration is bullying news outlets and trafficking in “alternative facts.” But Trump’s challenge to the status quo may not be an entirely bad thing: journalists now have an opportunity to root out the bad habits associated with cozying up to those in power.

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<![CDATA[Trump’s Palestine Quandary]]> This week’s meeting between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was supposed to focus on their shared desire to reverse the Iran nuclear deal. But the Israeli Knesset’s retroactive legalization of settlements in Palestinian territory will probably require a reshuffling of priorities.

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<![CDATA[How to Be a Misleader]]> Under President Donald Trump, the United States seems to find itself confronting an extraordinarily ego-driven administration. In fact, it’s worse: in his first month in office, Trump appears to be consolidating governance by id.

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<![CDATA[Learning from Bill Gates]]> The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spends more each year on development than most rich governments do. Everyone – from elected officials and bureaucrats to voters and taxpayers – can learn from the world’s largest charitable foundation about effective development spending.

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