Project syndicate Project Syndicate - The World’s Opinion Page Mon, 29 May 2017 07:04:58 +0300 <![CDATA[The Promise of China’s Pearl River Delta]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 16:29:51 +0300 <![CDATA[Too Many Health Clinics Hurt Developing Countries]]> The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa highlighted the urgent need for stronger, more resilient health-care systems in developing countries. But, far from ensuring that outcome, the hasty construction of more health facilities can undermine it.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump’s Flying Circus]]> With his mounting domestic scandals in tow, Donald Trump spent the past week overseas, on his first foreign trip as US president. Despite the cordial welcome Trump received from America’s allies, it is becoming increasingly clear that US global leadership will suffer under his administration.

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<![CDATA[Democracy Trumps Terrorism]]> The people who plan and commit terrorist acts will probably never learn that theirs is a lost cause – that life always wins over death. Although open societies will undoubtedly have to withstand more Manchester-like attacks in the future, it is already clear that democracy will not be defeated by them.

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<![CDATA[The Hunger Bonds]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 10:59:55 +0300 <![CDATA[The Shrinking of the Presidency]]> US President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was.” But Donald Trump is testing that maxim: by somehow managing to reduce the position to his size, the US presidency may have met its match.

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<![CDATA[Manchester’s Bright Future]]> Those who live in and around Manchester and other cities need to feel part of their community and share its aspirations. Residents who identify with their community are less likely to harm it – whether through terrorism or other anti-social behavior – and are more likely to contribute actively to its renewed vigor.

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<![CDATA[Rethinking the Next China]]> Once an adapter to globalization, China is increasingly a driver of it. The Next China is becoming a Global China, upping the ante on its connection to an increasingly integrated world – and creating a new set of risks and opportunities.

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<![CDATA[Confronting Europe’s Illiberals]]> The European Union's credibility already suffers when its leaders hold ambiguous attitudes toward Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US President Donald Trump. But continuing to waver over full-fledged autocrats, like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, will have even more serious costs.

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<![CDATA[Iran’s Long Economic Journey]]> The landslide re-election of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, reflects the by now familiar pattern of continuity and change that has characterized Iran’s major elections over the last two decades. But it also stands out in one key way: Rouhani has remained popular despite pursuing painful macroeconomic stabilization.

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<![CDATA[The TPP’s Second Act]]> India and Japan are demonstrating that Asia’s major powers can frustrate Chinese ambitions without the US. To see this dynamic at work, look no further than Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent declaration that Japan will continue to push ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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<![CDATA[China’s Imperial Overreach]]> According to a Chinese proverb, “To feed the ambition in your heart is like carrying a tiger under your arm.” The further Xi carries China’s “one belt, one road” initiative, the more likely it is to bite him.

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<![CDATA[Maintaining Growth in a Fast-Aging Asia]]> In past decades, Asian countries reaped a demographic dividend from a young, expanding workforce and strong growth policies. But the region is aging remarkably fast, and advanced and emerging economies alike are now at risk of growing old before ever becoming rich.

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<![CDATA[Awakening from the Trump Nightmare]]> The American people can escape from the ordeal of Donald Trump’s presidency in one of three ways. But if and when they do is an irreducibly political question, not one that hinges on legal possibilities.

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<![CDATA[The Six-Day War at 50]]> The world is about to mark the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria – a conflict that continues to stand out in a region with a modern history largely defined by violence. The war lasted less than a week, but its legacy remains pronounced a half-century later.

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<![CDATA[Understanding Today’s Stagnation]]> One explanation for today’s stagnation focuses on growing angst about new technologies that could eventually replace many or most of our jobs, fueling massive economic inequality. People may be increasingly reluctant to spend today because they have vague fears about their employability tomorrow.

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<![CDATA[What NATO Needs from Trump]]> As Donald Trump’s first foreign trip as president proceeds, the turmoil generated by his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing inquiry into his election campaign’s ties with Russia are following him. Nowhere will the events in Washington weigh more heavily than in Brussels, where Trump will meet with NATO leaders.

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<![CDATA[How Macron Can Unite Europe]]> Pushing for the creation of a fiscal union without a political union could forever block the road to European unification, and set the people of Europe against one another more than the euro ever did. If French President Emmanuel Macron really wants to unite Europe, he should focus on strengthening defense partnerships.

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<![CDATA[The Iranian Opportunity]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 23:49:51 +0300 <![CDATA[The Rouhani Factor]]> In the 1980s, the US did not formulate its policy toward the Soviet bloc without careful consideration of political developments there. It would be folly for the US to formulate policy on Iran without giving domestic developments there the attention they deserve.

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