Project syndicate Project Syndicate - The World’s Opinion Page Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:58:14 +0300 <![CDATA[Investing in Poverty Reduction]]> After almost a year of accomplishing nothing, the Republican-led US Congress has managed to enact a far-reaching tax law and budget legislation that will shape the contours of future government spending. Neither will solve America's most pressing economic challenges, but each does include at least one sensible idea for tackling poverty.

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<![CDATA[Food Security’s Social Network]]> The number of chronically undernourished people in the world is rising again, as crises like climate change and violent conflict weaken food security. To reverse this trend, farmers and pastoralists need technology to help rebuild the social networks that form the basis of agricultural resilience.

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<![CDATA[The Metric God That Failed]]> Over the past few decades, formal institutions have increasingly been subjected to performance measurements that define success or failure according to narrow and arbitrary metrics. The outcome should have been predictable: institutions have done what they can to boost their performance metrics, often at the expense of performance itself.

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<![CDATA[A Networked Solution to Education Reform]]> Each year, millions of children are unable to attend school, and many who do are not receiving the quality education they deserve. But a consensus about how to address the problem is emerging, and new international forums known as "peer action networks" are providing the framework to implement solutions.

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<![CDATA[A Trade War On the World’s Poorest]]> New obstacles to free trade not only make the world less secure. Protectionism also undermines the best opportunity to transform the lives of billions of the world’s poorest people and realize benefits worth trillions of dollars every year.

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<![CDATA[Engineering a More Responsible Digital Future]]> Economic revolutions often bring profound social change, affecting everything from jobs to family size. With the digital revolution now in full swing, humanity must recommit to building more ethical machines, or face a future in which our technologies undermine basic values like human rights and civil liberties.

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<![CDATA[The Double Helix of Chinese History]]> Even when the tapestry of modern Chinese history has featured a reformist weft, it was always woven into an authoritarian warp. By the same token, while reform in the seemingly authoritarian Xi era may be a recessive trait, its expression should not be ruled out.

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<![CDATA[Misdiagnosing Kim Jong-un]]> If US President Donald Trump and his advisers continue to assume that traditional deterrence does not apply to North Korea, they are likely to lose the latest geopolitical chess match. History shows that those who mistake their political or military adversaries for lunatics are usually disastrously wrong.

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<![CDATA[The Real Reason for Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs]]> The Trump administration's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will target China, but not the way most observers believe. For the US, the most important bilateral trade issue has nothing to do with the Chinese authorities' failure to reduce excess steel capacity, as promised, and stop subsidizing exports.

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<![CDATA[A New Deal for South Africa]]> At a time when populism and authoritarianism are globally ascendant, South Africa, with the ouster of President Jacob Zuma, has an opportunity to move in a more democratic direction. But to seize it, Zuma's successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, must root out corruption and deliver economic dynamism.

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<![CDATA[Tabloid India]]> Indian media today report news recklessly, and, in the interest of ratings, focus on ephemera that have no impact on the public welfare. But trivializing public discourse and abdicating their responsibility as facilitators and protectors of democracy has cost Indian journalists dearly in terms of public trust.

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<![CDATA[The UN’s Crimes of Omission]]> In the face of violent conflicts that are producing widespread death and destruction, the UN and its most powerful members have a responsibility – as stated in the UN Charter – to do whatever they can to restore peace. They have exercised power without responsibility for too long.

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<![CDATA[The Dollar’s Doldrums]]> Economic commentators are better at rationalizing past exchange-rate movements than at forecasting future trends. So, when it comes to explanations for the dollar’s decline over the past year, we are confronted by an embarrassment of riches.

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<![CDATA[Capturing Africa’s High Returns]]> Over the next 12 years, Africa's expanding population and strong economic growth across globally competitive sectors could translate into especially high returns for investors. If Western firms do not step in to meet the consumer demand of Africa's growing middle class, their Chinese competitors will.

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<![CDATA[The Next Phase of Finance]]> Today’s strengthening economic recovery has not overcome the understandable but devastating loss of trust in the financial system that followed the crisis a decade ago. Restoring trust will require reasserting control over the financial sector, to ensure that it is serving the economy, not the other way around.

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<![CDATA[The Nation of Kangaroos]]> The naturalist Henry Beston once wrote that nonhuman animals are "other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” We should take seriously the idea that taking land from wild animals is like invading another country.

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<![CDATA[Christopher Hill Discusses Syria’s Stalemate and Trump’s Middle East]]> As Syria’s bloody stalemate enters its eighth year, hundreds of thousands have died, and millions have been displaced. Ambassador Christopher Hill joins PS Editors’ Podcast to discuss the situation.

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<![CDATA[Germany’s Dangerous Political Marriage]]> Germany’s new grand coalition – the third in Merkel’s long chancellorship – is a good outcome for Germany’s short-term stability, especially with regard to Europe. But it is a bad outcome for democracy, especially at a time when populist forces are a growing threat.

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<![CDATA[A New Approach to Infrastructure Finance]]> In the world of infrastructure finance, equity investors typically help move projects from the planning phase to construction. But in the developing world, projects are too often trampled beneath such investors' cold feet.

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<![CDATA[Could the Trump-Kim Summit Succeed?]]> The Kim-Trump summit is an opportunity that will be difficult to seize and easy to squander. For example, if Trump decertifies the Iran nuclear deal on May 12, ahead of the summit, the move would almost certainly call into question America’s good faith and ability to honor negotiated international agreements.

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