Commentary





  • The two dark sides of COVID-19 

    The apocalyptic images of the locked-down Chinese city of Wuhan have reached us all. The world is holding its breath over the spread of the new coronavirus,...

  • A European strategy is missing in action 

    Each February, the Munich Security Conference offers an opportunity to take the temperature of international affairs, especially trans-Atlantic relations....

  • That 1970s feeling 

    It is too soon to predict the long-run arc of the coronavirus outbreak. But it is not too soon to recognize that the next global recession could be around the...

  • The true price of carbon 

    At the center of many policy challenges is a contest between “realists” and “radicals.” That’s true of the ongoing Democratic primary race in the United...

  • The gender power gap 

    Gender inequality is the overwhelming injustice of our age and the biggest human rights challenge we face.

  • What are we waiting for to implement a social protection rescue plan? 

    An economic meltdown seems all but imminent and the worse is yet to come. If the newly formed government doesn’t act swiftly on mobilizing social protection...

  • Understanding Sanders 

    When U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders describes himself as a “democratic socialist,” he arguably is using those words in a different way than many other people.

  • A pandemic of deglobalization? 

    The outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, that began in Wuhan, China, may well turn into a global pandemic.

  • A tale of two demagogues 

    “America loves India,” declared U.S. President Donald Trump on his recent visit to the Indian state of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s power base.

  • The West’s final countdown? 

    The year is still young, but its historical significance is already clear. At least as far as the West is concerned, foreseeable events in the coming months...

  • A 'passport fiasco' and a disgraced Patel 

    You may have caught sight of U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel gleefully showing off the new, post-Brexit U.K. passport a few days ago.

  • Between social order and chaos 

    The issue has been and will always be how society progresses from a state of disorder and uncertainty to one of high order and reasonableness.

  • Why Bernie? 

    For the last 50 years, almost every U.S. presidential election has brought a new swing of the national political pendulum. Richard Nixon’s shifty...

  • The end of the EU’s Brexit bounce 

    After the United Kingdom voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, policymakers and political leaders across Europe feared that they, too, would soon face a...

  • Is a strong economy enough to re-elect Trump? 

    With the U.S. presidential primaries underway, everyone is wondering whether President Donald Trump will be re-elected in November. Opinion polls show that...

  • A crucial issue and its repercussions 

    Paying Eurobonds loans or not repaying them on maturity is a crucial issue today due to its possible repercussions in the future on the country’s abilities to...

  • Trump’s 'currency manipulation' con 

    Would you believe the following story if you heard it? Imagine a small, rural town with one general store that sells to, and buys from, the farmers living in...

  • The monetarist fantasy is over 

    The forced resignation of the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, is the latest sign that macroeconomic policy is being upended, and...