Commentary

  • 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...

  • Let’s be very clear: Although Lebanon’s new government will undoubtedly secure a rubber stamp vote of confidence in Parliament in the next couple of days, it...

    In the past few months, Lebanese people have watched with alarm as their already-poor purchasing power saw a massive decline, and many have tried to shrug off...

  • Will the next recession be worse than you think? With the major central banks having little space for further interest-rate cuts, might the next cyclical...

    Donald Trump’s speech here at the World Economic Forum went over relatively well.

  • 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...

  • Who can beat Trump? 

    The U.S. presidential election in November is the most consequential in modern history. Whether the increasingly authoritarian, vindictive and dangerous...

  • Trump’s travel ban benefits only China 

    Overwhelmed by the coronavirus panic, U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment folderol, and the chaotic Iowa Democratic caucuses, few took notice of the...

  • Social Democracy beats Democratic Socialism 

    It used to be an unwritten rule of U.S. politics that a socialist could never qualify for high national office. But now a self-proclaimed “democratic...

  • Case for global health diplomacy 

    BOSTON: One of the hallmarks of an effective foreign policy is that it runs in the background, neither loud nor especially visible. Governments must urgently...

  • Toward a new Iran nuclear deal 

    BERLIN: When Iran announced in January that it would further “reduce” its commitments under the 2015 deal limiting its nuclear activities, it was not...

  • Africa must choose renewables over coal 

    African heads of state and government are convening at the annual African Union summit, and issues related to the continent’s economic growth and development...

  • Preventing the death of the world’s rivers 

    From the Tigris to the Indus and the Yangtze to the Nile, rivers were essential to the emergence of human civilization.

  • New firms for a new era 

    Firms are the cornerstone of the modern economy.

  • When viruses turn political 

    Before the coronavirus exploded into the news, a report by the World Health Organization warned that the world was not prepared for “a fast-moving, virulent...

  • Ireland’s electoral earthquake 

    Sinn Féin’s success in Ireland’s Feb. 8 general election, where it headed the poll, has come as a shock, owing to the party’s historic ties to the Irish...

  • How Xi Jinping’s 'Controlocracy' lost control 

    In his 2016 book “The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century,” Norwegian political scientist Stein Ringen describes contemporary China as a...

  • Is global climate solidarity impossible? 

    Despite the buzz around climate action at this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the world’s current environmental prospects look...

  • The Palestinian dilemma 

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  • Embracing Europe’s Power 

    The geopolitical upheavals we are witnessing today underline the urgency with which the European Union must find its way in a world increasingly characterized...

  • The Coronavirus and Xi Jinping's Worldview 

    The coronavirus crisis represents the single biggest challenge for Xi Jinping since he became general secretary of the Communist Party of China in 2012.

  • U.S. democracy in peril 

    The fateful collision over whether U.S. President Donald Trump should be removed from office revealed the alarming fragility of the Constitution that...

  • Donald Caesar 

    The outcome of the U.S. Senate’s trial of Donald Trump, following his impeachment by the House of Representatives, was a foregone conclusion.

  • Realizing the potential of AI localism 

    Every new technology rides a wave from hype to dismay. But even by the usual standards, artificial intelligence has had a turbulent run.

  • Trump’s transactional myopia 

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on unfair Chinese trade and technology policies may have been justified, but his tactics have damaged the alliances and...

  • What the ECB’s strategy review must do 

    With her recent announcement of the European Central Bank’s long-overdue strategy review, new ECB President Christine Lagarde has generated high expectations.


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