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The Green Recovery Virtual Event – Highlights

October 30, 2020

Can public policies and business practices in the post-COVID period be structured in such a way as to address the world’s growing environmental challenges at the pace needed to avert a climate crisis? Some of the world’s leading thinkers at the intersection of climate policy, economics, and global governance discussed this question at Project Syndicate’s 2020 Climate Week live virtual event, The Green Recovery.

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PS Events: The Green Recovery (Day 2)

September 16, 2020

For more than 25 years, Project Syndicate has been guided by a simple credo: All people deserve access to a broad range of views by the world’s foremost leaders and thinkers on the issues, events, and forces shaping their lives. At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, that mission is more important than ever – and we remain committed to fulfilling it.
But there is no doubt that we, like so many other media organizations nowadays, are under growing strain. If you are in a position to support us, please subscribe now.
As a subscriber, you will enjoy unlimited access to our On Point suite of long reads and book reviews, Say More contributor interviews, The Year Ahead magazine, the full PS archive, and much more. You will also directly support our mission of delivering the

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PS Events: The Green Recovery (Day 1)

September 16, 2020

For more than 25 years, Project Syndicate has been guided by a simple credo: All people deserve access to a broad range of views by the world’s foremost leaders and thinkers on the issues, events, and forces shaping their lives. At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, that mission is more important than ever – and we remain committed to fulfilling it.
But there is no doubt that we, like so many other media organizations nowadays, are under growing strain. If you are in a position to support us, please subscribe now.
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PS Commentators’ Predictions for 2020

January 3, 2020

In many ways, the start of 2020 resembles the start of 2019: the global economy is slowing amid rising geopolitical uncertainty, and longer-term crises such as climate change and societal aging are going unaddressed. But 2020 could be the last chance for supporters of democracy and international cooperation to steer developments back in their favor.

Marcus Aurelius may have been correct that “it is not the weight of the future or the past that is pressing upon you, but ever that of the present alone.” Yet as we enter a new year, one cannot ignore the fact that the current moment is both freighted with recent history and pregnant with possibility. The political and economic disruptions of recent years have taught us that just as

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PS Commentators’ Best Reads in 2019

December 27, 2019

In addition to fictional explorations of identity and powerful works of oral history, this year’s list of not-to-miss books also includes a number of ambitious critiques of modern political economy and economics. With a new decade approaching, we are reminded that there are many ways to come to understand the world – none of which can claim priority over the others.

With a new year – and a new decade – approaching, Project Syndicate commentators list some of the books that had a lasting impact on their thinking in 2019. From engaging perspectives on economics and political science to groundbreaking novels and old tales of exploration, readers of all tastes should find something of interest in this year’s selections.Yuen Yuen

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Human Rights Defenders in Their Own Words

April 4, 2019

Around the world, young people are taking action and raising their voices. Yet they remain underrepresented in political institutions and decision-making on issues of sexual and reproductive rights.
For this special project podcast, recorded during the sixty-third session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Project Syndicate, in collaboration with the International Women’s Health Coalition, follows three young advocates as they work towards gender empowerment and equality.
Listen to all episodes from your favorite podcast app, and subscribe via Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, or RSS Feed.

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PS. In Theory: The Rise of Monopsony

February 7, 2019

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PS Commentators’ Predictions for 2019

January 4, 2019

Against a backdrop of increasing market turmoil and geopolitical friction, Project Syndicate commentators anticipate the events and trends that will most likely dominate the coming year. If one thing is certain, it is that more uncertainty awaits.

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once quipped that, “Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” And yet most people crave some hint of coming events and incipient trends. Henri Poincaré, the great French mathematician, theoretical physicist, engineer, and philosopher of science, probably got it just about right: “It is far better to foresee even without certainty than not to foresee at all.”Following Poincaré’s advice, in an effort to

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PS Commentators’ Best Reads in 2018

December 28, 2018

Project Syndicate contributors once again share some of the books that resonated with them the most over the past year. From sweeping histories to ambitious new works of fiction, readers of all tastes and persuasions should find something to pique their interest in this year’s selection.

With a new year fast approaching, Project Syndicate commentators list the books that resonated with them the most in 2018. Though a large majority of the selections were published this year, there are a few throwbacks, reminding us that even – or especially – in tumultuous times, insights from the past can help us make sense of the present. HELMUT K. ANHEIERVolker Kutscher, Marlow: Der siebte Rath-Roman (Marlow: The Seventh Rath Novel), Piper,

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PS. In Theory: Universal Basic Income

November 27, 2018

A universal basic income is one of several proposals for confronting the specter of technological unemployment. While the political will to test such bold solutions is lacking in much of the world nowadays, governments may soon have no choice but to test novel ideas.

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PS. Explain This: The Gendered Right to Mobility

November 14, 2018

In many countries, women have less access to safe, reliable forms of travel than men. As the fight for gender equality continues in rich and poor countries alike, women’s unique transportation concerns will need more attention than they are currently receiving.

This video is part of a new series, PS [In Depth]:  Women’s Economic Empowerment.

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China’s War on the Uighurs

November 6, 2018

In China’s far West, Muslim Uighurs are under attack in a wave of official repression occurring on a scale not seen since the Cultural Revolution. For James Leibold, an expert in China’s ethnic policies, the question is not what China is doing, but how to stop it. Listen to all episodes from your favorite podcast app, and subscribe via Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, or RSS Feed.

* This podcast was recorded on September 26, 2018. *

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The Economic Consequences of Mr. Trump

October 24, 2018

With unemployment at a 50-year low, wages starting to pick up, and the stock market booming, the US economy has defied expectations since the 2016 election. Nobel laureates Angus Deaton and Edmund Phelps, along with Barry Eichengreen, Rana Foroohar, and Glenn Hubbard, ask why, and whether what looks like a robust recovery is masking another crisis in the making.
** This film was created in collaboration with the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia University during the Center’s 16th annual conference. **

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PS [In Depth]: Deconstructing the Urbanization Challenge

October 17, 2018

Urbanization is one of the defining trends of our time, and like most transformations, it presents both challenges and opportunities. From its relationship to inequality to its health impacts, the complexities of urbanization must be understood if countries are to maximize its benefits – and limit its fallout.

By 2030, the global labor force will number some 3.5 billion workers, up from 2.9 billion today. Creating enough jobs that fast would be hard enough in the best of times; when so many of them must be concentrated in fast-growing urban hubs in developing countries, the potential for lapses is high, with serious implications for poverty reduction, economic development, and even social stability.

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PS. Explain This: The Animal Spirits of Women Entrepreneurs

October 16, 2018

For too long, women have been at the mercy of obstacles limiting their opportunities to decide their own futures, support their families, and contribute to their communities. To eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable, equitable development, the search for effective ways to empower women entrepreneurs must continue.

This video is part of a new series, PS [In Depth]: Women’s Economic Empowerment.

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Ten Years After the Crisis: An Economic Parley

September 25, 2018

Ten years ago, asset prices were in free fall, credit markets had seized up, and millions of people were losing their homes, jobs, and livelihoods. In this extended episode, we talk to economists Jeffrey Sachs, Teresa Ghilarducci, Angus Deaton, Robert Shiller, and Stephen Roach about what we’ve learned – or should have learned – from the Great Recession.

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PS [In Depth]: Women’s Economic Empowerment

September 18, 2018

For human-development specialists, increasing women’s participation in the global economy is essential not only for gender parity, but also for overall income growth. But despite decades of coordinated effort, progress has stalled; PS editors examine why.

For human-development specialists, increasing women’s participation in the global economy is the key not only to gender equality, but also to overall income growth. When women work outside the home, they are less likely to marry young or suffer abuse, and women generally invest more in their family’s future than men do. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, fully empowering women would add some $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025. But despite decades of international effort,the world

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PS. In Theory: Rethinking Austerity

July 20, 2018

For a half-century, many Western economists have sought to prove that government spending is either destructive or futile. But while lower deficits and reduced debt may help to promote long-term economic health, it is increasingly being recognized that the costs of austerity often far outweigh the benefits.

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PS. Explain This: North Korea’s Economic Ambitions

July 12, 2018

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PS. In Theory: Second Thoughts on Secondary Sanctions?

June 28, 2018

The perceived “extraterritoriality” of America’s sanctions regime has prompted allegations of US overreach and disregard for international law. As Donald Trump readies a new round of economic sticks against Iran, understanding the history and efficacy of cross-jurisdictional sanctions is critical to measuring their worth.

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Richard Haass on Trump’s North Korea Strategy

May 22, 2018

The planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is one of the most anticipated bilateral engagements of the twenty-first century. But as Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations notes, the optimism, while warranted, should not overshadow the hard work that remains.

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PS. Explain This: Upheaval in Central America

May 16, 2018

Social and political upheaval in Central America – in particular, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua – is sending many north in search of a better life. The region’s current turmoil reflects the impact of fragile institutions, organized crime, corruption, drug trafficking, and gang violence, fueled in part by US interventions aimed at securing its own interests.

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PS. Explain This: Big Tobacco Goes South

May 10, 2018

In the search for new consumers, Big Tobacco is setting its sights on markets in the Global South, using the same tactics that hooked smokers in rich countries decades ago. But with weak health-care systems and low regulatory capacity, the developing world will have a harder time fending off the industry’s marketing blitz.

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PS. Explain This: Hungary’s Illiberal Model

May 2, 2018

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Since becoming prime minister in 2010, Viktor Orbán has consolidated control over the media and stacked formerly independent institutions with his cronies. The formidable propaganda machine he now oversees enables him to control the political narrative in Hungary.

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PS. Explain This: The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Uncertain Future

April 12, 2018

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PS. Explain This: Rolling Back Religion in China

April 3, 2018

Recent bans on worship by Hui Muslims, and discussions between the Vatican and the Chinese government that could give China control over the selection of local Catholic bishops, have renewed fears that President Xi Jinping is turning back the clock on religious tolerance.

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PS. Explain This: Can Brazil Come Back?

March 28, 2018

Once hailed as an up-and-coming engine of global economic growth, Brazil has been consumed by political turmoil and widening corruption scandals in recent years. Will October’s national elections be the first step toward getting the world’s eighth-largest economy back on track? PS Associate Editor Whitney Arana explains.

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PS. In Theory: The Rise and Fall of GDP

March 2, 2018

Until the 1930s, national governments’ only aggregate statistical measurement of the economy was tax estimates. But, after the Great Depression, US policymakers sought a new way to understand the economy’s health. In 1937, Simon Kuznets, an economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research, gave them what they were looking for: GDP.

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PS. Explain This: Awakening the Bear Market?

February 20, 2018

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PS. Explain This: Qatar’s Continued Isolation

February 15, 2018

This page seems to have vanished, or perhaps it never existed, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave. There are lots of other corners of our site that haven’t vanished, so why not take a look?

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