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U.S. Election 2020: Tomas J. Philipson & Jeffrey D. Sachs

On October 27, 2020, The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, New York (SACCNY) had the pleasure of inviting its members and network to an insightful webinar talk with two prominent economists representing the Republican and Democratic arguments for national economic policy under a Trump VS. Biden administration. Participants got the opportunity to ask questions of two leading experts on Republican and Democratic approaches to economic policy and how it might affect their business going...

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China Leads Again

US President Donald Trump wears his recent experience with COVID-19 infection as some perverse badge of courage, rather than as a warning of what may lie ahead. And the adverse economic consequences of his administration's approach to the pandemic could not contrast more sharply with the robust recovery in China. NEW HAVEN – Just as China led the world in economic recovery in the aftermath of the global financial crisis...

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Biden’s Economic Edge

Contrary to widespread belief, post-war Democratic US presidents have been significantly better for the American economy than Republicans have. There is every reason to believe that trend will continue if Joe Biden wins on November 3. CAMBRIDGE – In a few days, Americans will choose a president. Opinion polling suggests that voters favor former Vice President Joe Biden when it comes to social policy, foreign policy, the...

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Trump’s Last Stand for Apartheid America

The long history of America’s state-sponsored racism will draw to an end in the coming generation. Yet the damage that Trump’s brand of white nationalism could still cause to the US and the world if he wins a second term makes the election easily the most important in modern American history. NEW YORK – The ferocity of the 2020 presidential election in the United States is not about Donald Trump per se, but about what...

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Last Call for Transatlanticism

With polls having consistently favored Joe Biden in this year's momentous US presidential election, Europeans should be preparing to seize the opportunity that would come with a new administration. But the biggest threats to the transatlantic relationship have little to do with Donald Trump, and Europeans ignore them at their peril. BERLIN – Many Americans have already voted, and many more will soon go to the polls...

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Can COVID Reduce Global Inequality?

Will the coronavirus pandemic pry open pre-existing social and economic fault lines within countries, or will it serve as a catalyst for ushering in a more equal world? In the latest installment of CoronaNomics, PS contributor Angus Deaton tackles these questions head-on in conversation with Ben Chu of The Independent and Lizzie Burden of The Telegraph.

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America’s Tarnished Supreme Court

For those who have only ever known America as a champion of democracy and the rule of law, it has been tragic to witness the country's descent into corruption and bad-faith partisanship. And nowhere is the rule of "dark money" more evident than in the rushed confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett's appointment to the Supreme Court. LONDON – Born in 1944, I grew up in a world largely made – and made pretty well – by America....

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Recovery and Renewal at the UN

Rising nationalism raises a significant risk that the UN system’s structure and institutions, essential but in need of repair and rejuvenation, may instead be left to decline, decay, and even collapse. Such an outcome would be tragic, not just for those institutions but for all of humanity. NEW YORK – The international community urgently needs new tools, ideas, and initiatives to meet the common threats and...

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Recovery and Renewal at the UN

Rising nationalism raises a significant risk that the UN system’s structure and institutions, essential but in need of repair and rejuvenation, may instead be left to decline, decay, and even collapse. Such an outcome would be tragic, not just for those institutions but for all of humanity. NEW YORK – The international community urgently needs new tools, ideas, and initiatives to meet the common threats and challenges...

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The Middle Eastern Past Is Never Dead

The normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (followed quickly by Bahrain) indicates that the Middle East is undergoing a strategic paradigm shift with the Palestinians left out in the cold. But anyone who thinks that the region's oldest ongoing conflict has been laid to rest should think again. BERLIN – The images were touching. In early October, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited...

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