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Two Myths About Automation

While many people believe that technological progress and job destruction are accelerating dramatically, there is no evidence of either trend. In reality, total factor productivity, the best summary measure of the pace of technical change, has been stagnating since 2005 in the US and across the ...

The Man Who Didn't Save the World

A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 ...

India's Culture War Comes to Bollywood

The Bollywood film Padmavati has inspired heated debate, hysterical threats of violence, and a ban in four states governed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party – all before even being released. The tolerance and acceptance of difference that once accompanied India's remarkable diversity, are ...

AIDS, NCDs, and the ABCs of Organizing

The battle against AIDS is not over, but, thanks to the community of activists who raised the alarm decades ago, we know that it can be won. Elements of the AIDS movement's success could be applied to help bring non-communicable diseases under control.

Gender Equity for Africa's Scientists

The next Einstein could be an African woman, but Africa's gender gap in science education and jobs means the world may never know. To position Africa for long-term development success, and to give women and girls the opportunities they deserve, efforts must be made to achieve gender parity in the ...

A Truly Global Response to Climate Change

Securing a smooth transition to low-carbon and climate-smart development will require effective global partnerships that mobilize funding and track its impact around the world. That is where the world's multilateral development institutions come in.

Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America

In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently sold out the blue-collar, socially conservative whites who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats. Sooner or later, Trump's core supporters will wake up to this fact, so it is worth asking how ...

Does Europe Really Need Fiscal and Political Union?

There is a growing sense in Europe, among conservatives and progressives alike, that fiscal and eventual political union is necessary to maintain the euro without damaging economic performance or democratic values. But there is also an alternative, much less ambitious view, according to which only ...

Inequality and the Coming Storm

In recent decades, the wealth gap between a narrow upper class and the rest of the human population has become a gaping chasm, with far-reaching implications for most countries around the world. Rising inequality may be the greatest economic challenge of our time, but it's not the first time human ...

The High Cost of Denying Class War

The rise of populism on both sides of the Atlantic is being investigated psychoanalytically, culturally, anthropologically, aesthetically, and of course in terms of identity politics. The only angle left unexplored is the one that holds the key to understanding what is going on: the unceasing class ...

The Climate-Change Fight Returns to Paris

In 2015, the so-called high ambition coalition' of developed and developing countries pushed the Paris climate agreement past the finish line. But when global leaders reconvene in Paris for new talks on climate change at the upcoming One Planet Summit, financial commitments must be the order of the ...

The Hungarian Government's Failed Campaign of Lies

The Hungarian government has released the results of its "national consultation" on what it calls the "Soros Plan" to flood the country with Muslim migrants and refugees. But no such plan exists, only a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign to help a corrupt administration deflect attention from its ...

Donald Trump Versus Mideast Peace

The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel comes in defiance of overwhelming global opposition. The message is clear: the Trump administration is determined to dictate the Israeli version of peace with the Palestinians, rather than to mediate an equitable agreement between the ...

Rage Against the Machine?

Almost every aspect of our economies will be transformed by automation in the coming years. But history and economic theory suggest that fears about technological unemployment, a term coined by John Maynard Keynes nearly a century ago, are misplaced.

France's Model of Resilience to Terror

In France this year, the second anniversary of the November 2015 Paris attacks was a subdued affair, and not just out of respect for those still living with the trauma. France, unlike others in the West, has managed to avoid panic and social divisiveness, even as it has taken far-reaching steps to ...

America's Broken System

The tax-reform bill that US Republicans are attempting to implement is economically indefensible and blatantly unfair. But the US has a much deeper problem: the Anglo-Saxon model of representative government is in serious trouble, and nobody seems to know how to fix it.

Europe's Chance to Lead on Robotics and AI

Artificial intelligence could be either the best or the worst thing that ever happened to mankind. To prepare for the profound changes to lives and livelihoods that lie ahead, the European Union should start establishing rules to protect all Europeans – and give the rest of the world a model to ...

The UK's Multilateral Trade Future

With Brexit looming, the UK has no choice but to redesign its future trading relationships. As a major producer of sophisticated components, its long-term trade strategy should focus on gaining deep and unfettered access to integrated cross-border supply chains – and that means adopting a ...

Learning from Russia's Other Media War

With the global proliferation of fake news threatening democratic institutions, "media literacy" training is more important than ever. Gains made by consumers on the front lines of Russia's propaganda war with Ukraine demonstrate that with practice, it is possible to navigate the fog of a post-truth ...

A Better British Story

Despite all of the doom and gloom over the United Kingdom's impending withdrawal from the European Union, key manufacturing indicators are at their highest levels in four years, and the mood for investment may be improving. While parts of the UK are certainly weakening economically, others may ...

Whither the Multilateral Trading System?

The global economy today is dominated by three major players – China, the EU, and the US – with roughly equal trading volumes and limited incentive to fight for the rules-based global trading system. With cooperation unlikely, the world should prepare itself for the erosion of the World Trade ...

Understanding the North Korea Threat

The US has talked itself into Kim Jong-un's trap of exaggerating how much power his rocketry gives him. If the US could deter a much stronger Soviet Union from taking an isolated West Berlin for three decades, it can deter North Korea.

Keetie Roelen on the Psychosocial Side of Poverty

Solutions to poverty are varied, and include improvements to education, agriculture, health care, and even transportation. But as Keetie Roelen, co-director of the Center for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies, in Brighton, England, argues, another aspect of poverty – the ...

Resetting the Africa-Europe Relationship

Africa faces a broad range of development challenges, and overcoming them will require huge sums of foreign aid and investment. But as Africa develops, its people will also need partners who recognize that there are mutual benefits to engaging with the continent's mobile and highly-educated base of ...

Refugee Doctors for Refugee Health

One of the biggest challenges for refugees anywhere is finding quality medical care. To address this need, and to help reduce the burden that refugees place on host countries' health systems, efforts must be made to retrain and integrate refugee doctors into the medical profession in their new ...