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  • Is the Asian Century Really Here?

    The Covid-19 pandemic has not been the west’s finest hour. Most western governments failed to contain the deadly outbreak and the resulting economic damage effectively.

  • A New Deal for Informal Workers

    n the early 1930s, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced the New Deal in an attempt to combat the effects of the Great Depression. The programme had three main pillars: relief (for the unemployed), recovery (of the economy and job creation), and reform (through new regulations and social-welfare programmes).

  • The absent voices of development economics

    The lack of representation of marginalised groups in the corridors of power—political, financial, and cultural—is a growing source of global concern.

  • India’s Smart Vaccine Diplomacy

    As countries scramble to secure Covid-19 vaccines, ugly expressions like “vaccine race” and “vaccine nationalism” have entered the global lexicon.

  • How to Spend $12 Trillion

    Even before the passage of the latest stimulus bill in the United States, governments around the world have offered almost USD 12 trillion in financial aid to businesses and households affected by Covid-19, equivalent to 12 percent of global GDP. But how well have they delivered that unprecedented amount of assistance to the intended recipients? And what lessons do these efforts hold for the future?

  • Tackling the Covid hunger crisis

    Today, 270 million people—equivalent to the combined population of Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy—are on the brink of starvation. This number has doubled over the last 12 months. And it is the world’s children who are suffering most.

  • How India could win its Covid vaccination race

    As the world enters the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, vaccination has moved front and centre in policymakers’ responses.

  • Closing the Covid trust deficit

    The arrival of Covid-19 vaccines is giving the world hope of ending the pandemic, but many countries remain consumed by the virus’s spread.

  • The Covid Revolution

    In December 1862, in the throes of the American Civil War, which pitted the norms of slavery against the norms of freedom, US President Abraham Lincoln presented his emancipation plan to Congress.

  • Demagogues vs Dictators

    Throughout Donald Trump’s single term as president of the United States, his opponents in both the Democratic and Republican parties frequently portrayed him as a would-be fascist dictator.

  • After Myanmar’s coup

    Until recently, the last time Myanmar’s military supervised a general election whose outcome it didn’t like was back in 1990.

  • ‘Pop-Up’ Regulations for Big Tech

    If the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the speed of government decision-making can be just as important as the decisions themselves.

  • Prevent the next food crisis now

    The toxic cocktail of climate change, conflict, and Covid-19 is making itself felt most intensely in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.

  • Let the great transition begin

    With Covid-19 vaccinations underway in some countries and efforts to expand access still ongoing, world leaders will soon shift their attention from crisis response to pandemic recovery.

  • The fight for women’s rights beyond #MeToo

    For most people, the #MeToo movement has become synonymous with campaigns against sexual harassment.

  • How to tackle vulnerable countries’ triple crisis

    The year 2020 changed everything. The world now faces interconnected health, economic, and climate crises that have no historical parallel. These converging threats affect everyone, but are especially devastating for vulnerable developing countries.

  • Saving US democracy from Corporate America

    The insurgency that overran the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, just as Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, was a wake-up call for business in America. And yet, most sectors and companies have looked the other way.

  • Helping premature babies survive

    Preterm birth compli-cations are the leading cause of death globally for children under five. Of the 15 million babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy every year, approximately one million will die.

  • Globalising the Covid Vaccine

    The development and approval of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines less than a year after the start of the pandemic is a truly remarkable achievement, offering hope that the end of this devastating crisis may be in sight.

  • How Biden can restore multilateralism unilaterally

    There is so much to celebrate with the new year. The arrival of safe, effective Covid-19 vaccines means that there is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel (though the next few months will be horrific). Equally important, America’s mendacious, incompetent, mean-spirited president will be replaced by his polar opposite: a man of decency, honesty, and professionalism.

  • Who’s Afraid of MMT?

    As anyone who has ever been responsible for legislative oversight of central bankers knows, they do not like to have their authority challenged.

  • How to Make Climate Pledges Stick

    China’s pledge in September to pursue carbon neutrality by 2060 was followed by a similar pledge from Japan a month later.

  • The Brussels Effect comes for Big Tech

    The European Commission has just unveiled landmark regulations for the digital economy, setting yet another global standard.

  • America’s captured courts

    Any objective observer of the American political system must wonder why, when the United States confronts the world’s highest Covid-19 death toll and a ravaged economy, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will do nothing but confirm outgoing President Donald Trump’s appointees to the federal judiciary. It’s strange behaviour.

  • Protecting child workers during the pandemic

    It is already apparent that the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will be uneven, with poorer countries bearing the brunt of the fallout.

  • Investing in a feminist peace

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, public life in much of the world has largely ground to a halt. For the two billion people living in conflict-affected countries, however, there has been no lull in violence and upheaval.

  • Slow death or new direction for the UN?

    For much of its life, the United Nations has hidden behind the comfortable maxim that “If we didn’t have it, we would have to invent it.” Now at the venerable age of 75 (old enough to have been a 2020 US presidential candidate), the organisation still enjoys widespread approval in global opinion polls.

  • The Global South’s Pandemic Path to Self-Reliance

    Covid-19 continues to have a devastating impact on public health and to rattle the global economy with structural shocks.

  • Truth and De-Trumpification

    Among Democrats and many Republicans, there is a great temptation to dismiss US President Donald Trump’s administration as a bizarre aberration.

  • India’s Silenced Parliament

    After a nearly six-month hiatus, the Indian parliament will reconvene in mid-September at a time of deepening national crisis. But I fear that it may be unable to hold the country’s failing government to account.