Israel Chooses Identity Over Democracy (Project-Syndicate)

Israel’s new law stating that “the right to exercise national self-determination” in the country is “unique to the Jewish people” has been denounced for infringing on the rights of Arab Israelis. But the law’s real purpose may be more insidious: to ensure that Jewish Israelis remain in control, even if they become the minority.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/israel-nation-state-law-palestinians-by-shlomo-ben-ami-2018-09

SHLOMO BEN-AMI

Fresh Momentum for the Balkans (Project-Syndicate)

There can be little doubt that the last few decades have brought more frustration than progress to the Balkans. It would be ironic and deeply gratifying to see a region wracked by ethnic nationalism build bridges when so many others are building walls.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/greece-macedonia-prespa-agreement-name-dispute-by-javier-solana-2018-09

JAVIER SOLANA

The Left Will Decide Poland’s Future (Project-Syndicate)

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party has long been the beneficiary of political infighting among the country’s divided opposition parties. But with important local, national, and European elections approaching, an emerging star on the Polish left could soon mount a credible challenge to the country’s populists.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/biedron-uniting-poland-left-opposition-by-slawomir-sierakowski-2018-09

SŁAWOMIR SIERAKOWSKI

Japan’s Successful Economic Model (Project-Syndicate)

Japan’s GDP growth lags most other developed economies, and will likely continue to do so as the population slowly declines. But what matters for human welfare is GDP per capita, and on this front, the country excels.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/japan-successful-economic-model-by-adair-turner-2018-09

ADAIR TURNER

China’s aid: the image boost (The Interpreter)

Mounting accusations of Chinese debt traps, trade imbalances, and neocolonialism in Africa made for a heady backdrop to this month’s meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. China’s Xi Jinping made clear he was having none of it.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/chinas-aid-image-boost

Cornelia Tremann

Spilt milk: protecting exports during drought (The Interpreter)

Drought is an unavoidable hazard of farming in Australia. As the economic pressure mounts from the current drought in northern New South Wales and Queensland, there is increasing stress on farmers in the region, including in the dairy industry.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/spilt-milk-protecting-exports-during-drought

Tristan Kenderdine