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The Global Eye and Link Campus University launch the appeal “The existence of Europe”

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The existence of Europe – A free appeal


We, the European citizens are committed to the future of Europe and are living in a situation of clear disparity between the objectives and the effectiveness of the tools put in place to overcome the emergency of COVID 19.

In the absence of both solidarity and of a political agenda for Europe, we feel powerless.

Faced with the emergency of COVID 19, Europe is called to radical choices
This emergency poses a threat to the very existence of “our” Union.

Together with the health dimension of COVID 19, there are deep social and economic consequences that necessitate a joint response.

Time has come to show clarity and consistency in the behavior of all European institutions and of their representatives. In such a dramatic moment, we, the European citizens, cannot accept delays, contradictions in the decision-making process and a lack of public statements.

We stand by the position recently expressed by the Italian President Sergio Mattarella and by other European Heads of State.

The political dream of Europe, immortalized in the actions of the Founding Fathers, is at risk of being shattered by the European institutions’ lack of action and by the Member States’ refusal to create a common front to tackle the current crisis.

All European institutions, as the voices of the European people, are called to a common responsibility. As such, we really appreciate the European Commission’s pronouncement on the suspension of the European Stability Pact.

This free appeal, extended to all of those who care about the common destiny of Europe, attempts to give a strong signal of  concern which can be accompanied by sectoral debates and in-depth analyzes.

The emergency that all of us are experiencing cannot be a source of separation. Instead, it must produce a clear turning point to rethink what it means to be a “European”. Politicians, together with men and women of culture and science, must act promptly.

The existence of Europe as a “community”, as well as the social cohesion of its countries, are at stake. Since the European states cannot win alone, only a European dimension can overcome this critical moment and, above all, transmit positive and common messages for the future, together with a clear and shared plan to relaunch our economies and restore sustainable relations between the European Institutions, the Member States and us the people.

The danger lies in a gap between our conscience of citizens and Institutions acting as standing above us.

The approach declared by the new Commission after the recent European elections, as well as intentions expressed by some Governments, seems to go in the right direction.

Ultimately, effective action is needed.

Aware that appeals are not enough, convinced of our ideas, we are collecting proactive contributions that can give the sense of our positions and that will be published as they become available.

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Market Crash, Coronavirus, Oil Price Collapse, Where Do We Go? (Institut Montaigne)

This was a really awful black Monday by any historical yardstick. On March 9, global equities plunged, triggering circuit breakers even in the most liquid markets. At market close, the S&P 500 index had lost 19% from its recent peak (19 February). This steep decline was set off by a collapse of crude oil markets, as the news of Saudi Arabia and Russia launching a war for global market share reached trading desks.

Eric Chaney

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The Battle of Idlib: A New Migrant Crisis or a Major Geopolitical Moment? (Institut Montaigne)

On February 24, a squadron of Russian and Syrian fighters hit a position occupied by the Turkish army in the Idlib region, killing 33 Turkish soldiers. The Russians later explained that the Turks, who had come as reinforcements to resist the Assad regime’s offensive targeting the last rebel-held enclave, had not reported their presence. Their location would have also been indistinguishable from positions held by jihadist groups.

Michel Duclos

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China and the UN System – the Case of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Institut Montaigne)

The secret vote for the Director post at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has handed China a crushing defeat, with an official from Singapore winning by 55-28 against China’s candidate, a long-time UN civil servant in the agency.

François Godement

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The Brexit Revolution. New Political Conditions Change the Dynamics of the Next Phase of EU‑UK Negotiations (SWP)

Following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), the Brexit negotiations are entering the decisive next phase: In a transition period of now only 10 months, the future relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom with regard to economic, internal security, and foreign policy as well as an overall institu­tional framework must be negotiated. But the signs point to confrontation. The main aim of the domestically strengthened British government is absolute dissociation from the EU; the list with potential points of conflict with the Union’s negotiation objectives is long. Together, the negotiators must find a new model of cooperation between partnership and competition.

Nicolai von Ondarza

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Three Centuries of Eurasian Experiment in Russia (Valdai Discussion Club)

Every year, as the new semester starts, I ask my students a question – how do you identify yourselves – as Europeans, Eurasians or people of the East? Ten years ago, the students replied without hesitation that they were Europeans, but now the pause becomes increasingly longer. Next, I ask them to recall how they felt after visiting Vladivostok – if that city was European or Eastern? Without a doubt, it is a European city on the Pacific Ocean; once you cross the border with North Korea or China, you find yourself in Asia.

Andrey Sushentsov

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EU’s Digital Strategy: Priorities and Challenges (Valdai Discussion Club)

The European Commission has published several documents on the EU’s digital strategy. These documents detail a set of norms that together constitute the information policy of the European Union.

Pavel Sharikov

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Who Will Pay to Rebuild Syria? (Valdai Discussion Club)

While Russia appears to have prevailed in its latest showdown with Turkey in Syria—helping Damascus to blunt Turkey’s operations around Idlib and securing an advantageous cease-fire afterward—Moscow’s longer-term strategy for Syria has become murkier after the crisis. This uncertainty is primarily due to Russia’s new oil price war with Saudi Arabia, which seems to strike at one of the pillars of Moscow’s approach by undermining the prospects for Saudi financial support for Syrian reconstruction and raises new questions about the Kremlin’s motives and objectives.

Paul J. Saunders

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Lonely Leader: How Is China Perceived by Its Eastern Neighbors? (Valdai Discussion Club)

There are few doubts that Eastern Asia’s future will largely depend on how its countries will build their relations with China, the new regional leader. Of course, in practice, as is often the case, these relations will largely be determined by specific and unpredictable political and economic circumstances. However, what kind of attitude minor Eastern Asian countries have towards the rising leader will play a major role in this process. Therefore, without exaggerating the importance of public sentiments, they should be taken into account, in particular when it comes to the states of the Korean Peninsula.

Andrei Lankov

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The Eternal Putin (Project-Syndicate)

Amid a coronavirus pandemic and looming global economic crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin has suddenly revealed how he intends to remain in power beyond 2024, when what should be his final term in office ends. In doing so, Putin seems to have bet – not incorrectly – that there is simply no one who can stop him.

Andrei Kolesnikov is a senior fellow and Chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.

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A Made-in-China Pandemic (Project-Syndicate)

The COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for a world that has accepted China’s lengthening shadow over global supply chains for far too long. Only by reducing China’s global economic influence – beginning in the pharmaceutical sector – can the world be kept safe from the country’s political pathologies.

Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research and Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, is the author of nine books, including Asian JuggernautWater: Asia’s New Battleground, and <em=” “=”” target=”_blank”><em=”>Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the Global Water Crisis.

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An ICC Investigation Into War Crimes Is Key to Securing Peace in Afghanistan (World Politics Review)

There have already been many military maneuvers, political pivots and plot twists since the U.S. inked a peace deal with the Taliban late last month. But the one development that could finally bring a measure of clarity to Afghanistan in the long term is the International Criminal Court’s decision on March 5 to approve opening a full investigation into allegations that U.S., Taliban and Afghan government forces committed systematic abuses during the nearly 20-year-long war.

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Why What Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Panic (Project-Syndicate)

This year’s COVID-19 coronavirus will not be the last. As a first step toward confronting the outbreaks to come, we must improve risk literacy and learn to live with uncertainty, rather than allowing ourselves to be held captive by it.

Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

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Latin America’s Critical Election (Project-Syndicate)

The Organization of American States has come to play a pivotal role in Latin America, including by monitoring elections, defending human rights, and isolating authoritarian regimes. As a result, the OAS’s upcoming election of a secretary general is one of the most important in its 72-year history.

Jorge G. Castañeda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico, is Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University.

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The US Needs A Draft (Project-Syndicate)

The United States should establish a mandatory two-year paid national service program that would bring together Americans of different backgrounds and help overcome barriers to a deeply felt and widely shared civic identity. If young Americans grow up believing that theirs is a divided country, it will remain so.

Charles C. Krulak is a former Commandant of the US Marine Corps and President of Birmingham-Southern College.

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Italy launches Digital Solidarity campaign to help people cope with COVID-19 lockdown (WEF)

  • Italy’s lockdown means most people are confined at home.
  • Government website encourages companies to offer free online services.
  • E-learning, data and publications available for free.

,  Digital Editor, World Economic Forum

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How different countries are approaching coronavirus testing (WEF)

  • Some countries moved more quickly than others to broadly test for COVID-19.
  • While the US had a slow start, testing activity is picking up in a number of states.

, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum

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‘Over-reacting is better than non-reacting’ – academics around the world share thoughts on coronavirus (WEF)

  • The World Health Organization has labelled COVID-19 a pandemic.
  • Academic experts recommend public health measures such as ‘social distancing’ to curb the spread.

, Commissioning Editor, Agenda, World Economic Forum

, Head of Academic Engagement, World Economic Forum

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Advice on fighting COVID-19 from the Red Cross, a chemist and academics around the world: Today’s coronavirus updates (WEF)

Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe. In this daily update, we’ve assembled some of the latest headlines, resources and stories to help you arm yourself with the best information.

, Digital Editor, World Economic Forum

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General Takes Blame for ‘No Injuries’ Declaration After Jan. 8 Iran Strike (Defense One)

“I was never under any pressure at any time to shade this reporting,” CENTCOM’s Gen. Frank McKenzie told Congress. More than 100 troops later were diagnosed with TBI


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Iranian Proxies Killed Americans In Iraq, Pentagon Leaders Say (Defense One)

The attack has reignited tensions between the U.S. and Iran — and raised questions about whether the former is “deterring” the latter


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Oak Ridge National Lab Taps Supercomputers to Fight Coronavirus (Defense One)

Researchers received emergency computation time to run through a database of drug compounds to see which combinations might prevent COVID-19.


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Russian people have final say over constitutional amendments (Global Times)

On Wednesday, Russia’s parliament approved constitutional amendments that include the possibility of President Vladimir Putin extending his rule for another two terms. Putin has adopted an ambiguous attitude toward his possible re-election. The constitutional amendments and Putin’s vague manner have offered room for speculation. International pundits have already suggested the possibility of Putin ruling until 2036.

By Cui Heng

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It’s not exponential: An economist’s view of the epidemiological curve (VOX)

The spread of COVID-19 is not going to follow an exponential curve – and grave errors will follow if analysts believe it will. The number of new cases rises rapidly, peaks, and then declines. It’s called the epidemiological curve. It’s not a theory or hypothesis; it plays out that way every flu season. It is how it has played out in China and Korea for COVID-19. Flattening the peak to avoid overloading the healthcare system is the main medical goal of the seemingly extreme containment policies we have seen to date.

Richard Baldwin

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What the stock market tells us about the consequences of COVID-19 (VOX)

The novel coronavirus represents a fearsome risk which is stirring feverish behaviour by investors worldwide. This columns shows that initially, economic expectations about international trade underlay movements in the stock prices of individual firms; later, concerns about corporate debt began to play a role.

Stefano Ramelli, Alexander Wagner

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Declining son preference in the US (VOX)

Previous studies provided evidence that even in developed countries, parents behaved differently with sons than with daughters. In light of more recent data, this column presents new evidence that the preference for sons appears to have declined in the US. Having a female first child continues to increase the likelihood of a family’s living without a father, but is now associated with lower fertility over time.

Francine Blau, Lawrence Kahn, Peter Brummund, Jason Cook, Miriam Larson-Koester

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COVID-19: Europe needs a catastrophe relief plan (VOX)

The unfolding coronavirus epidemic represents a severe economic stress test for Europe as well as a test of European unity. This column discusses how the crisis might unfold and the appropriate policy response. It advocates a comprehensive emergency package through which the EU would take responsibility for a meaningful share of the overall emergency effort.

Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Ramon Marimon, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Lucrezia Reichlin, Dirk Schoenmaker, Beatrice Weder di Mauro

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Explaining the UK’s productivity slowdown: Views of leading economists (VOX)

The UK has seen slow rates of productivity growth over the past decade, with output per hour and real wages no higher today than they were prior to the global financial crisis. This column reveals how nearly half of leading economists surveyed by the Centre for Macroeconomics point to low demand due to the financial crisis, austerity policies and Brexit as a major cause for this productivity slowdown. Despite this diagnosis, only a small minority of the panel believes that the solution lies in demand-side policy. Instead, a majority support promoting productivity growth through investments in education and worker training. Other policies, such as infrastructure investments, and tax and regulatory policies are also proposed.

Ethan Ilzetzki

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Putin’s Choice: What do Russia’s Latest Constitutional Maneuvers Mean? (Carnegie Moscow Center)

A new Russian state is taking shape that is unashamedly authoritarian in design. If Russia ever wants to return to the European model, it will have to dismantle the entire political legacy that this regime has built.

Alexander Baunov

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USA and France dramatically increase major arms exports; Saudi Arabia is largest arms importer (SIPRI)

International transfers of major arms during the five-year period 2015–19 increased by 5.5 per cent compared with 2010–14. According to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the largest exporters of arms during the past five years were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China. The new data shows that the flow of arms to the Middle East has increased, with Saudi Arabia clearly being the world’s largest importer.


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Sudan: All security agencies that attacked protesters must be held to account (Amnesty International)

An Amnesty International investigation has found that Sudan’s crackdown on protests against the government of deposed President Omar al-Bashir in 2018 and 2019 involved all branches of the country’s security forces and revealed new evidence about how protesters were killed.

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Alberta careening towards fiscal disaster (Fraser Institute)

Successive Alberta governments have mismanaged the province’s finances for decades. The recent oil price drop and stock market crash means Alberta’s finances, already in trouble, are now potentially careening towards disaster.

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute
Senior Policy Analyst, Fraser Institute
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Things the Liberal government knows that just ain’t so—Canada is the ‘best place to invest’ (Fraser Institute)

Despite all the evidence, Prime Minister Trudeau, his government (and those around them) really believe their policies have made Canada the best place to invest.

President, Fraser Institute
Associate Director, Addington Centre for Measurement, Fraser Institute
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Policymakers across Canada should study Michigan’s success (Fraser Institute)

In a development that has implications for the entire country, Fiat Chrysler recently announced it will layoff 1,500 unionized workers from its plant in Windsor, Ontario. Although many factors drive a company’s employment decisions, the overall competitiveness of the jurisdiction is important. And Michigan’s smart policy choices helped turn around the state’s economic fortunes—a fact policymakers in Ontario, other provinces and Parliament Hill should understand.

Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute
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Trudeau should learn from B.C. and rethink legislating UN declaration into federal law (Fraser Institute)

The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) was approved by the UN General Assembly in 2007. Its most controversial feature is a call for “free, prior and informed consent” (FPIC) by Indigenous peoples before economic development projects can take place on lands they inhabit or to which they may have a claim.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Distinguished Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
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Persistent Current Account Imbalances: Are they Good or Bad for Regional and Global Growth? (ADBI)

Current account surplus shocks emanating from the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and Germany have strong positive effects on regional growth

In evidenza

Returns to Education of Manufacturing Workers: Evidence from the People’s Republic of China Employer–Employee Survey (ADBI)

Low returns to high school and vocational college are important factors to explain the low returns to education for manufacturing workers in the People’s Republic of China.

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Regional Institutions in Europe and Southeast Asia: Lessons for Economic Integration in South Asia (ADBI)

There exists a huge potential for closer economic integration and cooperation between South Asia and Southeast Asia.

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Antagonizing the Neighborhood: Putin’s Frozen Conflicts and the Conflict in Ukraine (ICG)

In this testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Crisis Group expert Olesya Vartanyan analyses the conflict dynamics in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the breakaway territories from Georgia recognised as independent by Russia, and explains how Washington can promote stability there.

Olesya Vartanyan

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Imagining a Resolution of Venezuela’s Crisis (ICG)

Venezuela’s political showdown appears deadlocked. President Nicolás Maduro remains firmly in place over a year after the opposition behind Juan Guaidó mounted its campaign to supplant him. The gap between the sides is wide, but conversations with pragmatists reveal the outlines of a potential compromise.

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The EU must deliver on the promises made to Turkey (Clingendael)

In response to the death of 36 of its troops in a Russo-Syrian airstrike in Idlib, the Turkish authorities encouraged migrants to go to the Greek border to pressure the European Union into action. The move was motivated by Erdogan’s desperate attempt to save face at home.


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Western armed interventions: legitimate and efficient ? (Clingendael)

With conflict raging on for years, none of the Western interventions in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Mali may be called a success to date. This raises some serious questions about their legitimacy and efficacy that will be addressed in this episode of the Clingendael Spectator series on Western interventions. Given their limited impact and due to geopolitical shifts, will it become more difficult for Western nations to engage in such armed interventions? Is the UN still relevant in addressing conflicts with major humanitarian crises? What are the consequences of intervention without a UN mandate?

Robert Serry

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Inequality and Its Discontents in the Middle East (Carnegie Middle East Center)

Extreme inequality underlies recent protests throughout the Middle East. Without drastic structural reform, a larger storm is brewing in the region.


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Nile Conflict: Compensation Rather Than Mediation. How Europeans Can Lead an Alternative Way Forward (SWP)

The conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia over the distribution and use of the Nile water has entered a new phase. Questions about how and over what period of time the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will be filled are taking centre stage. Against this backdrop, the USA launched a new mediation attempt at the end of 2019. However, initial hopes of a swift agreement have not materialized. The longer substantial results are postponed, the more apparent it becomes that ex­ternal mediation alone will not suffice to resolve the dispute. In order to defuse the conflict, it might be necessary for Egypt to compensate Ethiopia for concessions on the GERD. Germany and its European partners should provide Egypt with financial support for creating a compensation mechanism. This would promote stability in Europe’s conflict-ridden neighbouring region, and reduce migration pressure. But Europeans should tie financial contributions to clear conditions vis-à-vis Cairo, aimed at improving water management and overall governance.

Tobias von Lossow, Luca MieheStephan Roll

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EU Global Health Policy. An Agenda for the German Council Presidency (SWP)

In the second half of 2020, Germany will take over the Council Presidency of the Euro­pean Union. It will form a presidency trio with Portugal and Slovenia, who will succeed Germany in 2021. The Federal Government should use its presidency to strengthen the EU’s role in global health policy. The EU has so far focused primarily on (infectious) disease prevention and control as it has most recently in response to the coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19). However, in order to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustain­able Development Goals, it should focus more comprehensively on health systems. This would require an intersectoral and preventive approach at EU level, opening the door to coherent collaboration, alliances and a people-centered policy in line with European values.

Susan BergnerMaike Voss

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The African Continental Free Trade Area. Perspectives for Africa, Policy Choices for Europe (SWP)

The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into force in May 2019. Ultimately the AfCFTA is designed to create a comprehensive African market; what is does at this stage is set in motion a set of complex and fore­seeably very lengthy negotiations. The outcome of that process will not yet be full free trade in Africa, but it will bring about a reduction in tariffs with the potential to stimulate production and trade and boost regional value chains. It is, however, too early to be discussing modifying the European Union’s trade policy towards Africa, or for this to be an issue for the upcoming German Council Presidency. Nevertheless, Germany and the European Union should continue to follow and support the process of establishing the AfCFTA, which is an important political process with significant long-term economic potential for Africa.

Evita Schmieg

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Trump Is Peddling Dangerous Disinformation on Coronavirus (Defense One)

Fact-checkers and scientists have scrambled to correct the president’s false and misleading statements, which are being amplified by partisan media, digital propagandists, and administration officials.


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As Coronavirus Explodes in Italy, Doctors Are Forced to Choose Who Gets Care (Defense One)

With patients overflowing hospitals, a leading medical organization offers guidance for military-style triage, including: deny care to people too old to be likely to recover.


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More Industry Regulations Are Needed to Improve US Cybersecurity, Congressional Report Says (Defense One)

New mandates should increase companies’ network monitoring and allow them to share data with a new government bureau, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission wrote.


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Remembering the Forgotten Gandhi (Project-Syndicate)

The Dandi March, which started 90 years ago, inaugurated Mahatma Gandhi’s most successful attempt at civil disobedience against the British Raj. Unfortunately, while the originality of Gandhi’s thought and the example of his life still inspire people around the world, one must wonder if we really have learned what he meant by truth.

Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, is an MP for the Indian National Congress. He is the author of Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century.

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Clean Energy Is Also Resilient Energy (Project-Syndicate)

After years of increasingly severe hurricane seasons in which island countries and territories in the Caribbean have lost power for weeks and even months at a time, the need for climate resilience could not be clearer. And as the Bahamas is showing, the cleanest energy sources can also be the most resilient.

Jules Kortenhorst is CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute – Whitney Heastie is CEO of Bahamas Power and Light

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Who Should Lead the Fight for Global Justice? (Project-Syndicate)

From poverty to climate change, people caused today’s most pressing challenges, people are being harmed by them, and people can address them. The problem is that the people with the most power to address global problems are often not only the same people who helped to cause them, but also are among the last to be harmed by them.

Emtithal Mahmoud, named one of BBC’s 100 Most Inspirational Women, is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and the author of Sisters’ Entrance.

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Napoleon’s Middle East Legacy (Project-Syndicate)

Napoleon Bonaparte’s 1798 invasion of Egypt represented the first modern attempt to incorporate an Islamic society into the European fold. Although the expedition was a military fiasco, it left a lasting legacy in the region.

Alexander Mikaberidze, Professor of History at Louisiana State University, Shreveport, is the author, most recently, of The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History.

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Measuring the impact of malfunctioning credit markets on productivity (VOX)

Since the Global Crisis, there has been a renewed awareness of how frictions in credit markets can damage economic efficiency due to a higher cost of capital and/or capital being misallocated away from its most productive uses. This column presents a new methodological approach for calculating the cost of credit frictions which can be implemented with relatively simple data in multiple contexts. It finds that credit market frictions explain half of the fall in UK productivity in the Great Recession and depress output by 28% on average.

Tim Besley, Isabelle Roland, John Van Reenen

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The causal effect of education on chronic health: Evidence from the UK (VOX)

A robust finding in the social sciences is the strong positive correlation between education and health status at all age, but evidence on causality in this relationship has been mixed. This column exploits two education reforms in the UK to study the causal link between education and a large set of prevalent chronic health conditions. While the results indicate, as expected, a clear and statistically significant negative association between years of education and chronic ill health, the strength of association weakens considerably – with the exception of diabetes – once causal identification techniques are applied.

Katharina Janke, David Johnston, Carol Propper, Michael A Shields

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The information channel of monetary policy has disappeared in the US (VOX)

The information channel of monetary policy theory – whereby economic agents revise their beliefs after an unexpected monetary policy announcement not only because they learn about the current and future path of monetary policy, but also because they learn new information about the economic outlook – can potentially explain the puzzle of output increasing after a contractionary monetary policy shock. This column argues, however, that the information channel has disappeared in the US, perhaps due to the improved communication strategies implemented by the Federal Reserve.

Lukas Hoesch, Barbara Rossi, Tatevik Sekhposyan

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Economics in the time of COVID-19: A new eBook (VOX)

The novel coronavirus is both something old and something new. As usual, the pandemic is both an aggregate demand and an aggregate supply shock, but the fact that it has hit China first and hardest, and the supply chain implications of this, make it something new. This column introduces a new Vox eBook containing 14 essays written by leading economists on a wide array of topics related to COVID-19 economics.

Richard Baldwin, Beatrice Weder di Mauro

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Artificial intelligence as a central banker (VOX)

Artificial intelligence, such as the Bank of England Bot, is set to take over an increasing number of central bank functions. This column argues that the increased use of AI in central banking will bring significant cost and efficiency benefits, but also raise important concerns that are so far unresolved.

Jon Danielsson, Robert Macrae, Andreas Uthemann

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The ICC’s Probe Into Atrocities in Afghanistan: What to Know (CFR)

The ICC appeals chamber’s decision to move ahead on an investigation of grave abuses by combatants in Afghanistan, including U.S. forces, marks an unprecedented move that is likely to arouse intensive pushback from Washington.

 by David J. Scheffer

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What Is a Moral Foreign Policy? (Project-Syndicate)

A foreign policy should be judged not only by specific actions, but also by how a pattern of actions shapes the environment of world politics. Leadership in supplying global public goods, for example, is consistent with “America First,” but it rests on a broader historical and institutional understanding than Donald Trump has shown.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a professor at Harvard University, is the author of Is the American Century Over? and Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump.

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How America Can Beat COVID-19 (Project-Syndicate)

Compared to a world war, the COVID-19 epidemic is a fairly manageable problem, provided that the US government can rise to the challenge. But without a mass mobilization to secure critical supplies and prevent a panic, the crisis could easily spin out of control.

James K. Galbraith, a former Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee, is Professor of Government and Chair in Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author, most recently, of Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know and Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe.

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Trump’s Great Purge (Project-Syndicate)

US President Donald Trump has unleashed another round of personnel changes in the intelligence community, replacing career national-security officials with unqualified toadies. With the White House’s war on intelligence agencies taking its toll, those who remain are likely to be intimidated into submission.

Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA analyst, served as National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Chief of Station in Asia, and the CIA’s Director of Public Affairs.

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Will the Coronavirus Topple China’s One-Party Regime? (Project-Syndicate)

In the post-Mao era, the Chinese people and Communist Party leaders have adhered to an implicit social contract: the people tolerate the party’s political monopoly, as long as the party delivers economic progress and adequate governance. The party’s poor handling of the COVID-19 outbreak has threatened this tacit pact.

Minxin Pei is Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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‘Biological clocks’, import competition, and the gender gap in earnings (VOX)

The 20th century saw a steady increase in the number of women postponing motherhood to enhance their labour market opportunities. Sometime in the early 2000s, that trend ended. This column compares the experience of women in the US and Denmark and finds that women of childbearing age who experienced diminished labour market opportunities because of import competition from China turned towards family life, while men focused on finding a new career path in the labour market. Import competition from China raised the likelihood of marriage for women but not for men.

Wolfgang Keller, Hâle Utar

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Public interventions in the banking sector: Follow the taxpayers’ money (VOX)

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Tech-over: Mergers and merger policy in digital markets (VOX)

Dominant companies in the digital market may use merger and acquisitions – especially ‘killer’ or ‘zombie’ acquisitions – and the (under)enforcement of merger control to stifle competition and cement their market dominance. This column analyses acquisition activity by Amazon, Facebook, and Google between 2008 and 2018, and finds that they often targeted very young firms. Because the evolution of young firms is still uncertain, it is difficult for competition authorities to assess the effects of these mergers, especially when the focus is on single acquisitions without considering the overall acquisition strategy.

Elena Argentesi, Paolo Buccirossi, Emilio Calvano, Tomaso Duso, Alessia Marrazzo, Salvatore Nava

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Are financial crises demand or supply shocks? (VOX)

A perennial and fundamental macroeconomic question is whether financial crises are negative demand or supply shocks. This column discusses how the response of international trade flows and prices to financial crises can shed light on the debate. Evidence based on a new dataset of two centuries of financial crises and trade suggests financial crises are clearly negative shocks to demand.

Felipe Benguria, Alan M. Taylor

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The effect of bank capital requirements on the real economy and their interaction with monetary policy (VOX)

Following the financial crisis, central banks and regulatory authorities assumed new powers to set macroprudential bank capital requirements. This column describes a number of macro models used by the ECB to measure the real impact of capital requirements and their interactions with monetary policy. It warns that a weaker banking system amplifies the impact of monetary policy and contributes to economic instability. Banks’ capital buffers are best augmented during times of affluence, when looser monetary policy can mitigate the costs of increasing capital requirements.

Gabriele Cozzi, Matthieu Darracq Pariès, Peter Karadi, Jenny Körner, Christoffer Kok, Falk Mazelis, Kalin Nikolov, Elena Rancoita, Alejandro Van der Ghote, Julien Weber

In evidenza

Podcast: Coronavirus and the Battlefields of the U.S.-China Trade War (Carnegie Moscow Center)

Carnegie’s Alex Gabuev and The Financial Times’ Asia editor Jamil Anderlini discuss coronavirus, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war, and the geopolitical dynamics in Asia-Pacific.


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The World Through Moscow’s Eyes: A Classic Russian Perspective (Carnegie Moscow Center)

Those looking at Russia’s foreign relations would soon discover that the country is essentially a loner. It is not part of any international large family, whether Europe, the Atlantic community or the West. Asians do not recognize Russia as Asian, either.


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Trudeau government should learn from Chrétien-era tax relief (Fraser Institute)

As the Trudeau government prepares to table its 2020 budget, it should reflect on another federal budget from 25 years ago when the Chrétien government took decisive action to balance the budget (after nearly three decades of deficits) and laid the foundation for broad-based tax relief and more than a decade of economic prosperity in Canada.

In evidenza

Avoiding a Populist Surge in Tunisia (International Crisis Group)

Tunisia’s new government and president represent political forces that emerged in late 2019’s elections, stirring up populism, polarisation and tensions. With judicious support from the EU, the new political class should focus on the economy and choose a path of dialogue and administrative reform.

In evidenza

The US Has Abandoned Its Leadership on Land Mines, and For What? (Defense One)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says new land mines are needed to “ensure mission success” and “reduce risk to our forces.” What success? What forces?


In evidenza

Exclusive: House Bill Tries To Force Trump To Keep Troops In Africa (Defense One)

The legislation from Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., raises constitutional concerns but might still be a useful messaging tool for lawmakers.


In evidenza

Will the US- Taliban agreement bring peace in Afghanistan ? (Clingendael)

Everybody talks about the momentum for peace in Afghanistan following the US-Taliban agreement signed on 29 February 2020 in Qatar’s capital Doha. What is really going on? Clingendael fellow Jorrit Kamminga has been working in Afghanistan for the past fifteen years and talks you through it in this explainer.

In evidenza

The proliferation risks of hypersonic missiles (Clingendael)

Of all the new military hardware that passed along the stands during the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing on 1 October 2019, one of the most scrutinized weapons was the Dong Feng 17 (DF-17) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV). The first hypersonic boostglide weapon system to enter military service worldwide, China’s DF-17 illustrates that these systems are now transitioning from the weapons laboratories to operational inventories. With the development and operational deployment of the DF-17 China has broken the hypersonic glide barrier and started the ball rolling. Additional arms control measures will be needed, and soon, if the proliferation of such advanced systems and its impact on international security are to be managed.

Danny Pronk

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Employment creation potential, labor skills requirements, and skill gaps for young people: A methodological framework (Brookings)

Employment creation potential, labor skills requirements, and skill gaps for young people: A methodological framework

Haroon BhoratCaitlin AllenZaakhir AsmalRobert Hill, and Christopher Rooney

In evidenza

Trump Is Ill-Suited to Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak (Defense One)

A crisis that is heading into its third month could draw out every personal and managerial failing that the president has shown to this point.


In evidenza

Health Care in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget (Brookings)

On February 10, the White House released President Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget.1 Budgets are often described as statements of priorities. This budget attempts to obscure what remains atop the Trump administration’s health policy priority list: eliminating the coverage expansions implemented by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Matthew FiedlerLoren AdlerChristen Linke Young

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Security in the Arab-Persian Gulf (Valdai Discussion Club)

Today, Russia is the only country capable of holding talks with all Gulf capitals, and hosting their representatives. This is something those capitals must consider and benefit from, by working with Russia to launch a practical course of action to create the “Gulf Security and Cooperation Organization”, to guarantee the security and cooperation in the gulf countries and among their peoples, writes Amal Abou Zeid, advisor to the President Lebanon; Member of the Lebanese Parliament, Free Patriotic Movement (2016–2018), and participant of the Ninth Middle East Conference of the Valdai Duscission Club

Amal Abou Zeid


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America Is Alone in Its Cold War With China (Defense One)

If the Trump administration is truly going all-in on competition with Beijing, it’s not clear that Trump himself is fully on board. Nor, it’s now clear, are several of America’s closest friends.


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Adapting to a Fast-Forward World (Project-Syndicate)

The world is going through a period of accelerating change, as four secular developments illustrate. Firms and governments must make timely adjustments, not only to their business models and operational approaches, but also to both their tactical and strategic mindsets.

Mohamed A. El-Erian, Chief Economic Adviser at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he served as CEO and co-Chief Investment Officer, was Chairman of US President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council. He is President Elect of Queens’ College (Cambridge University), senior adviser at Gramercy, and Part-time Practice Professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously served as CEO of the Harvard Management Company and Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund. He was named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years running. He is the author, most recently, of The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse.

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Trump’s “Currency Manipulation” Con (Project-Syndicate)

The long-awaited “phase one” deal between the United States and China has not ended US trade warfare. Instead, President Donald Trump’s administration has devised yet another tool with which to tilt the playing field against foreign competitors, all but ensuring that damaging and unnecessary trade conflicts will continue.

Anne O. Krueger, a former World Bank chief economist and former first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is Senior Research Professor of International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Development, Stanford University.

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The Paradigm Shift on Palestine (Project-Syndicate)

The Trump administration’s Israel-Palestine peace plan has undermined the belief that internationally agreed principles, such as the need to adhere to the pre-1967 borders, are unassailable. Given how willing the rest of the world seems to be to abandon the Palestinians, these losses will not be easy to reverse.

Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli foreign minister, is Vice President of the Toledo International Center for Peace. He is the author of Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy.

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MENA: Renewed wave of mass uprisings met with brutality and repression during ‘year of defiance’ (Amnesty International)

  • Report reviews human rights in 19 MENA states during 2019
  • Wave of protests across Algeria, Iraq, Iran and Lebanon demonstrates reinvigorated faith in people power
  • 500+ killed in Iraq and over 300 in Iran in brutal crackdowns on protests
  • Relentless clampdown on peaceful critics and human rights defenders
  • At least 136 prisoners of conscience detained in 12 countries for online speech

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Judicial Challenges to the Dominance of Pakistan’s Army (BESA Center)

The government of Pakistan, led by the PTI party, has filed a review petition before the Pakistani Supreme Court against the Court’s decision that the term of Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa continue for another six months, during which time the parliament should legislate on the position’s extension or reappointment. The government argues that Bajwa’s term should be extended not for six months but for three years, and that the position’s term is none of the parliament’s business. This leaves no doubt that a civilian politician wishing to enjoy his stay at the prime minister’s residence has essentially no option but to bend to the will of the Army Chief, who is the most powerful person in Pakistan.


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The Triangle Area in the “Deal of the Century” (BESA Center)

The “Deal of the Century” suggests that a triangle of Israeli Arab communities that were disputed by Israel and Transjordan during the 1949 armistice negotiations can become part of the state of Palestine at such time as the state is established. This suggestion has raised the ire of Israeli Arabs and Jews who view it as an attempt at population “transfer”, though no residents due to come under Palestinian jurisdiction will be required to leave their homes. It is also historically suspect, as it depends on a faulty reading of the history of the armistice negotiations.


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A Short History of Palestinian Rejectionism (BESA Center)

The consistent and enduring Palestinian rejection of any and all peace initiatives with Israel, most recently the “Deal of the Century,” calls into question the commitment of the Palestinian leadership not only to peace but to the very welfare and safety of the Palestinian people.


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Turkey’s “Defense Line”: An Ideological Front (BESA Center)

Turkey’s latest moves in Libya and the eastern Mediterranean should be viewed in the context of the recent Kuala Lumpur Summit, which announced the emergence of a new ideological bloc to counter Saudi Arabia consisting of Iran, Turkey, Qatar, and Malaysia. Turkey’s new geopolitical strategy is as much ideological as it is “defensive.”


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Examining the Coronavirus Outbreak: China, Markets, and Global Health Governance (CFR)

Speakers discuss how the coronavirus outbreak is testing global health governance, its broader economic consequences, and its implications for the Chinese political system.

Thomas R. Frieden

President and Chief Executive Officer, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies; Former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations; @YanzhongHuang

Jennifer Nuzzo

Senior Scholar, Center for Health Security, and Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, and Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Steven A. Tananbaum Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; @Brad_Setser

Robyn Meredith

Client Strategist, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

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Delivering on the Deal: Brexit, the European Union, and Beyond (CFR)

After the United Kingdom’s January 31 deadline to leave the European Union, questions remain regarding how Brexit will affect the United Kingdom’s relations with the European Union and the United States. Our speakers discuss the transition period, the consequences of Brexit, and what to expect in the coming year.

Caroline Atkinson

Senior Adviser, Rock Creek Group; Executive Committee Member, Peterson Institute

Senior Fellow for Europe, Council on Foreign Relations; Associate Professor of International Political Economy, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; @m2matthijs

Mujtaba Rahman

Managing Director, Europe, Eurasia Group (via videoconference from London)

Amanda Sloat

Robert Bosch Senior Fellow, Center on the United States and Europe, Brookings Institution

Marisa K. Bellack

Europe Editor, Washington Post

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Operation “Shahid Soleimani”: Iran’s Revenge (BESA Center)

Operation Shahid Soleimani, the Iranian revenge attack for the killing of Qassem Soleimani, was less spectacular than the Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities last September and was apparently controversial even within Iran’s top leadership. Still, Israel can learn lessons from it: that Iran’s regime is willing to take extraordinary risks when it feels humiliated; that in certain scenarios precision missiles can be as effective as combat aircraft; that even a few precision missiles can disrupt the operation of modern air bases; and that good public diplomacy is crucial for crisis management.


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African designers hit the catwalk at inaugural African-Indian textiles machinery event (International Trade Centre)

Designers supported by Mitreeki, a knowledge-sharing initiative under ITC’s Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (SITA) programme, showcased their designs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In evidenza

Getting together over coffee in Mombasa (International Trade Centre)

The East Africa Community Coffee Business Forum saw four days of events designed to showcase the quality of coffee produced in the region but also to highlight how coffee producers can add value

In evidenza

Crop-spraying drone developed in India shown at first-ever Indian International Textile Machinery Exhibition held in Africa (International Trade Centre)

Africa’s textile industry is ripe for innovation and a drone developed India may be part of the answer

In evidenza

3 reasons not to panic about artificial intelligence (WEF)

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) needs to be democratized to help more people understand it and embrace its potential;
  • We need to develop regulations for AI that are agile and adapt to this rapidly progressing technology;
  • A focus on “Trustworthy AI” offers a promising model for innovation and the governance of AI.

 – President, JD Cloud and JD AI; Chair, JD Technology Committee; Vice-President, JD.COM

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Expect 75 Recommendations to Improve Security, Plus Proposed Laws, from Congress’ Cyber Commission (Defense One)

Rep. Jim Langevin says he and his fellow commissioners will propose streamlining Congressional oversight, incident reporting by industry, and more.


In evidenza

The White Swans of 2020 (Project-Syndicate)

Financial markets remain blissfully in denial of the many predictable global crises that could come to a head this year, particularly in the months before the US presidential election. In addition to the increasingly obvious risks associated with climate change, at least four countries want to destabilize the US from within.

Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Chairman of Roubini Macro Associates, was Senior Economist for International Affairs in the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the US Federal Reserve, and the World Bank. His website is

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Who Can Beat Trump? (Project-Syndicate)

Although purchasing political office, as Mike Bloomberg is attempting to do, may be unfair or wrong, President Donald Trump is such an alarming figure that many voters so far appear willing to overlook in Bloomberg what they would never forgive otherwise. And that, perhaps, is the clearest sign yet that American democracy is in crisis.

Elizabeth Drew is a Washington-based journalist and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.

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Pariah India (Project-Syndicate)

For three decades, India’s self-branding as the world’s fastest-growing free-market democracy worked, with world leaders queuing up to visit New Delhi and burdening a generation of diplomatic protocol officers. But in a matter of months, it has all begun to fall apart.

Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, is an MP for the Indian National Congress. He is the author of Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century.

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Social Democracy Beats Democratic Socialism (Project-Syndicate)

Now that US Senator Bernie Sanders has emerged as a leading contender for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, his brand of democratic socialism warrants closer scrutiny. Simply put, it is neither a close approximation of the “Nordic model” that Sanders often invokes nor a solution to what ails the American economy.

Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics at MIT, is co-author (with James A. Robinson) of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty and The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty.

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NATO in a climate of change (SIPRI)

During last year’s Munich Security Conference, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke about facing an increasingly more uncertain and unpredictable security environment. Speaking from the perspective of NATO, he argued that although allies disagree on certain issues, such as climate change, it is crucial to stand together. Regardless of whether Stoltenberg considers climate change to be part of this changing environment or not, NATO is paying the issue increasing attention. To coincide with this year’s Munich Security Conference, this blog explores NATO’s current position in the growing debate on climate change and related risks.

Rickard Söder is a Research Assistant with the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programm

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Greenfield Investments as a Source of Sustainable Green Finance? On the Relationships between Greenfield Investments, Environmental Performance, and Asian Economic Growth (ADBI)

Greenfield investments in the presence of supporting institutions can be a viable source of green finance.

Nepal, Rabindra

Taghizadeh-Hesary, Farhad

Musibau, Hameed

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Is Political Change Coming to China? (Project-Syndicate)

Because President Xi Jinping has concentrated more power in his own hands than any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong, many within China and around the world have concluded that he is politically unassailable. But the coronavirus epidemic has come at the worst possible time, laying bare the fundamental weaknesses of Xi’s rule.

Yuen Yuen Ang is a professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of How China Escaped the Poverty Trap and the forthcoming China’s Gilded Age.

In evidenza

The New Wave of Middle-East Media Repression (Project-Syndicate)

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have shown that, when a government lacks legitimacy, its best chance of holding onto power is by suppressing unfavorable information. But the experiences of Iraq and Lebanon suggest that this approach has limits in political systems that depend on power-sharing arrangements.

Lydia Khalil is a research fellow in the West Asia program at the Lowy Institute.

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The Case for Global Health Diplomacy (Project-Syndicate)

The coronavirus crisis is a reminder of why governments must regard health as an essential component of foreign policy. Much of the current panic could have been prevented had political leaders pursued global health diplomacy instead of adopting impulsive measures such as travel bans.

Junaid Nabi is a public health researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston

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The Biometric Threat (Project-Syndicate)

As with so many other convenient technologies, the world is underestimating the risks associated with biometric identification systems. India has learned about those risks the hard way – and should serve as a cautionary tale to the governments and corporations seeking to expand the use of these technologies.

Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates, and a member of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation.

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A New Security Architecture for the Middle East? (Valdai Discussion Club)

The Middle East broke all records for surprise events in 2019. The unexpected changes of government in Algeria and Sudan, mass protests in Lebanon and Iraq, the sensational election outcome in Tunisia, the never-ending election process in Israel, a new escalation of US–Iran tensions, zigzagging developments in Syria, Libya, and Yemen, and many more – the list may be continued. At the same time, this is not the first time it happens. The situation in the region tended to be changeable in the past as well, and surprise and randomness have long become the landmark of the Middle East political process – as may be clearly seen yet again at the beginning of 2020.

Vitaly NaumkinVasily Kuznetsov

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Chatham House Primer: Democratic Socialism (Chatham House)

Nathan Robinson, editor of Current Affairs, argues that democratic socialism is an innovative and moral political ideology that champions an emotional reaction to injustices in the world.

Nathan Robinson, Editor, Current Affairs

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China’s Digital Revolution in Bank Lending (Project-Syndicate)

China has long recognized the importance of increasing small and medium-size enterprises’ access to finance; now, online banks have found the solution the country needs. This could be a boon not only for growth and innovation, but also for broader financial inclusion – in China and beyond.

Huang Yiping, a former member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China, is Professor of Economics and Finance at the National School of Development and Director of the Institute of Digital Finance, Peking University, and a member of the International Monetary Fund’s External Advisory Group on Surveillance

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Trump’s Travel Ban Benefits Only China (Project-Syndicate)

If the US wants to counter Chinese influence in Africa, greater engagement with Nigeria seems like a no-brainer. But, with its decision to include Africa’s largest economy in its expanded long-term travel ban, President Donald Trump’s administration is doing just the opposite.

Cobus van Staden is a senior foreign policy researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs

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California Capitalism (Project-Syndicate)

After years of inaction by the US federal government, state governments like California’s have forged ahead with solutions to challenges such as climate change and labor-replacing automation. Indeed, the state is developing its own distinctive political economy.

Laura Tyson, a former chair of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration, is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, a senior adviser at the Rock Creek Group, and a senior external adviser to the McKinsey Global Institute – Lenny Mendonca is Chief Economic and Business Adviser and Director of the California Office of Business and Economic Development

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Dual tasks of virus fight, work resumption (Global Times)

The battle against the novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) has reached the most intense and complicated period. Central China’s Hubei Province has demanded admission and treatment of all patients needing medical assistance. Hubei on Thursday announced 14,840 new cases, including 13,332 clinically diagnosed cases, as of midnight on Wednesday. The surge in the number is believed to be a release of the stock. Outside of Hubei, the newly confirmed cases announced on Thursday fell for the ninth consecutive day. The national control over the epidemic has produced results.

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Senators exploit doctor’s death to attack China’s political system (Global Times)

The world’s most crucial ties, China-US relations are now coming to a crossroads. The novel coronavirus outbreak has given us a clearer understanding of US strategic direction toward China. Although China is working hard to promote the relationship between the two countries toward healthy and stable development, the recent strategic moves of the US showed that a strong force in the US is pushing the ties toward a hostile path, which is obviously making the future of Sino-US relations more unstable.

By Ai Jun

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The promise of automated historical data linkage (VOX)

A number of vital questions in the social sciences, relating to intergenerational mobility or assimilation of migrants for example, require data that follow individuals over time. The recent digitisation of historical population censuses for the US and other countries has increased their availability, but linking such historical data is challenging. This column compares the performance of various linking methods and concludes that automated methods perform no worse on key dimensions than (more expensive) hand linking using standard linking variables.

Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan, Katherine Eriksson, James J Feigenbaum, Santiago Pérez

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Terror and tourism: How bad news can harm economic development (VOX)

Reporting on violence draws attention to countries not typically covered by international news outlets. This leads to a ‘bad news’ bias, which can affect not only how people view these countries, but whether they choose to visit. Using aggregated spending data to proxy tourist activity, this column documents a robust relationship between the intensity of reporting on violence and subsequent drops in tourist spending, suggesting that a bad news bias can have serious economic consequences for the countries that suffer from it.

Tim Besley, Thiemo Fetzer, Hannes Mueller

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The slow death of ambition: German foreign policy after Kramp-Karrenbauer’s resignation (ECFR)

The grand coalition will continue to be a kind of caretaker government in its lack of a big foreign policy vision.

Jana Puglierin

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Somalia: Killings, corruption and censorship besiege media freedom (Amnesty International)

A surge in violent attacks, threats, harassment and intimidation of media workers is entrenching Somalia as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist, Amnesty International said today.

In evidenza

Easing Syrian Refugees’ Plight in Lebanon (ICG)

Most Syrian refugees in Lebanon have thought many times about going home but in the end deemed the risks too great. Donors should increase aid allowing the Lebanese government to continue hosting the Syrians, so that any decision they make to leave is truly voluntary.


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The syrian desert hawks: flying no more (Clingendael)

The Desert Hawks were a pro-Assad paramilitary group of 5,000 – 12,000 fighters that fought in the Syrian civil war between 2014 – 2017. Its postmortem highlights how the politics of coercion and the economics of loyalty can link in a wartime autocracy. Having amassed their fortune and influence in Syria before 2011 as part of the patronage systems of the Assad family, the brothers Mohammad, Ayman and Ibrahim Jaber created the Desert Hawks when wartime manpower shortages threatened regime survival.


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World climate and security report 2020 (Clingendael)

This report is published by the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS) chaired by Tom Middendorp, former Chief of Defence of the Netherlands and Senior Research Associate at the Clingendael Institute. Louise van Schaik, Head of our EU & Global Affairs Unit & Planetary Security Initiative, is a co-author.


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7 gripping, powerful and original books that bring the UN’s sustainable development goals to life (WEF)

  • The UN has identified 17 interconnected goals for a sustainable future, from tackling poverty to climate action.
  • The aim is to achieve all of these goals by 2030.
  • Unesco’s Cities of Literature have picked books to reflect each goal.

, Senior Writer, Formative Content

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How to unleash the potential of regions like São Paulo (WEF)

  • São Paulo’s economic success has been built on a broad spectrum of policy-making.
  • Investments in infrastructure and technology have reaped enormous benefits.
  • High standards in public services and environmental protections have also been crucial.

, Governor of the State of São Paulo, Government of the State of São Paulo

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Could the UK Change Its Russia Policy? (Valdai Discussion Club)

New UK governments, even when formed by the same political party, often start out by reviewing the policies of their predecessors, with defence and security being a favourite area. So it is with the government of Boris Johnson. One of the first moves he announced after the Conservatives won their 80-seat parliamentary majority in December was the launch of just such a review.

Mary Dejevsky

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The Changing Middle East (Valdai Discussion Club)

Former Israeli president Peres had a dream of a new Middle East, as a peaceful and successful region. Indeed, we can see currently a very different Middle East, but it came out not exactly according to his vision.

Zvi Magen

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Globalization on the Brink : Are We on the Verge of Major Transformation of the Global Economy ? (Valdai Discussion Club)

Movements to a de-globalization or “demondialization” of the economy, announced in a 2010 book, referred to various authors. This phenomenon has been widely observed. It is also accompanied by a “de-westernization” of the world. These various phenomena are not only economic; they all have a political dimension as well as a cultural dimension. However, this text will focus mainly on the economic dimensions of these movements.

Jacques Sapir

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Deforestation in the Amazon is causing parts of it to release more carbon than it absorbs (WEF)

  • In the 1980s and 90s, the Amazon rainforest absorbed 2 billion tonnes of carbon annually, but that figure is much lower today due to deforestation.
  • The southeast part of the Amazon, which has been heavily logged, appears to have lost its ability to absorb carbon.


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These bionic jellyfish could become data miners of the world’s oceans (WEF)

  • Scientists have created bionic jellyfish by embedding microelectronics into them, enabling them to swim faster and collect data.
  • They could be used to monitor climate change.

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6 ways travelling professionals can cut their carbon footprint (WEF)

  • We can all take steps to reduce the environmental impact of our work-related travels.
  • Individual actions – like the six described here – can cumulatively help prompt more collective changes, but it helps to prioritise by impact.
  • As the saying goes: be the change you want to see in the world.

, Global Shaper, Vancouver Hub

, Global Shaper, Vancouver Hub

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The US Should Accept Russia’s Proposed Moratorium on Post-INF Missiles (Defense One)

The temporary measure has no near-term downside — and may jumpstart important arms-control talks.


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Trump’s Former Chief of Staff, John Kelly, Finally Lets Loose (Defense One)

The retired Marine general explained, in the clearest terms yet, his misgivings about Trump’s behavior regarding North Korea, immigration, and Ukraine.

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Executive Order on GPS and Precision Timing Is All Carrot, No Stick (Defense One)

A leading PNT advocacy and educational organization says that’s not going to be enough.


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Inequality in the Digital Era (Brookings)

 The digital revolution is transforming economies. Potential economic gains from digital technologies are enormous, but with new opportunities come new challenges. Within economies, income and wealth inequalities have risen as digitization has reshaped markets and the world of business and work. Inequalities have increased between firms and between workers. The distribution of both capital and labor income has become more unequal, and income has shifted from labor to capital. Technological change, however, is not the sole reason for the rising inequalities. Policy failures have been an important part of the story. Policies will need to be more responsive to the new dynamics of the digital economy to achieve outcomes that are more inclusive.

Zia Qureshi

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Health Care in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget (Brookings)

On February 10, the White House released President Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget. Budgets are often described as statements of priorities. This budget attempts to obscure what remains atop the Trump administration’s health policy priority list: eliminating the coverage expansions implemented by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Matthew FiedlerLoren AdlerChristen Linke Young

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Ebaday 2020 pronti al via, tra schema europeo e Instant payments (Formiche)

Appuntamento a l’Aia il 19 e 20 maggio. Un confronto tra oltre 1500 esperti del settore dei pagamenti e oltre 80 aziende. Si discuterà molto sullo schema di pagamento europeo e delle nuove opportunità dei pagamenti istantanei. Durante i giorni dell’Ebaday sarà possibile toccare con mano l’intenzione delle banche di collaborare tra loro per provare a costruire un’alternativa agli schemi delle carte di pagamento più noti. Ma oltre a capire che tipo di impatto potrebbe avere una tale collaborazione, l’attenzione sarà posta anche sulle regole antitrust

Sergio Boccadutri

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In Italia è (sempre più) tempo di startup innovative. Report Infocamere (Formiche)

Anche nel quarto trimestre 2019 il numero di imprese innovative è aumentato e risultato pari a 10.882, in aumento di 272 unità (+2,6%) rispetto al trimestre precedente. La Lombardia è la regione in cui è localizzato il maggior numero di startup innovative: 2.928, pari al 26,9% del totale nazionale. Seguono il Lazio, unica altra regione a superare quota mille (1.227; 11,3%), e l’Emilia-Romagna (931, 8,6% del totale nazionale)

Rino Moretti

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La robotica italiana cresce (ma fa paura agli operai) (Formiche)

Cosa emerge dai dati del terzo Rapporto del Censis sul welfare aziendale e dal rapporto presentato ieri da Enel e Fondazione Symbola. Sono oltre 7 milioni i lavoratori italiani che hanno paura di perdere il proprio posto di lavoro a causa dell’arrivo di nuove tecnologie. Eppure le imprese italiane crescono sempre di più nel settore della robotica fino ad imporsi come eccellenze anche nel settore spaziale
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Perché la cybersecurity by design salverà l’Ict (Formiche)

I sistemi di Ict sono progettati secondo un principio di cybersecurity by design – principio mutuato dalla disciplina del Gdpr applicata al trattamento dei dati personali – che riguarda la protezione dei dati (personali e non) e dei servizi. È necessario quindi adottare misure di prevenzione delle minacce che incombono, neutralizzandone i possibili effetti nefasti

Giovanni Crea

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Safer Internet Day, le iniziative per la giornata europea per un internet sicuro (Formiche)

L’Italia è al decimo posto su 25 per l’esposizione ai rischi online, primo il Regno Unito, ultimo il Sudafrica. Sono i risultati del Microsoft Digital Civility Index che ogni anno, in occasione dell’Internet Safer Day, analizza le attitudini e le percezioni degli adolescenti (13-17) e degli adulti (18-74) rispetto all’educazione civica digitale e alla sicurezza online in 25 Paesi, incluso il nostro Paese. Secondo lo studio, in tutto il mondo il web è percepito come un luogo meno civile e sicuro rispetto ad un anno fa. Ecco come la Commissione europea si è fatta promotrice di una manifestazione che fornisce ai ragazzi europei informazioni utili e istruzioni operative su come riconoscere ed evitare le minacce online

Rino Moretti

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Yet more failed diplomacy in Libya? (IISS)

Renewed clashes in Libya have confirmed the intractable nature of the country’s conflict. Its unpredictability is not only challenging the feeble response of the international community, but also exposing its divisions, argue Amanda Lapo and Umberto Profazio.

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The challenge of defending European airspace (IISS)

Europe is turning its attention to improving air defences in the face of ever more capable potential threats. Today, however, only a limited number of modern systems are in service or being developed to tackle such challenges, writes Michael Tong.

Michael Tong


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Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2020 (Chatham House)

Following a year of protests, extreme politics and the emergence of new and sophisticated security challenges, Robert Malley and Leslie Vinjamuri examine the International Crisis Group’s Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2020.

Robert Malley, President & CEO, International Crisis Group
Chair: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Dean, Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs; Director, US and the Americas Programme

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After Latest Turn, is Muqtada al-Sadr Losing Influence in Iraq? (Chatham House)

The populist cleric has repositioned himself in Iraqi politics multiple times, but his recent shift against youth-led protestors may signal his decline as an autonomous political force.

Dr Renad Mansour, Ben Robin-D’Cruz

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Cinq ans après Minsk II : peut-on sortir de la guerre ? (IFRI)

Cinq ans après les accords de Minsk II, force est de constater que le cessez-le-feu n’est toujours pas respecté. Dans le Donbass, les affrontements continuent de faire des morts. Alors quels sont les principaux points de blocage qui empêchent la mise en oeuvre de ces accords ?

Maxime AUDINET, invité de Florian Delorme dans Cultures Monde sur France Culture

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Pete Buttigieg: l’électorat américain peut-il choisir un président gay? (IFRI)

Avec ses très bons résultats au caucus de l’Iowa et à la primaire du New Hampshire, Pete Buttigieg, est pour l’instant parmi les candidats les mieux placés pour remporter l’investiture du Parti démocrate et, peut-être, battre Donald Trump à l’élection présidentielle de novembre prochain.

Laurence NARDON, 27ème épisode de la série de podcasts “Trump 2020” en partenariat avec et Time to Sign Off

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China’s Economic Fight Against the Coronavirus (Project-Syndicate)

There is no doubt that China will win the battle against the coronavirus. In the meantime, however, policymakers must take steps to ensure that the economy functions as normally as possible – without compromising efforts to contain the outbreak – and can bounce back quickly once the crisis is over.

Yu Yongding, a former president of the China Society of World Economics and director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, served on the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China from 2004 to 2006.

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Comrade Trump (Project-Syndicate)

In 1922, Vladimir Lenin wrote that “Stalin concentrated in his hands enormous power, which he won’t be able to use responsibly,” owing to his rudeness, intolerance, and capriciousness – qualities that Donald Trump has in spades. His acquittal by the Senate was a dark day for American democracy, but his reelection could be lights out.

Nina L. Khrushcheva is Professor of International Affairs at The New School. Her latest book (with Jeffrey Tayler) is In Putin’s Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia’s Eleven Time Zones.

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Beijing-Moscow historical bonds deepen during coronavirus crisis (Global Times)

In response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP), many countries around the world have expressed their goodwill to help China fight the epidemic.

By Li Yonghui

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When wearing a mask invites discrimination against immigrants in the West (Global Times)

Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus epidemic, Chinese living in the US and other Western countries have been facing a “to be or not to be” question. And the dilemma is now manifested in the wearing of surgical masks.

By Rong Xiaoqing

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Foreign exchange swaps: Hidden debt, lurking vulnerability (VOX)

Foreign exchange swaps and forwards are a key instrument in the global financial system for hedging, position-taking and short-term funding. They involve the exchange of notional amounts at a future date and, as funding vehicles, they are akin to other forms of collateralised borrowing (e.g. repo). The amounts involved are huge, but the instruments remain mysterious in some ways: because of an accounting peculiarity, they are treated very differently from other forms of collateralised debt. This column examines their geography and draws implications for both academics and policymakers. It finds that non-US residents’ US dollar forward payment obligations arising from foreign exchange swaps and forwards are likely to be even larger than the corresponding on-balance sheet US dollar debt. It also highlights the favourable regulatory treatment that these instruments receive, and argues that they represent a critical pressure point in international financial markets.

Claudio Borio, Patrick McGuire, Robert McCauley

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The wage–employment nexus: A tale of persistence (VOX)

The weak relationship between wage dynamics and unemployment in the euro area since the Global Crisis is widely perceived as one of the main causes of the ‘twin puzzle’ of missing disinflation between 2009 and 2011, and missing inflation thereafter. This column attributes the weak response of nominal wage growth to employment dynamics since 2008 to the countercyclical behaviour of labour productivity, which is driven, in turn, by the exceptionally high persistence of the downturn and the subsequent recovery.

Antonio Conti, Elisa Guglielminetti, Marianna Riggi

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From fog to smog: The value of pollution information (VOX)

Panle Jia Barwick, Shanjun Li, Liguo Lin, Eric Zou
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Cascading trade protection: Evidence from the US (VOX)

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How to deal with Big Tech mergers (VOX)

Big Tech mergers increasingly require regulatory authorities with enhanced toolboxes. To ensure genuine competition in the digital marketplace, novel theories of harm will need to be elaborated and applied. This column provides guidance on these issues, arguing that to properly investigate Big Tech mergers, competition law will need to restructure the standards and burden of proof.

Massimo Motta, Martin Peitz

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Putin’s Children: The Russian Elite Prepares for 2024 (Carnegie Moscow Center)

The 2024 election will be one in which the generation of “Putin’s children,” those who have made their careers and profited from the twenty years of Putin’s presidency, face a serious challenge to keep the assets they have acquired.


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Don’t Expect an Economic Miracle in Putin’s Russia (Carnegie Moscow Center)

The main task of Putin’s economic policy is to collect as much in taxes as possible. This is why the man who successfully transformed the Federal Tax Service is now head of the government.

Andrey Movchan

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Three reasons why our hospitals are overcrowded (Fraser Institute)

A damning investigation by CBC News recently revealed that “hallway medicine” is now the norm in Ontario. Almost 50 per cent of hospitals in the province regularly operate beyond capacity, with patients accommodated in unconventional spaces including corridors, meeting rooms and even a kitchenette.

Bacchus Barua

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G7 growth talk obscures poor income growth among Canadians (Fraser Institute)

Recent forecasts, including from the International Monetary Fund, suggest Canada may compete with the United States for the top spot in the G7 in 2020 for economic growth.

Ben EisenFinn Poschmann

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Frontier mine decision make-or-break moment for Canada’s natural resource sector (Fraser Institute)

On Monday, amid mounting pressure from Alberta and other stakeholders, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the Trudeau cabinet was still engaged in a “robust” discussion about the Frontier mine, a $20 billion Alberta oilsands proposal by Teck Resources Limited, a natural resource company headquartered in Vancouver. Morneau also refused to say when the decision (originally scheduled for some time in February) would be announced, fuelling speculation of an extended deadline.

Ashley StedmanElmira Aliakbari

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Are conventional arms control treaties all dead letters ? (Clingendael)

Arms control is often associated with weapons of mass destruction. Yet all current armed conflicts are fought with conventional weaponry. Third stop in this Clingendael Spectator series on arms control: are conventional arms control treaties all dead letters, or can Europe’s sleeping beauties be brought back to life?

Hugo Klijn

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Short- and Long-Term Impacts of the Escalation in Idlib (SWP)

The current escalation in Idlib between Turkish and Russian-backed Syrian forces has two dimensions: the immediate Turkish involvement in Syria and the broader Turkish-Russian rapprochement. An assessment by Salim Çevik.

Salim Çevik

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This UK seed bank is protecting Australia’s future biodiversity after the wildfires (WEF)

  • Australia’s wildfires have burned through an area the size of Greece since September.
  • Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London are helping with emergency seed collection in areas devastated by the bushfires.
  • Seed specimens are being stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, a big underground freezer, which already contains 41,000 different species.

, Editorial Trainee, Reuters

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These are the countries best prepared for health emergencies (WEF)

  • The Global Health Security Index lists the countries best prepared for an epidemic or pandemic.
  • National health security is fundamentally weak around the world, it says, and nowhere is fully prepared to handle such an outbreak.
  • Global biological risks are in many cases growing faster than governments and science can keep up.
  • The international community must work together to ensure all countries are prepared to respond to these risks, it says.

, Senior Writer, Formative Content

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Here’s how blockchain could fight illegal fishing and help tuna stocks recover (WEF)

  • More than half of the world’s tuna comes from the Pacific Ocean, but tuna fisheries are suffering from depleted stocks and illegal fishing.
  • Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a major threat to marine biodiversity, the sustainability and balance of marine ecosystems, and to fish populations worldwide.
  • By tracking the fish from the moment it’s caught, blockchain would make it impossible for any illegal or unreported tuna to enter the market.

, Senior Writer, Formative Content

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The five stages of the Chief Digital Officer – and why they often fail (WEF)

  • 21% of large public firms employ a Chief Digital Officer, or CDO.
  • The average tenure of a CDO is 31 months, shorter than other C-suite roles.
  • Despite initial support for the CDO, research suggests many companies set up the CDO to fail.

, Professor of Innovation and Strategy, Cisco Chair in Digital Business Transformation, IMD Business School

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DOD Nominee Who Questioned Ukraine Aid Holdup Denies Report About Her Ouster (Defense One)

A story from the New York Post ignited speculation that Elaine McCusker’s nomination could be withdrawn. It’s not clear that’s the case.


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Advanced Economies’ Missing Link (Project-Syndicate)

After a decade of recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, aggregate economic indicators across the OECD are looking bright, with GDP continuing to grow and employment reaching record levels. So why is public sentiment in the advanced economies so gloomy?

Sven Smit is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and a co-chair of the McKinsey Global Institute – Anu Madgavkar is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute

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The Challenging Arithmetic of Climate Action (Project-Syndicate)

All strategies to mitigate climate change have distributive implications that cannot be overlooked. If left unaddressed, such implications will fuel persistent headwinds to progress on the climate change and sustainability agenda.

Michael Spence, a Nobel laureate in economics, is Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was the chairman of the independent Commission on Growth and Development, an international body that from 2006-2010 analyzed opportunities for global economic growth, and is the author of The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World.

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Germany’s Crisis of the Right (Project-Syndicate)

The resignation of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s designated successor, has plunged the party into crisis and raised fresh doubts about the survival of the country’s ruling coalition. The biggest beneficiaries of the current chaos may well be the Greens.

Carolin Roth is a freelance anchor and reporter for CNBC

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Brexit and the Liberal Elephant Trap (Global Policy)

Given the success of populist politicians across Europe, some pro-Europeans have openly wondered whether they should adopt the same tactics as populist parties to make the case for European integration. Michael Cottakis argues that this would be a mistake. To reverse the trend, pro-Europeans must quit dabbling in populism and instead play to their strengths by promoting dialogue and substantive policy reform.

Michael Cottakis is Director of the 89 Initiative, a pan-European think tank based at the London School of Economics.

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Iraq’s Protest Movement Is an Existential Challenge for the Political Elite (World Politics Review)

Anti-government protesters in Iraq have spent more than four months calling for political and economic reforms and venting their anger at the failure of successive governments to provide better living standards and economic opportunities. Security forces, caught off-guard by the strength and resilience of the youth-driven protest movement, have responded with a campaign of repression that has killed more than 600 people and wounded tens of thousands more across the country. But the crackdown has only intensified the crisis, as Iraqis continue to take to the streets demanding justice for slain demonstrators and reforms of the political system.

Sajad Jiyad is the managing director of Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies, an independent think tank based in Baghdad. Follow him on Twitter @SajadJiyad.

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Last Man Standing: How Avakov Survived in Ukraine (Carnegie Moscow Center)

Arsen Avakov has survived Ukraine’s change of regime. President Zelensky needs him because of his links to the dark side of the Ukrainian deep state, against which the president’s young reformers are often powerless. The omnipotent minister is prepared to put aside his personal ambition to become the regime’s informal mainstay.

Konstantin Skorkin

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Unconsolidated: The Five Russian Elites Shaping Putin’s Transition (Carnegie Moscow Center)

President Putin has embarked on a renewal of Russia’s ruling regime to make sure it weathers the political transition of 2024 and to preserve his personal power-base. The elite can be divided into five distinct groups, two of which, the “protectors” and “technocrats” may end up in a fierce ideological fight.

Tatiana Stanovaya

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Oatmeal and Water: The Thinning Belarus-Russia Relationship (Carnegie Moscow Center)

A row over energy prices is a sign that Belarus and Russia are set to have a cooler and more pragmatic relationship. Over the next few years, Minsk is likely to build a more balanced relationship with the West and Moscow, like that of Armenia or Kazakhstan.

Artyom Shraibman

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People-to-people exchanges strengthen global mutual trust (Global Times)

When the novel coronavirus pneumonia is defeated, many Chinese, whose travel is limited during the epidemic period, might brook no delay to take a trip. And perhaps some of them will choose Japan as their first outbound destination, because they may be eager to express their thanks in person to a Japanese girl.

By Shi Tian

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US attempt to rope China into New START negotiations won’t succeed (Global Times)

US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on February 5 that the US and Russia would “start negotiations soon on arms control, on the nuclear issue.” As the two powers face next year’s deadline to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) – the last remaining agreement binding their nuclear arsenals – the international community hopes that the pact could be renewed.

By Cheng Hanping

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Speculative short-sellers won’t defeat China’s preparations amid epidemic (Global Times)

The outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) in China may exacerbate financial market turmoil as signs of a potential financial war emerge, with some speculative forces poised to work against the world’s second largest economy.

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There’s no doubt China will bounce back from epidemic’s impact (Global Times)

There has been a great outpouring of sympathy for China throughout the world in the wake of the sudden outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia. The heroic efforts of the Chinese medical workers and the determination of the Chinese people amid the epidemic have been a model of courage for the world to admire. And efforts are being made around the world to provide needed supplies and to find a vaccine that could allow for the country to overcome this crisis.

By William Jones

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Dissuasion nucléaire : le discours de Macron embarrasse Bruxelles (IFRI)

Les discussions sur l’autonomie stratégique se heurtent aux divergences franco-allemandes quant à la place du nucléaire dans la sécurité de l’UE. Le discours d’Emmanuel Macron, qui a prôné, vendredi 7 février, une mobilisation des Européens pour la définition d’un « dialogue stratégique » incluant la dissuasion nucléaire et une réflexion sur la « dimension authentiquement européenne » des forces nucléaires de la France, n’a pas suscité d’engouement au siège des institutions de l’Union.

Thomas GOMART, cité par  dans Le Monde

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Allemagne, crise politique majeure pour la succession d’Angela Merkel (IFRI)

Invité de BFM Business, Thierry de Montbrial, président fondateur de l’Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), estime que la situation politique outre-Rhin s’aggrave. Il revient sur la crise politique en Allemagne avec la démission d’ Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, sur les primaires démocrates aux États-Unis ainsi que sur les conséquances du coronavirus en Chine.

Thierry de MONTBRIAL, invité d’Hedwige Chevrillon sur BFM Business

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Trump and the Crisis of Oligarchy (Valdai Discussion Club)

Many observers will remember the end of the impeachment story. First the Senate’s refusal to hear witnesses in connection with the charges against Trump, and then impeachment supporters were unable to get 50, let alone the 67 required votes; only one senator broke ranks with the Republican establishment: Mitt Romney. Some experts, such as Ian Bremmer, have already suggested that Romney should be considered the leader of the Republican Party, since he advocated the Senate exercising the judicial role assigned to it. The symbolism of Trump’s refusal to shake hands with Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, will be remembered, as well as the response of the latter, who publicly tore up the text of the president’s annual message to Congress the day before the Senate voted to acquit him.

Andrei Tsygankov

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Is the Middle East on the Eve of Global Conflict or Successful Development? (Valdai Discussion Club)

The Middle East is either on the eve of a new round of tensions, which threaten to ignite global conflict, or of a transformation into a successful, developing region.

Andrey Bystritskiy

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AI in International Relations: The Era of “Digital Diplomacy” (Valdai Discussion Club)

In view of the sorry conditions that the world’s international relations find themselves today, some argue that there may be a case for an upgrade in international diplomacy, perhaps with elements of higher technology in establishing cross-country communication lines. One such area where a technological upgrade is already progressing is the use of AI in international diplomacy. In particular, China has been active in making use of AI in providing insights for its diplomats into the possible scenarios and the evolution of events on the international arena. There is also an increasingly active use of AI in supporting economic diplomacy in trade negotiations. Going forward it will be crucial to ensure greater access of developing economies to the possibilities opened by AI to concluding international accords and boosting international cooperation.

Yaroslav Lissovolik

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Can Idlib Ruin the Turkey-Russia Entente? (Valdai Discussion Club)

Russia and Turkey are not natural partners in Syria, but share enough overlapping interests to maintain dialogue about the direction of the conflict. Ankara’s position in the Syrian civil war has been shaped by its initial risk averse approach to the conflict and refusal to use military force to try and shape outcomes. In eastern Syria, Ankara was initially unable to upend the American war strategy and its reliance on the Syrian Kurds, a group Turkey has labeled a terrorist organization. In Syria’s West, the Russian entrance into the war directly challenged Ankara’s support for the anti-regime insurgency, which had made considerable gains in Idlib before September 2015.

Aaron Stein

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Will the US Revert to ‘Just Like in Grandma’s Time’ Again? (Valdai Discussion Club)

Donald Trump’s opponents persist in their delusion that his arrival to power was an accident, and if they manage to throw him out of office, history will resume its natural course, and everything will be just like in grandma’s time again. The United States continues its descent into a deep system-wide crisis that in some ways is reminiscent of the developments in the last days of the Soviet Union, especially in terms of the disdain demonstrated by the Washington elite toward the vast majority of the American people. Should the elite further refuse to recognize how serious the crisis has become, and if they will not acquiesce to curtail their ambition and search for compromise, it will be disastrous for the United States and the rest of the world, argues Andrei Korobkov, Professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University.

Andrei Korobkov

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The Novel Coronavirus, Geopolitics and the World Economy (Valdai Discussion Club)

Analysts have already called the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV the “black swan” of the year – that is, a rare and difficult-to-predict event with global consequences. In many media, the word “pandemic” is already appearing more frequently. The arrival of the Chinese virus is having a negative impact on the global economy, international trade and financial markets. Political consequences associated with various kinds of internal and cross-border restrictions may also appear soon.

Alexander Losev

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China’s Response to the Killing of Soleimani (BESA Center)

China and Iran have a close relationship, but Beijing’s influence over Tehran is questionable. Its response to the killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani  offers clues to its view of its own role in the Middle East.


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The “Deal of the Century” Is a Stimulus, Not a Blueprint (BESA Center)

President Trump’s peace plan must be understood as a systemic impetus toward a new breakthrough rather than as a practical blueprint for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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Revealed: US-linked anti-abortion centres ‘lie’ and ‘scare women’ across Latin America (openDemocracy)

Lawmakers in Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina demand action following “truly scandalous” misinformation revealed by openDemocracy.

Isabella Cota

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Mexicans building a feminist Internet face challenges (openDemocracy)

The Olimpia law, though it is actually a modification to an existing law on women’s right to a life free of violence, the amendment is one of few legal initiatives in Mexico with grassroots origins.

Tamara Pearson

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How openDemocracy is tracking anti-abortion misinformation around the world (openDemocracy)

Nine months ago, we began following the money of two US religious right groups. Then, we deployed our own global network – of feminist investigative journalists.

Claire ProvostNandini Archer
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PREVENT and CVE usher in ‘whole society’ surveillance (openDemocracy)

Questions on Countering Violent Extremism cannot be confined to isolated issues, when this is the language through which states speak themselves today.
Azfar Shafi
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Enduring the deep-rooted racialization of Roma (openDemocracy)

When Orban describes challenging segregation as a violation of “the people’s sense of justice”: where is the conscience of Hungarian, European, American, and other elite intellectuals?

Angéla Kóczé

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Reimagining democratic public ownership for the twenty-first century (openDemocracy)

A new transatlantic project will explore how new models of public ownership can shape the emerging commanding heights of the economy.

Thomas HannaMathew Lawrence
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Banking on coal (New Economics Foundation)

  • Coal is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions globally – and still expanding.
  • Globally, the use of coal for electricity production has to fall by two thirds until 2030 and to nearly zero by 2050 to keep the increase in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees. Analysis based on ​oldest-first” retirements of coal-fired power units highlight the need for a complete phase-out of coal across the OECD by 2030.
  • With 4 out of 5 coal EU power plants unprofitable and utilities facing loses of €6.6 billion in 2019 alone, a rapid phase-out of coal is critical to account for the financial risks of coal investments and the potential of ​asset stranding”.
  • Central banks and financial supervisors are a critical catalyst in channeling capital flows and ensuring the resilience of the financial system and thus play a vital role in reducing the funding of coal – in particular by:
    • excluding coal-exposed assets from central banks collateral frameworks and asset purchases,
    • accounting for coal risks in setting microprudential capital requirements,
    • introducing macroprudential capital buffers for coal exposures,
    • and ensuring that the risks of coal asset stranding are adequately reflected in stress tests.
  • Central banks across the world have exposures to coal through their collateral frameworks as well as the assets they hold. The balance sheets of major central banks today stand at more than 20 trillion USD. At least 627 billion USD of that total is allocated to equities and corporate bonds. Assuming that just 2% of this sum is linked to coal-exposed assets, central bank coal exposures would amount to more than 12 billion USD. Removing this exposure is critical and urgent.
  • Coal-related risks are not sufficiently accounted for in current risk analysis. Ensuring that these risks are adequately reflected in both microprudential and macroprudential supervision is vital.
  • The Bank of England has taken the first steps towards stress testing the financial sector for the stranding of fossil fuel assets in general and coal assets in particular. Further financial authorities need to follow its lead.
  • Key institutions to advance this agenda comprise leading central banks (e.g. Bank of England, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, Federal Reserve, People’s Bank of China, SNB), rating agencies (e.g. DBRS, Fitch Ratings, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s), as well as the IMF and the World Bank.


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The case for universal basic services (New Economics Foundation)

A new book launched this week sets out a plan for transforming public services, putting people in control and establishing universal rights of access according to need – not ability to pay. It argues that we can only flourish as a society – now and in the future – if we act together and take collective responsibility to provide all of us with life’s essentials.


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From negotiation to imposition: Trump’s Israel-Palestine parameters (ECFR)

Comparing the US “peace plan” for Israel-Palestine with ECFR’s own work on future parameters illuminates how Donald Trump is departing from longstanding international consensus positions.

Hugh Lovatt

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Reformists are dispirited and hard-liners resurgent ahead of Iran’s election (ECFR)

Some elected officials in Tehran are concerned that the security forces are gaining too much control over the political decision-making process. But reformists have been stymied by missteps of their own, as well as by US policy.

Ellie Geranmayeh

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Energy Policy Lighthouses: The Little Green Book (WEF)

By many measures, the world is still in the early stages of a deep and profound transformation in energy, and industrial and agricultural processes. The aim of that transition is to achieve new policy goals for modern societies – among them, deep cuts in carbon dioxide and other warming gases. Success will require a reduction in emissions from current levels – more than 50 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalents today, rising at nearly 2% per year in recent years – to essentially zero over the next few decades, while delivering the energy the world needs at affordable costs. This transformation will not be easy, for mobilizing meaningful economic change is rarely a simple process that proceeds without opposition. It is hard to pin down how quickly it may be occurring already. However, with smart policy strategies and profound technological change, the process can run faster, at lower cost and with more benefits to society.

This community paper focuses on the role of policy in these processes of transformation. The experience, so far, is that the societies making the most progress on deep decarbonization have all relied heavily on policy initiatives – to set ambitious goals, to create incentives for innovation and development and deployment of new technologies, to encourage scaling of superior solutions, to encourage new kinds of firms and markets, and to send clear signals about the need for change. With growing attention on the need for energy transformation, there has been increasing interest in the lessons from many diverse policy experiences. The key insight from this effort is that there are many good practices that can be replicated while new more innovative policies can be developed to drive deep decarbonization.

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3 things to know about women in STEM (WEF)

  • Female students and employees are under-represented in STEM-related fields.
  • On average, around 30% of the world’s researchers are women.
  • Less than a third of female students choose to study higher education courses in subjects like math and engineering.
  • Women working in STEM fields publish less and often receive less pay.

, Senior Writer, Formative Content

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To protect trust in the 4IR, we need to become experts in distrust (WEF)

  • Digital transformation is built and thrives on data – but trust in the way data is handled is decreasing.
  • Business leaders must take responsibility for building trust among all stakeholders.
  • Trust is reinforced by transparency and active participation in data sharing across industries and organizations.

, Director – Information Security, Procter & Gamble

, Global Coordinator for the Charter of Trust, Siemens

, Head of Governance and Policy, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum

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After devastating droughts and bushfires, Australia receives heavy rain (WEF)

  • Sydney and surrounding areas have seen the biggest sustained run of rainfall for 30 years.
  • The rain has doused some bushfires and replenished depleted dams.
  • But flooding has also caused travel chaos, power cuts and school closures.

-Writer, Reuters

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This Canadian company transforms plastic waste into building materials (WEF)

  • A new initiative is converting plastic waste into a wood substitute used for construction.
  • Around 80% of recyclable plastic waste from the Canadian city of Halifax is reused, the project says.
  • The synthetic timber is durable and can be nailed, glued and handled like real wood.

, Senior Writer, Formative Content

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Nigeria: 2020 could be Shell’s year of reckoning (Amnesty International)

In 2020 Shell will face unprecedented legal scrutiny over decades of human rights abuses in Nigeria, Amnesty International said today, as the oil giant braces itself for conclusions in a string of European court battles. Allegations range from complicity in unlawful executions to systemic pollution and environmental damage in the Niger Delta.

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The US Military Is Not Ready for a Constitutional Crisis (Defense One)

In nine years on duty, I received no training in how to uphold my oath to defend the Constitution. Today’s troops need to know how.


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DOD Civilians Would Get 1% Pay Raise Under 2021 Budget Proposal (Defense One)

That’s more than the Trump administration’s 2020 request, which would have frozen wages, but less than the 3.1% average pay increase enacted by Congress.


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Finance for renewable energy in Africa follows colonial roots (openDemocracy)

Investments into renewable energy in Africa are critical. But they need to take local ownership and participation seriously.

Steffen Haag

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How to support your children in turning climate angst into climate action (openDemocracy)

We must tell the truth and show through our actions that we stand with young people in their efforts.

Harriet Shugarman

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Deadly infection on the Colombian Pacific coast: Where is the state? (openDemocracy)

Five children died last week due to an infection in Chocó; the last one only a year and a half old. The Ministry of Health confirmed the deaths in a tweet, but all the focus was on the coronavirus.


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Iran and Muqtada al-Sadr’s alliance against the revolution in Iraq (openDemocracy)

Iraq’s uprising is unmasking all the sectarian leaders attempting to ride the revolutionary wave.

Zeidon Alkinani

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Europe Must Act Against US-Backed “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” (Project-Syndicate)

When undercover reporters, posing as vulnerable pregnant women, were sent into the centers in 18 countries across Europe, Africa, and Latin America, they consistently received wildly misleading and false information about abortion and contraception. And what openDemocracy’s investigation found is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Mary Fitzgerald is Editor in Chief of openDemocracy.

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Getting Carbon Border Taxes Right (Project-Syndicate)

Carbon border taxes could help the world move more efficiently toward sustainability. But if such taxes are to be part of a consensual multilateral approach, rather than a new source of conflict, policymakers will have to tackle distributional issues upfront as part of a strategic design, not as an afterthought.

Kemal Derviş, former Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey and former Administrator for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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America’s Isolationist Default (Project-Syndicate)

There is much truth to the view that President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies are an abdication of global leadership, sounding the death knell of the post-World War II multilateral order that the United States shaped and sustained. At the same time, this troubling turn represents a reversion to long-standing US values.

Barry Eichengreen is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former senior policy adviser at the International Monetary Fund. His latest book is The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era.

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Ireland’s Electoral Earthquake (Project-Syndicate)

Sinn Féin’s shocking success in Ireland’s general election reflects several factors, from years of austerity to Brexit, which unlocked the Pandora’s box of Irish reunification. If the long-shunned nationalists finds their way into government, a referendum on reunification with Northern Ireland will be only a matter of time.

Bill Emmott is a former editor-in-chief of The Economist.

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The Value of Controlled Anonymity (CIGI)

As China’s influence and role in the development of technology continues to grow, democratic societies must ask whether the power of technology that’s developed in China — and often used to survey or track — can be appropriated for democratic purposes.

Jesse Hirsh

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22 Years After the DMCA, Online Piracy Is Still a Widespread Problem (ITIF)

Congress is looking back on a 22-year-old law that safeguards intellectual property and continues to shape the Internet: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property is holding a hearing on February 11 that will answer questions of why it was enacted and what the state of the law is now.

Ashley Johnson

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Improve Rail Safety With Technology, Not Crew Mandates (ITIF)

The decision of when to trust a machine over a human can be fraught, especially when the technology is relatively new to the public. The choice is often influenced not just by concerns about how it will perform but also by the fear that, if the technology is too good, it will replace workers. An example of this tension has been playing out recently in the Maryland and Virginia legislatures.

Joe Kennedy

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Cameroon: Elections Raise Prospect of Further Ruling-party Dominance (ICG)

With a boycotting opposition and low expected turnout in conflict-affected Anglophone regions, Cameroon’s ruling party should win big in forthcoming elections. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Arrey Ntui explains why that result means dialogue about the country’s crises will have to happen outside parliament.

Arrey Elvis Ntui

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Eight Priorities for the African Union in 2020 (ICG)

The African Union has been taking a larger role of late in addressing questions of peace and security on the continent. Our annual survey identifies eight situations where the organisation’s timely intercession could help resolve, mitigate or ward off conflict

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Security Assistance in the Middle East: A Three-Dimensional Chessboard (Carnegie Middle East Center)

The United States, Russia, and Iran have chosen markedly different approaches to security assistance in the Middle East, with dramatic implications for statebuilding and stability.


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China’s Guided Memory (SWP)

In 2019, China commemorated several anniversaries of politically significant events in its recent history: the May Fourth Movement (100 years), the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (70 years), the Tibet Uprising (60 years), the beginning of the reform and opening policy (40 years), and the massacre on Tiananmen Square (30 years). How China officially commemorates these events – or does not – weighs heavily on the country’s domestic and foreign policy. The state-constructed interpretations of his­tory as a claim to power are directed not only at Chinese society, but also at foreign partners interacting with China, especially governments and companies. The conceal­ment of problematic events from the past is alarming, not least because it in­creases the danger that historical mistakes will be repeated.

Hanns Günther Hilpert, Frédéric Krumbein, Volker Stanzel


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Innovating to improve export competitiveness in Sri Lanka (International Trade Centre)

Henry and Susi are not only life partners. They are also holding hands to save the environment and improve the livelihoods of communities reeling from conflict through their business venture.

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Tunisia’s young fashion designers get clothing industry boost from GTEX MENATEX programme (International Trade Centre)

A fourth group of textile and clothing enterprises in Tunisia to receive support from ITC’s GTEX MENATEX programme was formed during a meeting with beneficiaries in late January 2020 – now with a focus on young fashion designers.

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Why exporters need to mind the trade finance gap (WEF)

  • Trade finance is one of the top three export obstacles for half of the world’s countries.
  • Traders generally abandon transactions if rejected for trade finance.
  • The WTO is working to address the problem of trade finance shortages.

, Counsellor, Economic Research, World Trade Organization (WTO) – , Head, Partnerships, Outreach and Resource Mobilization, Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat, World Trade Organization

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Why cyber-risk should take centre stage in financial services (WEF)

  • Cybercrime could cost banks an estimated $350 billion in the next five years.
  • At larger banks, the approach to this risk is still often a work in progress.
  • The sector needs to adopt a common language and framework around cybersecurity.

, Visiting Professor-in-Practice, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Chinese Military Officers Hacked Equifax, Justice Department Says (Defense One)

DOJ officials highlighted the theft of intellectual property and personal information in one of the biggest online thefts in history.


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Amazon Wants Trump to Testify as It Protests JEDI Cloud Award (Defense One)

Amazon Web Services also wants to hear from Defense Secretary Mark Esper and has asked for White House communications in its case against the Defense Department.


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Trump’s Attacks on Public Servants Are Hurting America (Defense One)

Self-dealing and disdain for public service reinforce the autocratic conceit that democratic systems are no better than dictatorial ones, and undermine our biggest advantage.


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Undercurrents: Episode 45 – Politics in Kazakhstan, and Youth Engagement in Politics (Chatham House)

This week Ben explores the political outlook in Kazakshtan with colleagues from the Russia and Eurasia Programme, and discusses youth engagement as part of a new Chatham House project.

James Nixey, Director, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Kate Mallinson, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Jemma Finnegan, Junior Press Officer, Communications and Publishing, Chatham House
Ben Horton, Communications Manager, Communications and Publishing, Chatham House

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Getting Brexit Started: prospects for a new EU-UK partnership into the 2020s (LSE Ideas)

The withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) on January 31 was a seminal moment in post-war history, and one that presents challenges and opportunities for both key parties. Yet far from being a single, isolated event, the departure derives from a much broader process of well over a dozen negotiations (a catch-all term used here for formal diplomatic discussions and wider debates about Brexit) between and within the UK and EU about their futures.

With so many Brexit negotiations still underway, this paper underlines that the final form of the UK’s departure from the EU is not yet set in stone. Even with a withdrawal deal now ratified, there are multiple scenarios still possible: from a disorderly exit this year, through to the outside prospect of the transition being extended and a deep, comprehensive deal being concluded later in the 2020s. The stakes in play therefore remain huge and historic as both sides seek a new constructive partnership that can hopefully bring significant benefits for both at a time of global geopolitical turbulence.

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The Coronavirus Will Not Cripple China’s Economy (Project-Syndicate)

Although the scope of the coronavirus outbreak exceeds that of SARS in 2003, current data suggest that the epidemic will likely reach a turning point in the next two weeks. That would mean China might conquer the virus in the first quarter, which is essential to mitigating the epidemic’s impact on overall growth in 2020.

Zhang Jun is Dean of the School of Economics at Fudan University and Director of the China Center for Economic Studies, a Shanghai-based think tank

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How Xi Jinping’s “Controlocracy” Lost Control (Project-Syndicate)

Although the global coronavirus epidemic has only recently made international headlines, some in China have known about it since the beginning of December. Thanks to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s high-tech dictatorship, that information was not made public, and the virus was allowed to take off.

Xiao Qiang, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, is a research scientist at the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley

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Africa Must Choose Renewables Over Coal (Project-Syndicate)

African governments should strengthen strategies and policies aimed at encouraging the transition to a new climate economy and increasing investment in clean energy. By phasing out fossil fuels, Africa can lead by example in the global effort to combat climate change.

Carlos Lopes, a professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town, is High Representative of the African Union for partnerships with Europe and a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

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The Palestinian Dilemma (Project-Syndicate)

The peace plan proposed by the United States has been praised and damned in line with political affiliation. But no matter what plan is put forward, the Palestinians must change their strategy. Otherwise, the pattern of recent decades, in which every new offer is worse than the last, will be repeated.

Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, is Chairman of the Institute for Global Change

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Child suicide is a symptom of our traumatised world (Al Jazeera)

The prevalence of psychological trauma among refugee youth should be an issue of utmost urgency for us all.

Belen Fernandez is a contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine.

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It is time to stop FGM (Al Arabiya)

A few weeks ago, my wife mentioned that our door attendant’s 10-year-old daughter, Malak, is scared because her parents had decided to “cut her.” As a professional who works for an organization that opposes all forms of gender based violence including female genital mutilation (FGM), Malak’s story disturbed me and prompted me to speak to her parents, Jumaa and Fatma.

Dr. Luay Shabaneh is the Regional Director for Arab States in UNFPA, the UN agency for sexual and reproductive health

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Measuring where the responsibility lies for the climate crisis (Al Arabiya)

A burning question at the heart of the climate crisis is: “Where does the responsibility lie?”

Omar Al-Ubaydli (@omareconomics) is a researcher at Derasat, Bahrain

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Could Europe become the first climate-neutral continent? (WEF)

  • Europe plans to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
  • The measures include tougher emissions targets, increased support for biodiversity, and a revision of EU farming subsidies.
  • European Commission called it Europe’s ‘man on the moon’ moment”.

, Senior Writer, Formative Content