Sitting-Duck America (Project-Syndicate)

America may no longer be open to desperate refugees, but, as former US special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent congressional testimony showed, it is wide open to anyone who wants to hijack its democracy. The country’s own president has removed the guardrails.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-makes-america-vulnerable-by-elizabeth-drew-2019-07

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

How Europe’s Populists Lost the EU Game of Thrones (Project-Syndicate)

In the European Union’s leadership negotiations this month, populist governments failed not only to act as spoilers, but also to secure any concessions at all. They now have every reason to worry that they will be held accountable for their routine violations of the rule of law when EU funds are disbursed.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/populists-lose-in-european-union-leadership-negotiations-by-slawomir-sierakowski-2019-07

Sławomir Sierakowski, founder of the Krytyka Polityczna movement, is Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations

Is Von Der Leyen the Leader Europe Needs? (Project-Syndicate)

Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen is far from being a bad choice to be the next president of the European Commission. Yet, alongside the general sense of relief that EU leaders managed to agree on a candidate, a nagging doubt remains as to whether Europe will really have the best person – and team – at the helm.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/von-der-leyen-european-leadership-doubts-by-dominique-moisi-2019-07

Dominique Moisi is a special adviser at the Institut Montaigne in Paris. He is the author of La Géopolitique des Séries ou le triomphe de la peur.

The Language of Conflict (Project-Syndicate)

Digital technology and social media are increasing the scope for conflict and political mischief by bringing together large numbers of people from different cultural and political backgrounds. For many, the same word may have a different emotional or political valence, and the same sequence of words may be interpreted in contradictory ways.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/language-conflict-economic-research-benefits-by-kaushik-basu-2019-07

Kaushik Basu, former Chief Economist of the World Bank and former Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, is Professor of Economics at Cornell University and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The Most Important Health-Care Tool Is Trust (Project-Syndicate)

A new survey offers unprecedented data on public attitudes toward science and health. As the world faces profound science-related challenges – from climate change to antimicrobial resistance – policymakers, practitioners, and civic leaders would do well to learn as much as possible from it.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/health-trust-science-wellcome-global-monitor-by-jeremy-farrar-2019-07

Jeremy Farrar is Director of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health.

Can Europe Become a Global Player? (Project-Syndicate)

As the nominee to serve as the EU’s next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell will have an opportunity to update Europe’s approach to foreign policy. Chief among the challenges facing the bloc is to reassert its own sovereignty in an age of great-power politics.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/josep-borrell-challenges-as-europe-foreign-policy-chief-by-mark-leonard-2019-07

Mark Leonard is Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Is Politics Getting to the Fed? (Project-Syndicate)

In the early 1980s, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Paul Volcker, was able to choke off runaway inflation because he was afforded the autonomy necessary to implement steep interest-rate hikes. Today, the Fed is clearly under unprecedented political pressure, and it is starting to show.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-powell-politics-fed-by-robert-j-barro-2019-07

Robert J. Barro is Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is co-author (with Rachel M. McCleary) of The Wealth of Religions: The Political Economy of Believing and Belonging.

No Economic Peace for Palestinians (Project-Syndicate)

For the Palestinians, accepting an economic deal that is not an annex to a convincing political solution would be tantamount to betraying Palestinian refugees – and, indeed, the dream of statehood – for a fistful of dollars. But that does not mean that they should reject the Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan outright.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/israel-palestine-peace-to-prosperity-fatally-flawed-by-shlomo-ben-ami-2019-07

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.

What’s Next for Europe’s Capital Markets? (Project-Syndicate)

Without the UK, even integrated EU capital markets would be too small to meet the funding needs of European businesses. That is why global engagement, even at the cost of losing regulatory control, is critical.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/european-capital-markets-after-loss-of-london-by-jonathan-faull-and-simon-gleeson-2019-07

Jonathan Faull, a former senior official at the European Commission, is Chair of European Public Affairs at the Brunswick Group.

The Nutrition Challenge (Project-Syndicate)

Additional investments in early childhood nutrition are crucial, and should be a high priority for donor and recipient governments, multilateral development organizations, and philanthropic foundations. The case for such spending is clear, and the payoffs will almost certainly be enormous.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/child-nutrition-increased-global-investment-by-bjorn-lomborg-2019-07

Bjørn Lomborg, a visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School, is Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. His books include The Skeptical EnvironmentalistCool ItHow to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better PlaceThe Nobel Laureates’ Guide to the Smartest Targets for the World, and, most recently, Prioritizing Development. In 2004, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for his research on the smartest ways to help the world.