America’s Debilitating Middle-East Obsession (Project-Syndicate)

US President Donald Trump once seemed to recognize that, as long as the US remains mired in endless wars in the Middle East, it will be unable to address in a meaningful way the threat China poses. But that has not stopped him from perpetuating the cycle of self-defeating American interventionism in the Middle East.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-perpetuating-counterproductive-middle-east-interventionism-by-brahma-chellaney-2020-01

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.

The War on Talent (Project-Syndicate)

A growing body of research suggests that CEOs share more relevant traits with Chief Human Resources Officers than with those of any other C-Suite position. But while CHROs may have a seat at the table, that seat’s occupant – more often than not a woman – is still least likely to become CEO.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/women-human-resources-leadership-undervalued-by-anne-marie-slaughter-and-monica-chellam-1-2020-01

Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former director of policy planning in the US State Department (2009-2011), is CEO of the think tank New America, Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and the author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family – Monica Chellam is Senior Director of Customer Experience at Udemy

Combating Child Labor in Global Supply Chains (Project-Syndicate)

According to the OECD, 28-43% of the child labor that is estimated to contribute to exports does so indirectly, through preceding links in supply chains (such as extraction of raw materials or agriculture). But with a holistic approach that engages governments, corporations, and civil society, the practice can be ended – and quickly.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/end-child-labor-supply-chain-rules-by-kailash-satyarthi-2020-01

Kailash Satyarthi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is Honorary President of the Global March Against Child Labor and the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save Childhood Movement).

Restoring Fiscal Order in the United States (Project-Syndicate)

The United States’ federal budget deficit is currently projected to explode, increasing the federal debt to unprecedentedly high levels. A very gradual fiscal consolidation, with federal spending as a share of GDP declining slightly each year, would both raise economic growth and create a more resilient economy.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/restoring-fiscal-order-in-united-states-by-john-taylor-5-2020-01

John B. Taylor is Professor of Economics at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. His most recent book (with George P. Shultz) is Choose Economic Freedom.

Forgetting Auschwitz (Project-Syndicate)

75 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, anti-Semitism is again on the rise across the Western world. This trend – and the weak response to it – is a harbinger of democratic decay.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/auschwitz-anniversary-anti-semitism-threat-to-liberal-democracy-by-ana-palacio-2020-01

Ana Palacio is former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group. She is a visiting lecturer at Georgetown University.

Building Cooperation in an Unsettled World (Project-Syndicate)

While the changing nature of global power may tempt some actors to seek advantage through confrontation, the expanding field of stakeholders offers the possibility of a course correction. With the geopolitics of the new era currently in flux, there is still an opportunity to steer the world toward cooperation and away from potentially damaging competition.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/expansion-of-geopolitics-avoids-damaging-competition-by-borge-brende-1-2020-01

Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, is an author of the new report Shaping a Multiconceptual World.

Finding Europe’s Way in the World (Project-Syndicate)

For historical reasons, Europe has long resided in the strategic shadow of the United States, which itself has underwritten decades of globalization and rapidly expanding prosperity. But the global balance of power is rapidly shifting, leaving Europe increasingly exposed.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/european-union-facing-five-global-challenges-by-sigmar-gabriel-and-michael-huther-2020-01

Sigmar Gabriel, former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany, is Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke – Michael Hüther, Director and Member of the Presidium of the German Economic Institute, is a vice chairman of Atlantik-Brücke

Who Pays for the Green Deal? (Project-Syndicate)

As laudable as they are, the European Commission’s proposals for addressing climate change rely overwhelmingly on forms of financing that violate EU rules. Because the Commission is barred from assuming debt, the European Investment Bank will do so on its behalf, and the European Central Bank will ultimately be left holding the bag.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/european-union-green-deal-violates-ecb-rules-by-hans-werner-sinn-2020-01

Hans-Werner Sinn, Professor of Economics at the University of Munich, was President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and serves on the German economy ministry’s Advisory Council. He is the author, most recently, of The Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs.

Trump’s Backward March on Trade (Project-Syndicate)

After three years of the Trump administration, the economic costs of “America First” are continuing to mount, with global trade and GDP growth slowing and investment in decline. Ironically, the biggest loser has been America.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-trade-war-damage-2020-by-anne-krueger-2020-01

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.

 

A Data Revolution for All (Project-Syndicate)

It has now been almost two decades since the original launch of DATA, a platform that marshaled $100 billion in debt forgiveness for poor countries, and another $50 billion in contributions for health and development. In a world with more data and data-science expertise than ever, it’s time to revive that innovative spirit.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/dataorg-relaunch-boosts-social-entrepreneurship-by-michael-froman-and-rajiv-shah-1-2020-01

Michael Froman, US Trade Representative during President Barack Obama’s administration, is Vice Chairman and President of Strategic Growth at Mastercard – Rajiv Shah is President of The Rockefeller Foundation