Selling Africa’s Good News Stories (Project-Syndicate)

Low pay and precarious work conditions for most African journalists lead many to seek work with Western news outlets. But that leads to other problems, such as an over-emphasis on crises, strife, and other issues viewed as relevant to Western audiences.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/overcoming-western-media-stereotypes-of-africa-by-shayera-dark-2019-01

Shayera Dark is a freelance writer based in Lagos.

China’s Perilous Taiwan Policy (Project-Syndicate)

China’s tough stance toward Taiwan has so far proved counter-productive, bringing no concessions from the government in Taipei and exacerbating tensions with the US. Unless China changes course, an escalating battle of wills with the US could erupt into direct conflict.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-taiwan-policy-conflict-with-america-by-minxin-pei-2019-01

Minxin Pei, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and the author of China’s Crony Capitalism, is the inaugural Library of Congress Chair in US-China Relations.

Risks to the Global Economy in 2019 (Project-Syndicate)

Over the course of this year and next, the biggest economic risks will emerge in those areas where investors think recent patterns are unlikely to change. They will include a growth recession in China, a rise in global long-term real interest rates, and a crescendo of populist economic policies.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/global-economy-main-risks-in-2019-by-kenneth-rogoff-2019-01

Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Harvard University and recipient of the 2011 Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics, was the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2003. The co-author of This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly, his new book, The Curse of Cash, was released in August 2016.

Fully Filling the Global Fund (Project-Syndicate)

In a world divided by conflict and greed, the Global Fund’s fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria is a matter of enlightened self-interest and a reminder of how much humanity can accomplish when we cooperate to save lives. For public and private donors, that means providing the financing needed to eliminate all three scourges by 2030.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/global-fund-aids-tb-malaria-replenishment-round-by-jeffrey-d-sachs-et-al-2019-01

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, is Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books include The End of PovertyCommon WealthThe Age of Sustainable DevelopmentBuilding the New American Economy, and most recently, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism.

Guido Schmidt-Traub is Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Vanessa Fajans-Turner is Director of SDG Costing and Financing for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). 

Shelter from the Storm in 2019 (Project-Syndicate)

In thee coming year, global economic, financial, and political stability will depend on outcomes in four areas. And what happens on one front is likely to affect the prospects for positive outcomes on all the others.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/prospects-for-2019-economic-financial-political-stability-by-barry-eichengreen-2019-01

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.

Whither the Chinese Consumer? (Project-Syndicate)

Between 2010 and 2017, consumer spending in China increased by almost $3 trillion dollars, and global brands came to rely on the Chinese market for a growing share of sales. But now that Apple has revised downward its expected revenues, citing slowing Chinese growth, the outlook for such firms – and for the world economy – has dimmed.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/global-consequences-of-weakening-chinese-consumption-by-jim-o-neill-2019-01

Jim O’Neill, a former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and a former UK Treasury Minister, is Chairman of Chatham House.

The Vital Isolation of Indigenous Groups (Project-Syndicate)

After the American missionary John Allen Chau ignored successive warnings, the isolated Sentinelese people killed him. But the threat the world’s isolated tribes face is far from neutralized, as some have taken Chau’s death as an opportunity to argue that policies protecting them should be reversed.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/sentinel-island-missionary-indigenous-rights-bolsonaro-by-brahma-chellaney-2019-01

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 Year of Trump? (Project-Syndicate)

If Trump’s iconoclastic style was merely a breach of traditional presidential etiquette, one might argue that his critics were being too fastidious, or were trapped in old-fashioned views of diplomacy. But crudeness can have consequences.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-lacks-contextual-intelligence-to-face-global-risks-by-joseph-s–nye-2019-01
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., is a professor at Harvard University and author of Is the American Century Over? and the forthcoming Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump.

Where Have All the Safe Havens Gone? (Project-Syndicate)

Even at the height of the 2008 global financial crisis, which originated in the United States, global investors viewed US Treasuries as the safest asset available. But with US President Donald Trump undermining faith in the dollar, portfolio managers find themselves in rough seas with no port of call that can offer shelter from the storm.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/the-end-of-safe-havens-by-benjamin-j-cohen-2019-01

Benjamin J. Cohen is Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the author of Currency Power: Understanding Monetary Rivalry.

The Euro Turns 20 (Project-Syndicate)

The euro’s first 20 years played out very differently than many expected, highlighting the importance of recognizing that the future is likely to be different from the past. Given this, only a commitment to flexibility and a willingness to rise to new challenges will ensure the common currency’s continued success.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/four-lessons-from-euro-s-first-20-years-by-daniel-gros-2019-01

Daniel Gros is Director of the Brussels-based Center for European Policy Studies. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, and served as an economic adviser to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the French prime minister and finance minister. He is the editor of Economie Internationale and International Finance.