Dirty Money and Tainted Philanthropy (Project-Syndicate)

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/sackler-family-opioid-crisis-tainted-philanthropy-by-peter-singer-2019-02

Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, Laureate Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, and founder of the non-profit organization The Life You Can Save. His books includeAnimal LiberationPractical EthicsThe Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason), Rethinking Life and DeathThe Point of View of the Universe, co-authored with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, The Most Good You Can DoFamine, Affluence, and MoralityOne World NowEthics in the Real World, and Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction, also with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek. In 2013, he was named the world’s third “most influential contemporary thinker” by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

Regulating Speech in the New Public Square (Project-Syndicate)

Despite the ominous headlines, the influence of fake news on political decision-making appears to be limited. But that does not make digital deception any less dangerous; fake news feeds – and is fed by – polarization, and, paradoxically, the more it is discussed, the more disruptive it becomes.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/targeting-fake-news-disinformation-defending-free-speech-by-madeleine-de-cock-buning-and-miguel-p–maduro-2019-02

Madeleine de Cock Buning, Professor of Digital Politics, Economy, and Societies in the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute, was Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation.

Miguel Maduro, former Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, is Professor of European Law and Director of the Global Governance Program at European University Institute.

The Coming China Shock (Project-Syndicate)

For years, China has defied the widely held view that political openness is necessary for long-term economic development. But recent macroeconomic developments now suggest that the country’s exceptionalism is nearing its expiry date, with potentially devastating effects for the global economy.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/coming-china-shock-end-of-exceptionalism-by-arvind-subramanian-and-josh-felman-2019-02

Arvind Subramanian, a former chief economic adviser to the government of India, is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance.

 Josh Felman is Director of JH Consulting.

How EU Leaders Can Prevent a No-Deal Brexit (Project-Syndicate)

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s strategy of threatening a no-deal Brexit requires a hard deadline that forces her opponents to capitulate. Without that, “running down the clock” becomes “kicking the can down the road,” which more accurately reflects May’s paradoxical combination of robotic inflexibility and exasperating indecisiveness.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/europe-leaders-should-suspend-brexit-deadline-by-anatole-kaletsky-2019-02

Anatole Kaletsky is Chief Economist and Co-Chairman of Gavekal Dragonomics. A former columnist at the Times of London, the International New York Times and the Financial Times, he is the author of Capitalism 4.0, The Birth of a New Economy, which anticipated many of the post-crisis transformations of the global economy. His 1985 book, Costs of Default, became an influential primer for Latin American and Asian governments negotiating debt defaults and restructurings with banks and the IMF.

What is Xi Jinping Thought? (Project-Syndicate)

The goal of the Chinese president’s guiding doctrine is not to launch a new cold war with the West, or to export China’s political model. Rather, Xi wants to shore up the authority of the party-state within his country, including by ensuring that Chinese are not exposed to liberal-democratic ideas.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-xi-jinping-thought-reform-by-steve-tsang-2019-02

Steve Tsang is Director of the SOAS China Institute at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Is the “Populist” Tide Retreating? (Project-Syndicate)

Strong support for immigration and globalization in the US sits uneasily with the view that “populism” is a problem. In fact, the term remains vague and explains too little – particularly now, when support for the political forces it attempts to describe seems to be on the wane.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/populist-wave-in-retreat-by-joseph-s–nye-2019-02

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.

Europe and the New Nuclear-Arms Race (Project-Syndicate)

With the near-certain demise of the US-Russian Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Europe is entering a potentially dangerous period. It must now try to apply some kind of brake to the new nuclear-arms race and gain time for negotiations.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/european-security-nuclear-weapons-disarmament-treaty-by-sigmar-gabriel-2019-02

Sigmar Gabriel, former German Minister of Foreign Affairs, is a member of the Bundestag.

A Second Chance to Fix Finance (Project-Syndicate)

Despite progress since the 2008 financial crisis, reforms of the financial sector have been fragmented rather than fundamental. In particular, the system still lacks the effective holistic regulations needed to encourage the optimal global allocation of capital.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/why-the-g20-must-reform-global-finance-by-bertrand-badre-and-laurence-daziano-1-2019-02

Bertrand Badré, a former managing director of the World Bank, is CEO and Founder of Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital, and Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation, and Sustainable Development. He is the author of Can Finance Save the World? 

Laurence Daziano is a professor of economics at Sciences Po Paris.

Invisible Children (Project-Syndicate)

The births of some 230 million children under the age of five – about one-third of the world’s total – have never been registered. And the consequences of being unable to prove one’s age, identity, and nationality last a lifetime.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/invisible-children-unregistered-births-by-dominique-nouvian-ouattara-2019-01

Dominique Nouvian Ouattara is First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire.