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.

America’s Overdue Middle East Withdrawal (Project-Syndicate)

The US has long adhered to a foreign-policy consensus that views military force as the best – and often the only – solution to international crises. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and reduce forces in Afghanistan has exposed the hollowness of arguments in favor of endless intervention and occupation.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-troop-reductions-syria-afghanistan-by-ramesh-thakur-2019-01

Ramesh Thakur, a former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, is emeritus professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and co-convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. He is the author of The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect.

Africa’s Philanthropic Potential (Project-Syndicate)

If every African with the means contributed a dollar a month for a year to pool their own resources, the continent could move from charity case to wealth creator. But to achieve this shift, Africa’s philanthropic infrastructure will first need to be strengthened – and in some cases built.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/africa-middle-class-philanthropy-boosts-growth-by-carl-manlan-2019-01

Carl Manlan is an economist and Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation. He is a 2016 Aspen New Voices Fellow.

America’s New Democracy Movement (Project-Syndicate)

While media coverage since the 2018 US midterm elections has focused squarely on Donald Trump, a growing movement of citizens and activists from across the political spectrum is thinking more broadly about the future of American democracy. And progressive political reforms have been winning support in some unexpected places.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/america-new-democracy-movement-political-reforms-by-laura-tyson-and-lenny-mendonca-2019-01

Laura Tyson, a former chair of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers, is a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior adviser at the Rock Creek Group.

Lenny Mendonca, Chairman of New America, is Senior Partner Emeritus at McKinsey & Company.