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Afghanistan. The Economic Roots of the Afghan Debacle (Daniel Gros, Project-Syndicate)

Afghanistan experienced rapid economic growth in the decade following the US invasion and the ouster of the Taliban. But the subsequent stagnation of living standards – rooted in the failure to build a self-sustaining domestic economy – made unrest all but inevitable.

The Economic Roots of the Afghan Debacle by Daniel Gros – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Ecocide. Prosecuting Ecocide (Kate Mackintosh, Jojo Mehta, Richard Rogers, Project-Syndicate)

As proliferating disasters starkly demonstrate, severe damage to the environment is a crime against everyone. Rather than leave it to regulation by individual states, the International Criminal Court should recognize “ecocide” as an international crime.

Prosecuting Ecocide by Kate Mackintosh, Jojo Mehta and Richard Rogers – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Europe. Europe’s New Refugee Crisis (Sławomir Sierakowski, Project-Syndicate)

The meltdown in Afghanistan has brought Europe’s rancorous debate over immigration and asylum back to the fore. The new front line is the border area between Belarus and its EU neighbors, where politicians are already exploiting the plight of refugees for political gain.

Europe’s New Refugee Crisis by Sławomir Sierakowski – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Afghanistan/West. The Wages of Defeat in Afghanistan (Chris Patten, Project-Syndicate)

The hasty and chaotic Western retreat from Afghanistan provides several lessons. If the United States and Europe fail to heed them, the cause of liberal democracy in the twenty-first century could could go the way of the country they just surrendered to the Taliban.

The Wages of Defeat in Afghanistan by Chris Patten – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

 

 

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Ecological Transition. Climate vs. Capitalism? (Jean Pisani-Ferry, Project-Syndicate)

Addressing climate change will require a massive transition from fossil fuels to cleaner technologies, as well as behavioral changes on the part of millions of households. The existing economic system can manage the challenge, but political leaders should be clear about what it will entail.

Climate vs. Capitalism? by Jean Pisani-Ferry – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

 

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Economics. Can Economics Keep Up? (Kaushik Basu, Project-Syndicate)

As technology advances and the environment changes, some of the key assumptions underpinning mainstream economic thinking will become obsolete. To reverse the public’s loss of confidence in the discipline, economists must get back to doing what made the field so valuable in the first place.

Can Economics Keep Up? by Kaushik Basu – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Electric Vehicle. The Electric Vehicle Revolution Goes Global (Reda Cherif, Fuad Hasanov, Min Zhu, Project-Syndicate)

The exponential increase in EVs suggests that they will take over the global auto market by the early 2040s. This will send oil prices plummeting, with profound economic and geopolitical consequences.

The Electric Vehicle Revolution Goes Global by Reda Cherif, Fuad Hasanov and Min Zhu – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Food Systems. The Case for a Food Systems Stability Board (Project-Syndicate)

The absence of a Food Systems Stability Board is a notable gap in the global governance architecture needed to bolster sustainability and resilience. By agreeing to launch consultations regarding the creation of such a body, governments could contribute to a better future for hundreds of millions of highly vulnerable people.

The Case for a Food Systems Stability Board by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, José Antonio Ocampo and Felia Salim – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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New Paradigms. How Paradigm Blindness Leads to Bad Policy (Project-Syndicate)

Though we live in a highly complex, networked world, the paradigm that guides policymaking is largely linear, mechanical, and “rational.” This leaves us blind to the obvious – including our own blindness – and vulnerable to conceptual traps and collective-action problems.

How Paradigm Blindness Leads to Bad Policy by Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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