Strengthening land rights

For most of the world’s poor and vulnerable people, secure property rights, including land tenure, are a rarely accessible luxury. Unless this changes, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be impossible to achieve.

18 August 2018

Putting FDI on the G20 agenda

While much of the world’s attention is focused on the economic damage being wrought by United States (US) President Donald Trump’s trade wars, global trade’s twin – foreign direct investment (FDI) – has largely been neglected.

13 August 2018

Prevention is the best migration cure

With newspapers full of stories about the challenges migrant families face, it might be tempting to assume that the causes of displacement are also being addressed. In most cases, however, such an assumption would be wrong.

11 August 2018

The best ways to reduce infant mortality

One of the more ambitious targets of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the commitment to end preventable deaths of newborns and children over the next decade.

6 August 2018

China’s summer of discontent

Politics has a nasty habit of surprising us – especially in a country like China, where there is little transparency and a lot of intrigue.

4 August 2018

Trump’s grand strategy

United States (US) President Donald Trump’s inability to think strategically is undermining longstanding relationships, upending the global order, and accelerating the decline of his country’s global influence – or so the increasingly popular wisdom goe

1 August 2018

The Western illusion of Chinese innovation

Over the past two decades, China has been achieving rapid technological progress, thanks in no small part to its massive investment in research and development, which totaled some 2.2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) last year.

31 July 2018

Economic benefits of family planning

The decision to start a family is one of the most important choices a person can make. It is also a fundamental human right; only individual adults should have the power to decide whether, when, or how often to conceive.

26 July 2018

Trump is in denial about North Korea

No one yet knows what deals United States (US) President Donald Trump may have struck with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private two-hour meeting in Helsinki.

20 July 2018

We need a food revolution

In 1984, I gathered the most successful musicians of the time to form a “supergroup” called Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

15 July 2018

Xi Jinping’s vision for global governance

The contrast between the disarray in the West, on open display at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit and at last month’s Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Canada, and China’s mounting international self-confidence is growing clearer by th

12 July 2018