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

Fossil-fuel doublespeak

Since the Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015, too many policymakers have fallen for the oil and gas industry’s rhetoric about how it can help to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

17 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

Is Trump an effective leader?

No matter how much chaos and disruption United States (US) President Donald Trump causes – to trade, business, and even America’s core alliances – his supporters regularly insist that Trump is a leader who gets things done.

14 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

Populism’s corrupt core

Populist electoral victories around the world in recent years have led many to conclude that liberal democracy is under assault.

5 July 2018

Does the West want what technology wants?

In many dimensions, today’s West is not at its best. Many people are challenging the values of liberal democracy (individual rights and majority rule) and even those of the Enlightenment (reason, science, and truth).

28 June 2018

Mini-grids for rural growth

More than 300 million people in India lack access to electricity, while in Sub-Saharan Africa, twice that many live without power.

27 June 2018

The western crack-up

After the recent Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec, there can no longer be any doubt that the West is in crisis.

22 June 2018

The costs of trade war

According to an old African proverb, “When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.” The same is true for full-blown trade wars: when major economies clash, developing countries will be among the hardest hit.

19 June 2018