Opinion

September 14, 2021
September 14, 2021

Covid-19 and Human Freedom

The upsurge of Covid-19 cases, hospitalisations, and deaths in the United States serves as a bitter reminder that the pandemic is not over. The global economy will not return to normal until the...

September 10, 2021
September 10, 2021

Joe Biden’s Afghan nightmare

It is far from clear why President Joe Biden deserves the obloquy heaped on him for the US evacuation from Afghanistan.

September 7, 2021
September 7, 2021

The G20 must recommit to COVAX

It has been one year since the international community gave its backing to the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) facility to lead a worldwide effort to end the acute phase of the pandemic.

September 5, 2021
September 5, 2021

The Olympic-size difference between India and China

The Tokyo Olympic Games are over, and the Japanese people and government have heaved a sigh of relief that the spectacle passed without a major Covid-19 outbreak in the athletes’ village or other...

September 4, 2021
September 4, 2021

A rare triumph of US bipartisanship

After months of negotiations, the United States Senate recently passed a USD 1 trillion infrastructure bill. Passed by a vote of 69 to 30, it was an impressive display of bipartisanism at a time of...

August 29, 2021
August 29, 2021

Getting finance onside for climate

The world has finally awoken to the existential imperative of securing a rapid transition to a green economy.

August 28, 2021
August 28, 2021

The Danger of ‘Nothing to Lose’

Presidents, generals, dictators, and ordinary people take big risks when they have nothing to lose, similar to a quarterback in American football throwing a so-called Hail Mary pass.

August 18, 2021
August 18, 2021

Is Pax Sinica Possible?

For nearly a decade, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been promising to deliver “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” This promise—which he dubbed the China Dream—took a clearer form with...

August 14, 2021
August 14, 2021

A Dangerous New Variant of Populism

Most of the “geopolitical” threats, real or confected, that capture headlines in the West nowadays are exogenous—emanating from China, Russia, Iran, and so forth. But others lie within the world’s...

August 13, 2021
August 13, 2021

Investing in global vaccine equity acknowledges our shared fate

The extraordinary global effort to develop safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines in record time highlights the power of vaccines to bring us closer to our loved ones and to a more prosperous,