Hope for a New “UN Moment”

Hope for a New “UN Moment”

When the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary this September, the US will still be misgoverned by a transactional president who has no interest in global rules. But if that rules out a rebirth of global multilateralism this fall, things could look very different next spring. Continue Reading

John Lewis’ Final Words

John Lewis’ Final Words

In a special Last Word, Morgan Freeman reads the words of John Lewis’ final essay, which he requested be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral: “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation.” Continue Reading

Will COVID-19 Kill Cash?

Will COVID-19 Kill Cash?

Reports that the coronavirus could be transmitted by handling cash has given people another reason to steer clear of banknotes. Although untrue, the damage has been done, and a recent survey found that 75% of respondents expect to use cash less in the future. Continue Reading

Inspiration

Inspiration

The pandemic should be bringing nations together in the face of our common threat. Instead we see nationalism and borders closing. So here is an inspiring reminder that 250 miles above Earth, we are all as one. Continue Reading

Why Disaster Preparedness Cannot Wait

Why Disaster Preparedness Cannot Wait

As countries emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic over the coming year, world leaders will face a defining moment. By ramping up investments in disaster preparedness, they can shape their legacies and set humanity on a safer course for the next decade and beyond. Continue Reading

Reviving the WTO

Reviving the WTO

The World Trade Organization has an irreplaceable role to play in transforming countries’ economic prospects and the lives of people around the world. Although the COVID-19 crisis has brought the organization’s deteriorating health into sharp focus, its further decline is not inevitable. Continue Reading

United States of Despair

United States of Despair

America finds itself in the grips of two epidemics, each of which has exposed deep inequalities across races and levels of educational attainment. Between rising “deaths of despair” among working-class whites and higher COVID-19 mortality rates among African-Americans, the stunning secular decline in US life expectancy will continue. Continue Reading

Redefining National Security for the Post-Pandemic World

Redefining National Security for the Post-Pandemic World

Three decades of efforts to broaden the definition of “national security” have largely failed, and it is time to try a new approach. Thinking instead in terms of global security would expand policy discussions beyond national governments and lead to a stronger emphasis on making societies more resilient. Continue Reading

Globalizing the Fight Against the Pandemic

Globalizing the Fight Against the Pandemic

As a global problem that will remain a threat everywhere as long as it is still present anywhere, the novel coronavirus demands a collective and collaborative response. With a new COVID-19 Technology Access Pool to share data and intellectual property, all countries and companies now have a chance to become a part of the solution. Continue Reading

Update On A COVID-19 Vaccine

Update On A COVID-19 Vaccine

Humankind has never had a more urgent task than creating broad immunity for coronavirus. Realistically, if we’re going to return to normal, we need to develop a safe, effective vaccine—and we need to do it faster than we’ve ever developed a vaccine before. Continue Reading

Wanderers

Wanderers

Are you feeling cooped up, stir-crazy? No wonder – even after 400 generations in villages and cities, we are still nomadic wanderers at heart. Here is a brilliant short-film to inspire you for the days when we can journey again. Continue Reading

The US Needs A Draft

The US Needs A Draft

The United States should establish a mandatory two-year paid national service program that would bring together Americans of different backgrounds and help overcome barriers to a deeply felt and widely shared civic identity. If young Americans grow up believing that theirs is a divided country, it will remain so. Continue Reading

A COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

A COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

The COVID-19 epidemic is accelerating, and as the new coronavirus approaches pandemic status, it is increasingly likely that the economic impact will be severe. Alongside intensifying public-health responses, governments must step in to mitigate the virus’s impact on growth, employment, and living standards. Continue Reading

Why Trump is Winning Rural America

Why Trump is Winning Rural America

Addressing a room full of Wyoming county commissioners in mid-February, Wyoming Governor Gordon said something to the effect of, “If you want Wyoming to continue having a seat at the table, a true voice at the highest level, vote for Trump.” Continue Reading

Why Bernie?

Why Bernie?

If US Senator Bernie Sanders is the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, he could win in November for any number of reasons. The US electorate is almost evenly divided regardless of candidate, swing voters are unpredictable, electoral math is tricky, Donald Trump has plenty of weaknesses, and a lot can happen between now and then. Continue Reading

Forget Impeachment, Focus on the Virus

Forget Impeachment, Focus on the Virus

In climbing, risk management is everything. Ask any mountaineer who has made it into his or her forties how they did it, and they will invariably say it was a mix of luck and knowing which dangers were the ones to heed. Good judgement in being able to properly assess weather patterns, snowpack, rock quality,… Continue Reading