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Killing a silent killer of women

DHAKA – In public health, discussions relating to women typically focus on maternal mortality, malnutrition, and more recently, sexual and reproductive health. But one facet of malnutrition – and a major killer of women – is often ignored: anemia.  Anemia is the world...

Monday, August 26, 2019, 1:04 AM

The anatomy of the coming recession

NEW YORK – There are three negative supply shocks that could trigger a global recession by 2020. All of them reflect political factors affecting international relations, two involve China, and the United States is at the centre of each. Moreover, none of them is amenable to the traditional...

Friday, August 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

Success in Sudan

JOHANNESBURG – Mediating a deadlocked political dispute is difficult work in the best of times. Mediating the conflict in Sudan between military rulers and opposition demonstrators – following the dramatic ouster of an autocratic leader, and against a background of widespread (violently...

Friday, August 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

The US needs to talk about China

WASHINGTON, DC – Of all the changes in US foreign policy President Donald Trump’s administration has made, the most consequential is the adoption of a confrontational stance toward China. Replacing a decades-old policy of engagement, Trump’s approach has not only resulted in an...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 12:00 AM

The exploitation time bomb

NEW DELHI – Since reducing inequality became an official goal of the international community, income disparities have widened. This trend, typically blamed on trade liberalisation and technological advances that have weakened the bargaining power of labor vis-à-vis capital, has generated a...

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Is immortality worth it?

CAMBRIDGE – Humans have long sought the elixir of youth, so it is not surprising that even non-scientists closely follow the latest research into aging. But is what most people consider simply a fact of life actually a “disease” that can be cured? Or is there some insurmountable...

Monday, July 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Making the most of the malaria vaccine

ABUJA – A new malaria vaccine now being piloted in Sub-Saharan Africa, where 90 per cent of malaria cases occur, could be a game changer in global health. But, if the new vaccine is to fulfill its potential, health ministries will need to make some important changes. Each year, malaria kills...

Friday, July 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why investors should go beyond African GDP

WASHINGTON, DC – Gross domestic product has been the ultimate measure of an economy’s welfare for over 80 years. But, as the world’s economies become increasingly complex and technology-focused, economists are increasingly questioning GDP’s usefulness as a gauge of an...

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 12:00 AM

In praise of demographic decline

LONDON – Every two years, the United Nations issues its latest estimate of future population trends. Its 2019 projection reveals a stark divide. Across all of Asia, Europe, and the Americas, population stability has already been achieved or soon will be, with the median projection suggesting...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 12:20 AM

Zimbabwe needs its own cryptocurrency

ADDIS ABABA – When Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe was deposed in November 2017, after 30 years in power, many hoped that the economic decline he had overseen would soon be reversed. But, a year and a half later, the economy is showing no signs of recovering, thanks to an ongoing...

Monday, June 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

The world is running out of time

WASHINGTON, DC – In 2015, the international community launched a renewed effort to tackle collective global challenges under the auspices of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda and the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). But after an initial flurry of interest, the...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Emerging vulnerabilities in emerging economies

MILAN – Just before the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers triggered a financial crisis that would engulf the world economy, the Commission on Growth and Development published an assessment of emerging-economy growth strategies, aimed at drawing lessons from previous research...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 1:22 AM

The world according to Trump and Xi

NEW DELHI – The world’s leading democracy, the United States, is looking increasingly like the world’s biggest and oldest surviving autocracy, China. By pursuing aggressively unilateral policies that flout broad global consensus, President Donald Trump effectively justifies his...

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 4:09 AM