NEW YORK – This month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland succeeded in producing a rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Every UN member state signed on. But that will not be enough to head off climate catastrophe. It’s time to call in the engineers. The diplomatic success at COP24 was [...]

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ABSTRACT: Donald Trump’s international economic policies aim to preserve America’s primacy in the face of China’s surging economic development. Trump’s policies are based on a zero-sum vision in which China’s economic gains are America’s losses. The resulting U.S. policies—in the areas of international trade, corporate taxation, technology competition, sanctions, and energy supplies—threaten to undermine the [...]

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December 11th, 2018

The War on Huawei

NEW YORK – The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is a dangerous move by US President Donald Trump’s administration in its intensifying conflict with China. If, as Mark Twain reputedly said, history often rhymes, our era increasingly recalls the period preceding 1914. As with Europe’s great powers back then, the United States, led by [...]

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Governments and companies both play important roles in improving the well-being of citizens, said renowned academics on Wednesday, the second day of the sixth OECD World Forum that kicked off under the theme of the future of well-being. Jeffrey D. Sachs, a professor of economics at Columbia University, said that to improve the well-being of [...]

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NEW YORK – Today, the provision of public goods and services at the global and regional level is dangerously inadequate. The United Nations system, the European Union, and other multilateral organizations are under great stress, because their budgets are inadequate to meet their responsibilities. While a few free-market ideologues may still argue that profit-motivated corporations [...]

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(CNN) President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and others who oppose action to address human-induced climate change should be held accountable for climate crimes against humanity. They are the authors and agents of systematic policies that deny basic human rights to their own citizens and people around the world, including the [...]

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“… Sachs is a professor at Columbia University, a special advisor to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, and perhaps the most famous economist of the 21st century. His new book is entitled A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism, and there is much inside to be celebrated. I never thought I would utter the words “I agree [...]

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NEW YORK – The drama of Donald Trump’s presidency has centered around whether an extremist president would be able to carry out an extremist policy agenda against the will of the majority of Americans. So far the answer has been no, and the midterm elections make it far less likely. Yet Trump’s rising frustrations could [...]

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