Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. Sachs is director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, and director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is chair and founder of SDG USA, a non-governmental initiative to promote the Sustainable Development Goal concepts in the US. Sachs is also co-founder and chief strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance. He is taking part via video link in next week’s inaugural NZ Sustainable Development Goals Summit in Wellington.

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What President Trump said he wanted was to get US firepower out of Syria. “Let the other people take care of it now,” in his words. What he settled for with his own generals was a restricted strike on chemical weapons but not people in Syria. In the rough language of military gestures, it was a mixed message — a light warning but not a threat – from two minds of American power. It was a small shock to the hellish Assad government of Syria: but with no expectation of ending chemical warfare, much less of upending Assad.What it does give us is a pause to consider global Trumpism, in words and action, and behind it all, a nightmare of history with no wake-up in sight, in a disaster zone that the US helped enflame?

Syria is the question still without an answer after President Trump’s weekend air raid on chemical arsenals near Damascus. Six years now, Syria is the moral crisis with many major players and not a life-saving motive in the lot. It’s the eyesore you can’t look at, or avoid. And still, in Trump time, Syria is a measure of the Superpower abroad: what we say and do, and why. Is there a Trump Doctrine, we’re puzzling this hour, in action or words coming out of Syria, looking ahead in the Middle East.

Guests:

Jeffrey Sachs is a professor of economics at Columbia University and a special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Samuel Moyn is a professor of law and history at Yale University and the author of Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

Daniel McCarthy is editor at large of The American Conservative

Pat Buchanan is a former senior advisor to U.S. presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan

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Earlier this month, US, British and French forces pounded chemical weapons sites in Syria with air strikes in response to an alleged poison gas attack that killed dozens in the rebel-held town of Douma last week.

The strikes were the biggest intervention by Western powers against President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s seven-year-old civil war, which has pitted the US and its allies against Russia.

Jeffrey Sachs, the world renowned economist and UN advisor, argues for the United States to end its military engagement in Syria.

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Published in Financial Times. Letters to the Editor Despite the pleading by Gerson Zweifach, group general counsel of 21st Century Fox, UK regulators would be ill-advised to agree to Fox’s bid for Sky News (“Fox’s bid for Sky deserves a swift and fair decision,” April 17). Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has had several notorious brushes [...]

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April 17th, 2018

The Monocle Daily

We hear from leading thinker Jeffrey Sachs about the US’s foreign-policy objectives in Syria, learn why the UK government has been called out for prejudiced immigration policies, discuss a clash of culture and politics in Austria and check in with the Salone design fair in Milan.

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President Donald Trump fails to understand that the key factor behind the trade deficit is that U.S. consumption exceeds production, according to Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs. Read the full article in Fox Business.

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Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs on why he disagrees with President Trump’s proposed tariffs against China and the problems he sees with the president’s tax reform plan.

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Every year, more than 1 million people come to the United States in hopes of living the American dream. With so many people striving to live in the U.S., you might think it’s the happiest country on earth. Not so. The U.S. is the No. 18 happiest country in the world while Finland is No. [...]

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Populism is on the rise across the western world — we saw its effect in the outcome of the Brexit referendum, Donald Trump’s election as US president and in the Italian polls. So why are so many voters unhappy? Featuring Jeffrey Sachs, Diane Coyle and David Goodhart.

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Oil seems to make politicians lose their bearings. The get-rich-quick mentality or too-much-to-lose thinking is very hard to overcome. Thus, two of Canada’s most progressive leaders, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, have both doubled down recently on Alberta oil sands and the pipelines to carry them to world markets. Whether Kinder [...]

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