By Gareth Evans
November’s three summits—the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Beijing, the East Asian Summit in Naypyidaw, and the G-20 meeting in Brisbane—should have the skeptics eating their words.
By Brahma Chellaney
While international observers fixate on the Sunni-Shia rivalry’s role in shaping geopolitics in the Islamic world, deep fissures within the Sunni arc that stretches from the Maghreb-Sahel region of North Africa to the Afghanistan-Pakistan belt are increasingly apparent.
By Lawrence O. Gostin
The United States and Europe have grossly overreacted to a few isolated cases of the Ebola virus within their borders. These panicked responses are not just futile. By violating basic scientific principles, they defy the fundamental ethical criterion for compulsory public-health action. And when it comes to protecting citizens from Ebola—not to mention preventing similar global health crises from emerging in the future—these responses may well be counterproductive.
By Charles S. Laven
, Jonathan Woetzel
Providing decent, affordable housing is a growing challenge in developing and developed economies alike. With demand far exceeding supply, the adverse effects—on mobility, productivity and growth—are (or will be) increasingly apparent.
By Bjorn Lomborg
When people think of the world’s “population problem,” they often focus on rapid demographic growth in parts of the developing world. But, globally, the population-growth rate is actually falling, and is expected to plateau later this century. Though we cannot afford to ignore the fact that, according to United Nations estimates, there will be 2.4 billion more mouths to feed worldwide by mid-century, another population problem also merits serious attention: large pockets of demographic decline.