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Why summits matter

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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.

Posted: November 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The Sunni arc of instability

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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.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ebola and beyond

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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.

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

New frontiers in affordable housing

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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.

Posted: November 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The population challenge

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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.

Posted: November 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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