Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?
Oct 01, 2019

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs
Aug 16, 2019

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene
Jun 14, 2019

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene

How Do We Tackle the Urban Job Crisis?

How Do We Tackle the Urban Job Crisis?

Jun 06, 2019

What can governments do to improve peoples’ preparation for the new labor market in a “glocal,” or global, economy? The concept of work is as old as civilization. Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, used the expression praxis for doing something for its own purpose, and poiesis to...

Helping India’s Rural Youth Unlock Their Potential

Helping India’s Rural Youth Unlock Their Potential

In 2012, Ashweetha Shetty left a remote village in Tamil Nadu to join the Young India Fellowship, a one-year post-graduate diploma program at Ashoka University in the northern Indian state of Haryana. Shetty was the first among her family members to finish college, breaking many social barriers to...

It’s Time to Start Treating Family Separation as a Global Catastrophe

It’s Time to Start Treating Family Separation as a Global Catastrophe

May 15, 2019

While the US continues to uphold many of the world’s standards in democratic leadership, in the area of family separation it has too much in common with some of the most brutal regimes. The US secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, resigned her post in April this year under a cloud...

Why Does Happiness Elude India?

Why Does Happiness Elude India?

May 08, 2019

India needs to introspect as to why it has fared so miserably when it comes to being happy. The UN's 2019 World Happiness Report released in March shows that India is on a declining trend when it comes to happiness. The county ranked 117 in 2015, 118 in 2016, 122 in 2017, 133 in 2018 and is now...

A Rich River of Life: The Importance of Free Movement

A Rich River of Life: The Importance of Free Movement

Apr 08, 2019

In a fair world, freedom of international movement would be a fundamental human right, and the obstacles put in its way removed. The complex river of human movement brings with it creativity, resilience and, sometimes, challenges. But its fertile depths are the source of many of our gains if...

A Progressive Roadmap for Post-Trump America

A Progressive Roadmap for Post-Trump America

Mar 22, 2019

The US is ready for something new. Progressives now have an opportunity to remake America and its place in the world. Donald Trump has shaken up US foreign policy. Most of what he has done has been disastrous, like pulling America out of the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. He has...

Green New Deal: Go Big or Go Home, America

Green New Deal: Go Big or Go Home, America

Feb 22, 2019

Critics dismiss the Green New Deal as a dream. But that’s precisely what it is: visionary. It’s become a common trope of the Trump era for columnists and commentators to attack the lunacy of the far right at the same time as castigating the “loony left.” These pundits, who usually place...

Donald Trump Is the Real National Emergency

Donald Trump Is the Real National Emergency

Feb 18, 2019

America’s national emergency is not on its southern border, but rather in the White House in the form of its inept president. On February 15, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in order to appropriate the funds needed to build a wall on America’s southern border with...

Looking toward 2030: The Future of Aid

Looking toward 2030: The Future of Aid

Feb 15, 2019

A decade until 2030 looks like a long time, but not when the world is faced with crises on multiple fronts that require sustained action. The world was intended to be a better place when the international community pledged commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) after the...

Davos Has Turned Duplicitous and Diabolical

Davos Has Turned Duplicitous and Diabolical

Feb 08, 2019

The record number of corporate jets landing in Davos are testimony to a toxic ideology that must be replaced by a more humane zeitgeist. This author has been in touch with some of the Davos jet set. He can attest that the people who gather every year in Switzerland at the World Economic Forum do...

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