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With call for 'raw data' and lab audits, WHO chief pressures China on pandemic origin probe, News from Science Mag, 17 July 21:
In a sharp tightening of the diplomatic screws, the World Health Org chief is urging China to increase its transparency about the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and allow greater access to its labs to help resolve the origin of the coronavirus

As US troops leave, what's next for Afghanistan?, Stanford Univ News, 19 July 21:
For a Stanford historian, whose research and teaching focuses on Afghanistan and global history, the question now is whether the Afghan government - or another international force - can stop a resurgent Taliban from using violence to seize power

Sachs and Massa: The rich world's debt to island states, Project Syndicate, 15 July 21 [via Author's site]:
As recent disasters have shown, the world's small island developing states are acutely vulnerable to the ravages of climate change, a problem created almost entirely by rich nations. To ensure that no nation gets left behind in 
development, rich nations must do three things, write Columbia U economist; and UN Sustainable Devt Solutions Network senior economist

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Posted on Tue, 13 July 2021:

Even before the president's assassination, Haiti was in crisis, National Public Radio, 07 July 21:
The assassination of Pres Mo´se threatens to exacerbate Haiti's already rampant problems. "Everything that could go wrong seems to be going wrong," says Robert Fatton, an expert on Haitian politics at the Univ Virginia. The Western portion of the island of Hispaniola, it is perched in the Caribbean just 600 miles southeast of Florida

Stephen Walt: The top five debriefing questions about Afghanistan, Foreign Policy, 09 July 21:
As it draws to an ignominious close, the long war in Afghanistan stands as a stunning indictment of the US foreign-policy establishment. The war was waged by two Republican presidents and one Democrat -- George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump -- and none of them managed to win or end it, writes Harvard professor

Gagnon and Kamin: The G7 should go full-throttle on its vaccine agenda -- It will save lives and pay for itself, Peterson Inst, 21 June 21 [via Amer Enterp Inst]:
Vaccinating the world's adult population of 6 billion against the coronavirus will require about 12 billion doses. But only about 2 billion doses have been administered so far, nearly all in the advanced economies. A substantial acceleration of the global vaccination program is critical, write Inst senior fellows

Dani Rodrik: Beware economists bearing policy paradigms, Project Syndicate, 11 May 21 [via Jamaica Gleaner]:
The Biden administration has embarked on a bold and long-overdue departure from the economic policy orthodoxy that has prevailed in the US and much of the West since the 1980s. But those who are seeking a new economic paradigm should be careful what they wish for, writes Harvard economist

Amartya Sen, a memoir, Harvard Magazine, by S Bose, 09 July 21:
Home in the World, Amartya Sen's memoir of his years in the UK, was published there 08 July. Here, Gardiner professor of oceanic history and affairs Sugata Bose previews for North American readers a few highlights of the book, which covers the first 30 years of Sen's life (it will be published in the US in January 2022)

Posted on Wed, 30 June 2021:

Living normally, with Covid-19: Task force ministers on how S'pore is drawing road map for new normal, Straits Times, 24 June 21:
The ministers of trade/industry, finance and health -- co-chairs of the multi-ministry task force -- explain how, with vaccination, testing, treatment and social responsibility, in the near future, when someone gets Covid-19, Singapore's response can be very different from now. They are drawing up a road map to transit to this new normal

What next for emerging markets? -- Miles to go, Finance and Development, by Duttagupta and Pazarbasioglu, Jun/Aug 21:
Emerging markets must balance overcoming the pandemic, returning to more normal policies, and rebuilding their economies. As the Covid-19 pandemic enters a second year, concerns are rising about how well emerging markets will fare.
What can policy makers do to  overcome adverse shocks and rebuild economic resilience?

Tracing Amartya Sen's journey from colonial India to Nobel Prize and beyond, Harvard Gazette, 03 June 21:
From an early age, Sen was struck by the stark econ inequities he saw under the British raj. Many economists focus on explaining and predicting what is happening in the world. But Sen, considered the key figure at the convergence of economics and philosophy, turned his attention instead to what the reality should be and why we fall short

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