Matt Zwolinski | A moral case for Universal Basic Income | The Critic Magazine

Precisely how large a UBI should be, who exactly should be eligible to receive it, and how it should be financed and distributed are, of course, important questions that political philosophy alone cannot answer. But for most of us, these questions of policy design, important as they are, are secondary to matters of principle. If [...]

Asian century began in May 2020 – Asia Times

Asian economic recovery is consistent with success in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore have Covid-19 death rates a tenth of Germany’s and a hundredth of the rate in the US, UK, France or Spain. Asia’s short-term surge followed its success in disease prevention. But the long-term driver [...]

Asia needs a megaphone | The Japan Times

The region's rise demands attention to a broader cross section of its thinkers. Asia’s rise is unmistakable. The region claims more than half the world’s population, and should, this year, become home to half the world’s middle class (defined as those living in households with daily per capita incomes between $10 and $100 at 2005 [...]

Egypt and the Gulf: Allies and Rivals | Chatham House

Following the completion of the IMF programme in 2019, the Egyptian economy is in a much stronger position than it was in the early period of Sisi’s rule, even though this has exacted a harsh toll on the 60 per cent of the population classified by the World Bank as poor or vulnerable. There is no pressing need for direct financial support from the Gulf, but Egypt still depends on economic linkages through [...]

Opinion | To Fight Coronavirus, Poor Nations Need Their Debt Canceled – The New York Times

In 2019, 64 countries, nearly half of them in sub-Saharan Africa, spent more on servicing external debt than on health. Ethiopia spends twice as much on paying off external debt as on health. We spend 47 percent of our merchandise export revenue on debt servicing. The International Monetary Fund described Ethiopia as being at high [...]

Annual Report 2019 – Union for the Mediterranean – UfM

The UfM is an intergovernmental Euro-Mediterranean organisation that brings together the countries of the EU and 15 countries of the South and East Mediterranean. As a direct continuation of the Barcelona Process, the launch of the UfM in 2008 was a reflection of its 43 member states’ shared political commitment to the enhancement of the Euro-Mediterranean [...]

Toward a collaborative model of pandemic preparedness and response: Taiwan’s changing approach to pandemics – ScienceDirect

Over time, as newly emerging infectious diseases have become increasingly common and more easily spread, it has become clear that traditional response mechanisms have proven inadequate to the task of prevention and control. Drawing on Taiwan as a case study, we assess the role of the whole-of-society approach to epidemic response as arises from the [...]

The World Order Is Dead. Here’s How to Build a New One for a Post-Coronavirus Era. – POLITICO

International orders seldom change in noticeable ways. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, the Pax Romana was not a passing phase: it persisted for centuries. The order that arose from the 1815 Congress of Vienna didn’t fully unravel until the outbreak of World War I in 1914. But at rare moments, confidence in [...]

The Paths to Net Zero | Foreign Affairs

The great technological transformation of the nineteenth century was to harness the power of fossil fuels for industrial growth. The twentieth century rode the wave of innovation that followed and, inadvertently, put the planet on track for massive warming. The defining industrial project of this century will be to leave carbon behind. As governments and [...]