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The world is getting smaller. Economic, social and political ties that bind us together are stronger than ever. Trade, communication, migration, policy transfers, North-South and South-South politics, media, the Internet, the movement of money, art, and knowledge – we live in an age where every human being is connected in myriad ways to far-flung people and systems. In the 21st century, rigorous and thoughtful research and analysis are essential to understand the way forward in every realm.

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  • 24 February 2020
  • Post by Krys, Kuba
Cultural sensitivity in an index of social development

Almost all governments identify social development with economic development. Yet people’s preferences for development cover more than just economic...

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  • 12 November 2018
  • Post by Lazer, Leah
Africa's urban future: the policy agenda for national governments

Sustainable economic development in sub-Saharan Africa will only be possible if towns and cities across the region thrive. This column highlights the...

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  • 10 September 2018
  • Post by Multiple
China’s one-child policy: effects on the sex ratio and crime

China’s one-child policy, along with Chinese parents’ strong preference for sons over daughters, has led to a profoundly skewed sex ratio. This...

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  • 12 March 2018
  • Post by Pautasso, Diego
China and the new global financial architecture

In support of China’s Belt and Road initiative for international cooperation, the country is working to establish a new global financial architecture...

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  • 02 March 2018
  • Post by Platteau, Jean-Philippe
Religion and the politics of Muslim societies

It is widely believed that Islam is a reactionary religion that defends tradition against modernity and individual freedom. This column challenges...

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  • 19 February 2018
  • Post by Oehler-Sincai, Iulia Monica
Should China’s Belt and Road initiative cross the poles?

China’s Belt and Road initiative seeks to promote connectivity and cooperation between countries, regions and continents. This column outlines some...

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  • 08 February 2018
  • Post by Multiple
China’s overseas development programs: busting “rogue donor” myths

Some Western commentators portray Beijing’s aid flows to developing countries as motivated by a desire to prop up corrupt ruling elites, secure...

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