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Empowering Girls by Learning About Puberty

by |March 8th, 2017

As featured in State of the Planet | March 8, 2017 By Justine Dowden & Yanis Ben Amor When Sunita, a student in rural South India, got her period for the first time she was sure she was on the brink of death. For the previous 12 years of her life, she had always known blood… read more

The high costs of abandoning international law

by |March 6th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | March 6, 2017 Even before Donald Trump put America first, the Republican Party had largely walked away from international treaty law. Now Trump’s “America First” is likely to mean a further denigration of international law and process, to the further detriment of America’s national security and long-term interests. Consider the following… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

The Three Trumps

by |March 1st, 2017

As featured in the Project Syndicate | March 1, 2017 Never in recent history has a change of leadership attracted as much attention and speculation as Donald Trump’s rise to the US presidency. What this change signifies and what it portends requires unraveling three mysteries, because there are three versions of Trump. The first Trump is the friend… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

Trump’s foreign policy populism is doomed to fail

by |February 26th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | February 26, 2017 Listen to President Trump describe how he will make America great again. He will deport illegal migrants; cut corporate taxes; build a wall and make Mexico pay. He will punish companies that move jobs abroad; stand up to China’s trade juggernaut; deregulate the economy; and end environmental… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

The Middle East: Contradictory promises that led to a century of conflict

by |February 19th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | February 19, 2017 President Donald Trump’s statement last week that he would consider a one-state or a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine opens a new round of questions about how to achieve peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians, and thereby to secure America’s interests as well in resolving… read more

Categories: Policy

UNAIDS and CSD endorse creation of 2 million CHWs in support of 90-90-90

by |February 17th, 2017

On February 9, 2017, UNAIDS, the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg co-hosted an expert consultation at Columbia University to advance 90-90-90 and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3. The 90-90-90 agenda was launched by UNAIDS in 2014 to end the AIDS epidemic. The concept… read more

Trump and the Doomsday Clock

by |February 12th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | February 12, 2017 The most chilling concern about Donald Trump is the worldwide fear that he puts our very survival at risk. This is not loose talk or partisanship. It was recently expressed by the most thoughtful experts who monitor the risks to our survival: The Science and Security… read more

Categories: Climate Policy, Economy

Donald Trump’s Dangerous China Illusions

by |February 5th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | February 5, 2017 Today’s China offers a rude awakening for Americans who believe that the United States and the United States alone should dominate world power. Donald Trump seems to count himself among these neoconservatives, and China is their deepest phobia today. Trump is following a game plan that… read more

Categories: Economy

Why Millennials Will Reject Trump

by |February 2nd, 2017

As featured on Project Syndicate | February 2, 2017 NEW YORK – The key political divide in the United States is not between parties or states; it is between generations. The millennial generation (those aged 18-35) voted heavily against Donald Trump and will form the backbone of resistance to his policies. Older Americans are divided, but Trump’s… read more

The Balance Sheet on ‘America First’

by |January 29th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | January 29, 2017 President Donald Trump believes an “America First” foreign policy would save Americans income and jobs and would help rebuild the country. Putting aside the moral and diplomatic dangers in Trump’s brazen assertion of American self-interest above global well-being, there is one economic truth in Trump’s… read more

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