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The Shifting Global Landscape

by |January 22nd, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | January 22, 2017 In “The Wealth of Nations,” published in 1776, Adam Smith described the early events of globalization that commenced with Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the sea route from Europe to the Americas in 1492, and Vasco da Gama’s voyage from Europe to India in 1498. “The… read more

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US Foreign Policy — From Primacy to Global Problem Solving

by |January 15th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | January 15, 2017 Not for decades has American foreign policy been as uncertain and contested as it is today. At the start of the Trump administration, the challenges of foreign policy are of fundamental significance for US national security, and for global peace and prosperity. Today I’m inaugurating… read more

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Official Launch of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development

by |December 13th, 2016

On December 9, 2016 the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC) officially launched in Sunway City, Malaysia. This Center is the first of its kind in Asia, and aims to promote sustainable development initiatives in Malaysia and in Asia. At the launching, Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, praised the Center for supporting the… read more

Restoring Civic Virtue in America

by |December 5th, 2016

As featured in the Boston Globe | December 4, 2016 The direst threat American society faces today is the collapse of civic virtue. By that, I mean the honesty and trust that enables the country to function as a decent, forward-looking, optimistic nation. The defining characteristic of the 2016 Presidential election is that neither candidate… read more

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The End of AIDS

by |December 2nd, 2016

As featured in Project Syndicate | November 29, 2016 The AIDS pandemic claimed around 36 million lives between 1981 and 2016, and a similar number around the world currently live with the HIV virus. Some 1.2 million people died of AIDS last year, and another 1.8 million were infected. Those statistics are daunting, but the startling… read more

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Big Innovations Require Big Investment

by |December 2nd, 2016

As featured in the Boston Globe | November 27, 2016 Of all of the purposes of government, one of the most important but often neglected is to mobilize science and technology to solve critical challenges. Modern society depends on highly complex technological systems for our safety and prosperity. Without these advanced technological systems, we’d have… read more

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US Must Transition to Low-Carbon Energy

by |November 21st, 2016

As featured in the Boston Globe | November 20, 2016 Tesla electric cars are recharged at a supercharging station in Darien, Conn. Part of a weekly series on the economic choices facing the United States and its relations with the rest of the world. For previous entries, click here. Energy is the lifeblood of the economy…. read more

Donald Trump and the Rebuilding of America

by |November 13th, 2016

As featured in the Boston Globe | November 13, 2016 DONALD TRUMP BECOMES president of a nation that is deeply divided by class, race, health, and opportunity. In his acceptance speech, he pledged to be the president of all Americans. He also gave a promising hint of how to pursue that objective in practice. Trump… read more

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South African university crisis needs a change of policy, not just more money

by |October 27th, 2016

As featured in The Conversation | 27 October 2016 South Africa’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, has had to juggle two competing sets of demands in approaching the 2016 medium term budget. On the one hand the government’s debt-to-GDP ratio has doubled since the global financial crisis in 2009. Since then, South Africa has also suffered from low economic… read more

International Day of the Girl

by |October 13th, 2016

By Tara Stafford Ocansey, Radhika Iyengar and Haein Shin, as featured in the Huffington Post |  13 October 2016. Today as we celebrate International Day of the Girl, we know that girls with secondary education are six times less likely to be married as children, and twice as likely to send their children to school. We know a… read more