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Unlocking Iran’s rich peaceful potential

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Almost a millennium ago, one of the most renowned Persians in history, Omar Khayyam, was born in the city of Nishapur in present-day Iran. In the West, Khayyam is known mainly as a poet, owing to the translation of his most important works into English in the ... More »

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What’s in store for emerging markets?

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When it comes to the outlook for emerging markets in 2020, the bottom line is maddeningly simple: “It’s complicated.” There are a number of reasons for this. For starters, we are living in extraordinary times, owing to the unpredictable personality of the curr... More »

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Opinion | Arundhati Roy’s faulty advice

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When emotions run high, tempers need to be calmed. At such times, it does not help to have author and activist Arundhati Roy offering people bizarre advice on resisting the government’s efforts to create a database of all those who reside in India. If surveyor... More »

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There is more to life than the GDP

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Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” This old adage is particularly pertinent as we look ahead to 2020 and beyond. Part of the popular backlash against political and business elites may simply be that peopl... More »

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An assessment of China’s IP protection

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As 2020 approaches, US tariffs on Chinese goods have reached levels not seen since the US Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930, which played a key role in exacerbating the Great Depression. A key complaint of US President Donald Trump is China’s failure to respect ... More »

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Indian Statistical system: Getting the numbers right

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An immediate task at hand for the centre would be to clearly articulate the relevance of surveys to fill critical gaps, a reasonable time-frame for establishing the accuracy of administrative data, and use machine learning in analysing big data. By S Chandrase... More »

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Towards a virtuous cycle in the political economy

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Domestic politics, geopolitics, and economics will be intertwined in 2020 to an extent unmatched in decades. Weak economic performance and problematic governance in much of the world risks setting in motion a vicious circle: adverse economic outcomes lead to p... More »

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Can the world order catch up with time?

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The world turned a corner in 2019. The problem is that the world order didn’t turn with it. This disconnect could have disastrous consequences. The biggest global change has been the start of the “Asian century.” Today, Asia is home to three of the world’s top... More »

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Central Europe’s republics of fans

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In Ferenc Karinthy’s dystopian 1970 novel Metropole, a talented Hungarian linguist arrives at the airport in Budapest but then goes through the wrong gate, gets on the wrong plane, and lands in a city where no one can understand him, though he speaks an impres... More »