Recent decades have seen rapid increases in the use of robots and rapid advances in artificial intelligence, driven particularly by improvements in machine learning. From games like chess and Go to speech recognition and image recognition, machines have come to outperform humans in an expanding range of activities. This development has motivated many attempts to gauge the impact on the future of work for humans.

Dec 18, 2020
Ian Goldin

With each new year of data, and each new intergovernmental report, it becomes harder to deny the scale and urgency of the energy transition required to prevent catastrophic anthropogenic climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges countries to take action to prevent a rise in temperature by more than 1.5°C, and warns of catastrophic consequences of a rise above 2°C. Yet current policies and pledges fall far short of hitting these targets.

All three of the recent UN secretary-general reports on peacebuilding and sustaining peace (2018, 2019, and 2020) take note of the need to enhance collaboration between the UN—not only its development system but also its peace and security and humanitarian arms—with international financial institutions (IFIs), namely the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Dec 09, 2020
Sarah Cliffe, Paige Arthur, Leah Zamore
United Nations
Multilateral Reform

For The Washington Post, CIC Non-Resident Fellow Michael F. Harsch and co-authors wrote about recent European Union court decision regarding data privacy.

"Schrems and other recent decisions suggest the European Court is becoming more sensitive to public opinion and hence emphasizing fundamental rights," they wrote. "In the wake of 9/11, Europeans broadly supported U.S. counterterrorism measures, but over the past decade, Europeans have begun to favor safeguarding fundamental rights over security concerns, and the courts have followed."

Jul 17, 2020
Michael F. Harsch

Non-Resident Fellow James Traub writes that the French will remain restive unless and until the effects of their president’s ambitious reforms kick in.

Dec 01, 2018
James Traub

Non-Resident Fellow James Traub argues in his latest article for Foreign Policy that one year after his election, it's clear Emmanuel Macron isn't just a president — he's a liberal man of providence.

Jun 05, 2018
James Traub

The chancellor's response to the refugee crisis was going to be her downfall. Then Germany's welfare state kicked in.

Sep 21, 2017
James Traub

A refugee crisis is what happens when large numbers of people fleeing poor, violent countries seek asylum in rich, peaceful countries, raising agonizing moral and political questions. This of course is what occurred in 2015, when a million refugees from Syria and elsewhere poured across Europe’s borders, provoking a backlash that brought nationalist parties to the verge of power and threatened the Continent’s liberal order. The refugees were the cause, rather than the victims, of the crisis in question.

Sep 11, 2017
James Traub
Europe, Middle East, Syria

France's new president is betting that he can bring disaffected voters back into the liberal fold by combining openness with economic growth. What if he just makes them even angrier?

We live in a time of catastrophic political experiments. Americans are learning how far the institutions of civil society can protect democratic norms in the face of an autocratically minded president. The British are about to find out how much economic pain they can endure for the privilege of flipping the bird to Europe. Italians may soon hand the reins of power to a clown — literally.

Jun 28, 2017
James Traub

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