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Here are the top stories we recommend this week:
Praise for Mitt Romney‘s economic policies
Boston Globe | If only Trump had taken an economic lesson from Romney
Lord Adair Turner defends the use of ‘helicopter money’
Project Syndicate | Demystifying Monetary Finance
Joseph Stiglitz asks why have so many people become hostile to globalization?
World Economic Forum | Joseph Stiglitz: Why we need new rules to tame globalization
John Hulsman asserts that Iraq as a state has ceased to exist except in theory
Al Arabiya English | Defeating ISIS is beside the point; Iraq does not exist anymore
Niall Ferguson and Graham Allison on why the US could avoid future disater by looking to the past
The Atlantic | Why the U.S. President Needs a Council of Historians
Tom Chatfield on how the digital age’s most iconic terms show the human side of technology
The Atlantic | How Artificial Intelligence Got Its Name
Countries around the world need to devolve power to cities and be more open to foreigners if they are to benefit from new patterns of urbanisation, says Razeen Sally, Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore in this World Economic Forum (WEF) video.
Citing the recent WEF report on “The Competitiveness of Cities”, of which Razeen was the lead author, he explains that the coming decades will see the next wave of mass migration to cities, especially in Asia and Africa. Megacities are sprouting while entirely new cities are being created. Cities, with their economies of scale, scope and connectedness, bring people and markets together in a single, dense space. They will be one of the driving engines of growth, poverty reduction and prosperity over the course of this century.
Razeen goes on to argue that whilst cities can benefit from urbanisation, some are struggling to cope with challenges such as large-scale influx of people, or the inability to provide basic services, houses or jobs.
Click here to read the full report, which also identifies six global “megatrends” especially relevant to cities (1) urbanisation, demographics and the emerging middle class; (2) rising inequality; (3) sustainability; (4) technological change; (5) industrial clusters and global value chains; and (6) governance.
For more information on how to book Razeen Sally for an event, please call Alex Hickman on +44 (0) 20 7792 8004.
Lippo Group, a major Indonesian conglomerate, and Jakarta Globe, a daily English language newspaper in Indonesia, organised a lunch dialogue produced by our new partner, Salween Group, which examined the new realities and challenges facing emerging markets. The program was filmed in Davos at the World Economic Forum earlier this year.
The program featured Jim O’Neill, Former Chairman Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the ECB (2003-11), Mahendra Siregar, Chairman, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, and Gita Wirjawan, Former Trade Minister of Indonesia and current Presidential Candidate.
Click here for the full program.