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June 10, 2022

Global
The World Next Week: What to Read and Listen to This Summer

The annual summer entertainment recommendations from The World Next Week podcast.

Three books next to each other on a light blue background. From left to right: Putin's People, by Catherine Belton; Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe; and The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy, by Michael Mandelbaum.

September 27, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Can an Earthquake at the World Bank Rattle the IMF, Too?

The Doing Business report scandal has shaken confidence in the World Bank. The scandal's implications, however, don't stop with the bank.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva talks to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before a news conference following the "1+6" Roundtable meeting at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China November 21, 2019.

April 7, 2021

China
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Should Be on the World Bank and IMF’s Agenda

The Spring Meetings should address BRI’s pitfalls and advance policies to help put BRI countries on the path toward recovery and sustainable growth.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen ahead of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, U.S. on April 8, 2019.

April 27, 2022

Climate Change
To Reduce Growing Climate Dangers, the World Needs to Consider Sunlight Reflection

Nothing about the present climate crisis or its implications is natural. Perhaps how the world deals with a warming planet shouldn't be either.

The sun reflects off the water in a picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed on July 17, 2014.

February 6, 2019

International Organizations
How Not to Choose a World Bank President

President Trump has nominated David Malpass to be the next World Bank president. A more transparent process is needed in selecting the institution's head. 

President Donald J. Trump nominates David Malpass to be president of the World Bank.

August 16, 2022

Nigeria
Massive Borrowing Puts Nigeria’s Future at Risk

The country’s bloated debt portfolio is the outcome of decades-long economic mismanagement.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presents 2021 budget to the national assembly.

May 8, 2020

China
China, a Major World Bank Borrower and Competitor, Must Stop Sheltering BRI Debt from G20 Standstill

As we explained in Foreign Affairs on April 27, China is trying quietly to exempt its massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure loans to poor countries from its agreement to participa…

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May 7, 2015

Human Rights
Rethinking Accountability at the World Bank

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Esq…

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December 29, 2021

2021 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2021

Ten people who passed away this year who shaped world affairs for better or worse.

Desmond Tutu smiles and waves while wearing a red clerical tunic and collar.