By Invitation

Japan

Abe Shinzo was the most important Japanese leader in the past 50 years, says Kevin Rudd

The former Australian prime minister considers Abe’s international achievements

Finance

The global economy needs to be better prepared for the coming storm, says Kathryn Judge

The law professor says systemic fragility is a choice made through design

Finance and economics

Brad DeLong asks what America can learn from its past bouts of inflation

In 1947 and 1951 the problem went away by itself. In 1920 the Fed tightened too much, says the economist

Russia and Ukraine

Boris Bondarev on Vladimir Putin’s craven diplomats

And why the war in Ukraine drove him to resign from Russia’s UN team in Geneva

Nuclear energy

John Barrasso wants America to lead the world in nuclear energy

The senator says smarter subsidies and domestic production of nuclear fuel would revive his country’s sector

Tech and diplomacy

Linda Thomas-Greenfield believes the UN Security Council should make better use of technology

America’s ambassador to the UN wants to fight hunger with specialised digital tools

Roe v Wade

Federalism worsens divisions over abortion in America, believes Jamal Greene

The law professor says it also thwarts the introduction of social policies that might calm the rancour

Roe v Wade

Abortion would be best governed by legislatures, says O. Carter Snead

The law professor says such a change would bring America into line with many other countries

Russia and Ukraine

There will be African victims of Russia’s war, warn Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Olusegun Obasanjo

The former presidents of Liberia and Nigeria believe the UN is no longer fit for purpose

Measuring misery

Unhappiness is soaring around the world, laments Jon Clifton

The head of Gallup says the problem began long before the pandemic

Russia and Ukraine

Nuclear plants could become dirty bombs in Ukraine, warns Serhii Plokhy

The Harvard historian says governments should agree to protect them in war

Russia and Ukraine

Moldova’s deputy prime minister urges the EU to expand its membership

Nicu Popescu says his country is eager to join