The backlash against globalization has been with us for two decades. In the late twentieth century, it looked as if the world was moving toward convergence, with people everywhere consuming the same products, writes Harold James.

The US currently spends around five percent of GDP, or roughly USD 900 billion per year, on military-related spending (for the Pentagon, the CIA, veterans, and others). It could and should transfer at least USD 90 billion of that to development aid, writes Jeffery D. Sachs.

Fashionable projects such as providing laptops to pupils attract a lot of financial support, but it is not always money well spent. Peru, which has received a third of all laptops provided through the organization One Laptop per Child, hosted the first randomized controlled trial to test whether children with a computer did better than those without, Bjørn Lomborg.

While Africa can and should do more to improve vaccination, the global community also has a responsibility to make a concerted effort to bring down vaccine costs, writes Folake Olayinka.

The issue of shrinking and closing spaces for civil society must be added to the agenda of national parliaments, multilateral organizations, and international negotiation processes. Freedom of opinion, association, and assembly are the essence of democracy, writes Barbara Unmüssig.

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