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There are no winners in US-China technology divide

Jonathan D. Pollack – Brookings TikTok and WeChat, two hugely successful Chinese social media applications that have gained global popularity, abruptly find their access to the U.S. consumer market at risk. In August, President Donald Trump ordered TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to sell its product to a U.S. company within 90 days. He simultaneously banned Tencent, the…

The zero-carbon car: Abating material emissions is next on the agenda

Eric Hannon, Tomas Nauclér, Anders Suneson and Fehmi Yüksel – McKinsey & Company The automotive sector is critical to achieving net-zero global emissions by 2050, the foundation of the road map toward limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. Many original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are accordingly setting aggressive decarbonization targets to meet this challenge.…

The fate of women’s rights in Afghanistan

John R. Allen and Vanda Felbab-Brown – Brookings This piece is part of 19A: The Brookings Gender Equality Series. In this essay series, Brookings scholars, public officials, and other subject-area experts examine the current state of gender equality 100 years after the 19th Amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution and propose recommendations to cull the…

Why America Is Afraid of TikTok

The company’s founder says in an interview that he wants it to be “a window” on the world. A Republican senator says it is a “Trojan horse.” Michael Schuman – The Atlantic ZHANG YIMING EMBODIES what the United States wanted China to be. He is the founder and chief executive of a company, ByteDance, that…

Will the UK really join the CPTPP free-trade bloc in Asia-Pacific?

Michael Plouffe, UCL The news that Japan and the UK have reached a trade agreement in principle was heralded by the government and British press as a landmark for the UK’s post-Brexit trade ambitions. In contrast with British exuberance, the Japanese response has been rather muted, with the agreement viewed as generally comparable to the…

When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

Sarun Charumilind, Matt Craven, Jessica Lamb, Adam Sabow and Matt Wilson – McKinsey & Company Normalcy by spring, and herd immunity by fall? We assess the prospects for an end in 2021. In 1920, a world wearied by the First World War and sickened by the 1918 flu pandemic desperately sought to move past the…

How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

Michael Obersteiner, University of Oxford; David Leclère, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and Piero Visconti, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.…

Climate math: What a 1.5-degree pathway would take

Kimberly Henderson, Dickon Pinner, Matt Rogers, Bram Smeets, Christer Tryggestad and Daniela Vargas – McKinsey & Company Decarbonizing global business at scale is achievable, but the math is daunting. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, everyone is rightly focused on protecting lives and livelihoods. Can we simultaneously strive to avoid the next crisis? The answer is yes—if…