Opinion Has It by Project Syndicate features conversations with leading economists, policymakers, authors, and researchers on the world’s most pressing issues. Tune in for biweekly analyses and insights with our host Elmira Bayrasli, Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder and Project Syndicate contributor.
The GOP After Trump | Sarah Longwell
Joe Biden may have won the US election, but the vote was hardly the firm popular rebuke to Trumpism many had anticipated. What does that mean for a Republican Party that has tied itself into knots defending Donald Trump over the last four years?
Sarah Longwell joins us to help us answer that question. She is the founder of Republican Voters Against Trump, and the publisher of The Bulwark, a conservative news and opinion website.
Outtakes: Richard Pildes on Polarization in America
Today’s US election comes at a moment of such deep polarization that many are bracing for a bitter fight over the results. In this week’s special episode, we follow up with law scholar Richard Pildes on how America got to this point, and what it means for the next administration’s ability to govern.
Is the US Headed Towards a Disputed Election? | Richard Pildes
Donald Trump’s repeated efforts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming election has further intensified the polarization that has increasingly defined American politics in recent years. Now, many fear a drawn-out dispute over the results.
Richard Pildes is the Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University, and the co-author of The Law of Democracy: Legal Structure of the Political Process.
What’s Next for Abenomics? | Kathy Matsui
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successor, Yoshihide Suga, has pledged to uphold his signature economic-policy program, Abenomics. What did that program really achieve, and is it up to the task of supporting Japan’s economy through the COVID-19 crisis?
Kathy Matsui is Vice Chair of Goldman Sachs Japan, and the author of a new book titled, "How to Nurture Female Employees."
Does Inflation Matter Anymore? | Claudia Sahm
The US Federal Reserve has announced a major shift in its monetary-policy framework: it will no longer target an inflation rate of “around 2%” at all times. What does this mean for the US economy – and the workers who make it run?
Claudia Sahm joins us to discuss. Claudia is the director of macroeconomic policy at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Previously, she was a section chief at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Will We Solve the Climate Crisis in Time? | Bill McKibben
In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that the world will face worsening food crises, devastating wildfires, and coral reef die-offs unless it halves greenhouse-gas emissions within the next decade. Yet emissions actually rose in 2019, suggesting that growing public support for climate action may be too little, too late.
Bill McKibben is a longtime climate activist, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, and the co-founder of 350.org.