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Afshin Molavi

Afshin Molavi is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Editor and Founder of Emerging World newsletter.

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How Dubai’s Expo 2020 shows the power of aspiration

The great American boxer Mike Tyson offered up a pithy and eloquent understanding of world affairs when he said: “Everyone has a plan, until you get punched in the face.”

September 29, 2021

The megatrends still shaping our world

The former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was once asked by a young journalist to reflect on the greatest challenge facing a statesman. His response: “Events, dear boy, events.”

August 31, 2021

Afghanistan faces economic implosion after political collapse

Amid the millions of words that have spilled out across newspapers, social media feeds and news sites regarding the implosion of Afghanistan, Ajmal Ahmady, the recently departed governor of the central bank, may have offered the most pithy and accurate.

August 24, 2021

Why world must balance climate policy with economic growth

We will long remember 2020 as the year of the pandemic. Future historians, however, may add another milestone to the troubling year: The hottest year on record. In a world where climate policy has shot to the top of the global agenda, we now have the temperatures to back up the concerns.

January 14, 2021

We must not allow COVID-19 vaccines to deepen divisions

The race to produce multiple coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines seems to be approaching the finish line, but there is no time for a victory lap — the new challenge will be to vaccinate our world.

December 17, 2020