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Commentaries by Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott

Former editor-in-chief of The Economist

Bill Emmott, a former editor-in-chief of The Economist, is Co-Director of the Global Commission for Post-Pandemic Policy.
  • Jun 21, 2021

    When will the world have vaccinated 80% of all adults, the level presumed by scientists to produce herd immunity against COVID-19? Most people’s answer is 2023 or 2024, which suggests deep pessimism about the progress of vaccinations outside the rich world. That is also why pledges at the recent G7 summit to donate one billion doses to poor countries during this year and in 2022 look to some like generous game-changers.

  • Apr 07, 2020

    With the global COVID-19 crisis quickly escalating, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has had to accept a hard truth, rightly taking the initiative in telling the Diet (parliament) this week that the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games may need to be rescheduled, and ultimately reaching an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the event until 2021.

  • May 28, 2018

    Cancelling the summit makes the US look unreasonable and gives the initiative to China.

  • Apr 12, 2018

    The world will soon witness a historic test of wills between China and the United States. At stake is the strategic leadership of East Asia and, eventually, the international order. On both North Korea and trade, China is set to come out on top.

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