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America and the pandemic, one year on

Looking at the US and Europe one year after the beginning of the pandemic, the view is sort of unexpected. In some aspects, it is almost a role reversal, due to the new administration's determination to stay clear of any austerity policies,…

Il primo bivio di Biden al Congresso

A pochi mesi dal suo insediamento Joe Biden è già a un bivio: una presidenza di quelle che vengono definite transformational o qualcosa di molto meno altisonante? Il pacchetto di aiuti all'economia votato dal Congresso, che contiene misure…

Urban power: still strong but humbler?

The COVID-19 crisis has been and is a crisis of the state, in the sense of a critical moment of transformation for the state. National governments have been back on the stage, with unprecedented strength as they have reshaped geographies –…

Lagos: a stress test for urbanization

To summarize the challenges facing cities in the developing world in the decades to come, one could look at the biggest city in the biggest economy in Africa: Lagos. Nigeria’s commercial capital, the city has a bustling seaport, is a…