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Imagine that you are a committed internationalist during a tumultuous period in global politics, and you are now grappling with the outcome of a nail-bitingly close U.S. election.It was against this backdrop that roughly 25 million lives – mostly children under age 5 and people infected with HIV/AIDS – were saved, owing to accelerated progress in global development from around 2001, early in the Bush administration, to 2015, near the end of Barack Obama's second term.Since 2000, at least 59 million more children have completed primary school than would have if 1990s trends had continued; and more than 470 million additional people were lifted out of extreme poverty than would have been if the pace of improvement from 1990 to 2002 had continued.These results point to three key lessons for navigating today's uncertain geopolitical waters. Better angels prevailed, and the world came together to take action on life-or-death global health issues.These three lessons should be applied to the next frontier of global challenges.Despite how disordered the world feels in 2017, the potential for renewed progress is greater than most people think possible.
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