Wednesday, December 17, 2014
  1. Standing Up to Illiberalism

    Chris Patten

    Standing Up to Illiberalism


     urges Western democracies to prove themselves in the face of waning global confidence.

    Democracy sculpture Ravenhart/Flickr

    In a widely cited speech this summer, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made the case for an "illiberal state," in contrast to failed "liberal democracies." His remarks are an echo of a widely spreading unease in the West that must be countered with robust action. READ MORE

  2. Putin’s Rules of Attraction

    Joseph S. Nye
  3. Sweden in Crisis

    Carl Bildt

    Sweden in Crisis


     explains why the country's government collapsed after only two months in office.

    Swedish flag Let Ideas Compete/Flickr

    Sweden has been a rare beacon of success in Europe in the years since the 2008 global financial crisis, which is why many are shocked that its latest government collapsed only two months after taking office. What happened, and how likely is it that a snap election will restore stability? READ MORE

  4. Juncker’s Sound of Silence

    Giles Merritt

    Juncker’s Sound of Silence


     criticizes European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for his response to the "Lux leaks."

    European Commission empty microphone © European Union 2014 - European Parliament/Flickr

    New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has yet to respond adequately to the revelation that, under his leadership, Luxemburg made deals enabling multinational corporations to avoid taxes. If Juncker does not respond effectively – and soon – the scandal could eclipse his five-year term at the EU's helm. READ MORE

  5. China’s Asia?

    Minxin Pei

    China’s Asia?


     asks how serious the Chinese government is about realizing its new slogan "Asia for Asians."

    Newsart for China’s Asia? Markus Spiering/Flickr

    Chinese officials have lately been touting the slogan “Asia for Asians,” with President Xi Jinping laying out a vision for a new regional security order devoid of a strong US presence. Is this merely nationalist rhetoric served up for domestic consumption, or does it reflect a genuine shift in Chinese policy? READ MORE

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