Friday, December 19, 2014
  1. Xi’s Reform Gambit

    Andrew Sheng

    Xi’s Reform Gambit

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    &  compare Chinese President Xi Jinping's reform ambitions to those of Deng Xiaping.

    Xi Jinping nznationalparty/Flickr

    When Deng Xiaoping initiated China’s market-oriented reforms 35 years ago, he was taking the biggest political risk since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Now that President Xi Jinping has initiated his own, equally risky program of reform, one must ask whether his strategy, too, will pay off. READ MORE

  2. 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

  3. Putin’s Rules of Attraction

    Joseph S. Nye
  4. 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

  5. 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

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