Saturday, September 20, 2014

European Observer

Dominique Moisi

Can American global leadership be replaced or shared? How will Europe’s large and growing Muslim communities affect European policy toward the Islamic world? Will Russia’s re-emergence divide the West? Will China’s rise to superpower status make Europe rue its longing for a multi-polar world?

For centuries, Europe was the center of the world. Now it must reckon with a diminished position. But Europe remains a cultural and economic power – even as it struggles to find a constructive voice in the international arena. Neither able nor willing to project its military might, Europe advocates a world order in which justice, democracy, and respect for political and economic rights are more important than military force.

So how does today’s world look from a European perspective? Is Europe’s preference for a world based on international rule of law and universal moral precepts merely a reflection of its own weakness, or does it represent a bold and promising vision of the future?

No one is better placed thanDominique Moisi to examine Europe’s struggle to define its vision of the world. An acclaimed author on international affairs, founder of the French Institute of International Affairs (IFRI), and a professor at the Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, Dominique Moisi is equally at home in Europe, America, and Asia.

With their distinct blend of lucid, analytical detachment and strong moral and political engagement, Dominique Moisi’s insights have been avidly sought in journals around the world. Now, Dominique Moisi’s monthly commentaries, written exclusively for Project Syndicate, bring the wisdom and conviction of one of Europe’s leading geostrategic thinkers to newspaper readers everywhere.

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