Thursday, February 11, 2016
  1. Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, and Helpless Guardians

    Wolfgang Ischinger

    Boundless Crises, Reckless Spoilers, and Helpless Guardians

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     outlines the challenges facing world leaders and the international order over the coming year.

    Army vehicle isolated in the desert.

    The world is entering a period of growing risk, rising uncertainty, and fundamental transformation – the beginning of a less stable international era. Responsible leaders must work together to reconstruct the international order, strengthen institutional arrangements, and stem spreading chaos. READ MORE

  2. A Mexican Impasse for the Pope

    Hernando de Soto

    A Mexican Impasse for the Pope

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     urges Francis to advocate for a simple reform that would benefit billions of poor people worldwide.

    Pope Francis

    When Pope Francis holds mass just south of the US-Mexico border next week, he will almost certainly urge support for immigrants who have headed north. He should also take the opportunity to advocate for the five billion people in the world who lack documented property rights. READ MORE

  3. Putin is No Ally Against ISIS

    George Soros

    Putin is No Ally Against ISIS

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     believes that Russia's leader is intent on destroying the EU – and explains why he may succeed.

    Vladimir Putin Kremlin Pool/Planet Pix via ZUMA Wire

    The leaders of the US and the EU are making a grievous error in thinking that President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a potential ally in the fight against the Islamic State. Putin’s aim is to foster the hollowing out – and eventual disintegration – of the EU, and he may succeed if the West continues to ignore reality. READ MORE

  4. Defusing the Third Space Race

    Michael Krepon

    Defusing the Third Space Race

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     calls for the adoption of a code of conduct for outer space – with or without China and Russia.

    Russian Soyuz space capsule

    Competition for supremacy in outer space is highly dangerous, but with common sense and compromise, competition need not lead to conflict. Unfortunately, in the current wave of competition, only one key player, the US, seems willing to negotiate; the other two, China and Russia, are in no rush to do what is needed. READ MORE

  5. The Great Populists

    Jacek Rostowski

    The Great Populists

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     says that a new breed of politicians poses a new set of risks to the West.

    Donald Trump rally Yin Bogu/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire

    The rise of a new kind of political leader – as seen in Russia, Turkey, Hungary, and Poland – constitutes a new threat to the global order. If this type, in the form of US presidential candidate Donald Trump and French National Front leader Marine Le Pen, wins in the heart of the West, the risks to stability will rise sharply. READ MORE

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