Saturday, February 6, 2016
  1. 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

  2. Five Truths about Terrorism

    Joseph S. Nye

    Five Truths about Terrorism

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     believes that an important problem for the US is being blown dangerously out of proportion.

    Military holding firearms

    Terrorism is a serious problem, but it has been blown out of proportion by political opportunism and a sensationalist news media. Managing terrorism requires us to recognize that it is a form of theater aimed at eliciting a disproportionate, counterproductive reaction. READ MORE

  3. The Death Throes of Oil

    Harold James

    The Death Throes of Oil

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     highlights the increased political instability that is likely to result if prices remain low.

    Oil drill

    The price of oil, often used as a sort of thermometer to measure the health of the world economy, is also a barometer, warning of approaching geopolitical storms. And the security challenges implied by falling oil prices are likely to be more significant than the economic risks. READ MORE

  4. Syria’s Continuing Chemical Fallout

    Ahmet Üzümcü

    Syria’s Continuing Chemical Fallout

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     warns that the ongoing use of toxic gas in the country's civil war could undermine the global ban.

    Gas mask

    More than a year after the elimination of the Syrian government’s chemical weapons program, there are persistent reports of toxic gas attacks in the country. If those responsible are not identified and prosecuted, more Syrians will be placed in jeopardy, and the Chemical Weapons Convention could lose its credibility. READ MORE

  5. Welcome to the Twenty-First Century

    Joschka Fischer

    Welcome to the Twenty-First Century

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     believes that managing the decline of American dominance has become the world's main challenge.

    Graffiti

    The international order forged in the fires of the twentieth century seems to be disappearing. For Europe, in particular, will the decline of Pax Americana, which has served for seven decades as a guarantor of the continent’s internal liberal order, unavoidably lead to crisis, if not conflict? READ MORE

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