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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
165 commentaries
3 videos & podcasts

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford and the author of The Hong Kong Diaries (Allen Lane, 2022).

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  1. The West Must Not Let Putin Win
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    The West Must Not Let Putin Win

    Apr 29, 2024 Chris Patten implores the US and Europe to continue supporting Ukraine’s fight for freedom with weapons and aid.

  2. China Tightens Its Grip on Hong Kong
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    China Tightens Its Grip on Hong Kong

    Mar 29, 2024 Chris Patten condemns the latest attempt by the Communist Party’s puppet government to curb democratic freedoms.

  3. The UK’s Upcoming Election and Its Consequences
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    The UK’s Upcoming Election and Its Consequences

    Mar 12, 2024 Chris Patten urges British policymakers to collaborate with their European counterparts on migration, security, and trade.

  4. If Trump Wins, So Will China
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    If Trump Wins, So Will China

    Feb 13, 2024 Chris Patten urges Western countries to uphold the principles that have underpinned their success for nearly 80 years.

  5. Another Trump Presidency Is the Biggest Threat to Liberal Democracy
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    Another Trump Presidency Is the Biggest Threat to Liberal Democracy

    Jan 2, 2024 Chris Patten explains why so many people around the world dread the outcome of the 2024 US presidential election.

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    A Big Step Forward for Liver Health

    Danjuma Adda explains how new hepatitis guidelines from the World Health Organization could reduce cancer deaths in Africa.
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    The Fragile Fraternity of China and Russia

    Nina L. Khrushcheva

    Vladimir Putin’s recent state visit to Beijing – his first trip abroad since being inaugurated for a fifth term – was practically a mirror image of Mao Zedong’s visit to Moscow 75 years ago, when Stalin looked down on his guest. There is little reason to think that the bilateral relationship will prove more resilient this time.

    doubts that two countries with such diverging interests will be able to build a lasting partnership.
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    The Global Economy Is More Vulnerable Than It Seems

    Bertrand Badré & Yves Tiberghien identify five factors driving a potentially catastrophic trend toward fragmentation.
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    The Myth of Central-Bank Independence

    Robert Skidelsky thinks the time has come to transfer power from technocrats back to elected officials.
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    The Gig Economy vs. America’s Workers

    Sandeep Vaheesan warns that proposed ballot initiatives in Massachusetts would legalize exploitative employment practices.
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    King Trump on Trial

    Richard K. Sherwin

    High-ranking Republican politicians have lately been turning up at Donald Trump’s New York City trial to demonstrate solidarity with the former president. But their attendance also serves a more alarming purpose: to validate Trump as a competing source of sovereign power, independent of the US Constitution and the rule of law.

    explains why a parade of Republican leaders have made appearances at the former president’s trial in New York.
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    Crunch Time for the Power Sector

    Michael Spence argues that developing flexible, stable, and resilient smart grids requires an expanded industrial policy.
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    The Rise of Mesoeconomics

    William H. Janeway details how a long-neglected field of economic study can be applied to today's most pressing policy challenges.
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    What the AI Pessimists Are Missing

    Michael R. Strain points out that the technology will help to address many of the risks it creates.

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