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Michael Bröning

Michael Bröning

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Michael Bröning, Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung office in New York, serves on the basic value commission of Germany’s Social Democratic Party and is the author, most recently, of Vom Ende der Freiheit (Dietz, 2021).

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  1. Are the Kids Leaning Right?
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    Are the Kids Leaning Right?

    Apr 21, 2022 Michael Bröning sees an age-old electoral pattern being challenged, with potentially dire implications for progressives.

  2. Give Centrism a Chance
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    Give Centrism a Chance

    Oct 30, 2020 Michael Bröning urges progressive political parties to rediscover the merits of pragmatism and moderation.

  3. Germany’s Green Wave
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    Germany’s Green Wave

    Jul 1, 2019 Michael Bröning notes that if current polls hold up, party leader Robert Habeck could be the country's next chancellor.

  4. Germany’s Socialism of Fools
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    Germany’s Socialism of Fools

    Oct 9, 2018 Michael Bröning explains why the far-right AfD is likely to score further successes in two state elections this month.

  5. Europe’s Left Turns Right on Immigration
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    Europe’s Left Turns Right on Immigration

    Jun 19, 2018 Michael Bröning proposes a strategy for social-democratic parties to regain popular support without betraying their values.

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    America’s Education Emergency

    Michael R. Strain calls for urgent action to make up for pandemic learning loss in light of dismal new test scores.
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    God Save the Pound?

    Andrés Velasco explains why sterling is plummeting when economic theory says it should be soaring.
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    Preparing for the Long War

    Mark Leonard thinks Europeans should plan for a prolonged conflict despite Ukraine’s recent gains.
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    Realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

    Abe Shinzō

    Less than a month before he was assassinated, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister set out his vision for the region. He buttressed his case by comparing China’s growing threats against Taiwan to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    set out his vision for the region less than one month prior to his assassination in July.
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    Russia, Iran, and the Perils of Post-Autocracy

    Robert D. Kaplan

    With Russia facing defeat on the battlefield and massive protests once again engulfing Iran, both countries’ regimes look vulnerable. But the end of tyranny is more likely to lead to a dangerous political vacuum than to a democratic transition.

    warns that the collapse of a despotic regime more often leads to a political void than to a healthy democracy.
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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.

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