Tuesday, December 6, 2016
  1. China’s Civilizational Diplomacy

    Zaynab El Bernoussi

    China’s Civilizational Diplomacy

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     says the People's Republic is using its shared colonial history with the global South strategically.

    Plans for new Egyptian Capital displayed at Red Sea Resort Khaled Desouki/Getty Images

    China’s leadership on the world stage differs notably from the West’s, because it relies on addressing prospective partners on a more equal footing. In particular, China's emphasis on highlighting historical and cultural similarities helps to explain how it has expanded its sphere of influence so widely in recent years. READ MORE

  2. The Win-Win Fantasy of Liberal Democracy

    Kemal Derviş

    The Win-Win Fantasy of Liberal Democracy

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     argues that the failure to predict Brexit and Donald Trump was not just a matter of miscommunication.

    WEF in Davos Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

    Few analysts expected Britons to vote to leave the EU, or that Americans would choose Donald Trump as their next president, yet it did not take long for a consensus explanation of those miscalculations to emerge. When it comes to such complex and consequential developments, however, we should beware of facile reasoning. READ MORE

  3. Europe’s December Day of Reckoning

    Philipp Ther

    Europe’s December Day of Reckoning

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     explains why the stakes of this Sunday's Italian referendum and Austrian presidential election are so high.

    Hoffer and Van der Bellen Jan Hetfleisch/Stringer

    The EU is the greatest alliance of democratic states in modern history, but, strangely, those who champion it have come to fear democratic votes. They are now waiting with bated breath for December 4, when Italians will vote on constitutional changes, and Austrians will choose their next president. READ MORE

  4. Can Fillon Beat Le Pen?

    Hugo Drochon

    Can Fillon Beat Le Pen?

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     asks whether the Republican primary winner will be able to keep France's National Front out of power.

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    Given the current political field in French politics, François Fillon will most likely face Marine Le Pen in the presidential election’s second round next May. Those who fear a Le Pen presidency are again putting their faith in the old “pacte républicain,” whereby centrist and leftist voters turn out to push Fillon over the line. READ MORE

  5. The Last Stand Against Populism

    Dominique Moisi

    The Last Stand Against Populism

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     considers the consequences of a right-wing populist victory in France's upcoming presidential election.

    Marine Le Pen Christophe Morin/IP3

    There was a time, immediately after German reunification in 1990, when many French feared Germany. Today, the roles are reversed: in the wake of the UK's Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s triumph in the US presidential election, France is facing the prospect of a populist victory that would pull up the EU's Franco-German anchor. READ MORE

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