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A World Without Leaders?

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As Donald Trump delivers his maiden address to the UN General Assembly, the world will weigh his words with even more care than US presidents’ speeches normally receive. What does his “America First” approach portend for US global leadership?

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  1. The Global Leadership Vacuum
    Donald Trump,  Xi Jinping and  Angela Merkel John Macdougall/Getty Images

    The Global Leadership Vacuum

    Sep 19, 2017 Javier Solana questions whether Germany or China are really able to fill America's shoes during the Trump era.

  2. How Much Does Trump Matter?
    Trum in Springfield Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

    How Much Does Trump Matter?

    Sep 5, 2017 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. asks whether America's rise to global primacy, or its ability to retain it, relies on the president.

  3. Who Will Fill America’s Shoes?
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    Who Will Fill America’s Shoes?

    Jun 21, 2017 Richard Haass sees no viable candidate to succeed the US as it abandons its global leadership role.

  1. sheng129_ROSLAN RAHMANAFP via Getty Images_asean cooperation ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images

    In Search of a Development Plan for Asia

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng argue that bottom-up institutions – not top-down strategies – are the key to regional integration.
  2. emmott_Antonio MasielloGetty Images_meloni Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

    Giorgia Meloni’s Moment

    Bill Emmott sees little difference between the Brothers of Italy’s program and that of recent right-wing governments.
  3. strain5_(Kent Nishimura  Los Angeles Times via Getty Images_school Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

    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.
  4. velasco129_DANIEL LEALAFP via Getty Images_kwasi kwarteng DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images

    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.
  9. james196_Michael M. SantiagoGetty Images_unitednations Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

    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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