View from Paris: The Fog of Trump
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View from Paris: The Fog of Trump

This series is called the “View from Paris” and asks Les Franciliens for their reactions to current affairs in the USA. These are the opinions not the facts (fake or otherwise). March 2017: I’m looking at an election poster of Obama but here in France! It’s a joke but some French people would prefer Obama over the crop of politicians ...
An Overview of U.S. – Russia Relations Leading to the 2016 Election
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An Overview of U.S. – Russia Relations Leading to the 2016 Election

To understand the relevance of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, we have to begin with the underlying dynamics between Russia, the United States, and NATO, among others. These relationships are shaped by historical events, national political identity and ideology, and political interests which intersect and influence the behavior of decision makers. The United States has ...
Liberalism’s Fateful Mistake
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Liberalism’s Fateful Mistake

In my last post, I attempted to analyse the reasons why so many people worldwide are finding the appeal of political populism so attractive. This concentrated on the right-wing populism which has proved so successful in countries like Poland, Hungary, the United Kingdom, and, most recently, the USA. 2017 will see further tests in the ...
Why Populism is so Popular
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Why Populism is so Popular

The election of Donald Trump as US president is the most spectacular example of the success which political populism has been enjoying worldwide in the past years. But the simple solutions populists put forward do not offer serious strategies for dealing with any of the challenges facing our globalised, networked, post-industrial societies. At the beginning ...