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Mind the ‘Middle Powers’ Gap (Colin P. Clarke, Ph.D., Mollie Saltskog, Defense One)

Weak states can pose as great a danger to U.S. national interests as strong ones, President George W. Bush declared after the 9/11 attacks, and so Washington embarked on two decades of counterterrorism. But the next decade is likely to highlight the importance of middle powers, each of “whose leaders consider that it cannot act alone effectively […]

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The Pandora Papers and the Threat to Democracy (Katharina Pistor, Project-Syndicate)

In demonstrating how some of the world’s most powerful people hide their wealth, the Pandora Papers have exposed the details of a global system whose basic contours were already well known. Property laws have long been written by and for the wealthy, giving the public ample reason to suspect that the system is rigged. The […]

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The Future of Globalization (Masood Ahmed and Nancy Lee, Center for Global Development)

Amidst the debate, fears, political polarization, and regrets surrounding globalization, we cannot ignore a central reality: much of it is not reversible or even resistable. As in other periods of human history where new connections are forged between geographies and civilizations—whether driven by empire building, technological change, regime change, or climate change-driven migration—Pandora’s Box, once […]

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Intellectual monopoly capitalism—challenge of our times (Cédric Durand and Cecilia Rikap, Social Europe)

Scientia potentia est—knowledge is power. The old adage has acquired a sinister connotation with the alarming dominance of Big Tech in the economy and society as a whole. Corporate Europe Observatory recently revealed that the sector is now by far the leading business lobbyist of European Union institutions. But this is only the tip of the Iceberg […]

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Utopians against capitalism (Colin Crouch, Social Europe)

If this is not a time ripe for writing about utopias, when would be? After the financial crash of 2008, the greatest growth in the democratic world of xenophobic extremism since Nazism and fascism, and the still current pandemic, many certainties of preceding decades have been blown away, leaving a vacuum utopian writing properly fills. […]