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    Avoiding the Trump Trap

    Eric Posner

    As US President Donald Trump's popularity continues to drop ahead of November's election, he has sought new ways to stoke the public fear and panic that led him to victory in 2016. For his presumptive opponent, Joe Biden, the best strategy may be to make Trump's demagoguery a theme of his campaign.

    warns optimistic US Democrats that the president's political advantages are about to become more salient.
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    Hope for a New “UN Moment”

    Kemal Derviş

    When the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary this September, the US will still be misgoverned by a transactional president who has no interest in global rules. But if that rules out a rebirth of global multilateralism this fall, things could look very different next spring.

    sees a chance to renew multilateralism next spring, following the UN's 75th anniversary celebration this fall.
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    Whose India?

    Aug 10, 2020 Shashi Tharoor thinks the battle for the country's secular soul is not yet lost to the Hindu nationalists in power since 2014.

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Onward, Big Tech Soldiers?

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  2. Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr. ,
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  6. Ngaire Woods Ngaire Woods

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s incendiary anti-China speech in late July provides a useful guide to the official thinking underlying the burgeoning Sino-American cold war. But Pompeo’s Christian millenarian worldview is not necessary to explain the two sides’ battle for technological supremacy.

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Europe Steps Up

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  2. Philippe Legrain,
  3. Christian Odendahl,
  4. Lucrezia Reichlin,
  5. Stephen S. Roach,
  6. Hans-Werner Sinn

European Union leaders have reached a landmark deal on a €750 billion ($867 billion) recovery fund intended to help those member states hit hardest by COVID-19. Next Generation EU, as the rescue package has been dubbed, could pave the way for the bloc to pursue far more ambitious reforms, and may boost Europe’s international standing, too.

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