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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
150 commentaries
3 videos & podcasts

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford and the author of The Hong Kong Diaries (Allen Lane, 2022).

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  1. The Necessity of Morality in Foreign Policy
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    The Necessity of Morality in Foreign Policy

    Jan 30, 2023 Chris Patten shows why “realism” requires heeding the lessons of history and defending democratic values.

  2. Free Hong Kong's Fiercest Defender
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    Free Hong Kong's Fiercest Defender

    Dec 19, 2022 Chris Patten condemns the Chinese puppet government’s crackdown on journalists and publishers – and on one in particular.

  3. Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Dec 1, 2022 Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.

  4. The Only Direction for Xi’s Dictatorship
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    The Only Direction for Xi’s Dictatorship

    Oct 17, 2022 Chris Patten explains why the Chinese leader’s third term will pose a growing threat to the country’s economy.

  5. The Faith-Based Reaganomics of Liz Truss
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    The Faith-Based Reaganomics of Liz Truss

    Sep 29, 2022 Chris Patten argues that the UK government's new fiscal plan is reckless and may lead to an economic crisis.

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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.
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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.

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