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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
145 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. Brexit Britain Confronts Reality
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    Brexit Britain Confronts Reality

    Aug 18, 2022 Chris Patten holds out little hope that political leaders will offer voters an honest assessment of the country’s problems.

  2. The Pathologies of Long Boris
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    The Pathologies of Long Boris

    Jul 20, 2022 Chris Patten shows how the disgraced prime minister’s mendacious populism is shaping the race to succeed him.

  3. China Has Made Me Invisible
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    China Has Made Me Invisible

    Jun 24, 2022 Chris Patten is not surprised by the CPC authorities’ ongoing attempts to rewrite Hong Kong’s history.

  4. China’s Cardinal Sins in Hong Kong
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    China’s Cardinal Sins in Hong Kong

    May 25, 2022 Chris Patten thinks the installation of a hardline chief executive and the arrest of a senior Catholic cleric mark a new low.

  5. France’s Presidential Election Matters for Us All
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    France’s Presidential Election Matters for Us All

    Apr 18, 2022 Chris Patten argues that the second-round runoff on April 24 represents a crucial test for 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.
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    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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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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