Analyses

The triumph of americanism. November 2016

to understand what happened in America on 8 November 2016, it is more useful to analyse the winds that are buffeting a diverse and divided society rather than to focus entirely on the unlikely and controversial figure of a victor who came to prominence on reality television and has now torn up the political rulebook.

After the Arab spring – March 2016

In December 2015 the European Commission sought to revive the Tunisian economy after the Tunis and Sousse attacks by offering a temporary tariff-free quota of 35,000 tonnes of olive oil per annum for a period of two years.

Major moments and geopolitical uncertainty - January 2016

In his eighth and final State of the Union speech on 12 January 2016, President Obama chose to focus on the future, the next five or ten years or more, refusing to bow to Lincoln’s “dogmas of the quiet past” (the equivalent of “things were better back in the day”) so as to be better prepared for the winds of change.

Time to Act – November 2015

Submission and withdrawal are not an option after the horror and the carnage of 13th November. However, to defeat the fear we all now feel in the pit of our stomachs we must take a firm stance against terrorism, which Raymond Aron once defined as an action whose psychological impact is much greater than its physical effects. 

China: Learning to sail by braving the seas – September 2015

During the military parade on September 3rd in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of WWII victory over Japan, President Xi Jinping wore a buttoned-collar jacket that reminded the Chinese public of the one worn by Sun Yat Sen, the Republic’s founder and a great modernizer.