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The End of Liberal Diplomacy

While Joe Biden is right to reject many aspects of Donald Trump’s toxic presidency, he should avoid throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Only by recognizing the weaknesses of liberal diplomatic norms can the Biden administration advance the innovative, effective diplomacy the world so desperately needs. TEL AVIV – On December 11, then-President Donald Trump proclaimed that the United States would recognize...

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The US and China Must Cooperate in Space

Although the United States and China will likely remain at odds on many issues, President Joe Biden’s administration must also recognize those areas where cooperation is in America’s best interest. Global threats like pandemics and climate change are obvious examples; setting norms for commercial activities in space is another. WASHINGTON, DC – America and China should cooperate in space. Although the United States can...

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Europe Must Become a Global Climate Power

The urgency of the climate crisis demands that the European Union turn its world-leading climate agenda into foreign policy. By deploying the financial, market, and diplomatic tools at its disposal, Europe can lead the rest of the world toward a more sustainable future, as envisioned in the Paris climate agreement. BRUSSELS – The world is eagerly watching the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and looking forward to a return...

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History at the Barricades

US President-elect Joe Biden may have promised a “return to normalcy,” but the truth is that there is no going back. The world is changing in fundamental ways, and the actions the world takes in the next few years will be critical to lay the groundwork for a sustainable, secure, and prosperous future. For more than 25 years, Project Syndicate has been guided by a simple credo: All people deserve access to a broad range of views by the world’s foremost leaders and thinkers on...

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All Quiet on the Populist Front?

Because every country is different, the ignominious exit of a political figure like US President Donald Trump does not necessarily tell us anything about the fate of authoritarian populists elsewhere. Just as populists tend to learn from one another's successes, so will they heed others' mistakes. BERLIN – Liberals around the world are daring to hope that there is a silver lining to the violent denouement of Donald...

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Biden Can Pass His China Test

The US-China relationship is “too big to fail.” Peaceful coexistence, based on a combination of cooperation and competition, will not always be easy; but with the United States in capable hands again, both sides have what it takes to make it work. MADRID – When the time comes to evaluate US President Joe Biden’s international legacy, one variable will be enormously significant: the relationship that his administration...

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Boris Johnson Must Change His Act

The United Kingdom may struggle to forge a close and productive relationship with US President Joe Biden's administration. After all, Prime Minister Boris Johnson still has much to do to persuade the world that he does not regard Donald Trump as a fitting role model for a twenty-first-century liberal democracy. LONDON – Some of the United Kingdom’s right-wing newspapers – supporters of both Brexit and its principal...

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Biden to the Rescue?

Add to Bookmarks In his January 20 inaugural address, US President Joe Biden called for unity following America’s turbulent and occasionally violent transition, acknowledging the country has “much to repair, much to restore, much to heal.” But how can Biden prevent a revival of Trumpism at home and...

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