Author: Alexandre Leroy

French Populism in The Age of Democratic Dysfunction

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In 2013, a survey revealed that 87% of the respondents agreed that France needed a true chief to put things back in order. This need for a strong executive is well-entrenched in French political DNA. Jean Garrigues, a French historian,…

Divide and Rule

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At the Munich Security Conference, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, called for a “post-West world order.” It was a euphemism for what the Kremlin envisions for the future; a future that Russia is actively working to achieve. Russian foreign policy is…

Chinese Global Ambitions After the US Election

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2014 in The Hague

Global uncertainty has reached exceptional levels following the election of Donald Trump as president of the world’s most powerful country. He has promised a withdrawal from multilateral trade institutions and partnerships like NAFTA or WTO, denounced European free-riding on US military contributions…

Xi Jinping Gains the Status of China’s “Core Leader”

Three weeks ago the 6th annual plenum of the 18th Chinese Central Committee was held in Beijing. Due to their highly political nature, these secretive meetings, often held behind closed-doors, are systematically subject to heavy speculations. This gathering of 25…

The Norwegian Wealth Fund’s Political Unity is Cracking

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The five million people of Norway are currently sitting on a great pile of cash thanks to their sovereign wealth fund, in charge of investing abroad the income generated by the country’s oil and gas sales. Although “publicly-owned,” the fund…