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Les Enjeux du Paraître- Revue de Presse : 18 avril 2022

April 18, 2022

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Une évaluation honnête de n’importe quelle campagne électorale mettrait en avant l’importance des images et des impressions. Pour cette saison en 2022, c’est d’autant plus vrai. Le deuxième représente avant tout un conflit d’images et des structures narratives où le paraître prend le pas sur l’être.
Voici donc les difficultés encourues par le Président Emmanuel Macron. Tout d’abord, il mène une campagne qui semble démarrer que maintenant, après un premier tour alors que les sondages démontrent la possibilité d’une catastrophe. Au fil de sa course-éclaire à travers la France Profonde, Macron semble plus que jamais détaché des vœux de son électorat.
Avec Vous, Dans une Galaxie Lointaine … 
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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: Post-Covid Economics with Charles Dumas

April 16, 2022

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Welcome back to the Tocqueville 21 Podcast!  As the war in Ukraine and the French elections have drawn most media attention for the past couple of weeks, we thought it might be helpful to take a step back and explore other topics of interest: namely, the fallout of the Covid epidemic, and the challenges faced by the global economy in transitioning to cleaner sources of energy.
This time, we sat down with Charles Dumas, chief economist of TS Lombard. An analyst with a long and storied career at institutions such as The Economist, JP Morgan and the London School of Economics, Charles is a prescient doomsayer, having predicted the dot-com bubble of the late 90s, the US housing bust of

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The Geopolitics of the French Presidential Election

March 28, 2022

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The writing is on the wall for the 2022 French elections, and the word on everyone’s lips is perlimpinpin. With The Economist estimating a 90% chance of reelection for the incumbent president, what we are witnessing is less a pitched battle for the soul of the country and more a negotiated surrender by the political extremes to Emmanuel Macron and the centrists of La République en Marche. This has interesting consequences for two reasons. 
First, this would make Macron the first president in 20 years to be reelected. This is major because of Macron’s unique position as an emergent candidate without a party and with a very personal mandate, signaling a lasting shift in French politics and a decisive

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Dissolution Solution?

March 4, 2022

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“Never Put Yourself in a Position from Which You Cannot Retreat Without Losing Face and from Which You Cannot Advance Without Grave Risks” – Hans Morgenthau

This is the third in a series of analyses on the historical, geopolitical, and economic underpinnings of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, focusing on potential end points of the crisis. Part I establishes a parallel between Russia and 19th century Germany’s geopolitical constraints. Part II focuses on the economic ramifications of the Ukraine invasion. Part IV will examine the psychological aspect of the conflict, including the role fear plays in geopolitics.

Putin’s war isn’t going very well. 

His blitzkrieg has halted: the onslaught of tanks he unleashed against Ukraine

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Sanction Dysfunction

February 26, 2022

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This is part II of a four-part series on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, focusing on the economic ramifications of the Ukraine invasion. Part I can be found here. Part III will consider potential end points of the crisis. Part IV will examine the psychological aspect of the conflict, including the role fear plays in geopolitics.

War! The West has responded to the Russian invasion of Ukraine with a fresh salvo of economic restrictions. The sanctions have mostly targeted Russia’s financial institutions and some of the country’s elites, including Vladimir Putin and those closest to him. The Russian banking sector has been another major target: assets have been frozen, Russian financial involvement in dollar-based trade has been

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Europe’s Gamebreakers

February 25, 2022

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This essay is the first in a series of analyses on the historical, geopolitical, and economic underpinnings of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Part I establishes a parallel between Russia and 19th century Germany’s geopolitical constraints. Part II will focus on the economic ramifications of the Ukraine invasion. Part III will consider potential end points of the crisis. Part IV will examine the psychological aspect of the conflict, including the role fear plays in geopolitics.

The balance of power in Europe has been broken.

One of her major political hubs, recently humbled, is now facing a crisis of identity. After its fall, the remaining great powers have ensured containment through careful treaties and diplomatic ties. For

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Le nucléaire, l’Ukraine, la lassitude électorale – Revue de Presse : 14 Février 2022

February 14, 2022

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Revue de presse du 14 février 2022

La France, L’Energie  
Le nucléaire fait son grand retour en France avec l’annonce par le Président Macron de la construction de six nouveaux réacteurs. L’énergie nucléaire reste un sujet polémique en France, mais bien moins que dans le monde anglophone. D’un point de vue géopolitique, le nucléaire français permet de contourner la mainmise russe sur le marché énergétique de l’Europe.

La Russie, L’Ukraine

Les infos européennes restent saturées par rapport à l’Ukraine; les journalistes et politologues redoublent de spéculation quant au devenir du pays qui représente la frontière entre les sphères d’influence occidentale et Russe.

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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: Japan and East Asian Geopolitics with Leo Howard

February 3, 2022

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Welcome back to the Tocqueville 21 Podcast! We’ve got quite an interesting array of episodes planned for the coming weeks on topics ranging from Chinese policy to cyber-authoritarianism and the Ukraine crisis, so stay tuned.
Today, we turn our focus to East Asia; starting with a discussion on the nature of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, Leo Howard takes us through the geopolitics of the region and trilateral relations between China, South Korea, and Japan. 
Leo Howard is IR and history researcher. Based out of the University of Edinburgh, Mr. Howard has also written for the Japan Times. He holds masters-level qualifications in both international relations and history,

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Zemmour : Un Trump-l’Oeil ?

December 17, 2021

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The 2022 presidential campaign launch of polemicist Eric Zemmour on the 30th of November caused a stir in the national French commentariat. In a video as (politically) flamboyant as a San Francisco Pride Parade, Zemmour brought his considerable oratory skills to bear and marshalled his understanding of French history into a simmering cocktail of despair. France, he intoned to the somber toll of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony (ironically, he chose a German composer for his announcement), is in decline, beset on all sides by infidels and leeches, shepherded to its inevitable downfall by feckless, greedy elites. Only by returning to the tried-and-true, only by referring to its long and glorious history, can France turn back

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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: Political Satire with Alexander Kliment

November 16, 2021

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We’re happy to present the ninth episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast!
Today, we begin a new series of episodes exploring political satire: its role in the modern world, its origins, and how it will evolve in an increasingly digital environment.
Joining us for this discussion is Alexander Kliment, director and creator of the Puppet Regime, an award winning satirical show that highlights the evolving landscape of geopolitics through puppetry and impersonations of world leaders. In addition to writing and directing Puppet Regime, Alex Kliment is also Creative Director at GZERO Media and a Senior Editor of Signal. Formerly an analyst with GZERO Media’s parent company Eurasia Group, Alex

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Revue de Presse : 11 Octobre 2021

October 11, 2021

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Le Samedi 9 Octobre, la France a fêté  le 40e anniversaire de l’abolition de la peine de mort. Parmi les événements commémorés par la presse, on compte le discours de l’ancien ministre de la Justice, Robert Badinter. Ce discours, tenu devant l’Assemblée Nationale le 17 septembre 1981, est un éloquent plaidoyer pour la dignité et la noblesse de la lutte pour les droits de l’Homme.

Le président Emmanuel Macron profite de cette occasion pour faire évoluer ses projets visant à assurer un leadership diplomatique en Europe et à l’international, en annonçant que la présidence française de l’Union Européenne impliquera une pression en faveur de l’abolition internationale totale de la peine de mort. En France, le débat fait

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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: Digital Human Rights and Cybersecurity with Susan Perry

October 1, 2021

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We’re happy to present the sixth episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast! This week, we continue our short series examining Francis Fukuyama’s notion of the End of History. We are joined today by Professor Susan Perry of the American University of Paris. Our discussion winds its way through many fascinating topics, from the end of the Afghan war to the cybersecurity landscape, the rise of China and the future of the European Union.
The Tocqueville 21 podcast is now available on multiple platforms. Don’t forget to follow us on Spotify, Soundcloud, or Apple Podcasts! 
Doctor Susan Perry is a specialist in international human rights law and digital technology and teaches

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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: The Great Divergence with Gagan Sood

September 24, 2021

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Our discussion with Professor Gagan Sood of the London School of Economics continues this week in the fifth episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast! Back from the summer hiatus, we’re happy to present the fourth episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast! Our discussion last week largely concerned the legacy of Fukuyama, a theme that we will continue to some degree this week. However, we will also discuss the nature of the field of Global History: its ins and outs and the challenges it poses both to previous modes of historical scholarship and, ultimately, to itself.
Don’t forget to follow us on Spotify, Soundcloud, or Apple Podcasts! 
Gagan D. S. Sood is associate professor in early modern

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Ceci n’est pas un Cabri: L’Europe, l’Europe, l’Europe!

September 21, 2021

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Macron’s recalling of France’s ambassadors isn’t so much sound and fury as it is a shrewd move to shape the future of European security, and ensure France’s position at its helm.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent decision to recall ambassadors to Australia and the United States marks one of the lowest points in a relationship long fraught with fraternal tensions. But the focus of Macron’s actions isn’t just this Atlantic friendship; it’s also Europe, specifically his dream for a more proactive and aggressive foreign policy for the European Union.

Anglophone news sources have spoken at length on the reasons and causes behind France’s abrupt recall of its ambassadors, underlining the

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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: The End of History with Gagan Sood

September 16, 2021

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Back from the summer hiatus, we’re happy to present the fourth episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast! This week, we continue our short series examining Francis Fukuyama’s notion of the End of History. Join Tocqueville 21 and Professor Gagan Sood of  the London School of Economics as we Fukuyama’s academic impact, alternative types of historical scholarship, and the rise of Global History. Stay tuned, as our discussion with Professor Sood will continue next week on the 23rd of September.
The Tocqueville 21 podcast is now available on multiple platforms. Don’t forget to follow us on Spotify, Soundcloud, or Apple Podcasts! 
Gagan D. S. Sood is associate professor in early modern international

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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: Human Rights with Kerstin Carlson

July 15, 2021

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We’re happy to announce the release of the third episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast! This week, we continue our short series examining Francis Fukuyama’s notion of the End of History. Join Tocqueville 21 and Professor Kerstin Carlson of Roskilde University as we discuss Human Rights, Social Justice, and Bill Cosby. 
Don’t forget to follow us on Spotify or Soundcloud!
Professor Kerstin Carlson is Associate Professor with Roskilde University in Denmark and the American University of Paris, where she teaches international law and human rights related topics. She received her BA from The Johns Hopkins University, and her JD and PhD from University of California, Berkeley. She is the

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Tocqueville 21 Podcast: American Foreign Policy with Peter Zeihan

July 6, 2021

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We’re proud to announce that the second episode of the Tocqueville 21 podcast is available today! This week, we begin a short series examining Francis Fukuyama’s notion of the End of History. Over the next few episodes, we will examine the theory in the context of its impact on our understanding of democracy, as well as its interpretations and critiques across various fields.
We were joined by geopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan to discuss the course of American foreign policy in the post Cold War world. He provided us with exclusive insight into the origins and fallout of the Iraq war, the unique geopolitical opportunities of the H.W. Bush administration, and the new strategies

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Introducing the Tocqueville 21 Podcast: French Politics with Art Goldhammer

June 27, 2021

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We are proud to launch the Tocqueville 21 Podcast! Our goal is for this podcast to be a forum to explore in-depth the kinds of material on contemporary democracy we’ve published on the blog and in The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville, as well as a way to launch new kinds of projects. Today, we’re kicking things off by featuring our very own Arthur Goldhammer, in a discussion with podcast host Shane McLorrain and blog co-editor Jacob Hamburger about France’s recent regional elections and what we can expect for the presidential contest next year. [NB: this episode was recorded prior to the second round of the 2021 regional elections, which was held today in France.]

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