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    The Heart of the New Cold War

    Andrew J. Nathan

    Although US President Donald Trump has little personal interest in human rights, democracy, or the rule of law, his administration has brought these values to the fore in its confrontation with China. In doing so, it has effectively declared a new cold war.

    explains why human rights has become the defining issue in the Sino-American rivalry.
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    Will Multilateralism Survive?

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    1. Josep Borrell Josep Borrell ,
    2. Kemal Derviş Kemal Derviş ,
    3. Richard Haass Richard Haass ,
    4. Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-moon ,
    5. José Antonio Ocampo José Antonio Ocampo ,
    6. Ana Palacio Ana Palacio ,
    7. Javier Solana Javier Solana ,
    8. Sebastián Strauss Sebastián Strauss

    The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary in muted fashion, and not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With rising nationalism and the return of great-power rivalry threatening to paralyze the organization at the heart of the multilateral system, many are asking whether global cooperation has a future.

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op_nathan1_ GREG BAKERAFP via Getty Images_china uighur Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

The Heart of the New Cold War

Andrew J. Nathan

Although US President Donald Trump has little personal interest in human rights, democracy, or the rule of law, his administration has brought these values to the fore in its confrontation with China. In doing so, it has effectively declared a new cold war.

explains why human rights has become the defining issue in the Sino-American rivalry.
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UN multilateralism crisis Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo/Handout/Xinhua via Getty Images

Will Multilateralism Survive?

Featured in this Big Picture
  1. Josep Borrell Josep Borrell ,
  2. Kemal Derviş Kemal Derviş ,
  3. Richard Haass Richard Haass ,
  4. Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-moon ,
  5. José Antonio Ocampo José Antonio Ocampo ,
  6. Ana Palacio Ana Palacio ,
  7. Javier Solana Javier Solana ,
  8. Sebastián Strauss Sebastián Strauss

The United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary in muted fashion, and not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With rising nationalism and the return of great-power rivalry threatening to paralyze the organization at the heart of the multilateral system, many are asking whether global cooperation has a future.

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Japan After Abe

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  1. Bill Emmott,
  2. Daniel Gros,
  3. Akira Kawamoto,
  4. Kathy Matsui,
  5. Minxin Pei

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s unexpected resignation for health reasons has ended the tenure of Japan’s longest-serving premier, raising questions about the future direction of economic and foreign policy. His successor, Yoshihide Suga, who was Abe’s closest ally in government, must now convince voters and the rest of the world that he is up to the job.

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The Debt Pandemic

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  2. Todd G. Buchholz,
  3. Stephanie Kelton,
  4. Anne O. Krueger,
  5. Raghuram G. Rajan,
  6. George Soros,
  7. Adair Turner

As rich-country governments spend unprecedented sums to mitigate COVID-19’s economic impact, levels of public debt unseen since World War II seem like a problem for another day. But once the pandemic has passed, the inevitable question will arise: Who will foot the bill?

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