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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
162 commentaries
3 videos & podcasts

Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong and a former EU commissioner for external affairs, is Chancellor of the University of Oxford and the author of The Hong Kong Diaries (Allen Lane, 2022).

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  1. If Trump Wins, So Will China
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    If Trump Wins, So Will China

    Feb 13, 2024 Chris Patten urges Western countries to uphold the principles that have underpinned their success for nearly 80 years.

  2. Another Trump Presidency Is the Biggest Threat to Liberal Democracy
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    Another Trump Presidency Is the Biggest Threat to Liberal Democracy

    Jan 2, 2024 Chris Patten explains why so many people around the world dread the outcome of the 2024 US presidential election.

  3. The Looming Populist Dystopia
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    The Looming Populist Dystopia

    Dec 5, 2023 Chris Patten says that this year’s Booker Prize-winning novel cuts disturbingly close to home.

  4. The Looming China-Japan Face-Off
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    The Looming China-Japan Face-Off

    Nov 2, 2023 Chris Patten considers the strategic rivalry that could reshape the Indo-Pacific region and the international order.

  5. Internet Scammers and Political Tricksters
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    Internet Scammers and Political Tricksters

    Sep 27, 2023 Chris Patten highlights the link between rampant online fraud and the invulnerability of contemporary demagogues.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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