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Chris Patten

Chris Patten

Writing for PS since 2000
166 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. Britain’s Make-or-Break Election
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    Britain’s Make-or-Break Election

    May 31, 2024 Chris Patten laments the absence of responsible leaders capable of addressing the country’s many daunting challenges.

  2. The West Must Not Let Putin Win
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    The West Must Not Let Putin Win

    Apr 29, 2024 Chris Patten implores the US and Europe to continue supporting Ukraine’s fight for freedom with weapons and aid.

  3. China Tightens Its Grip on Hong Kong
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    China Tightens Its Grip on Hong Kong

    Mar 29, 2024 Chris Patten condemns the latest attempt by the Communist Party’s puppet government to curb democratic freedoms.

  4. The UK’s Upcoming Election and Its Consequences
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    The UK’s Upcoming Election and Its Consequences

    Mar 12, 2024 Chris Patten urges British policymakers to collaborate with their European counterparts on migration, security, and trade.

  5. 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.

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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    The 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus holds useful lessons about what it takes to arrest – and recover from – inter-communal violence. But there is a difference between a pogrom and a genocide, and conflating the two can do more harm than good.

    considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.
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    AI: Hope or Hype?

    Whether generative artificial intelligence will do more harm or good to our families, economies, and societies remains an open question. In devising strategies for harnessing the technology, optimism is undoubtedly warranted, but it should not come at the expense of realism.

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    How Denmark Keeps the Far Right at Bay

    Michael Ehrenreich explains how mainstream parties have neutralized the threat of right-wing populists.
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    How Techno-Libertarians Fell in Love with Big Government

    Quinn Slobodian argues Silicon Valley investors are against the state only insofar as it is not enriching them personally.
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    How Chinese Savings Can Support the Global Green Transition

    Daniel Gros urges the EU to welcome cheap low-carbon goods, such as electric vehicles, from China.

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