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  • Political backlash evolved in 2018 into a global whiplash. The Great Disruption explores what is driving this growing rebellion against the assumptions that have shaped the international order since World War II.

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      A Very Trumpian Year

      Joseph E. Stiglitz foresees growing anxiety as a result of plutocratic economic policies and populist politics.
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      The Second Coming of Fascism?

      Michael Burleigh thinks we are witnessing not the rise of new Mussolinis, but the decay of modern conservatism.
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      The Future of Free Trade

      Michael Froman reflects on what a year of disruption augurs for the international system and the global economy.
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      How Democracy Is Won

      Anwar Ibrahim reflects on Malaysia’s historic May 2018 election, and explains the new government’s reform agenda.
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      How American Poverty Became “Fake News”

      Angus Deaton accuses the Trump administration of manipulating the data on the number of poor people in the United States.
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      Shaping Europe’s Present and Future

      Federica Mogherini explains the European Union’s approach to defense and security in today’s challenging global environment.
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      Globalization at a Crossroads

      Gordon Brown argues that cross-border collaboration is even more important now than after the 2008 financial crisis.
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      Regulating the Disrupters

      Jean Tirole offers a blueprint for rethinking antitrust policies, labor laws, and taxation in the age of Big Tech.
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      The New Old Populism

      Sebastián Edwards sees similarities between the West’s nationalist turn and Latin America’s historical experience.
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      What Next for Global Trade?

      Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg considers previous recent episodes of US protectionism, and suggests why this time might be different.
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      The World Needs Europe

      Jean-Claude Juncker outlines a vision for global leadership in an increasingly fractured international system.
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      Harnessing the Fintech Revolution

      Agustín Carstens explains how policymakers can reap the benefits of new innovations, while containing the downside risks.

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