The election of Macron has pulled the rug out from under our notions of political right and left. The uncharted path he is proposing entails a reshuffling of categories in order to address the problems facing societies in the post-industrialist age.
France’s silent majority has given the emerging élite a mandate. Now President Macron is putting together a government and economic program for France that will try to juggle the numerous forces buffeting a Europe still reeling from various crises.
The phenomenal rise of Macron has a wide array of implications not only for France, but for all of Europe.
In a sense, France is now poised to take a gamble that could re-launch the long troubled European project.
Recent elections have pitted nationalists against globalists, identitarians against universalists. This is a perennial dichotomy in Western civilization, which is again being felt acutely in the current culture war.
The Front National gained unprecedented momentum in the run-up to the elections, thanks to populist victories in other countries. But certain fundamental elements in the far-right’s stance precluded a victory in France.
Although IS keeps losing territory rapidly, it is by no means about to disappear. Rather, it will probably spread out from its core in the Levant and morph into local terrorist groups loosely connected through ideological affinity.
In the fight against terrorism, the Muslim world and the West are on the same page. The global anti-terrorism alliance needs to be strengthened through strategic thinking.
Since 9/11 American presidents have tried to formulate a strategy for combating terrorism both at home and abroad. With their respective successes and failures, each president’s approach has had a profound effect on the strategy of the subsequent administration.
Qatar has taken a central role in the staggering upheavals that continue to plague the Middle East. One man in particular is responsible for its extraordinarily high profile.
Economic and social collapse are threatening to plunge the Latin American country into a spiral of bloodshed. With an increasingly entrenched dictatorship and social unrest, all the elements for catastrophe are there.
The influx of migrants from Africa to Europe has grown to crisis proportions. Finally, some African countries are encouraging their citizens to remain at home rather than risk the perilous and often fruitless voyage across the Mediterranean.
In a world inundated by images, the communicative value and perils of photographs should not be underestimated. A deft campaign of image presentation could make the difference for politicians.
By backing off on climate change agreements and ignoring the ever-growing industry of renewable energy, the new US president is assuring that China will eventually become a future energy leader.