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A student throws a tear gas canister back at police during clashes in Bogota A student throws a tear gas canister back at police during clashes at the National University in Bogota, Colombia, Nov. 26, 2019 (AP photo by Ivan Valencia).

Ripple or Rupture: As the Liberal Consensus Frays, What Comes Next?

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019

Making sense of the world these days can be daunting. Across a swath of wildly disparate countries in the Middle East and South America, popular protests have shaken the foundations of both democratic governments and dictatorships alike. Western democracies haven’t been immune to these systemic shocks, ranging from resurgent—and in some cases triumphant—populist movements to repeatedly inconclusive elections and precarious governing coalitions.

All this upheaval has called into question the tenets of the liberal international order that have guided global elites and policymakers over the past three decades. At first glance, it would seem we have entered a new historical period. But it’s unclear how to characterize it, and whether it represents a ripple or a rupture with what came before. ...

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