The West Fought Populism to a Standoff in 2018. Can It Hang On in 2019?

A man makes his way through tear gas as demonstrators protest on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Paris, Dec. 15, 2018 (AP photo by Kamil Zihnioglu).
A man makes his way through tear gas as demonstrators protest on the Champs-Elysees avenue, Paris, Dec. 15, 2018 (AP photo by Kamil Zihnioglu).
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Two and a half years ago, when I began writing this column, it was originally titled, Balance of Power. The idea was to analyze international affairs with an eye toward the hard edge of competition and rivalry—in short, the balance of power—that has increasingly characterized global politics in the past five years. Of course, no one can deny that values and human rights concerns can and often do play a role in limiting or redirecting power, with the backlash over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi being the latest stark example. Still, as a cold-hearted idealist, I consider that […]

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