Publications Politique étrangère

COVID-19: Down with Globalization, Long Live Europe? Politique étrangère, Vol. 85, No. 3, Autumn 2020

Beyond national healthcare systems, COVID-19 questions major global balances, as well as the modes of cooperation underpinning them.

Politique étrangère explores the questions that arise as we envision the post-pandemic world.

Has the World Health Organization (WHO) failed? Has the era of liberal globalization come to an end? Are states doomed to recover their sovereignty? How is the financial sector coping with the crisis? In what ways is this very crisis singular? And what can we learn from those crises happening one after the other?

In his seminal work, Clément Beaune – Minister of State for European Affairs – reveals how French leaders see in those troubled times the opportunity for a new start towards a reformed European Union: the decisions taken during the crisis could entail essential political change.

Urban areas were both victim of and responsible for the pandemic. Beyond this, what does the global urbanization dynamic say of major demographic balances? Is urbanisation inevitable? Does it alter global political balances? Have cities become the new battlefields? And to what extent are cities’ technological controls shaping our future, from smart cities to smart societies?

Finally, as the American election is about to unfold, can we indulge in the hope that the Euro-American security relation will evolve towards a rebalanced Atlantic Alliance? And that Israel will at last break free from the deep crisis within its political system?

Europe beyond COVID-19, by Clément Beaune (article available on 3 September 2020)


COVID-19 Puts International Health Cooperation to the Test, by Didier Houssin
A Deglobalized World after COVID-19?, by Philippe Moreau Defarges
COVID-19, an Accelerator of Post-Globalization, by Norbert Gaillard
Industrial Sovereignty Unveiled by COVID-19, by Elie Cohen

The Financial Sector and the COVID-19 Shock, by Arnaud Odier
Crisis to Crisis, by Jean-François Gayraud


Urbanization: Why, and How Far?, by Gérard-François Dumont
The International Action of Cities and Local Governments, by Yves Viltard
Smart Cities: Chinese Ambitions in the Time of Coronavirus, by Alice Ekman
Cities: Battlefields of Today and Tomorrow, by Pierre Santoni

Finding a Way Out of the Euro-American Dead-End, by Jolyon Howorth
Can Israeli Democracy Withstand Netanyahu?, by Denis Charbit


Contemporary French Security Policy in Africa. On Ideas and Wars, by Benedikt Erforth,

New Architecture of Regional Security in Africa: Perspectives on Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin,
by Usman Tar and Bashir Bala (ed.),

Unmasking Boko Haram: Exploring Global Jihad in Nigeria, by Jacob Zenn

By Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos

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