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Populism and International Relations Politique étrangère, Vol. 89, No. 2, Summer 2024

Populism is flourishing, in Europe and elsewhere: a populist holds power today in Argentina and perhaps tomorrow in the United States. What does its spread say about our societies? And how is it shaping them, where populists rule? Do their economic policies stand any chance of success? Do their foreign policies have a greater impact on the world around them or at home? If “Trump 2.0” comes to be, will he have a free hand? If so, what can we expect?

Does the tragedy in Gaza leave any room for hope? Can the two-state solution, the only rational one, still be implemented? The challenges are daunting: redrawing a geography fractured by colonization; establishing a credible Palestinian voice that can engage in a long negotiation; seeking acceptance in Israeli society; and rallying a range of foreign powers to take concrete action and push for the only remaining solution.

Beyond Ukraine and Gaza, Africa has been serving as a playing field for rival powers of all stripes: while France retreats and the US hesitates, Russia is advancing and several other states are making their presence felt—Turkey, Iran, the Gulf states, Hungary, even Ukraine. The range of opportunist strategies keeps growing, but is there a common geopolitical rationale underlying them all?

In the interview that opens this issue of Politique étrangère, Thierry de Montbrial analyzes an international scene in which the major instruments conceived in recent decades to foster global governance have been undermined. In particular, he considers the effects of the war in Ukraine and the uncertain destiny of the European Union.

This issue is available in French only: Populismes et relations internationales


Global Governance, Ukraine, and the European Union: Quo Vadis?, by Thierry de Montbrial


Populism and the Far Right: What Exactly Do We Mean?, by Jean-Yves Camus

The Diversity and Failures of Economic Populism, by André Cartapanis

What Is a Populist Foreign Policy?, by Sandra Destradi

US Institutions and the “Trump 2” Hypothesis: The Lure of Authoritarianism, by Lauric Henneton

Argentina in the Era of “Mileism”, by Florian Vidal


Israel-Palestine: One Solution, Two States, by Élie Barnavi

Israel-Palestine: The Question of Geography, by Michel Foucher


The Red Sea: A New Geopolitical Era, by Cyrille P. Coutansais

Africa: The New Great Game, by Thierry Vircoulon

Myanmar: Military Victory Unattainable, Negotiated Peace Unlikely?, by Christian Lechervy


Paris 2024: The Geopolitics of the Olympic Games, by Jean-Baptiste Guégan

Syria: “Post–Civil War” Reprisals and the Persistence of the Past, by Myriam Benraad


Editor: Marc Hecker

L’enchevêtrement des crises au Sahel. Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan

Le djihad de la vache. Pastoralisme et formation de l’État au Mali, Giovanni Zanoletti

Read by Alain Antil

Backfire. How Sanctions Reshape the World Against U.S. Interests, Agathe Demarais

Read by Michel Makinsky


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