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  1. Making Sense of Mindfulness

    The claims for mindfulness are extravagant, with its advocates asserting that it can improve a number of conditions – including anxiety, depression, stress, and even drug addiction – while boosting overall happiness and productivity. Can it really deliver on so many promises?

  2. Russia’s Oligarchs-in-Waiting

    Through a process of brazen nepotism, Russian President Vladimir Putin has nationalized his country's elites, and consolidated his own power. As the better-known children of Russia’s previous generation of oligarchs have steadily left the country, the offspring of Putin’s cronies have taken their place.

  3. China’s Hong Kong at 20

    Negotiations with Chinese officials often turn into prolonged fights for every imaginable concession. But the real problem is that, contrary to what many believe, China's authorities do not always keep their promises, with Hong Kong's experience in the 20 years since the British handover being a case in point.

  4. The Changing Geopolitics of European Emotion

    A new triangle of geopolitical emotion has emerged in Europe: Great Britain has ceased feeling superior to France, and France has stopped feeling inferior to Germany. The question is whether this sentimental transformation will ultimately reorder the balance of power in Europe, and possibly the world.

  5. Who Does Business Represent?

    On whose behalf do business associations speak? It’s an increasingly urgent question, because while firms have radically changed how they think about themselves, business associations have yet to catch up, and the resulting lag is making capitalism less legitimate in many countries.

  6. PS On Air: Chris Patten on a Life in Global Politics

    Chris Patten, the last Governor of Hong Kong, discusses his memoir First Confession with Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and François Bougon of Le Monde. [Listen to the podcast here.]

  7. Confronting Africa’s Water Challenge

    Africa is currently experiencing its worst drought since 1945, especially in Southern Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Northern Nigeria. These fragile areas urgently need help in building resilient systems to ensure access to clean, portable water and effective sanitation facilities for all people.

  8. Colombia’s Libraries of Peace

    Since concluding a landmark peace agreement with the FARC last year, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has shown visionary leadership in engaging with formerly guerrilla-controlled areas. One example is his government’s commitment to making mobile public libraries available to previously isolated, under-educated communities.

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