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78 Commentary found for the year 2016

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Victoria Bateman: Why We Can’t Afford to Take Markets for Granted

Monday, 21 November 2016

Legatum Fellow, Victoria Bateman, reflects on lessons from history to make the case for why we must not take markets for granted (CapX)

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Anne Applebaum: Can Michael Flynn Overhaul NATO?

Friday, 18 November 2016

NATO is in need of a shake-up, but such a project must be carried out with mutual respect and commitment, and with the understanding that the United States also benefits from its transatlantic military leadership—Anne Applebaum's latest for the Washinton Post.

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Christian Caryl: The US Constitution Needs a Makeover

Friday, 11 November 2016

The 2016 US election shows that it’s time to start a national conversation about fundamental political reform, writes Christian Caryl, editor of Democracy Lab and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow (Democracy Lab)

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Anne Applebaum: Trump is a Threat to the West as We Know It, Even if He Loses

Friday, 4 November 2016

If Trump loses, the story isn’t over: His campaign will no doubt metastasise into a television channel and a news network, and will continue to spread, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Free Markets, Free People, Strong Society—the Secret to Success?

Thursday, 3 November 2016

In a column for Reaction, Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research at the Legatum Institute, explores the secrets behind New Zealand’s success at turning its wealth into national prosperity.

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President Duterte’s Crazy Drug War Is Just the Beginning

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

The Philippines’ new strongman is eating away at the foundations of democracy. Christian Caryl, editor of Democracy Lab and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow asks—can anyone stop him? (Democracy Lab)

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Why is Trump Suddenly Talking About World War III?

Friday, 28 October 2016

Putin uses the scare tactics to stay in power—and in Syria—but now Trump is repeating the threats, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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I'd Rather People Scatter Their Loved One's Ashes Than Worship Their Phones

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

When men and women seek to make sense of death, they are exploring the life of the spirit, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Legatum Institute Centre for Character and Values. (The Telegraph)

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In This Post-Fact World, Putin’s Web of Lies Is Entangling the West

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The deluge of information on the internet makes it ever harder for us to discern the truth—something the master of the Kremlin is exploiting in an attempt to wreck democracy, writes Peter Pomerantsev-Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Times, £)

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How Rodrigo Duterte Cast Himself as an Agent of Change

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The great forces that move history often have their origins at a much lower level. And some of them were visible last week on a cellphone in Manila, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Has Europe Found an Antidote to Authoritarianism?

Friday, 14 October 2016

It’s too early to crow about a “liberal wave,” let alone an international movement that deserves real attention. But a political realignment is taking place, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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The UK Prosperity Index Has Some Harsh Lessons for Westminster

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The sooner true devolution starts, the sooner the people of Bolsover will feel as happy as those in West Somerset, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Legatum Institute Centre for Character and Values. (Reaction)

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UK Cities ‘Failing to Provide Basic Life Chances’

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Report shows rural areas enjoy better quality of life despite being poorer writes Federica Cocco with Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research-Prosperity Index at the Legatum Institute contributing. (Financial Times)

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Free Trade's Critics Were Once Its Champions

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Globalisation is clearly under attack, whether we look at trade flows or foreign direct investment, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (Bloomberg)

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The Nervous Breakdown of British Politics

Thursday, 6 October 2016

On both ends of the spectrum, the two major British political parties are suddenly suffering from the same kinds of identity crises as their distant American cousins, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute Transitions Forum (Washington Post)

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Patriotism Needn’t Be a Dirty Word

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The most successful patriots combine their ideals with a global outlook, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Institute Fellow (CapX)

 


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We’ve Got to Face It: Trump Is Riding a Global Trend

Monday, 26 September 2016

If Hillary Clinton wants to win, she needs to confront the rise of fear-driven politics, writes Christian Caryl, editor of Democracy Lab and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow.

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In Poland, a Preview of What Trump Could Do to America

Monday, 19 September 2016

Right-wing nationalists launder a conspiracy theory into official truth, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post

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The Mayor of London Has Opted to Protect Privilege Not Competition

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Sadiq Khan’s crackdown on London’s private hire industry is a sop to a privileged monopoly that distorts competitive markets and fails to defend consumer interests, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (City AM)

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How Russia Could Spark a US Electoral Disaster

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Russian meddling in the US election could spell a disaster for the democratic process and for any result that may occur, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post

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Fox Declares Trade Ministry ‘Open For Business’

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Britain’s settlement with the EU will depend in part on how well it appears to have proceeded with the non-EU trade talks, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Financial Times)

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The Disastrous Non-Intervention in Syria

Monday, 29 August 2016

Physical, human and political damage on an unprecedented scale. Syria has turned into a disaster because of non-intervention writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute. (Washington Post

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Brexit Britain Has a Historic Opportunity To Reshape Global Trade

Monday, 22 August 2016

Brexit represents a historic opportunity for Britain to reclaim its leadership role in promoting open trade, competition and the protection of property rights says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. (Reaction)

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The Secret to Trump: He’s Really a Russian Oligarch

Friday, 19 August 2016

The real problem with Trump isn’t that he is sympathetic to Russian oligarchs, it’s that he is a Russian oligarch, albeit one who happens to be American, writes Anne  Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post

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Erdogan, Putin and the Strongman Ties That Bind

Thursday, 11 August 2016

In a world with dictators and authoritarian leaders like Presidents Erdogan and Putin respectively, they look for allies that share their world-view and the paranoia to deal with their enemies, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post) 

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Putin TV Channel Twists the Thinking of Western Viewers

Monday, 1 August 2016

Kremlin-backed television station Russia Today (RT) is propagating a steady and relentless stream of propaganda to turn viewers against the West, remarks Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Times)

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How Putin Plans to Disrupt the US Election

Saturday, 30 July 2016

As the furore around the Democratic National Committee email hack grows, fingers have started to point to Russian involvement and the implications for this are disturbing, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Spectator)

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Kremlin Sows Discord With New Weapon at Heart of UK

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Russian media outlets’ disinformation campaigns during the Scottish Referendum represent a darker trend happening across the West to destabilise the region, with analysis provided by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Times—£)

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Is Moscow Really Working To Put Donald Trump In The White House?

Thursday, 28 July 2016

There has been much debate and speculation regarding the connection between Russia, Trump and the Presidential election. As the debate gathers momentum we must remember writes Anne Applebaumm, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, that ‘‘the tycoon has plenty of shady Russian connections.’’

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Why We Need a President Clinton

Thursday, 28 July 2016

America needs President Clinton if it is to maintain the alliances that preserve international peace and maintain its power, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post

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Russia Does Its Best to Elect President Trump

Monday, 25 July 2016

The motives behind the WikiLeak emails scandal that has engulfed the Democratic Party during their Convention may have more sinister ulterior motives that point to a coordinated attempt by the Kremlin to influence the US election, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (National Post)

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Why We're Post-Fact

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Crimea, Putin, mass media and post-modernism all combine to make truth and reality fragmented and ungraspable, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Granta)

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The Real Damage Done by Melania Trump’s Speech

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Following Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump’s blatant plagiarism of a speech by Michelle Obama at the Republican National Convention, it not only caused great damage to Trump’s personal reputation and image but also did nothing to dispel the stereotypes surrounding Melania and her convictions, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the  Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post) 

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How a Trump Presidency Could Destabilise Europe

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is already achieving key objectives for the Russian government in the Kremlin and has the potential to destabilise the entire European region, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post) 

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Vladimir Putin's Message to the World: You Are Just as Bad

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Following the furor surrounding the doping scandal around Russian athletes and the Olympic games, Moscow falls back on tropes essential to the presidents power, writes Peter Pomerantsev-Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Financial Times, £)

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May’s 48/52 Challenge

Friday, 15 July 2016

The newly announced “48:52” project from the Legatum Institute and the Centre for Social Justice will seek to analyse why people made the choice they did in the EU Referendum and heal the divisions caused by it, as laid out by Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and Baroness Stroud, Executive Director at the Centre for Social Justice (Conservative Home)

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Dear Chancellor, Provide Stability but Let's Keep Our Options Open

Friday, 15 July 2016

In an article for CAPX, Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute discusses the issues surrounding the chancellors pledge to match EU funding for former programs. (CAPX)

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New Cabinet May Signal Britain’s Retreat as A Western Power

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Prime Minister’s choice of Cabinet members such as Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary reflect the country’s retreat as a powerful Western nation, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.

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‘Mommy Wars’ Enters Britain’s Political Arena

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

The use of her children by Andrea Leadsom in the Conservative leadership race against Theresa May marked a new low for British politics, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Theresa May’s Clergy Upbringing Will Stand Her in Good Stead at Number 10

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Theresa May’s upbringing as the daughter of a clergyman will provide her with the morality needed to be Prime Minister, writes Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute (London Evening Standard)

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Understanding the Anti-Immigrant Mindset

Thursday, 23 June 2016

As Britain decides whether or not to leave the European Union, it is clear that one issue created the greatest source of tension: immigration, writes Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (BloombergView)

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Market-friendly or Simply Business-friendly? It Depends on How India Pushes for Real Reforms

Saturday, 18 June 2016

In an article for the Economic Times of India, the Legatum Institute's Shanker Singham explains why simply being 'business-friendly' is not enough to lift the country's people out of poverty. For true reform, government policies must also be 'market-friendly'.

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Orlando, Jo Cox and the Deadly Ideas that Shape Our World

Friday, 17 June 2016

Over the past week, two men have committed murder in highly charged circumstances. Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, asks whether the killers’ actions are the result of personality disorders, political motivation, or both? (Washington Post)

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Sadiq Khan’s Pledge to Crack Down on Uber Smacks of the Worst of Crony Capitalism

Friday, 10 June 2016

Governments need to understand the difference between legitimate prudential regulation, and a naked attempt by an incumbent to knock out competitors and protect a privileged position, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (City A.M.)

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Fact-Checking in a ‘Post-Fact World’

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The nature of information in the social media age means it keeps getting easier for politicians, partisans, computerised “bots” and foreign governments to manipulate news, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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How the US and Britain Help Kleptocracies Around the World

Friday, 13 May 2016

The British property market functions like an old-fashioned Swiss bank, providing safe real estate investments for owners who wish their identities and sources of income to be hidden, argues Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Selfish Shallow Britain Doesn't Have Time for Our Old and Frail

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

It's time to remember that looking after our elderly parents should be seen as a privilege, rather than a chore, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Centre for Character and Values at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)

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Shakespeares Need Free Markets, Too

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman stresses the importance of promoting free enterprise and innovation in the arts industry. The arts have a significant economic contribution to make, especially in regional redevelopment (BloombergView)

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Don't Blame Exams

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Parents who pull their kids from school over SATs are "utterly misguided", writes Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research at the Legatum Institute (Prospect magazine)

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The ‘Trump effect’ Will Help Authoritarians Around the World

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The success of ‘The Donald’ has already lent significant aid to anti-democratic movements worldwide, argues Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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You Can't Prosper Just by Getting Richer

Saturday, 30 April 2016

How can a slum-dweller be happier than a City high-flyer? Because we have forgotten what matters: family, trust and charity, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Centre for Character and Values at the Legatum Institute (The Times)

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Don’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Freign Policy Speech

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Donald Trump’s first foreign policy speech was a mess of inconsistent slogans, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Trump’s Campaign Brings Eastern Europe’s Political ‘Tactics’ to the US

Monday, 25 April 2016

Donald Trump’s new campaign manager returns to US politics after many years spent working for Ukraine’s thuggish former president, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Why Obama is Right to Urge Britain to Stay in the EU

Thursday, 21 April 2016

The United States can't afford for the UK to lose its foothold as a world leader, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post).

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Do Workers Need Capitalists? New Lessons from Yugoslavia’s Socialist Experiment

Monday, 18 April 2016

In her latest column for CapX, Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman offers a warning to those on the Left who still look to the good old days of worker power and worker management with rose-tinted glasses.

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Tax Policy Is Widening the Gender Gap

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Tax policies unfairly penalise secondary earners, generally women, across much of Europe, writes Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (BloombergView)

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The Dutch Just Showed the World How Russia Influences Western Europe Elections

Friday, 8 April 2016

The Dutch vote against a European trade deal with Ukraine shows the power of small groups of angry people, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post).

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Leaving the EU Will Weaken Britain and Its Place in Europe

Friday, 8 April 2016

With Western values facing unprecedented challenges, undermining Europe is a risk too far, argues Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum (Evening Standard)

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Granny Annexe Tax Strikes at Family Values

Monday, 4 April 2016

The Conservatives have turned their backs on tradition with a short-sighted policy that ignores the costs of social care, writes Cristina Odone, Director of the Centre for Character and Values at the Legatum Institute (The Times)

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Saving Britain’s Steel Industry: From Redcar to Port Talbot

Friday, 1 April 2016

The British government must act now to ensure its trading partners deliver not only open trade, but equally importantly competitive markets inside the border, undistorted by anti-competitive practices and policies, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

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After Brussels, the West Must Reject Dangerous Isolationism

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The sense of Western unity inspired by terror attacks—and felt as recently as Paris—is gone, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, in her latest Washington Post column.

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Why Insurgency Is Fun

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The status quo in the Western democracies is under attack—and its defenders are looking more listless by the hour, writes Christian Caryl, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and editor of Democracy Lab.

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Trump/Sanders Policies Could Cost Six Million American Jobs

Friday, 11 March 2016

The protectionist policies put forward by US Republican candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, will be the biggest job-killer we have seen since the Great Depression, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

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America’s War on Birth Control is Set to Increase Poverty Rates

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Inadequate family planning services push more people into poverty, says Legatum Institute fellow, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (CapX)

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Russia: Implications for UK Defence and Security

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Peter Pomerantsev, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, appeared as a witness before a recent UK Defence Committee hearing on Russia's military capabilities and implications for the UK.

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Is This the End of the West As We Know It?

Friday, 4 March 2016

In her latest column for the Washington Post, Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, fears we are two or three bad elections away from the end of the liberal world order.

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The New Nationalism: Eastern Europe Turns Right

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The young democracies of central Europe are threatened by their leaders, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow and Anton Shekhovtsov, Legatum Fellow (Prospect magazine)

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Donald Trump’s Campaign of Conspiracy Theories

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Some are trying to explain the unexplainable. Others aren’t looking for the truth, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

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Cameron Needs Some Basic Lessons in Diplomacy

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The PM has turned the EU negotiations into a one man show, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (LeftFootForward.org)

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Propagandalands

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, reports from Ukraine’s Donbas region, examining the surreal nature of propaganda in the war zone (Granta)

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Burma's Painful Democratic Rebirth

Thursday, 4 February 2016

For the first time in five decades, a democratic government is taking power in Burma. But there are plenty of problems ahead, writes Min Zin, Legatum Fellow (Democracy Lab)

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Cameron’s Hypocrisy on Tax Won’t Wash with the Public

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Labour's decision to call for an investigation into the Google deal makes sense both ethically and electorally, argues Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (LeftFootForward.org)

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Europe’s New Right Sounds Like the Old Left

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Nationalist parties are winning votes by adopting ‘leftwing’ ideas, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Financial Times)

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No, Iran is Not 'Opening Up'

Friday, 22 January 2016

The nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions herald a diplomatic change, but the nature of the regime has not altered, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum (Washington Post)

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So Putin Killed Litvinenko. Carry On.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Britain has been cosying up to Russian money for years, and a dead spy isn’t going to change that, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Foreign Policy)

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Women Can Move the Middle East Beyond Oil

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

For the Middle East to adjust to life after oil, it will need to allow for greater freedom and tolerance, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (BloombergView)

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Why a Sugar Tax is Not the Answer to Britain's Obesity Problem

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

It is exercise that will fix Britain’s obesity problems—not an over-complicated tax system, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (LeftFootForward.org)

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How Strong Are the UK’s Social Defences Against ISIS?

Thursday, 14 January 2016

If it really wants to win this war, the Government must ensure it provides support for vulnerable individuals, argues Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)