As we prepare to break up for the Christmas holiday, rather than our usual round up of the week’s work at ECFR, here are a selection of highlights from the whole of 2012.
As I mentioned, ECFR published two papers over the last week:
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In a week that saw the re-election of President Obama and the selection of a new generation of Chinese leaders, ECFR published a major report into how China was approaching the massive economic, political and foreign policy challenges that the new leadership faces.
Mark Leonard, who edited ‘China 3.0’, makes the case that the country is entering its third major phase since the revolution (after Mao’s ‘1.0’ and Deng Xiaoping’s ‘2.0’). Mark argues that the Chinese response to the challenges that come with this phase won’t just affect China, but Europe and the rest of the world too.
Who is this woman, and why is she close to the levers of power in China?
The clue is not the uniform - she may be a major general in the People's Liberation Army, but the real reason why Peng Liyuan is close to power is that she is the (very famous) wife of the man expected to be named as the successor to President Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping.
The key date in the diary is the 8th November, when the once-a-decade leadership change will be announced. The new leadership will face significant challenges, at a time when China is redefining its role on economic, political and diplomatic issues.
Luckily, our colleague on the China programme, Thomas König, has written a handy guide to the changes and the institutions and characters involved. We'll be sending the guide out to journalists who have signed up for press releases, and we'll also publish it as a commentary piece on our
Despite today’s announcement that the EU has won the Nobel Peace Prize, this has been a week when it has been impossible to escape the scale of the challenge facing the European project as it tries to deal with the euro crisis.
At the beginning of the week we published ‘Why the euro crisis threatens the single market’ by Sebastian Dullien – a bleak warning that the achievements of the single market are in real danger thanks to the euro crisis. Sebastian sets out three scenarios for how things might progress from now, and details how each scenarios spells trouble for the single market. He also published this opinion piece, summarising his argument.
Following the visit of Angela Merkel to Athens ECFR also published the latest of our series of ‘National Papers’, this time looking at the debate within Greece about its place in Europe. In ‘Desperately hanging on: the view from
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