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A power vacuum looms in the international arena. America appears to have resigned its role as the guarantor of the liberal order, and no one else has stepped forward – yet. Instead we see countries retreating into narrowly defined national interests, and leaders as in Poland, Hungary and elswhere using this Covid-19 crisis to strengthen their hold on power.
Democracy is in retreat. In truth, liberal democracies have not been common in history. If they are not contrary to human nature, perhaps they are also not favoured by it. Liberal democracy or more generally the liberal order has survived in our time because the leading power – read USA – provided a zone of security within which it could be protected.
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