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Things change fast

Four-point-five years ago in a galaxy far, far away, I attended the Brussels Forum. It was a fine event, and I’ll always remember it fondly, but at that time it seemed a bit tone-deaf, too. I drifted from one meeting on trade pacts (TPP, TTIP, remember those?) to the next seminar discussing Russia’s ‘hybrid warfare’ (a mostly discarded term that was a leading framework at the time). Leading bien-pensants of the end-of-history generation gathered on the island of an upscale Brussels hotel as the tides of history rose around them. They dropped globalist nostrums at the podium as if they were sandbags against the rising sea.

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Can you go your own way? – Episode 3

The topic that is on everyone’s mind is fairly obvious, so we scuttled our plans for an engaging chat on Turkey’s politics and its place in the Transatlantic alliance. COVID-19 has sparked a global crisis with systemic implications.

All deference from politicians, pundits and podcasters must go to medical experts at this time. But talking is therapeutic, and with that in mind, Kaj and Joel take this episode to chat about what life has been like on both sides of the Atlantic in the last couple of weeks. Nations are the essential building block of the global system — the actors in politics most closely capable of behaving like an individual. How are our nations handling the outset of this time of uncertainty? Is anyone capable of exerting a global or a regional role, or will our nations go at the crisis alone? We invite you to talk it out with us.