Thomas Flichy de La Neuville is a Research Professor at IWP. He is currently serving as the Chair of Geopolitics at the Rennes School of Business. Full bio

The plague of Florence in 1348, as described in Boccaccio's Wellcome

Righting the Economy after an Epidemic: Lessons from History

Do previous epidemics help us to prepare for the future? These various historical incidents are highly instructive when we consider the key difference between, for example, the Plague which struck in the mid-14th century or cholera outbreak of the 19th century and COVID-19. What makes the latter distinct is that, despite intensive media reporting, mortality…

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Janus

Janus-Faced Diplomacies

Thomas Flichy de La Neuville is a Research Professor at IWP and a Doctor of Research (with French Agrégation qualification) in History and Geopolitics Chair at the Rennes School of Business. The art of diplomacy is founded on ambiguity.[1] Foreign policy is rarely enacted singlehandedly. Duets are infinitely more effective. As such, an official representative…

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AI

When Paul Valéry Imagined Hacking the Human Brain

In his interwar work Les regards sur le monde actuel (1962), Paul Valéry intuits that civilization would one day enter a new era following the triumph of technology over contemplation. For Valéry (who worked as a clerk in the French War Ministry), an intelligence-disrupting regime had already been established by fraudulent intellectuals who disconnected thought…

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Digitalizing the World: The Era of Invisible Power

Thomas Flichy de La Neuville is an IWP Research Professor and the Chair of Geopolitics at the Rennes School of Business. It is clear that digitalizing the world, which interconnects people and equipment, represents a major transition within our civilization. It is changing the ways in which power is exercised, partly concealing it from public…

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Coronavirus

Coronavirus Debt Crisis: A Catalyst for Geopolitical Change

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing Western states to increase their national debt by a considerable margin. At the same time, Russia is taking advantage of the opportunity to buy up American financial obligations. The geopolitical consequences will not be anodyne. If one state owns the majority of another’s debt, the latter is geopolitically weakened in…

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Botticelli, The Birth of Venus

Confinement, A Matrix for Innovation

The anxiety caused by the general confinement of the population cannot make us forget one fundamental fact: plant life, human life, and the life of civilizations are all founded on respiration, on a notion of inhalation and exhalation that we call “retreat-return.” Without confinement, creativity collapses. For plants, the dormancy of winter is a precursor…

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