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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

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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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A Virus in the Ocean

This article was first published by the Rennes School of Business. History is littered with ironies, so it is perhaps little surprise that the virus currently dominating our imaginations has taken up residence in three great civilizations that have fascinated France’s collective consciousness for almost 400 years. In the blink of an eye, chinoiseries, Persian…

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The Coronavirus: A parasite for globalization, an unexpected boom for medical data collection

The respiratory syndrome that first appeared among fish market stall-holders in Huanan, Wuhan in January 2019 has since claimed several hundred lives. While the virus has spread rapidly, the epidemic bears no relation to the major pandemics that have continually struck the world’s population throughout history. These include the Black Death, which killed 30-50% of…

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Europe’s Double Torment

Thomas Flichy de La Neuville is an IWP Research Professor and the Chair of Geopolitics at the Rennes School of Business. Europe is currently undergoing a series of fundamental changes. It is midway through the process of reconstituting itself, leaving its landscapes completely reshaped and mixing a whole array of identities within its major cities…

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Brexit: The Renaissance of Islands

Great Britain’s exit from the European Union illustrates a half-forgotten scenario entitled “Islands” envisaged by the National Intelligence Council in 2017. Two years ago, this center for strategic thinking predicted that the world would enter a period of economic slow-down, generating resistance to globalization. According to the American forecasters, high technology would become more widespread,…

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