Dominique Moisi

For Dominique Moisi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 21, 2010

Unlike China, wariness marks India's ascent

PARIS — Some countries are naturally at ease with the concept and the reality of strategic power. Such was clearly the case of France under Louis XIV, the Sun King in the 17th century, and such is the case today of China, whose leadership ...

Mar 18, 2010

Wishful thinking fuels Kremlin's temptation

PARIS — What is the significance of France’s recent sale of four powerful Mistral-class landing assault ships to Russia? Was it business as usual or an irresponsible move contributing to a dangerous shift in the balance of power in the Baltic and Black Seas? ...

Feb 20, 2010

The West's final decline?

PARIS — In 2040/2050, will demographers speak of “the white man’s loneliness” in the way historians once referred to “the white man’s burden” to describe the so-called “imperial responsibilities” of some European nations? Demography is not an exact science. Countless dire predictions, from that ...

Jan 21, 2010

Anxiety fuels the rise of European nativists

PARIS — A referendum in Switzerland forbids the construction of new minarets. Racial violence explodes in the southern Italian region of Calabria. An intense and controversial debate takes place in France on the issue of national identity. These events have little in common, yet ...

Dec 22, 2009

Recognizing confident India as indispensable

PARIS — “Do not forget India.” That warning made sense 10 or 15 years ago; not any longer. India is now impossible to ignore, much less forget, owing not only to its rapid economic growth but also to the country’s increasing geopolitical stature. Europeans ...

Nov 20, 2009

The difference is in the will to destroy a wall

PARIS — Walls designed to keep people in or out — whether they are in Berlin, Nicosia, Israel or Korea — are always the product of fear: East German leaders’ fear of a mass exodus by their citizens seeking freedom and dignity; Greek and ...

Oct 27, 2009

Painful past must be put to rest for good

PARIS — A nation’s relationship with its past is crucial to its present and its future, to its ability to “move on” with its life, or to learn from its past errors so as not to repeat them. This includes the past that isn’t ...

Sep 17, 2009

Foreign policy and the democratic paradox

PARIS — Elections stolen in Iran, disputed in Afghanistan and caricatured in Gabon: Recent ballots in these and many other countries do not so much mark the global advance of democracy as demonstrate the absence of the rule of law. Of course, elections that ...

Sep 8, 2009

The return of Franco-German leadership

PARIS — Regardless of who wins September’s parliamentary election in Germany, the time has come once again for a major Franco-German initiative. Regardless of their economic conditions or their confidence — or lack of it — in each other, France and Germany are more ...

Aug 3, 2009

One Europe in one confusing world order

PARIS — G8, G-5, G20, G-2, G3, and now the G-14 (Group of Eight plus the Group of Five plus Egypt): Never have the “mathematics” of world order seemed more complex and confusing. Kofi Annan, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the ...