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Famine as a weapon of war: 20 millon lives at risk in Africa, Yemen (part 1)

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THE DEBATE

Famine as a weapon of war: 20 millon lives at risk in Africa, Yemen (part 2)

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Video: Putin building bridge from annexed Crimea to mainland Russia

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Karl Ove Knausgaard: The Master of the literary selfie

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Brazil's meat industry gets grilling from EU

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Attacks on aid workers threaten humanitarian operations in South Sudan

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'The Russian protest movement reawakens'

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French Guiana: 'How did we get here?'

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THE INTERVIEW

An interview with a French or international personality from the world of economics, politics, culture or diplomacy. Every Wednesday at 4.45 pm Paris time and Saturday at 7.45 am.

Latest update : 2014-09-01

Simon Serfaty, US foreign policy specialist

Barack Obama was elected to get the US out of wars; not start them. Hence his reluctance - shared by many of his fellow Americans - to jump head-first into every cauldron of global conflict. But when all is said and done, doesn’t the world still need American leadership, especially when no one else seems quite ready to jump in and take America’s place?

Simon Serfaty is a well-known US foreign policy specialist and an analyst with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. He argues that while many people speak of America's decline - and a geopolitical shift to the Asia-Pacific region - there is still no substitute for US leadership.

By Douglas HERBERT

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2017-03-21 Americas

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2017-03-17 Donald Trump

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2017-03-16 Africa

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2017-03-11 Middle East

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Ali Abu Awwad is an unlikely Palestinian peace activist. His brother was killed during the Second Intifada, while he and his mother both spent years in Israeli jails. Ali Abu...

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