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'On Inauguration Day, respect for the office and hope for the nation'

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French papers before Trump's inauguration: 'Here we go!'

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Davos Debate: Getting a fair share from multinationals

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Davos Debate: Getting a fair share from multinationals (part 2)

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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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2017-01-18 Donald Trump

Moving US embassy to Jerusalem would be 'a terrible mistake'

Our guest is Daniel Kurtzer, a former US ambassador to Egypt and Israel. He believes US President-elect Donald Trump's choice of David Friedman to be US ambassador to Israel is a...

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2017-01-17 Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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2017-01-13 Russia

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Our guest has been making waves recently with her outspoken criticism of US strategy towards Russia. Whether it likes it or not, she says, the West is already at war with Russia...

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2017-01-11 Barack Obama

'Yes we did': Obama defends his legacy

Barack Obama has delivered his farewell speech in Chicago, where it all began for him. A message of hope but also a warning about the frailty of democracy. He was hoping that...

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2017-01-07 pollution

'Cities are leading the fight against pollution'

Olivier Blond is president of the French environmental group "Respire" ('Breathe'), which calls for action on air pollution. In the past few weeks, dozens of cities around the...

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