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Résumés / Abstracts (fr) (en)

La jeunesse délaissée
Our neglected youth


L'installation du Front national dans la vie politique française : comment réagir, comment agir ?
The normalization of the Front National in French politics : What is to be done ?

Le nouveau désordre mondial

A new world disorder
Nicole Gnesotto et Marc-Olivier Padis
Nouvelles menaces, anciens outils, impuissances partagées
New threats, old solutions, shared impotence. Introduction
An Interview with/ Entretien avec Jean-Claude Mallet
Réflexions sur l'évolution stratégique mondiale
On a few geostrategic trends
Nicole Gnesotto
La mondialisation politique n'existe pas
There's no such thing as political globalization

L'instabilité géopolitique contemporaine

The contemporary geopolitical instability
Gérard Araud
Le monde à la recherche d'un ordre
A world looking for order
Jean-Marie Guéhenno
La crise du multilatéralisme
Multilateralism in crisis
Pierre Hassner
Feu (sur) l'ordre international?
The late world order
Alice Béja
Après le rêve américain, le rêve chinois?
Chinese, dream, American dream

Avenir de la guerre, avenir de la paix

The future of war and peace
Henri Bentegeat
L'avenir de la guerre
The future of war
Valeria Dragoni
L'évolution des budgets militaires mondiaux. Encadré
The evolution of military budgets. Boxed item
Louis Gautier
Les défis de la dissuasion nucléaire au XXIesiècle
Nuclear deterrence in the 21st century

La Grande Guerre : quelle histoire ?

Telling the history of the Great War
Dick Howard
Penser la Grande Guerre à partir de l'expérience allemande
The Great War seen from Germany
Emmanuel Laurentin

Comment commémorer 1914?
Commemorating 1914


Peter Trawny
Heidegger et les Cahiers noirs
Heidegger and the Black notebooks
Éric Marty

Littérature, philosophie et antiphilosophie chez Roland Barthes
Literature, philosophy and anti-philosophy in Roland Barthes's work
An Interview with /Entretien avec Makram Abbès
L'art de gouverner en Islam
The art of government in Islam
Maurice Goldring
Redonner le pouvoir aux habitants? Le cas de la Goutte-d'Or
Giving the power to the residents. The case of the Goutte-d'Or


News of the month
Michel Marian
Le retour des débats institutionnels
The return of institutional debates
Sophie des Beauvais
Le pompier et l'architecte : des orientations politiques pour dix ans ?
The fireman and the architect : a 10-year perspective
Olivier Marty
Comment gouverner la zone euro ?
Governing the eurozone
Alice Béja
Matteo Renzi, le fanfaron ?
Matteo Renzi, too good to be true ?
Jean-François Pigoullié
House of Cards : l'Amérique sous la férule de Washington
House of Cards : the rule of Washington
Louise Delavier et Tristan Brossat
Game of Thrones : violence, sexe et Moyen Âge
Game of Thrones : Violence and sex in the Middle Ages
Louis Andrieu
Quelles images pour le football ?
Filming football


Romain Gary, préserver la "marge humaine" par Jean-Paul Maréchal
Romain Gary, saving a "Margin of humanity", by Jean-Paul Maréchal




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