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Foreword: January 2017—An uncertain new century, but a happier new year

Our Editor Tom Clark on this electric shock of a year—and what comes next

By Tom Clark   January 2017

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For anyone with half an interest in current affairs, this holiday season is sorely needed—a chance to take stock, reflect and perhaps sink a stiff drink, after 12 tumultuous months. In 2016 both Brexit and President Donald Trump have moved from the realm of the unthinkable to being imminent realities. Prime Ministers in London and Rome have tumbled, and—on the strength of Chris Bickerton’s magisterial survey—many more European dominoes could soon fall.

A generation ago, amid the Soviet collapse, Francis Fukuyama wrote about the “end…

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