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Going it alone?

Anatol Lieven is to be congratulated on having brought out so clearly and cogently that nation states and their actions (or inaction) are a crucial element in dealing with climate change; and also that nation states often focus on quite the wrong security challenges (“The nation and the planet,” May). 

But he surely goes too far when he dismisses systems of international solidarity as “utopianism” and “fantasy.” That is to fall into the trap of juxtaposing national and multilateral action as deadly enemies—the Trumpian heresy. We need…

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