Jean-Francois Caron

  • Qui aurait cru qu'un virus apparu dans un marché chinois de Wuhan allait mener à une pandémie mondiale qui a coûté la vie à des centaines de milliers d'individus en l'espace de quelques mois et forcé presque tous les pays à imposer des quarantaines, à confiner des villes entières et à fermer leurs frontières ? Et pourtant, ce sont les images qui nous resteront en tête lorsque nous repenserons à l'année 2020. En raison des dimensions et des effets de cette crise, il est clair que nos sociétés en ont des leçons à tirer et il est tout aussi évident qu'elle entrainera de profondes transformations à l'ordre international. Quelles sont ces leçons et à quelles sortes de changements devons-nous nous attendre ? Ce livre cherche précisément à répondre à ces questions.
    Ces essais portent un regard critique sur l'évolution des démocraties libérales, montrent le potentiel que cette crise sanitaire globale nous offre pour reprendre le contrôle de la mondialisation telle que nous la connaissons depuis 50 ans, en plus d'expliquer en quoi cette pandémie pourrait accélérer la fin de l'ordre libéral international.
    En tant que premier livre portant sur cette pandémie, ces essais critiques et sans complaisance seront d'un intérêt pour tout lecteur intéressé à comprendre les enjeux politiques de cette crise et à s'interroger sur la manière dont les sociétés ont cherché à combattre ce virus mortel.

  • This Pivot updates the ideas of the famous political philosopher from the Italian Renaissance, Machiavelli, for the 21st century, using case studies from the West and from Kazakhstan to demonstrate the utility of Machiavelli's ideas for contemporary political life. In truth, Machiavelli's ideas have never lost their value. Although "Machiavellian" as an adjective tends to describe amoral cynicism in contemporary usage, Machiavelli's ideas were deeply ethical and oriented towards achieving long-term goals. Contemporary readers may be put off by medieval language and examples, misled into believing Machiavelli speaks to a different age; and yet the author here explores how Machiavellian strategy can be of value- ethical as well as practical-in the 21st century. 

  • This book tries to understand the lessons we ought to learn from the Covid-19 crisis as well as the profound transformations this pandemic will bring to the world order. These essays explore the challenge that the pandemic poses to liberalism, the unique potential this crisis offers us to retake control over globalization, and how it foreshadows  future conflicts, especially the dynamic between China and the West. This timely book will be of interest to scholars in Political Science and philosophy, as well as to general readers interested in what the post Covid-19 world may resemble.

  • The final page in the political history of the Soviet Union was turned on March 19, 2019, when Nursultan Nazarbayev, the last former Chairman of a Soviet Republic who had managed to stay in power following the collapse of USSR, unexpectedly decided to resign. This edited book looks to analyse the political aspects of this event more specifically by trying to understand its political significance for the country's policies, the prospects of democratisation, the uniqueness of the transition compared with others that have previously occurred in the region and how it may play an influential part in future political transitions in this part of the world.  This book will interest scholars of authoritarian politics, scholars of Central Asia, and those researching the Belt and Road Initiative.

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    This book examines Kazakhstan's struggle to distance itself from its Soviet past over 25 years after its independence. To a very large extent, the affirmation of its sovereignty and a unique Kazakhstani way remain largely a matter of rhetoric. This book looks to explain the various aspects that show the continuity of Kazakhstan's political system and governance with its colonial legacy, namely through its foreign policy, the country's environmental policies, the judicial system, the management of religious diversity, the way youth organizations are structured and administered or how those who were born after the collapse of Soviet Union are still showing a typical Soviet behavioral attitude towards the political sphere.What are the reasons for this reluctance or incapacity to break away from these ties of the past? Will the unavoidable political transition that will bring new individuals to the head of the state contribute to a real change? Will this lead to a break with the country's past and a radical shift in the country's policies or will things remain as they have been since 1991? This book provides some valuable insights on what may happen in the near future to the biggest country of Central Asia.  

  • Cabaret neiges noires, pièce phare du théâtre québécois, fête ses 25 ans en 2017. Reflet d'une génération en quête de sens, ce cabaret délirant nous emmène, sur fond de musique et de chants, aux confins de la folie et de la nature profonde de l'humain, tout en dressant un portrait critique de la société québécoise de l'époque.

    Il y est question de rêves déchus, de projets abandonnés, d'amour impossible, de fatalité, de religion; bref, de ces questions intemporelles qui témoignent d'un désenchantement d'une jeunesse pour qui le rêve américain n'était que pur mirage.

    Écrit avec ironie et poésie, ce texte dépasse l'entendement, choque, libère et apporte même une légère lueur d'espoir, malgré son actualité mordante.

    Comparée à l'Osstidcho, Cabaret neiges noires est désormais inscrite au patrimoine québécois.

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