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The West Gets Serious With Lukashenko—but Not Serious Enough

“The West must not fall back into its previous pattern of easing up on sanctions after securing a prisoner release—not least because there are still more than 500 political prisoners in Lukashenko’s prisons, according to the Human Rights Center Viasna” (Kobets and Kramer, 2021).

6 July 2021
Vlad Kobets and David J. Kramer
Foreign Policy

China Won’t Bury Us, Either

“It’s a cliché that China’s rise is “unstoppable,”...the corollary is that the world will simply have to acquiesce to its burgeoning list of demands, including its maritime claims to the South China Sea and reunification (if necessary, by force) with Taiwan...but appearances of strength tend to obscure realities of weakness” (Stephens 2021).

5 July 2021
Bret Stephens
The New York Times

Killer Flying Robots Are Here. What Do We Do Now?

“A new generation of AI-enabled drones could be used to terrible ends by rogue states, criminal groups, and psychopaths” (Wadhwa and Salkever, 2021)

5 July 2021
Vivek Wadhwa
Foreign Policy

Europe Needs to Clean Up at Home Before Pushing a Green Agenda Abroad

“This generation’s challenge will be reconciling the competing priorities and divergent economic realities of the developed and developing worlds—a challenge that could define the future of the climate crisis” (Magassy 2021).

5 July 2021
Muhammed Magassy
Foreign Policy

The Inequality Gap Is All About Equity

“While well-meaning philanthropy may help fill in the cracks, governance aims to fix the system through structural changes that empower and enable a society to move forward instead of backward” (Nathan Gardels, 2021).

2 July 2021
Nathan Gardels
Noema Magazine

7 Charts That Explain the Economic Recovery So Far

“But if policymakers hold steady, we are also on the verge of creating a foundation for a more inclusive, resilient recovery — much more robust than what we experienced after the Great Recession, despite having suffered a much bigger jobs hit” (Julia Cornado, 2021).

2 July 2021
Julia Coronado
The New York Times

Becoming Strong

“China believes that its rise to great-power status entitles it to a new role in world affairs—one that cannot be reconciled with unquestioned U.S. dominance”. Beijing “views Biden’s attempts at isolating China diplomatically as a serious threat and is working on multiple fronts to make the country less vulnerable to U.S. aggression and pressure” (Xuetong 2021).

1 July 2021
Yan Xuetong
Foreign Affairs

India Looks West

“A hostile China and the looming US withdrawal from Afghanistan have forced India to rethink its regional strategy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has thus sought to improve relations with Pakistan and engage with the Taliban – and for now, at least, it appears to be making the right moves” (Tharoor 2021).

1 July 2021
Shashi Tharoor
Project Syndicate

Why U.S. Drone Strikes Are at an All-Time Low

“U.S. Drone Strikes Are at an All-Time Low. The shift comes as the White House seeks to downgrade the threat of global terrorism after 20 years of “forever wars”” (Hirsh 2021).

1 July 2021
Michael Hirsh
Foreign Policy

Only China Can End Brazil’s Climate Crisis

“Only China Can End Brazil’s Climate Crisis. Deforestation is devastating the Amazon, but Beijing has the political and economic leverage to stop it” (Tahtinen).

1 July 2021
Lauri Tahtinen
Foreign Policy
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