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The Afghanistan War Will End as It Began: In Blood

The author’s meeting with a friend includes with the idea that “‘America might be done with Afghanistan, but Afghanistan isn’t done with America.’ In his view, my lunch at the ambassador’s residence wouldn’t mark the end of the war at all. Not for me. Not for anyone.” (Elliot Ackerman, 2021).

4 May 2021
Elliot Ackerman
The New York Times

Is There a War Coming Between China and the U.S.?

“What has made this return of Chinese, Iranian and Russian aggressive nationalism even more dangerous is that, in each country, it is married to state-led industries — particularly military industries — and it’s emerging at a time when America’s democracy is weakening” (Thomas L. Friedman, 2021).

27 April 2021
Thomas L. Friedman
The New York Times

A collection of Chinese contemporary art falls prey to politics

"China’s leaders seem sure that innovation can co-exist with authoritarian rule. Their confidence looks more rational than it once did: Chinese firms dominate some high-tech fields. Still, they have to explain a counterpoint: when freedoms increased in China over the past 40 years, greater creativity always followed." (The Economist, 2021)

24 April 2021
unsigned
The Economist

I Met a Taliban Leader and Lost Hope for My Country

The author predicts that “we might lose most of what we have gained in the past two decades if the Taliban return to power. The future looks bleak, but Afghanistan can’t afford to stop trying to find a better way to move forward” (Farahnaz Forotan, 2021).

21 April 2021
Farahnaz Forotan
The New York Times

How to Defeat Myanmar’s Military

The author explains that “the people of Myanmar have been fighting for the life of our nation since the military, or Tatmadaw, seized power on Feb. 1. We have been protesting peacefully, risking our lives...this is why those of us who were duly elected to office...are now asking for direct help” (Zin Mar Aung, 2021).

16 April 2021
Zin Mar Aung
The New York Times

How Authoritarians Turn Rural Areas Into Their Strongholds

“Most authoritarian governments seek first and foremost to entrench their power. These governments would rather control their rural populations than see them thrive and become autonomous. For authoritarians, land reform is a convenient tool to destroy rival elites in the countryside while entangling rural workers in the tentacles of authoritarian influence” (Michael Albertus, 2021).

11 April 2021
Michael Albertus
The Atlantic

China Has an Image Problem—but Knows How to Fix It

“Around the world, unfavorable views of China have reached unprecedented heights in the last year, with the percentage of individuals having no confidence in Chinese leadership to “do the right thing” in world affairs rising by more than 15 percent across countries like Australia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom” (Brian Y. S. Wong, 2021).

5 April 2021
Brian Y.S. Wong
Foreign Policy

China is betting that the West is in irreversible decline

“Chinese leaders...think that assertiveness is rational” and “believe that China has numbers on its side as a world order emerges in which developing countries demand, and are accorded, more sway” and that “America is in long-term, irreversible decline” (The Economist, 2021).

2 April 2021
Unsigned
The Economist

One World, Two Systems

“The Chinese leadership is charting a course ahead that depends less on the West. It will become more self-reliant on its own state-driven technological innovation and domestic consumer market while looking to trade with its immediate neighbors and along the revived Silk Roads of Eurasia as the surest route to prosperity and power” (Nathan Gardels, 2021).

26 March 2021
Nathan Gardels
Noema Magazine

I've been sanctioned by China – but that won't stop me speaking out over Xinjiang

“The evidence is clear: a genocide against the Uighurs is in progress. Britain must not put trade before human rights” (Helena Kennedy, 2021).

26 March 2021
Helena Kennedy
The Guardian
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