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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
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

The Illiberal Tide

“The “liberal international order” is under severe strain. Although its supporters welcomed the defeat of former U.S. President Donald Trump, the order still faces major challenges from both within and without” (Cooley and Nexon, 2021).

26 March 2021
Alexander Cooley and Daniel H. Nexon
Foreign Affairs

The New Concert of Powers

“Great-power contests over hierarchy and ideology regularly lead to major wars. Averting this outcome requires soberly acknowledging that the Western-led liberal order that emerged after World War II cannot anchor global stability in the twenty-first century. The search is on for a viable and effective way forward” (Haass and Kupchan, 2021).

23 March 2021
Richard N. Haass and Charles A. Kupchan
Foreign Affairs

The U.S. and China Finally Get Real With Each Other

The U.S.-China meeting “would have been a failure if it had resulted in general declarations to cooperate while minimizing competition...organizing the relationship around cooperation is theoretically desirable as an end goal but will be unattainable for the foreseeable future, given the unfolding reality of an assertive, repressive China and a defiant America” (Thomas Wright, 2021).

21 March 2021
Thomas Wright
The Atlantic

Rising to the Challenge of China

“When it comes to China...Mr. Trump was a disastrous leader in so many ways, but he is widely seen as having correctly diagnosed the problem with China, even as he bungled the solution. Mr. Biden, who understands the importance of allies, has a far better chance of getting it right” (Farah Stockman, 2021).

18 March 2021
Farah Stockman
The New York Times

Young Belarusians Dream of Creating a Normal European Country

“Lukashenko proved able to ignore the objections of his people and the international community...the crowds began to winnow, the eyes of the world turned to the next crisis, and the government returned to its policy of savage violence, with opposition supporters beaten to death by goon squads, and leaders kidnapped and threatened with death” (Daniel Polansky, 2021).

11 March 2021
Daniel Polansky
Foreign Policy
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