ASEAN Diplomacy in Asia, Human Rights in Venezuela and Peace in Mozambique

ASEAN Diplomacy in Asia, Human Rights in Venezuela and Peace in Mozambique
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center right, cross their arms with the other representatives during the ASEAN Regional Forum in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 2, 2019 (AP photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe).

This week, diplomats from 27 countries around the Asia-Pacific gathered in Bangkok for the ASEAN Regional Forum, where they discussed the many geopolitical flashpoints in the region, from North Korea to the South China Sea. Meanwhile, Venezuela is coming under mounting criticism in the wake of a recent United Nations report on its human rights abuses, and a cease-fire agreement in Mozambique ended a return to violence 27 years after the end of that country’s devastating civil war. WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and associate editors Elliot Waldman and Laura Weiss talk about all of this and more on the editors’ discussion episode of Trend Lines.

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