The Overlooked Trend Lines of 2019

The Overlooked Trend Lines of 2019
A protester flashes the victory sign overlooking a huge anti-government rally in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 31, 2019 (AP photo by Hadi Mizban).

Just like in 2017 and 2018, many of the most important stories around the world in 2019 were drowned out by the latest tweet, tirade or tantrum from U.S. President Donald Trump. In this week’s editors’ discussion on Trend Lines, WPR’s Freddy Deknatel and Elliot Waldman talk about some of the big under-covered trends of the year, from the deterioration of U.S. alliances in East Asia to the fate of protest movements that rocked the Middle East.

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Relevant Articles on WPR:
Trump Works Overtime to Shake Down Allies in Asia and Appease North Korea
Trump’s Transactional Worldview Is Imperiling the U.S.-South Korea Alliance
Sudan Needs Much More Than Upgraded U.S. Ties to Rebuild Itself After Bashir
Protesters Won’t Be Swayed by Algeria’s Election Theater
The Costs of Germany’s Weak Response to a Russian Murder Plot on Its Soil
60 Years Later, a Cold War Scandal Still Holds Lessons for the United Nations

Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

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