China NoteU.S. President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, met Monday in a virtual summit. Apart from pledges to cooperate, the meeting yielded no major breakthroughs between the two rivals, which remain at odds over issues such as trade, human rights and a military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region. But it did soften the tone of bilateral relations for now.
Rachel Cheung Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
Middle East MemoThe Middle East’s climate challenges require strategic plans consisting of emergency interventions and regional collaboration efforts that are inconceivable given the sharp divisions within and between the countries in the region, reflecting the collective action problems that make global climate solutions so intractable.
Thanassis Cambanis Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021
Chris Olaoluwa Ogunmodede Monday, Nov. 15, 2021
Weekly Wrap-UpU.S. President Joe Biden will reportedly hold his first video summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday. Though the meeting has yet to be officially confirmed, it suggests that Washington and Beijing have managed to reach some sort of modus vivendi, at least on how to manage bilateral relations more productively.
Judah Grunstein Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
Africa WatchA fire disaster in Freetown’s Wellington district is merely the latest tanker-related accident on the continent. For many Sierra Leoneans, their frustration is palpable, as the problems of urban planning and administration that correlate with these kinds of tragedies are seemingly well-known but have largely gone unaddressed.
Chris Olaoluwa Ogunmodede Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
Q&AAustralian Foreign Minister Marise Payne concluded a four-day tour of Southeast Asia this week in what was widely seen as an effort to allay regional concerns over the AUKUS defense pact. On the Trend Lines podcast this week, Susannah Patton discussed the wide range of reactions to the deal from within ASEAN.
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021
Europe DecoderThere is growing frustration with the European Union’s reaction to the “hybrid warfare” at its eastern border with Belarus. But fraught relations with the bloc’s affected member states are complicating a response, with concerns that further sanctions will only escalate the conflict with Minsk and potentially draw in Moscow.
Dave Keating Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021
Middle East MemoIraq faces a deadly dilemma: make a deal with the militias that appear to be behind an assassination attempt on the life of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, or face off against them in a fight that is sure to leave the Iraqi state and people worse off. Unfortunately, there are few good options for Baghdad to explore.
Thanassis Cambanis Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021
Chris Olaoluwa Ogunmodede Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021