Olympic Geopolitics, Qatar’s Return to Favor and More

Entertainers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Feb. 4, 2022, Beijing (AP photo by Bernat Armangue).
Entertainers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Feb. 4, 2022, Beijing (AP photo by Bernat Armangue).
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This year’s Winter Olympics, which got underway in China on Friday, offer a fascinating prism through which to view the current geopolitical landscape, as well as to contrast it on multiple levels with the recent and more distant past. Most immediately, this year’s affair offers a benchmark against which to measure China’s advances in power and influence since the last time it hosted the Games just 14 years ago. The 2008 Summer Games were in many ways China’s “coming out party,” a chance to demonstrate its domestic transformation and modernized infrastructure to a global audience that still largely saw it […]

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