April 7, 2021
Iran Nuclear Talks; Family Dissent in Jordan; Elections in Israel and Palestine; China and the World; Russian Escalations; Latin American Struggles; Immigration Crisis; and Egypt's Parade of Pharaohs

Note: Starting next week through April 23, all WACA communications will be limited to WACA programming. April 12-16 will feature the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020-2021 Academic WorldQuest National Competition and April 19-23 will feature WACA Climate Week 2021.
Quote of the Week

“Let me be deadly earnest with you…We’re still in a life and death race against this virus.” 

— President Joe Biden said in a speech Tuesday on the state of the vaccine rollout in the U.S. 
Iran Nuclear Talks
EU to Chair Meeting of World Powers and Iran on U.S. Rejoining Nuclear Deal” Karen DeYoung -- The Washington Post, April 1, 2021 

Biden Envoy To Iran On What To Expect In Renewed Nuclear Talks” Steve Inskeep; Lisa Weiner; Denise Couture; James Doubek -- NPR, April 6, 2021 
The Iran Nuclear Talks Explained Steven Erlanger -- The New York Times, April 5, 2021 
Family Dissent in Jordan
Jordan in Turmoil” Bruce Riedel -- The Brookings Institute, April 5, 2021

Jordan’s King Sends Tough Message on Dissent in Royal Family” Josef Federman -- The Associated Press, April 4, 2021 

Nearly 20 Arrested in Alleged Plot Against Jordan’s King Abdullah II” Joby Warrick; Sarah Dadouch; Steve Hendrix -- The Washington Post, April 3, 2021 
Elections in Israel and Palestine

Netanyahu Is Now More Desperate and Dangerous Than Ever Before” Yossi Verter -- Haaretz, April 6, 2021 
Netanyahu's Post-Election Silence Has the Opposition Imploding” Gill Hoffman -- Jerusalem Post, March 31, 2021 

Palestinian Militant Will Challenge Abbas’s Party in Election” Patrick Kingsley; Adam Rasgon -- The New York Times, March 31, 2021 
China and the World
China Warns Japan to Not Follow Suit After U.S. Sanctions Over Xinjiang, Hong Kong” Eduardo Baptista South China Morning Post, April 6, 2021  
The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat” Dongwoo Kim -- The Diplomat, April 5, 2021 
Philippines Turns Up Heat on China Over Boats Massing in South China Sea” Neil Jerome Morales -- Reuters, April 5, 2021 
Grooming Autocrats: China is Exporting More Than Infrastructure to Africa” David Shullman; Patrick Quirk -- American Purpose, April 5, 2021 

The New China Shock” Mark Leonard -- Project Syndicate, March 31, 2021 
Russian Escalations
Russia’s Extraterritorial Military Deployments” Jeff Hawn -- Newlines, March 31, 2021 
Is Putin About to Launch a New Offensive in Ukraine?” Peter Dickinson -- The Atlantic Council, April 4, 2021 
Russia's Escalation in Ukraine is Unfortunate but Ultimately a European Concern” Danial DePetris -- The Washington Examiner, April 1, 2021 
Meet Sputnik V, Russia’s Trash-Talking Coronavirus Vaccine” Mark Scott; Carlo Martuscelli -- Politico, April 1, 2021
Latin American Struggles
Brazil’s Bolsonaro Names Three New Military Chiefs” Barron’s, March 31, 2021 
Venezuela Military Offensive Sends Thousands Fleeing, Recharging One of the World’s Worst Refugee Crisis” Steven Grattan; Anthony Faiola; Ana Vanessa Herrero -- The Washington Post, April 1, 2021
Immigration Crisis
To Fix the Immigration System, We Need To Start With Immigration Courts” Camille Mackler -- Just Security, April 6, 2021 
U.S. Immigration Courts Brace for Flood of Asylum Claims” Aline Barros -- Voice of America, April 6, 2021 

Four Things the Biden Administration Should Pay Attention to With the Border Crisis” Elaine Denny; David Dow; Jose Ordonez; Wayne Pitts; Diego Romero; Juan Tellez; Mateo Villamizar Chaparro; Erik Wibbels; Pamela Zabala -- The Brookings Institution, April 2, 2021 
Egypt's Parade of Pharaohs