August 19, 2020
Belarus on the Brink; Upset in Mali; Peace in the Middle East? The Age of COVID-19; Diplomacy, Democracy, Divisions; and India-China Deadlock Deepens
Quote of the Week
"The government will never collapse. There will be no new election until you kill me."

-- Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, in a speech Monday at a factory in Minsk amidst mass protests.

"Leave! Leave! Leave!"

-- Minsk Tractor Plant protesters during President Lukashenko's speech.
Belarus on the Brink
Putin and Belarus: Five Reasons Not to Save Lukashenko” Stephen Sestanovich -- Council on Foreign Relations, August 17, 2020

Game Over for Lukashenko: The Kremlin’s Next Move” Dmitri Trenin -- Carnegie Moscow Center, August 17, 2020

Belarusian Leader Orders Police to Quash Protests, EU Prepares Sanctions” Andrei Makhovsky and Gabriela Baczynska -- Reuters, August 19, 2020

The Armenian Model for Belarus” Carl Bildt -- Project Syndicate, August 18, 2020
Upset in Mali
Mali Military Coup: Why the World Is Watching” Eric Nagourney -- New York Times, August 19, 2020

Mali Coup Soldiers Take to Airwaves, Promise Elections” Baba Ahmed and Carley Petesch -- Associated Press, August 19, 2020

Peace in the Middle East?
Israel and the UAE Formalize Their Normalized Relations” Hilal Khashan -- Geopolitical Futures, August 18, 2020

A Geopolitical Earthquake Just Hit the Mideast” Thomas Friedman -- New York Times, August 14, 2020

Behind the Scenes: How the Israel-UAE Deal Came Together” Barak Ravid -- Axios, August 13, 2020
The Age of COVID-19

Unscathed by COVID-19, Laos Gambles on Megaprojects to Revive Its Economy” Michael Hart -- World Politics Review, August 19, 2020

North Korea, Fighting to Hold Back Virus and Floods, Says No Thanks to Outside Aid” Choe Sang-Hun -- New York Times, August 14, 2020

'We’re at a Critical Moment’: Spain Sees Coronavirus Cases Surge Again” Ashifa Kassam -- The Guardian, August 14, 2020

The EU’s COVID Paradox: Fail, and Grow Support for Brussels” Mark Leonard -- CapX, August 18, 2020
Diplomacy, Democracy, Divisions
Trump’s Trade Wars, and Now COVID-19, Are Unraveling Trade as We Know It” Edward Alden -- World Politics Review, August 18, 2020

China and the United States Are in a Race to Lose Power” Stephen Walt -- Foreign Policy, August 17, 2020

Europe’s Foreign Policy Disappearing Act” Mathieu von Rohr -- Der Spiegel, August 13, 2020

The Old Transatlantic Relationship Ain’t Coming Back” Paul Taylor -- Politico, August 12, 2020

An ‘Alliance of Democracies’ Sounds Good. It Won’t Solve the World’s Problems." Aaron Miller and Richard Sokolsky -- The Washington Post, August 13, 2020
India-China Deadlock Deepens
The ‘Asian Century’ Depends on China and India Working Together” C. Uday Bhaskar -- The National, August 16, 

A Self-Reliant Foreign Policy” Sreeram Chaulia -- The Hindu, August 13, 2020

Copying U.S.’ China Bashing Tactic, India Invites Trouble” Xie Chao -- Global Times, August 13, 2020