August 28, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Amazon Ablaze; G7 Roundup; To Trade or Not to Trade?; U.S.-Iran in Limbo; European Woes; Views on Venezuela; Global Snapshot; and American Leadership
Quotes of the Week
" Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produce 20% of our planet's oxygen - is on fire. It is an international crisis."
-- French President Emmanuel Macron in a tweet calling for international cooperation to aid Brazil in fighting the Amazon fire ahead of the G7 Summit, where he later offered Brazil $20 million in aid.

" Mr. Macron must withdraw the insults he made against me, to talk or accept anything from France, with the best possible intentions, he has to withdraw these words, and from there we can talk."
-- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in response to the exchange between himself and French President Macron regarding France's aid offer.
Amazon Ablaze
The Amazon Is on Fire” Kathryn Salam -- Foreign Policy, August 23, 2019

The Amazon Is Not Earth’s Lungs” Peter Brannen -- The Atlantic, August 27, 2019

Brazil Rejected Millions in Amazon Aid. Hours Later, Bolsonaro Hinted at a Reversal” Ivana Kottasová; Shasta Darlington; Claudia Dominguez; Vasco Cotovio; Jonny Hallam -- CNN, August 28, 2019
G7 Roundup
Macron’s Master Plan for Trump, the Universe, and Everything” Rym Momatz -- Politico, August 22, 2019
The G7 and the Future of Multilateralism” Council on Foreign Relations, August 20, 2019

Nine Things Russia Must Do Before Being Allowed to Rejoin the G7” Luke Coffey and Alexis Mrachek -- The Heritage Foundation, August 23, 2019

As Trump Swerves on Trade War, It’s Whiplash for the Rest of the World” Peter Baker -- New York Times, August 26, 2019
To Trade or Not to Trade?
The Geopolitical Logic of the U.S.-China Trade War” George Friedman -- Geopolitical Futures, August 26, 2019

Trade War Shows Reality of ‘America First’ in Action” George Will -- National Review, August 25, 2019

A Year Into the Trade War, China Learns to Ride Trump’s Turbulence” Anna Fifield -- The Washington Post, August 27, 2019

" American Companies Have Had It With the China Trade War" Kenneth Rapoza -- Forbes, August 27, 2019

U.S.-Iran in Limbo
Trump Lowers the Bar for a Deal With Iran” Eli Lake -- Bloomberg, August 26, 2019

European Woes
Unfounded Optimism in Ukraine” Ekaterina Zolotova -- Geopolitical Futures, August 23, 2019

In Death, at Least, Bosnia’s Dividing Lines Blur” Mladen Lakic -- Balkan Insight, August 26, 2019

Let’s (Not) Make a Deal: Geopolitics and Greenland” Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen -- War on the Rocks, August 28, 2019

Italy’s Leaders Are Divided on Policy, United in Fear of One Man” Rachel Donadio -- The Atlantic, August 23, 2019

Why the Once-Rising Far Right Is Now Waning in the Netherlands” Frida Ghitis -- World Politics Review, August 22, 2019

Views on Venezuela
Saving Venezuela” Andrés Velasco -- Project Syndicate, August 27, 2019

Why America Shouldn’t Be Too Concerned About Venezuela” Mark Falcoff -- The American Conservative, August 27, 2019
Global Snapshot
A Japan-South Korea Dispute Hundreds of Years in the Making” Harry Kazianis; John Dale Grover; Adriana Nazarko; Dong Geon Lim -- National Interest, August 26, 2019

Welcome to the Jungle: Indonesia Pick Site for New Capital City” Stanley Widianto and David Crawshaw -- The Washington Post, August 26, 2019

Assad Is Hunting Civilians in Idlib” Susanne Koelbl and Christoph Reuter -- Spiegel, August 27, 2019

Are Yemen’s Houthis the Future of War?” Michael Horton -- The American Conservative, August 26, 2019

Malawi’s Maturing Democracy to Be Tested Further by More Protests” Jimmy Kainja -- African Arguments, August 23, 2019

Why Are We Not Seeing a Revolution in Zimbabwe?” Marian Tupy -- CapX, August 28, 2019
American Leadership
The Case for Restraint: Drawing the Curtain on the American Empire” Stewart Patrick -- World Politics Review, August 26, 2019

When the World Stopped Listening to America” Scott Gilmore -- Maclean’s, August 25, 2019