February 19, 2020
Pompeo in Africa; Global Geopolitics; Disputes and Decisions; Refugees See Hope and Struggle; Environmental Crises; Brexit Ripple Effects; Progress and Setbacks in the EU; and U.S. vs. Huawei
" Be wary of authoritarian regimes and their empty promises. They breed corruption, dependency, and instability."
-- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as a thinly veiled jab at China during his speech in Addis Ababa on the final day (February 19) of his Africa tour.
Pompeo in Africa
Promising ‘True Liberation,’ Pompeo Contrasts U.S. Role in Africa With China’s” Max Bearak -- The Washington Post, February 19, 2020

Pompeo Takes Veiled Swipe at China on Final Leg of Africa Trip” Giulia Paravicini -- Reuters, February 19, 2020 

South Africa’s Plan to Seize Land Would Be a Disaster for the Economy” Nick Wadhams and Colleen Goko -- Bloomberg, February 19, 2020
Global Geopolitics
To Prosper, Africans Must Be Free to Innovate” Alexander Hammond -- Foundation for Economic Education, February 16, 2020   

Solve the Kosovo Dispute to Counter Chinese and Russian Influence in Europe” Ivana Stradner --American Enterprise Institute, February 15, 2020

The U.S. and Europe Are Speaking a Different Language on China” Noah Barkin -- Foreign Policy, February 16, 2020

Trump’s EU and U.S. in Parallel Universes in Security” Matthew Karnitschnig -- Politico, February 18, 2020

Global Impact: China’s 1989 vs. Hong Kong’s 2019” Jeffrey Wasserstrom -- YaleGlobal, February 13, 2020

India’s Growing Surveillance State” Gautam Bhatia -- Foreign Affairs, February 19, 2020
Disputes and Decisions
India Takes Foreign Envoys to Disputed Kashmir” Shah Abbas -- Associated Press, February 12, 2020

Libya Is ‘More Dangerous for Everyone’, Says UN Amid Fresh Clashes” Radio France Internationale, February 14, 2020

Refugees See Hope and Struggle
Informal Education Brings Hope to Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh” Tahira Kibria and Rikar Hussein -- Voice of America, February 15, 2020 

Environmental Crises

For Whom the Bell Tolls” Christian Man and Carolyn Hirshon -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 14, 2020  

Anger and Fear Across UK as Second Storm Wreaks Havoc” Nosheen Iqbal and James Tapper -- The Guardian, February 16, 2020 
Brexit Ripple Effects
UK Employment Jumps as Economy Defies Brexit Political Turmoil” Lucy Meakin and Andrew Atkinson -- Bloomberg News, February 18, 2020

Progress and Setback in the EU
ASEAN-EU Ties: Seeking a Middle Path” Kavi Chongkittavorn -- Bangkok Post, February 18, 2020

EU Partially Withdraws Cambodia’s Duty- Free Trade Privileges” Tan Hui Yee -- The Strait Times, February 13, 2020

EU Rejects Facebook’s Proposals for Online Regulation” Javier Espinoza and Sam Fleming -- Financial Times, February 17, 2020

How to Regulate Big Tech” Anwar Aridi -- Brookings, February 13, 2020
U.S. vs. Huawei

Why the U.S. Is Losing Its War Against Huawei” David Goldman -- Asia Times, February 17, 2020