February 24, 2021
Securing a Better Iran Nuclear Deal?; China's Emergence: At What Expense?; Cyberspace Maneuvers; Science and the Environment: Progress and Predicaments; and Russia File
Quote of the Week

“Words matter, tone matters and civility matters.”  

-- Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said in reference to the Biden administration's aim to shift the government’s vocabulary. 
Securing a Better Iran Nuclear Deal?
Iran and World Powers Hint at Talks Over Nuclear DealMaziar Motamedi -- Al-Jazeera, February 24, 2021 

Will Biden’s Iran Diplomacy Become a Shakespearean Tragedy?” Robin Wright -- The New Yorker, February 22, 2021  
America’s Iran Strategy” George Friedman -- Geopolitical Futures, February 23, 2021 
The Real Regional Problem With the Iran Deal” Trita Parsi -- Foreign Affairs, February 23, 2021
China's Emergence: At What Expense?
Why Iran Won’t Cross China on the Uighurs” Kourosh Ziabari -- Asia Times, February 21, 2021  
Canada's Parliament Says China Committed Genocide Against Muslim Minorities” Paula Newton; Ben Westcott – CNN, February 22, 2021 
The U.S.-Japan Alliance Should Pivot to China’s Human Rights Issues” Ayumi Teraoka; Elliot Silverberg; Charles Crabtree -- Foreign Policy, February 22, 2021 
China Uses Patriotism Test to Sweep Aside Last Outlet for Hong Kong Democracy” Shibani Mahtani; Theodora Yu -- The Washington Post, February 23, 2021 
Is China Emerging as the Global Leader in AI?” Daitian Li; Tony Tong; Yangao Xiao -- Harvard Business Review, February 18, 2021
Cyberspace Maneuvers
In the Middle East, War is Going Digital” Roxane Farmanfarmaian; Jay Mens -- Foreign Policy, February 22, 2021 

"After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation" David Sanger -- The New York Times, February 23, 2021
Our Lack of Digital Defenses Is an Emergency” Bonnie Kristian -- Real Clear World, February 23, 2021

China Steps Up Online Controls With New Rule for Bloggers” Huizhong Wu; Fu Ting -- AP News, February 18, 2021 
Science and the Environment: Progress and Predicaments
"The UAE's Hope, China's Tainwen-1 and NASA's Perseverance Arrive at Mars" Mark Whittington -- The Hill, February 21, 2021
The Climate Wolf at the Door: Why and How Climate Resilience Should be Central to Building Back Better” Robert Litan; John Fleming -- Brookings Institution, February 19, 2021 
'It'll Take Decades to Clean': Oil Spill Ravages East Mediterranean” Oliver Holmes -- The Guardian, February 22, 2021 

Russia Just Alerted the WHO to the World’s First Case of H5N8 Avian Flu in Humans” Anna Smolchenko; Amelie Baubeau -- Science Alert, February 22, 2021 
Russia File
"Biden Readies His First Major Penalties on Russia" Natasha Bertrand -- Politico, February 22, 2021

"EU to Sanction Four Russians Over Navalny, Including Prosecutors"  Robin Emmott; Sabine Siebold -- Reuters, February 22, 2021