January 27, 2021
Presidential Dilemmas; Putin's Poison; Renewed Violence and Protests; Where We Stand With the Pandemic; and Economic Changes and Challenges
Quote of the Week
“History and reality have made it clear time and again that the misguided approach of antagonism and confrontation – be it in the form of a cold war, hot war, trade war or tech war – will eventually hurt countries’ interest and undermine everyone’s well-being.” 

-- Xi Jinping spoke on Monday at the World Economic Forum’s virtual event calling for a renewed focus on multilateral cooperation.
Presidential Dilemmas
Biden’s China Policy Hinges on How Much Xi Is Willing to Give“ Michael Schuman -- Bloomberg, January 26, 2021 

It’s Joe Biden’s America, But Could It Be Xi Jinping’s World?” Frederick Kempe -- Atlantic Council, January 24, 2021 

A Face Lift Can’t Fix the State Department” Stephen Walt -- Foreign Policy, January 21, 2021  

Biden Administration May Change the Situation in Yemen” Ilan Zalayat -- The Jerusalem Post, January 21, 2021  

In Phone Call, Biden Presses Putin Over Cyber Breach, Navalny” Jaclyn Diaz; Bill Chappel -- NPR, January 27, 2021 
Putin's Poison
"Both Biden and Putin Put to the Test After Mass Protests Across Russia" Yuliya Talmazan -- NBC News, January 27, 2021

"Putin, Poison, and Self-Inflicted Wounds: Navalny’s Return to Russia” Alexander Baunov -- The Moscow Times, January 21, 2021

"To Silence Navalny, Putin Will Try to Enlist the West" Jeremy Stern -- Foreign Affairs, January 27, 2021

Renewed Violence and Protest
"Why Are Farmers Protesting in India?" Mujib Mashal; Emily Schmall; Russell Goldman -- The New York Times, January 27, 2021

Farm Protests in India Are Writing the Green Revolution’s Obituary” Aniket Aga -- Scientific American, January 24, 2021  

"Why Did the Central African Republic Declare a State of Emergency?" Christina Lu -- Foreign Policy, January 25, 2021

"Violent Anti-Lockdown Protests Sweep the Netherlands" Jen Kirby -- Vox, January 26, 2021
Where We Stand With the Pandemic
What to Know About the Global COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout So Far” Claire Felter -- Council on Foreign Relations, January 22, 2021 

World’s Poor Need Action, Not Covid ‘Vaccine Nationalism’, Say Experts” Patrick Wintour -- The Guardian, January 22, 2021 

The Pandemic is No Excuse to Shut the Door on Refugee Resettlement” Evan Jones; Najeeba Wazefadost -- The New Humanitarian, January 25, 2021 

The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Added $19.5 Trillion to Global Debt” Liz Capo McCormick; Craig Torres; Mathieu Benhamou; Demetrios Pogkas – Bloomberg, January 27, 2021 
Economic Changes and Challenges
Three Tensions in Biden’s International Economic Policy” Matthew Goodman -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 21, 2021  

"COVID-19: The Lofty Economic Recovery for Latin America" Syed Ali -- Observer Research Foundation, January 27, 2021

Cryptocurrencies Are Democratizing the Financial World. Here’s How” Stephen Stonberg -- World Economic Forum, January 22, 2021