July 1, 2020
Tensions Mount Overseas; Enduring Impact of COVID-19; Venezuela Crisis Deepens; Russia Relations on the Rocks; and Changing Global Leadership
Quote of the Week
The enactment and imposition of this national security law constitute a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. It violates Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and it’s in direct conflict with Hong Kong’s Basic Law.”
-- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a speech Wednesday morning before Parliament regarding the violence surrounding the enforcement of China's new national security law in Hong Kong.
Tensions Mount Overseas
Democracy in Hong Kong” Eleanor Albert and Lindsay Maizland -- Council on Foreign Relations, June 30, 2020 

Could the Korean War Come to an End by 2025?” Wallace Gregson -- The National Interest, June 25, 2020 

Whatever Israel Decides, a One-State Reality Looms” Ishaan Tharoor -- The Washington Post, July 1, 2020 

Rising Tensions on the Nepal-India Border” Rishi Gupta -- East Asia Forum, June 25, 2020 

Egypt Is Prepared to Go to War in Libya” Judah Waxelbaum -- The Jerusalem Post, June 27, 2020 

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise” Damien Cave -- New York Times, June 30, 2020 
Enduring Impact of COVID-19
The COVID-19 Changes That Could Last Long-Term" Lewis Dartnell -- BBC, June 29, 2020 

Reassessing Sustainable Governance Models for the Post-COVID-19 World Order" Manini Syali -- Modern Diplomacy, June 30, 2020 

Beyond COVID-19 Lies a New Normal - and New Opportunities” Jason Sparapani -- MIT Technology Review, June 30, 2020 

The Coronavirus Casts Doubt on the U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal” Jeffrey Kucik -- The National Interest, June 29, 2020 
Venezuela Crisis Deepens

The U.S. and Venezuela’s Opposition Must Change Tack” Michael Penfold -- Financial Times, June 28, 2020 
Amid Crisis, Venezuela’s Maduro Deepens Control” Félix Rodríguez -- Americas Quarterly, June 24, 2020 

In Pictures: Venezuela’s Water Shortage” -- Al Jazeera, June 28, 2020 
Russia Relations on the Rocks
Trump’s New Russia Problem: Unread Intelligence and Missing Strategy” David Sanger and Eric Schmitt -- New York Times, July 1, 2020 

Russia Is Testing Trump’s Reactions" Janusz Bugajski -- The Hill, June 29, 2020 

Afghan Bounty Claim to Reset U.S.-Russia Relations" MK Bhadrakumar -- Asia Times, June 30, 2020 

Turks Lose Trust in Russia, Warm to U.S.” Ayla Ganioglu -- Al-Monitor, June 30, 2020 
Changing Global Leadership
Russia Cannot Afford Another 15 Years at War With the West” Philip Stephens -- Financial Times, June 25, 2020 

Why Putin’s Bid to Become President for Life Is No Sure Thing” Candace Rondeaux -- World Politics Review, June 26, 2020 

Europeans' Trust in U.S. as World Leader Collapses During Pandemic” Katherine Butler -- The Guardian, June 29, 2020 

The U.S. and EU Are Competing to Play Peacemaker in the Balkans” Rashmee Roshan Lall -- The National, June 30, 2020 

Kenya’s Road to Dictatorship Runs Through Nairobi County” Carey Baraka -- Foreign Policy, June 26, 2020