March 31, 2021
A New Iran-China Strategic Deal; North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions; Violence in Myanmar and International Reponses; Suez: Shocks in Global Supply Chains; Attack in Mozambique; and Ethiopia
Quote of the Week
“Relations between the two countries have now reached the level of strategic partnership and China seeks to comprehensively improve relations with Iran.”

-- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted by Iran’s state media as telling his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
A New Iran-China Strategic Deal
In Washington Setback, Iran and China Sign Strategic Deal” Amir Handjani -- Responsible Statecraft, March 29, 2021  
Iran-China Strategic Agreement Could Be a Game-Changer" Amin Saikal -- Australian Strategic Policy Institute, March 29, 2021 
What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?” Shannon Tiezzi -- The Diplomat, March 30, 2021 
No, Iran and China Haven’t Suddenly Become BFFs” David Rosenberg -- The Haaretz, March 30, 2021 
North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions
North Korea’s New Nuclear Gambit and the Fate of Denuclearization” Evans Revere -- The Brookings Institution, March 26, 2021 
Initial Analysis of North Korea’s March 25 SRBM Launches” Vann Van Diepen -- 38 North, March 30, 2021 
Biden’s Great North Korea Mistake: Pushing China to ‘Solve the Problem’” Michael Rubin -- The National Interest, March 25, 2021 

It Is Time for a Realistic Bargain With North Korea” Eric Brewer; Sue Mi Terry -- Foreign Affairs, March 25, 2021 
Violence in Myanmar and International Responses

Kremlin, Despite Military Visit, Says It is Worried by Rising Civilian Toll in Myanmar” Dmitry Antonov; Maria Kiselyova -- Reuters, March 29, 2021 

India’s Dangerous Myanmar Policy” Sudha Ramachandran -- The Diplomat, March 26, 2021 
Suez: Shocks in Global Supply Chains
After 6-day Blockage, Traffic in Suez Canal Resumes as Trapped Ship Re-floated" Mohamed Samir; Nihal Samir -- Daily News Egypt, March 29, 2021 

In Suez Canal, Stuck Ship Is a Warning About Excessive Globalization” Peter S. Goodman -- The New York Times, March 26, 2021 
The Suez Canal Blockage is a Reminder that Geography Does Matter in Trade” Ido Vock -- The New Statesman, March 29, 2021 
Attack in Mozambique
As Militants Seize Mozambique Gas Hub, A Dash for Safety Turns Deadly” Christina Goldbaum; Eric Schmitt; Declan Walsh -- The New York Times, March 30, 2021 
Rebels Leave Beheaded Bodies in Streets of Mozambique Town” Andrew Meldrum -- Associated Press, March 29, 2021 
How an Insurgency Threatens Mozambique’s Gas Bonanza” Matthew Hill; Paul Burkhardt -- The Washington Post, March 29, 2021 
’Total Chaos’: Survivors Tell of Insurgent Attack in Mozambique” Peter Beaumont -- The Guardian, March 29, 2021 
Ethiopia: Conflict and Refugees
Ethiopian PM: Eritrean Troops to Leave Tigray” Duetsche Welle, March 26, 2021 
Mourning the Disgrace of Ethiopia and Ethiopians” Mistir Sew -- Ethiopia Insight, March 29, 2021 
Is the International Community Failing Ethiopia Again?” Samia Zekaria Gutu -- Al-Jazeera, March 30, 2021