May 19, 2021
Escalating Strife in Gaza; Russia Maneuvers; Taiwan at the Nexus; and New Covid-19 Challenges
Quote of the Week
"Deliberately targeting media outlets constitutes a war crime. By intentionally destroying media outlets, the Israel Defense Forces are not only inflicting unacceptable material damage on news operations. They are also [...] obstructing media coverage of a conflict that directly affects the civilian population."

-- Secretary General of Reporters Without Boarders Christophe Deloire said on Wednesday.
Escalating Strife in Gaza
"A Separate Peace? What the Gaza Crisis Means for Arab Regimes" Shadi Hamid -- Brookings Institution, May 16, 2021

"Israel’s Real Existential Threat" Yossi Klein Halevi -- The New York Times, May 17, 2021

"What Sparked the Latest Israeli-Palestinian Confrontations?" Robert Barron -- U.S. Institute of Peace, May 12, 2021

"For Netanyahu, Israel’s Fight With Hamas Is Going Just Fine" Joshua Keating -- Slate, May 18, 2021

"Israel Is Bluffing About Ever Invading Gaza" Anchal Vohra -- Foreign Policy, May 17, 2021

Moscow Maneuvers
Taiwan at the Nexus

"Taiwan at the Nexus of Technology and Geopolitics" Ian Bremmer; Ali Wyne -- The Diplomat, May 14, 2021

"Chips with Everything: How One Taiwanese Company Drives the World Economy" Helen Davidson; Martin Farrer -- The Guardian, May 18, 2021

"Hong Kong Closes Its Trade Office in Democratic Taiwan" Man Hoi Yan; Chung Yut-yiu -- Radio Free Asia, May 18, 2021
New Covid-19 Challenges