May 20, 2020
War of Words; COVID-19: Risk & Recovery; A Post-Pandemic World; The Battle for Europe; Iran in Turmoil; Turnover in Africa; and We Can't Forget the Environment

Transparent, vibrant, and innovative democracies like Taiwan always respond faster and more effectively to pandemics than do authoritarian regimes.”
-- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement regarding the exclusion of Taiwan following the beginning of the World Health Organization's coronavirus conference on Monday .
War of Words
China Vows Retaliation Over Pompeo’s Message to Taiwan’s Tsai” Lucille Liu; Dandan Li; Cindy Wang; Jing Li -- Bloomberg, May 20, 2020 
WHO Members Reject Trump’s Demands but Agree to Study Its Virus Response” Michael Shear and Andrew Jacobs -- New York Times, May 19, 2020 
COVID-19: Risk & Recovery
Why Italy’s South Holds the Key to Its Coronavirus Recovery” Alessandro Lanuto -- World Politics Review, May 19, 2020 

Germany Is Reopening. And Learning a Tough Lesson.” Anna Sauerbrey -- New York Times, May 18, 2020 
A Post-Pandemic World
The Pandemic May Forever Change the World’s Cities” Ishaan Tharoor -- The Washington Post, May 20, 2020 
The Pandemic’s Geopolitical Aftershocks Are Coming” Tom McTague -- The Atlantic, May 18, 2020 

No, We Can’t Just Get Along” Jakub Grygiel -- The American Interest, May 15, 2020 

Compromising the Knowledge Economy” Glenn Tiffert -- National Endowment for Democracy, May 2020 
The Future of the Dollar” Henry Paulson Jr. -- Foreign Affairs, May 19, 2020 
The Battle for Europe
In the Post-Pandemic Cold War, America Is Losing Europe” Noah Barkin -- Foreign Policy, May 19, 2020

Playing With Fire” Giovanna De Maio -- Brookings, May 20, 2020

The Right Way to Fix the EU” Matthias Matthijs -- Foreign Affairs, May/June 2020

The Meaning of Systemic Rivalry: Europe and China Beyond the Pandemic” Andrew Small -- European Council on Foreign Relations, May 13, 2020

China in Europe: Facing Up to the Threat" Andrew Michta -- International Center for Defense and Security, May 15, 2020
Iran in Turmoil
The Twilight of the Iranian Revolution” Dexter Filkins -- The New Yorker, May 18, 2020 
Why U.S.-Iran Relations Could Shift Gears in the Coming Days” Raghida Dergham -- The National, May 16, 2020 
Israel Hack of Iran Port Is Latest Salvo in Exchange of Cyberattacks” Ronen Bergman and David Halbfinger -- New York Times, May 19, 2020 
Turnover in Africa
Burundi Election: Nkurunziza Set to Become ‘Supreme Guide’” Ferdinand Omondi -- BBC, May 19, 2020 
We Can't Forget the Environment
Nature Is Our Best Antiviral” Enric Sala -- Project Syndicate, May 14, 2020 

" Temporary Emissions Decline During Coronavirus Slowdown Spotlights Challenge of Hitting UN Targets" James Hohmann and Mariana Alfaro -- The Washington Post, May 20, 2020

COVID and Conflict, Pandemics and Peace: The Road Ahead

A Keynote Program with Nancy Lindborg
President and CEO,  United States Institute of Peace

Thursday, May 28
3:00 PM ET
Nancy Lindborg , President and CEO of the  United States Institute of Peace , will deliver a virtual keynote address to the Council Network and all Academic WorldQuest students and teachers on  Thursday, May 28, at 3:00 PM ET .

In light of the current pandemic and the unfortunate but necessary cancelation of the  Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020 Academic WorldQuest National Competition , Nancy will address the students and teachers along with the national audience. She will explore the unprecedented threats the coronavirus poses to fragile states and the important opportunities the pandemic offers to help fragile states recover better. A question-and-answer session will follow Nancy's remarks.

***Register below and a confirmation email with the Zoom access details will be sent to you directly.***
Special thanks to USIP for its sponsorship of WACA's Academic WorldQuest program.