May 6, 2020
An Uncertain Future; Pandemic Leadership; China Corner; Europe on the Edge; Crises in Africa; Failure in Venezuela; and Daily Dose of History

" If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what's out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated."
-- Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a Monday interview with National Geographic discussing the origins of COVID-19.
An Uncertain Future
The Day After Tomorrow” Harold James -- Project Syndicate, May 5, 2020 
  
The Post-Coronavirus World Is Already Here” Josep Borrell -- European Council on Foreign Relations, April 30, 2020 

The End of Emerging Markets?” James Crabtree -- Foreign Policy, May 3, 2020 

Power and the Rise and Fall of Nations” George Friedman -- Geopolitical Futures, May 5, 2020 
Pandemic Leadership
The Pandemic Has Revealed the Weakness of Strongmen” Helen Lewis -- The Atlantic, May 6, 2020 

Japan’s Response to COVID-19: A Preliminary Assessment” Glen Fukushima -- Japan Times, May 5, 2020 
 
Irresponsible Superpowers Must Cooperate” Amitav Acharya -- YaleGlobal, May 5, 2020
China Corner
Global Backlash Builds Against China Over Coronavirus” Steven Erlanger -- New York Times, May 3, 2020 

China Ramps Up COVID-19 Diplomacy in Mideast” Sabena Siddiqui -- Al-Monitor, May 5, 2020 
 

Will Russia Be the Real Loser in the New U.S.-China Cold War?” Dimitri Simes -- The National Interest, May 2, 2020 

How Not to Win Friends and Influence People” Jonathan Eyal -- The Strait Times, May 4, 2020 
Europe on the Edge
A German Court Has Plunged the Eurozone Into Fresh Crisis” Matthew Lynn -- The Spectator, May 5, 2020 
 
Coronavirus Lays Waste to British Exceptionalism” Otto English -- Politico, May 5, 2020 
Crises in Africa
Zimbabwe Was Already on the Verge of Famine. Then the Coronavirus Hit” Andrew Green -- World Politics Review, May 1, 2020 
 
 
Africa Still Sees Massive Pandemic in Its Future, but Partnership May Lessen Blow” Katherine Walla -- Atlantic Council, April 29, 2020 
 
They’re Back: Trillions of Locusts Descend on East Africa in Second Wave” -- Max Bearak and Luis Tato -- The Washington Post, May 5, 2020 
Failure in Venezuela
A Bay of Pigs-Style Fiasco in Venezuela” Ishaan Tharoor -- The Washington Post, May 6, 2020 
 
Daily Dose of History

Our Dark Past Is Our Bright Future: How the Kremlin Uses and Abuses History ” Andrei Kolesnikov -- Carnegie Moscow, May 5, 2020