September 23, 2020
United Nations: 75 Years Young or Old?; Brewing Tensions and Chaos; U.S.-Iran Sanctions: Anything New Here; Challenging Power; The Perils of a Pandemic; Animals in Danger; and Hi-Tech or Hype?
Quotes of the Week
Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

-- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020), receiving the Radcliffe Medal in May 2015, on the question of advice she would give young women today.
It is lamentable for the UK to be speaking of its intention to violate an international treaty signed by the prime minister less than a year ago. It has become untenable for me, as Special Envoy, to urge other states to respect and enforce international obligations while the UK declares that it does not intend to do so itself.”

-- Amal Clooney, barrister specializing in public international law, international criminal law, and human rights, in a Friday letter resigning her post as UK Special Envoy due to the government's willingness to violate international law over Brexit.
United Nations: 75 Years Young or Old?

Born to Prevent War, UN At 75 Faces a Deeply Polarized World” Edith Lederer -- Associated Press, September 22, 2020

The UN’s Unhappy Birthday” Richard Haass -- Project Syndicate, September 10, 2020

China Goes On the Attack in Response to Donald Trump’s UN Speech” Sarah Zheng -- South China Morning Post, September 23, 2020

Brewing Tensions and Chaos
A Fight for the Soul of U.S. Foreign Policy” Colin Dueck -- The National Interest, September 22, 2020

The Multilateral System: Use It, Or Lose It” East Asia Forum, September 21, 2020

Don’t Expect Miracles from the Multilaterals” Octaviano Canuto -- America's Quarterly, September 10, 2020

France vs. Turkey: A Showdown in the Mediterranean Is Brewing” Henri Barkey -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 21, 2020 
U.S.-Iran Sanctions: Anything New Here?
Alone Among Nations, U.S. Moves to Restore UN Iran Sanctions” Matthew Lee -- The Washington Post, September 21, 2020

Iran Sends Message of Resistance to U.S. at UNGA” Maziar Motamedi -- Al Jazeera, September 23, 2020

Challenging Power
Thai Protests Focus More Explicitly on the Monarchy” Joshua Kurlantzick -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 21, 2020 

Protests Shake Bangkok, Challenging Old Guard’s Grip on Thailand” Hannah Beech -- New York Times, September 19, 2020

How Post-Election Protests Are Creating a New Belarus” Franak Viačorka -- Atlantic Council, September 22, 2020 

The Perils of a Pandemic
As U.S. Struggles, Africa’s COVID-19 Response Is Praised” Cara Anna -- Associated Press, September 22, 2020 

Johnson to Tighten Restrictions as Fears Grow of Deadly Second Wave” Andrew Woodcock -- Independent, September 22, 2020

How It All Went Wrong (Again) in Europe as Second Wave Grips Continent” Emma Reynolds -- CNN, September 20, 2020

Animals in Danger
Australia Says Majority of 470-Strong Beached Whale Pod Has Died” Byron Kaye -- Reuters, September 23, 2020

Over 330 Elephants Suddenly Collapsed and Died. Scientists Now Explain” Dragana Jovanovic -- ABC, September 22, 2020
Hi-Tech or Hype?
Serbia’s 5G Deal With Washington: The Art of Muddling Through” Stefan Vladisavljev -- European Council on Foreign Relations, September 22, 2020