What it means to be a global CEO has changed. Here’s how (WEF)

For the past six years, I’ve been honored to serve as EY Global Chairman and CEO. My time at EY — including nearly a dozen years on our global executive board – has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Next summer, I’ll be stepping down from my position, and so, as I prepare to attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting for my final time as CEO, I’ve been reflecting on how the conversation in Davos has evolved over the years and what that says about the changing role of a global CEO in the 21st century.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/01/what-it-means-to-be-a-global-ceo-has-changed-heres-how/

Mark Weinberger

What next for the DR Congo after the disputed election? (Al Jazeera)

The controversial outcome of the December 30 election could still mark an opportunity for strengthening DRC’s democracy.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/dr-congo-disputed-election-190117094304898.html

Patrick Litanga is a PhD candidate in International Relations at American University in Washington DC.

McJesus in Palestine: Using bad art to whitewash Israel’s crimes (Al Jazeera)

On how a Finnish artist’s irreverent artworks helped Israel conceal its ongoing oppression of Palestinian Christians.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/mcjesus-palestine-bad-art-whitewash-israel-crimes-190115155534587.html

Jamil Khader is professor of English and dean of research at Bethlehem University, Palestine.

Syria: emerging consequences of the US withdrawal (The Interpreter)

It’s a new year and another chapter in the long-running Syrian civil war. With ISIS nearly defeated on the Syrian battleground, President Donald Trump made the unilateral decision to withdraw US troops, without too much detail about where this action sat within broader Middle East security policy, or details about anything else, really. I commented at the time (see: What happens next? Trump’s sudden Syria exit) about some of the possible ramifications. While there has been some pushback and confusion about Trump’s decision, it appears to be going ahead sorta-kinda-sooner-rather-than-later.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/syria-emerging-consequences-us-withdrawal

Rodger Shanahan

Book Review: the Clinton fiction (The Interpreter)

Former US President Bill Clinton is a man of singular gifts – a highly intelligent policy wonk with an unmatched capacity to connect with voters through mastery of what we are obliged these days to call political narrative. In other words, he’s a great storyteller. And Clinton is a confirmed admirer of Lee Child’s “Jack Reacher” series, so he’s a good judge of pulp fiction too. Altogether, the reader has a right to expect good things from Clinton’s first political thriller, The President is Missing, written with collaborator James Patterson, no less than the world’s best-selling author. But the reader will be disappointed.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/book-review-clinton-fiction

Sam Roggeveen

Brexit: British people vote with their feet (The Interpreter)

With Prime Minister Teresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal rejected this week by the House of Commons, the future of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union remains as uncertain as ever.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/brexit-british-people-vote-their-feet

Ruth Adler

Can Cambodian foreign policy find its feet? (East Asia Forum)

Amid shifting global power dynamics and intense pressure from the West, Cambodia’s foreign policy strategy in the coming years will aim to diversify its external relations, with a focus on South and East Asian countries. But in practice Cambodia still struggles to implement an effective foreign policy, stymied by institutional weaknesses. Without much-needed reform, Cambodia’s weak international presence may persist.

Can Cambodian foreign policy find its feet?

Author: Chheang Vannarith, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace