US provocations in the South China Sea just a bluff to mask sick fleet (Global Times)

Dozens of US Navy vessels have been stricken by the coronavirus, yet by the end of April, US warships still frequently flexed their military muscle in the South China Sea. On Wednesday, two B-1B supersonic heavy bombers cruised over the skies to the northeast of the island of Taiwan. Such frequent moves made people think: What on earth does the US intend to do in South China Sea?

https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1187905.shtml

By Li Jie

Understanding Transportation in Emerging Economies (CSIS)

On November 6, 2018, CSIS hosted a workshop on “Transportation in Emerging Economies.” The Chatham House Rule event convened representatives from government, international organizations, think tanks, academia, and private businesses. The group gathered to explore the economic, environmental, and social drivers of urban transportation and mobility in emerging economies. The focus was on the interplay between transportation and energy consumption and the potential to disrupt conventional modeling and planning with new, multi-modal transport policies and investments, new vehicle technologies, and changing business models. This workshop was part of CSIS’s ongoing work on energy and development. There were five main takeaways from that wide-ranging conversation.

https://www.csis.org/analysis/understanding-transportation-emerging-economies

Nikos Tsafos

Managing Global Food Insecurity (Chatham House)

Carmel Cahill talks to Gitika Bhardwaj about how conflict, economic crisis, climate change and trade disputes have the potential to disrupt the global food system.

https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/managing-global-food-insecurity

Carmel Cahill
Former Deputy Director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

A Double Bind for the World Trade Organization (CIGI)

In November 2018, the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to investigate the legality of US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The United States’ move to raise national security concerns as a justification for the tariffs will be at the centre of the examination.

https://www.cigionline.org/articles/double-bind-world-trade-organization

RONALD OROL

Israel and Abbas: Security Cooperation + Terrorism (BESA Center)

At one and the same time, the PA indirectly encourages terrorism while pursuing extensive security cooperation with Israel to quell it. Israel accepts this contradictory framework and will probably continue to do so, even during the succession crisis that is likely to follow Abbas’s demise.

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/israel-abbas-cooperation-terrorism/

Is US Withdrawal Viable in Afghanistan? (BESA Center)

President Trump’s decision to withdraw half of all US troops in Afghanistan will likely be seen as a sign of weakness by the Taliban, who might subsequently feel less motivated to accept a ceasefire proposal. For Pakistan’s security establishment, Trump’s desperation to ensure a less ignominious exit from Afghanistan represents a chance to engage with Washington on its own terms.

https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/afghanistan-us-withdrawal/

2019, the year of aligning decisively (Gateway House)

The imperative for India to move away from its non-aligned posture is now, especially if it wants to be consequential in the global reordering underway. This will play out in the contention between the U.S. on one side, and China and Russia on the other.

https://www.gatewayhouse.in/2019-aligning-decisively/