Why Is China Pressing Indonesia Again Over Its Maritime Claims? (World Politics Review)

China sparked a major maritime confrontation with Indonesia near the South China Sea last month when dozens of Chinese fishing vessels, along with a coast guard escort, entered waters off the Natuna Islands, which are within Jakarta’s exclusive economic zone but are also claimed by China.

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/28476/why-is-china-pressing-indonesia-again-over-the-natuna-islands?utm_source=WPR+Free+Newsletter&utm_campaign=28a07246e4-Daily_Free_01162020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e36cc98fd-28a07246e4-64207257&mc_cid=28a07246e4&mc_eid=eee1e65047

How Would a Military Drawdown Affect U.S. Engagement in Africa? (World Politics Review)

Last month, The New York Times reported that the U.S. Department of Defense was considering “a major reduction—or even a complete pullout—of American forces from West Africa.” The proposal is part of a worldwide review of overseas U.S. deployments, based on the Trump administration’s strategic framework of refocusing resources away from counterterrorism missions and toward competition with adversarial great powers like China and Russia. But for many observers, it was just the latest troubling sign of American disengagement from Africa.

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/podcast/28473/how-would-a-military-drawdown-affect-u-s-engagement-in-africa?utm_source=WPR+Free+Newsletter&utm_campaign=28a07246e4-Daily_Free_01162020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e36cc98fd-28a07246e4-64207257&mc_cid=28a07246e4&mc_eid=eee1e65047

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What Does the ‘Phase One’ U.S.-China Trade Deal Actually Accomplish? (World Politics Review)

With the signing of a “phase one” trade deal Wednesday, the United States and China have finally pressed pause on their protracted trade war. At a White House signing ceremony that was attended by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, President Donald Trump called the pact a “sea change in international trade.” But what does it actually accomplish?

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/trend-lines/28474/what-does-the-phase-one-u-s-china-trade-deal-actually-accomplish?utm_source=WPR+Free+Newsletter&utm_campaign=28a07246e4-Daily_Free_01162020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e36cc98fd-28a07246e4-64207257&mc_cid=28a07246e4&mc_eid=eee1e65047

China’s Policies Toward Hong Kong and Taiwan Are Driving a Slow-Motion Catastrophe (World Politics Review)

In order to understand the mounting tensions in both Taiwan and Hong Kong over their relationships with mainland China, one must abandon the usual time frames of weeks, months or at most a handful of years and instead imagine the scenarios that open up over decades—five decades, to be precise. Over the next 50 years, interlocking dreams and nightmares will hang even more heavily over Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province, and Hong Kong, over which Beijing wants to assert more direct control, with possibly tragic outcomes.

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/28470/china-s-policies-toward-hong-kong-and-taiwan-are-driving-a-slow-motion-catastrophe?utm_source=WPR+Free+Newsletter&utm_campaign=28a07246e4-Daily_Free_01162020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e36cc98fd-28a07246e4-64207257&mc_cid=28a07246e4&mc_eid=eee1e65047

For Migrants and Refugees, Greece Has Become Hostile Territory (World Politics Review)

The last dog days of summer are usually quiet in Athens. Most people leave for their summer holiday, scattering to beaches looking out over azure waters or mountains filled with wildflowers. Only a few dazed tourists remain behind to wander the city.

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/28472/for-migrants-asylum-seekers-and-refugees-greece-is-hostile-territory?utm_source=WPR+Free+Newsletter&utm_campaign=28a07246e4-Daily_Free_01162020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e36cc98fd-28a07246e4-64207257&mc_cid=28a07246e4&mc_eid=eee1e65047

In Oman, Sultan Qaboos Leaves a Legacy of Nonalignment. Can His Successor Keep It? (World Politics Review)

For years, a cloud hung over a corner of the Middle East, containing fears of yet another conflict suddenly erupting. They centered on what would happen after the death of the longest reigning monarch in the Gulf, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who ruled over the Sultanate of Oman for half a century without leaving behind an heir apparent. Qaboos had been ill for years, and yet, if you tried to gently broach the subject of his successor with Omani citizens, they would recoil. The sultan had set up a system for succession and everyone knew it. But no one knew if it would work.

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/28475/in-oman-sultan-qaboos-leaves-a-legacy-of-nonalignment-can-his-successor-keep-it

For Trump, Venezuela Will Remain a Foreign Policy Priority Until Election Day (World Politics Review)

Among the many glaring pieces of unfinished business on President Donald Trump’s foreign policy ledger is Venezuela, where his campaign of “maximum pressure” on President Nicolas Maduro has failed. Venezuelans are preparing to mark the anniversary this month of a policy to oust Maduro that Trump launched with great fanfare and to high expectations nearly a year ago, when he declared Maduro’s presidency “illegitimate” and recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate, interim president. At the time, Trump vowed to restore Venezuelan democracy, declaring that “all options are on the table.”

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/28458/for-trump-venezuela-will-remain-a-foreign-policy-priority-until-election-day

What a Freeze on EU Membership Talks Means for the Balkans (World Politics Review)

It was supposed to be a landmark year for the Balkans. In 2019, the European Union was due to give the green light to accession talks with Albania and what is now called North Macedonia. In Serbia, meanwhile, President Aleksandar Vucic saw a rare window for a lasting peace deal with Kosovo, 20 years after the war that led to Kosovo’s independence.

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/28459/what-a-freeze-on-membership-talks-means-for-the-eu-balkans?utm_source=WPR+Free+Newsletter&utm_campaign=03949853d0-Daily_Free_01092020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e36cc98fd-03949853d0-64207257&mc_cid=03949853d0&mc_eid=eee1e65047

How the Murder of a Journalist in Malta Exposed Europe’s Corruption Problem (World Politics Review)

Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia spent her career cataloguing what she believed to be endemic corruption among the political elite in Malta, the European Union’s smallest member state. When she was murdered in a car bomb in October 2017, it was, in the words of one of her three sons, “an assassination to match the scale of the crimes on which she was reporting.”

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/28457/in-malta-corruption-led-to-a-journalist-s-murder-it-s-time-for-the-eu-to-act?utm_source=WPR+Free+Newsletter&utm_campaign=03949853d0-Daily_Free_01092020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6e36cc98fd-03949853d0-64207257&mc_cid=03949853d0&mc_eid=eee1e65047

Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis Faces a ‘Tipping Point’ as the War Grinds On (World Politics Review, Brookings)

https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/trend-lines/26163/yemen-s-humanitarian-crisis-faces-a-tipping-point-as-the-war-grinds-on

As the war in Yemen enters its fifth year, the country’s population is coping with an increasingly severe shortage of food. The United Nations’ humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, said last week that three quarters of Yemenis need some form of humanitarian aid, and the situation is nearing a “tipping point, beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country.” WPR spoke via email with Noha Aboueldahab, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center, for an update on the crisis and potential steps that can be taken to prevent the situation in Yemen from getting even worse.