Today’s autocrats prefer manipulating their citizens to outright repression and liberal democracies keep making mistakes, writes Jan-Werner Müller in a review of three new books on 21st century authoritarianism. buff.ly/3P0mu0d
Michael Mandelbaum’s latest book traces the arc of U.S. history in an insightful way. Yet, it tends to shy away from some of the more controversial aspects of U.S. statecraft such as the impact of racism and anti-immigrant sentiment on U.S. policy.
After completing her historic visit to Taiwan, Pelosi’s flight landed in Osan, South Korea—where no Korean official came to greet her.
Just miles away, the Korean President was on a staycation in Seoul.
Art history is told primarily from the perspective of famous artists. Their dealers, collectors, and curators in charge of featuring their work are often relegated to the margins. Author Hugh Earkin wants to change that. buff.ly/3BTOfVg
The complexities of Syria made Russian narratives discrediting specific groups easier to sell, and limited Western attention on Syria allowed them to flourish. Is the same happening with Ukraine?
"Army chief Gen Bajwa’s intervention should illuminate the extent of #Pakistan’s problems. While the economy crumbles, security is threatened by separatist and terrorist conflicts in different parts of the country." foreignpolicy.com/2022/08/05/pak…
With around 80% of its natural gas and 65% of oil coming from Russia, Hungary does have genuine supply concerns—but Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been deliberately increasing his dependency on Russian energy for years despite promising otherwise.
Is Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi a man of the people like the regime-controlled media depicts him to be? Or, is he Ayatollah Khamenei’s fall guy for policy failures that are effectively outside his control?
China Brief: A heavy volume of comments on Pelosi’s Taiwan trip causes Weibo to crash, China’s main social media platform, to partially crash. PLUS: A strange wave of anti-Japanese sentiment takes over the country.
Much more than access to the government gravy train is at play in Iraq, writes FP’s @AlOraibi. It is also a fight between Iraq’s main Islamist Shiite leaders about who will emerge as the country’s ultimate power broker.
“China risks falling off the employment cliff,” writes @CraigMSingleton. “And China’s leaders know it—even if their proposed policy prescriptions, such as sending urban students to work in the countryside, harken back to a bygone era.”
Russia made fewer calls to Asian ports between March and July compared to the same period last year. But the exception was India—who saw an almost four-fold increase in traffic from Russian-flagged vessels. buff.ly/3byw78P
Ukraine’s success in the coming weeks will be vital to ensuring Ukraine regains real access to the Black Sea for commercial shipping, without which the country’s economy could be crippled indefinitely, @DougKlain writes. buff.ly/3vBnilk
At least seven Russian vessels, sanctioned by the United States for their connections to shipping companies with a history of transporting weapons on behalf of the Russian government, have docked in India over the course of the past month. buff.ly/3byw78P
If the Taliban remain in power in Afghanistan and stay closely tethered to al Qaeda, as many observers expect, the prospect of a high-profile attack in the West could once again become a reality, @ColinPClarke writes. buff.ly/3vGeMS7
China’s decision to drastically curb diplomacy with the United States in the wake of the top U.S. lawmaker’s visit to Taiwan is an increasing sign that the relationship is set to hit a new low.
Amid China’s worsening economic crisis, nearly one-fifth of those between the ages of 16 and 24 are now unemployed. Will yesteryear’s policies do the trick or will they push China off the employment cliff?
In Tunisia, activists and politicians are coming to terms with President Kais Saied’s new constitution and a new vision of the future—one where their relationship with power has been fundamentally altered. buff.ly/3SnErc6
The United States has been reluctant in recent years to sanction the country’s energy sector because of the hardships it would place on average Myanmar citizens, FP’s @RobbieGramer and @MaryRanYang write. buff.ly/3P4HK5i