Local-level engagement is becoming an increasingly central feature of the broader China- LAC relationship, as Chinese central government, quasi-governmental, provincial, commercial and other actors seek to engage more extensively in LAC markets, shape external views of China, and advance China’s various policy objectives and political interests, including vis-à-vis Taiwan.
The recent debate on Venezuela has primarily focused on the promotion of a political transition to reestablish a functioning democracy, respect for human rights, and restore a viable economy. However, the discussion and resulting actions should also focus on the need to address the medium to long term regional effects of the Venezuelan migration crisis. The human dimensions of the country’s protracted political, economic, and humanitarian crisis have been daunting, with 4.5 million Venezuelan...
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a four-nation tour of South America on Sunday at the Colombian-Venezuelan border, asking the man in the presidential palace in Caracas to step down for the good of his nation. Check out this article on the subject, that includes comments by one of JGI’s senior policy analyst, Imdat Oner.
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The global race for a COVID-19 vaccine takes a page out of the Hobbesian state of nature. The potential end of the health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic pits affluent countries against each other, prioritizing national interests over international cooperation. Health experts agree that in order to save the most lives and slow the transmission rate as much as possible, vaccine access should be prioritized globally to health workers, then people at a higher risk, then areas with high transmissibility, and then everybody else. Still, vaccine nationalism triumphs. Countries continue a “save yourself” approach to COVID-19, competing for prioritized access to a vaccine for health and economic recovery and the bragging rights that follow.
The Impact of Coronavirus on Putin's Power by Daniel Sixto
Rising COVID-19 cases revealed that the Russian people no longer trust their government to manage the global pandemic, possibly leaving a defining imprint on President Vladimir Putin’s legacy. Even after a referendum to reform the Russian constitution passed in July, Putin’s future as President for an additional two terms may be at risk. Russia, the world’s fourth-most affected state by the novel coronavirus, has reached over 1.5 million cases. Meanwhile, Putin hasn’t enforced measures that could prevent a rise in cases. Instead, he failed to supply regional oblasts and republics with supplies to combat the pandemic, hasn’t cared for the financially insecure Russian population, and attempted various power grabs while residing in his home on the outskirts of Moscow. This ineffective response likely changed the public’s perception of the Kremlin, giving rise to protests and historically low approval ratings for Putin.
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