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A deeper bilateral relationship between the United States and Pakistan is unattainable in the near term, argues @MarkeyDaniel . Two decades of failure to change Islamabad’s approach to Afghanistan shows how little leverage Washington holds.

What will it take to ensure that international corporations pay their fair share in taxes?

“Appreciating the importance of small conquests and understanding how they have played out historically can help policymakers to manage them more effectively—or prevent them altogether.”

After poring over tens of thousands of files that were recovered from Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound, Nelly Lahoud offers insight into the geopolitical ambitions and the miscalculations of Washington’s chief antagonist in the “war on terror”:

“It is clear that the CCP has embarked on a drive to promote its style of authoritarianism to illiberal actors around the world.”

Read @dhume  on Christophe Jafrelot’s new book, “Modi’s India,” and the ways in which the rise of Hindu nationalism has compromised Indian democracy.

“The only answer to stemming the nuclear threat is diplomacy. And the best way to get there is through humanitarian assistance that would help North Korea stop the spread of COVID-19 and ease the pain of the chronic food shortages that plague the country.”

The Quad is the best hope for balancing China in the Indo-Pacific, @d_jaishankar  and @tanvi_madan  argue. What will it take for the group to succeed?


“The pandemic appears to have increased Beijing’s sensitivity to questions of sovereignty, from Hong Kong and Taiwan to the East and South China Seas—and to the rugged Himalayan border with India.”

“What has happened in Hong Kong will affect not only its 7.5 million residents but also the entire region—and the rest of the world.”

Nigeria’s international partners, especially the United States, must acknowledge that Nigeria is now a failed state, write @JohnCampbellcfr  and Robert I. Rotberg.

Evidence of mass surveillance, arbitrary arrest, forced labor, detention camps, torture, and murder in Xinjiang has piled up, but China’s economic power has deterred many world leaders from open criticism. Read @excinit  on whether this is about to change:

Hong Kong’s status as an autonomous region that respected the rule of law and protected human rights helped make the city a capital of international finance, writes Michael C. Davis. This achievement is now at risk.

“What has been Asia’s financial hub may find itself reduced to a twenty-first-century version of the fishing village that Queen Victoria’s subjects found when they sailed into the harbor in 1841.”

Under Xi, the Chinese political system is becoming ever more closed—making the service provided by the foreign press corps even more valuable. @JEPomfret  discusses the implications of China’s expulsion of reporters from three major U.S. newspapers: