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Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Why AMLO’s meeting with Trump is important

The expectations for AMLO’s first international trip are inevitably high, especially given the timing amid the worst multi-dimensional crisis in recent history but also coming just a week after the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force. For the United States, the meeting and the ensuing side-by-side pictures will send strong signals to the region and the world that US-Mexico ties are in a good place.

New Atlanticist by Maria Fernanda Perez Arguello

Coronavirus Mexico

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive, weddings mooted as Israel factor; UK acts on jobs

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a coronavirus skeptic, tested positive for the virus, while researchers said new outbreaks in Israel may be down to a flurry of June weddings. The United Kingdom’s finance minister set out a series of measures aimed at averting a jobs crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council


Wed, Jul 8, 2020

Libya’s future depends on constructive, not destructive, international involvement

Turkey’s strong support for Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj’s UN-recognized administration, however, may have at least spared the country from falling into the wrong sphere of influence. But getting to a lasting peace in Libya will require the constructive involvement of all the actors who have a stake in Libya’s future.

TURKEYSource by Mehmet Öğütçü

Conflict Libya

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

The Syrian online war of narratives

Narrative in the Syrian Civil War acts as a front contested with unprecedented means over an unprecedented scale.

MENASource by Karl Nicolas Lindenlaub

Middle East Syria

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

How Jordan responded to Israel’s annexation plans

King Abdullah II of Jordan has repeatedly warned that Israel’s and the Trump administration’s actions are fueling potential instability.

MENASource by Seth J. Frantzman

Israel Middle East

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

White House’s Birx: China’s delay in sharing COVID-19 information hampered international responses

The White House’s lead coronavirus-response coordinator has criticized Chinese officials for a “delay in information” on the outbreak of the virus in January, which she argued hampered the ability of other countries to respond effectively to the pandemic.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Coronavirus

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

New report assesses Israel’s warming ties with Arab Gulf states

Common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, growing uncertainty about the US commitment to the Gulf region, a desire by oil-rich Arab nations to access Israeli know-how, and the worsening COVID-19 pandemic have given momentum to a rapprochement between Israel and the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Can Washington avoid a China “shake and bake”?

Washington is mounting a regulatory onslaught in response to China’s transgressions with no defined trajectory. The coming weeks will be a test whether US actions will send a clear message, or whether we’ll have a China shake-and-bake.

New Atlanticist by Julia Friedlander

China Economic Sanctions

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Berlin takes over the EU presidency: Lower your expectations

If Germany achieves a breakthrough on even one of the big-ticket items of its presidency, it is despite the chancellor and its political elites’ legacy of European policy over the last decade. Those betting wisely would do best to lower expectations for a Germany that has yet to have a moment of truth with itself about its role in Europe and the world.

New Atlanticist by Jörn Fleck

Coronavirus European Union

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Melbourne restarts city-wide lockdown; virus to take graver toll on Europe’s economy

The Australian city of Melbourne imposed a new lockdown of six weeks to contend with a spike in coronavirus cases. The pandemic continued to take its toll on the economy, including a gloomier outlook by European officials, while US cases prompted the closure of bars and restaurants in Miami.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council