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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Afghanistan, Belarus, China, Digital, EU, France, Health, Middle East, Montenegro, Nuclear, Palestine, Russia, US

Must-Reads  
US/HealthAmerica Needs to Lock Down Again, Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker, Foreign Affairs 
US – 
Refocusing US Grand Strategy on Pandemic and Environmental Mass Destruction, Bruce W. Jentleson, Washington Quarterly 
Palestine – 
COVID-19 in Palestine: a pandemic in the face of “settler colonial erasure”, Yara Hawari, Institutio Affari Internazionali 
Middle East – 
Without the Palestinians, Israeli normalization is still beyond reach, H.A. Hellyer, Carnegie Endowment  
Middle East/US – 
How to do more with less in the Middle East, Mara Karlin and Tamara Cofman Witter, Foreign Affairs  
Middle East/France
Macron wants to be a Middle Eastern superpower, Steven A. Cook, Foreign Policy  
Afghanistan – 
Peace talks have begun in Afghanistan, major pitfalls await, Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations  
EU
State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary 
Montenegro – What Montenegro’s future government means for the Western Balkans, Sinisa Vukovic, Majda Ruge, ECFR 
Belarus/Russia – 
Putin and Lukashenka met in Sochi: no settlement has been reached, Katarzyna Chawrylo and Piotr Zochowski, Center for Eastern Studies, OSW  
US/China/Digital – 
Instead of targeting TikTok and WeChat, the US should work on an alternative to China’s digital silk road, Sam Olsen, South China Morning Post 
US/EU/China
The missing partnership: The United States, Europe, and China’s Economic Challenge, Peter Chase, GMF  
Nuclear
Rethinking Nuclear Arms Control, Rose Goettemoeller, Washington Quarterly 

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