The Year in Review: A Look Back at Key Events and Lessons in 2018
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“If 2018 has taught me anything, it’s that the unpredictability of diplomacy is a comfort.” — Anna Davidson

The ITS Café’s biggest team yet reflects on 2018 and looks at the 3 biggest issues in 2019. International Scholars Emily Tatum, Pranav Jain, Pascal Letendre-Hanns, Anna Davidson, Will Truban and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské look at the highlights of 2018 and trends to watch in 2019. Grab a coffee, ITS Wonks. It’s time for The Year in Review.

It has been a long year. In 2018 we saw: Ukraine and Russia fight over the Sea of Azov; Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia elect new Presidents; Jamal Khashoggi murdered in Ankara; the Democrats flip the House, Sri Lanka and the Maldives experience public backlash over the BRI; Trump start a trade war with China, withdraw the U.S. from the JCPOA, and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; Ukraine’s Orthodox Church break with Russia; Japan and the EU announce the largest ever trade deal; crises of migration continue in Myanmar and Venezuela, and more.

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The ITS Bookshelf:

- A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter

- War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow

- China’s Great Wall of Debt: Shadow Banks, Ghost Cities, Massive Loans, and the End of the Chinese Miracle by Danny McMahon

- The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities by John J. Mearsheimer

- A Flag Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of National Symbols by Tim Marshall

- The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age by Adam Segal

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  1. European Parliament, Strasbourg, by Paul Lloyd, Flickr

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