The Year in Review: A Look Back at Key Events and Lessons in 2018
“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.
Dive in with The ITS Café.
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
- 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
Become an ITS Contributor:
All views expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of The International Scholar or any other organization.
European Parliament, Strasbourg, by Paul Lloyd, Flickr