All in Eastern Europe

The "China Connectivity" Edition

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative a geopolitical instrument, and if so, what’s Beijing’s long game? Are the U.S. and China destined to fall for the Thucydides Trap, or is there a level of Mutually Assured Restraint? Sara Fay, Niko Marcich, Liam Kraft, and Cameron Vaské discuss the rise of China, the Belt and Road Initiative, geopolitics, and compare U.S.-China relations to the Cold War.

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.”

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; and crises of migration continue in Myanmar and Venezuela.

Grab a coffee, ITS Wonks. It’s time for The Year in Review.

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.

The Rise of Populism Series: The Rise of Eastern European Populism

In our third installment of the ITS series on The Rise of Populism, we examine Eastern European populism in Hungary and Poland. Is Eastern European populism a phase of growing pains for the young liberal democracies, or does it mark a permanent shift with consequences for the European Union? Listen in for our #FreshPerspectives.