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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: A New Bipolar World Order? (January 9 to 14, 2017)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from http://ste.india.com/sites/default/files/2016/04/01/474890-obama01.04.16.jpg.

United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

January 9 to 14, 2017

News from China and the United States makes the headlines this week, and in this vein questions about the global world order – perhaps moving from American unipolarity to a bipolar configuration, shared by these two countries – have emerged. In the United States, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama delivered their final speeches, respectively offering encouragement for an uncertain future and urging young Americans to fight for their own future, as the world awaits the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. And amid the two waves of protectionism and climate-change scepticism and a trainwreck presidential press conference in the United States, President Xi Jinping will be the first Chinese head of state to address the World Economic Forum, and his country is also spending hundreds of billions on renewable power sources to dominate one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.

Times, they are a-changin’.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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