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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: Farewell Obama; Welcome Trump (January 16 to 21, 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://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/6D69/production/_92390082_hi036326348.jpg.

President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama.

January 16 to 21, 2017

Billionaire real estate developer and mogul Donald Trump has just been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, as the 44th – President Barack Obama – took his leave. With 52 per cent of Americans disapproving his transition performance, unusual for a President-elect, Mr. Trump starts with low approval ratings, while Mr. Obama’s approval has hit 60 per cent, “his highest approval rating since 2009“. Along this tangent, data journalism site “FiveThirtyEight” noted that “presidential approval ratings do a reasonably good job of suggesting where presidents rank in the longer term”. And while Mr. Obama’s presidential legacy will be debated for years and decades to come, “FiveThirtyEight” also evaluated public opinion on 32 big issues, finding in general that even though the United States has become more progressive, on abortion and on same-sex marriage in particular, there has been growing dissatisfaction with foreign policy.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

Latin America

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