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The Weekly Global Roundup

The Weekly Global Roundup: The Trump Doctrine: “We’re America, Bitch” (June 11 to 16, 2018)

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://static.dnaindia.com/sites/default/files/styles/full/public/2018/06/12/692331-kim-trump-north-korea-flags.jpg.

President of the United States Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

June 11 to 16, 2018

We’re America, Bitch”: President Barack Obama “apologised to everyone for everything. He felt bad about everything”. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, “doesn’t feel like he has to apologise for anything America does”. And this Trump Doctrine was on full display in the past week, at the Group of Seven (G7) Summit and at the Singapore Summit. Meeting with the leaders of the G7, Mr. Trump made headlines for inviting Russia back and for threatening the other countries over trade and tariff issues. The summit also ended on a bitter note, as Mr. Trump “refused to sign the final joint statement, antagonising other members who had already acceded to the agreement“. Meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, both leaders agreed to work towards a complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later added that the United States was seeking to achieve “major disarmament” of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal in the next two-and-a-half years.

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Africa

  • President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa was elected leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December last year, and based on a survey of citizens he has done well so far, with an approval rating of 68 per cent.
  • Even though the minimum legal age for marriage in South Sudan is 18, it is estimated that 52 per cent of girls are married before 18. The country has “the fifth-highest rate of child marriage in the world“, and adolescent pregnancy often follows these early marriages.

The Asia-Pacific

Europe

The Middle East

North America

  • President Donald Trump attended the Group of Seven summit, making headlines for inviting Russia back and for threatening the other countries over trade and tariff issues.
  • Following a vote by the Federal Communications Commission to dismantle “net neutrality” rules last year, it went into effect.

Latin America

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