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Best of the fortnight - 20 May 2023

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Guest Editor Louis Newstead has scoured the internet for IR-related content that might interest you. Here he brings you the past fortnight's best readings and podcasts to keep you up to date with what's happening around the world.

Global Issues

G7 summit in Hiroshima will force world leaders to confront the continuing nuclear threat. Elizabeth Chappell for The Conversation

Why the west needs to offer Brazil, India and South Africa a new deal. Jose Caballero for The Conversation

Intelligence agencies have used AI since the cold war – but now face new security challenges. Dafydd Townley for The Conversation

Five priorities for G7 to strengthen economic security. Marianne Schneider-Petsinger for Chatham House

UK and Europe

Wagner Group: what it would mean for the UK to designate Putin’s private army a ‘terrorist organisation’. Brian J. Phillips for The Conversation

Turkey’s next leader may be pro-West but not anti-Russia. Galip Dalay for Chatham House

Podcast: Nuclear weapons in Belarus. Independent Thinking by Chatham House

Russia and Ukraine

Russia’s appeal to ‘warrior masculinity’ is unlikely to encourage men to enlist in the army. Marina Yusupova for The Conversation

Will US support for Ukraine and Putin’s spin at home keep both sides fighting? Paul Rogers for openDemocracy

Russia’s New Nuclear Normal. Dmitry Adamsky for Foreign Affairs

Why Putin Needs Wagner. Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan for Foreign Affairs


It’s a bad idea for Biden to broker Saudi-Israeli normalization. Daniel Larison for Responsible Statecraft

US foreign arms and training programs are out of control. William Hartung for Responsible Statecraft

Ukraine aid — and US stockpiles — are running out. What’s next? Kelley Beaucar Vlahos for Responsible Statecraft

Why America Is Struggling to Stop the Fentanyl Epidemic. Vanda Felbab-Brown for Foreign Affairs


Three scenarios for the next phase of the Ukraine war and what each means for China. Natasha Kuhrt and Marcin Kaczmarski for The Conversation

China’s Status Anxiety. Rohan Mukherjee for Foreign Affairs

Can China Thread the Needle on Ukraine? Bonny Lin for Foreign Affairs

Surprise high level talks could calm US-China tensions over Taiwan. Connor Echols for Responsible Statecraft


The New Meaning of Hiroshima. Fumio Kishida for Foreign Affairs

Japan’s G7 Moment. Sheila A. Smith for Council on Foreign Relations

Myanmar and South China Sea crises test ASEAN’s mettle. Walden Bello for Responsible Statecraft

Podcast: The shifting geopolitics of Central Asia – with Raffaello Pantucci. World Review by the New Statesman

Middle East

Israel is a powder keg waiting to blow. James Sunderland for The Conversation

The Palestinian Succession Crisis. Ghaith al-Omari for Foreign Affairs

Saudi oil production cuts: A self-interested move. Patricia Karam for Responsible Statecraft

Podcast: In from the cold: Assad’s diplomatic redemption. The Intelligence from The Economist


Calls for US anti-rights groups to face action over Uganda anti-gay law. Khatondi Soita Wepukhulu for openDemocracy

How the lithium rush in West Africa is harming rural communities. Jack Wolf and Alix Smidman and Noel Konan for openDemocracy

Sudan’s Two Truths. Michelle Gavin for Council on Foreign Relations

Zambia reaps rewards of positive neutrality and economic diplomacy. Christopher Vandome for Chatham House

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