Best of the fortnight - 21 October 2022

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Each fortnight BISA Director, Juliet Dryden, scours the internet for IR-related content that might interest you. Here she brings you this week's best readings and podcasts to keep you up to date with what's happening around the world.

Global politics

Russia and Ukraine

UK and Europe


  • Party of one. The CCP Congress and Xi Jinping’s quest to control China. Jude Blanchette for Foreign Affairs
  • Xi Jinping shows the world he is taking a tougher line. Xi opens the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party with a political report which demonstrates  both change and continuity in the approach to leadership. Yu Jie for Chatham House
  • Podcast: Where will Xi Jinping take China next? During his decade-long reign in China, Xi Jinping has amassed more power and wielded it more ruthlessly than any leader since Mao Zedong. At the upcoming Chinese Communist Party congress, Xi is expected to secure an unprecedented third term as leader. Host Anne McElvoy asks Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and a former prime minister of Australia, what to expect from the next era of Xi’s rule and the implications that could have for China and the world.  From the Economist Asks.


Middle East


South America

  • Podcast: Lula v. Bolsonaro.  Former president Lula faces the incumbent, Jair Bolsonaro, in the final round of voting in the Brazilian elections. The LRB considers the history of both candidates, their supporters and campaigns, and what’s at stake in the contest.

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