Each week 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.
- Lesson from a year of Covid. A year of scientific breakthroughs and political failures. What we can learn for the future? Yuval Noah Harari in the Financial Times.
- Vaccines alone will not eliminate Covid. We need a long-term post-lockdown vision. Philip Ball in Prospect Magazine
- It’s only a matter of time before we turn on the unvaccinated. Nick Cohen in The Guardian
- China must stop hiding its vaccine data. Eyck Freymann and Justin Sebbing in Foreign Affairs
- To democratize vaccine access, democratize production. Matthew M Kavanagh, Mara Pillinger, Renu Singh and Katherine Ginsbach in Foreign Policy
- Can humanity conquer the virus? John Gray in the New Statesman
- Podcast: Can Bill Gates vaccinate the world? Listen to the Daily podcast.
- Opening up the order. How to make the world order more inclusive. Anne-Marie Slaughter and Gordon LaForge in Foreign Affairs
- Development depends on more than aid. A new US agency promises to harness the power of private investment. Gayle E Smith in Foreign Affairs
- From Syria to China, dictators are still getting away with murder. Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian.
- Why the government must reverse its drastic cuts in aid to Yemen. Philip Collins in the New Statesman
- Fake letters to politicians. It’s ok to test whether MPs reply to constituents. Philip Cowley in The Conversation
- Emmanuel Macron promised a new French liberalism. Now he’s crushing it. Louise Michel in Prospect Magazine
- Podcast: Northern Ireland: Past, Present, Future. Historians Richard Bourke and Niamh Gallagher about the history of Northern Ireland's relationship to the rest of the UK. Listen to TALKING POLITICS.
- Colossal restrained. Renewal at home requires restraint abroad. Charles A Kapchun
- America is back. But can the allies ever trust it again? Daniel Baer in Foreign Policy
- To hell with unity. Finton O’Toole in the New York Review of Books
- Christopher Lasch – contrarian critic of America’s elites. Matthew Goodwin for Engelsberg Ideas
- What could cause a US-China war? Joseph S. Nye Jr for the Project Syndicate
- Podcast: China in the 90s: why did it rise? Listen to Rana Mittar, Helen Thompson and Niall Ferguson talk to Iain Martin about what happened to China in the 90s, and what created the conditions for China's spectacular rise in the new millennium.
- Power shift in the Congo. Pascal Kalume Kambale and Mvemba Phezo Dizolele in Foreign Affairs
- The truth about Museveni’s crimes. Helen Epstein in the New York Review of Books.
Middle East and Asia
- The road to nowhere. Israel tarmacs over peace with the Palestinians. Donald Macintyre in Prospect Magazine
- What does justice for Jamal Khashoggi look like? Unleashing free expression in Saudi Arabia. Iyad el-Baghdadi in The Washington Post
- Khashoggi was killed in cold blood. Yet Biden refuses to hold culprits accountable. Read Mohamad Bazzi’s view in the Guardian
- Despite the war Yeminis still crave dignity, justice and the rule of law. Adam Baron in Newslines Magazine
- Podcast: Hold your fire! Naz Modirzadeh and Richard Atwood talk about Yemen’s multi- layered conflict, which enters its seventh year this month
- Podcast: Why the 2011 Arab Spring won’t be the last Middle East revolution from the New Statesman podcast series
- Bringing the US and Iran out of suspended animation. Bring in the EU. Read the latest from International Crisis Group
- Podcast: What’s next for the war in Afghanistan? Listen to NPR’s Fresh Air podcast
- A revolution in the making is taking place in Myanmar. Khin Zaw Win for Open Democracy.
- Inequality and political instability have lessons for the rest of the world. Diego Sánchez-Ancochea in The Conversation.