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Weekly Brief
December 20, 2020

TLN Commentary

The Arctic and World Order, Kristina Spohr and Daniel S. Hamilton, editors, Jason Moyer, associate editor
Book Review: The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III (New York: Doubleday, 2020), Michael Mosettig, TLN Blog

Climate

Where I Find Hope, Al Gore, New York Times
The Anthropocene is a Geological and Political Reality, Patrick Schröder, Chatham House
The Paris climate pact is 5 years old. Is it working? Warren Cornwall, Science
How Russia Wins the Climate Crisis, Abrahm Lustgarten, New York Times

Trade and Economy

Macroeconomic and Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States, U.S. Department of the Treasury
How UK-EU trade cooperation can survive Brexit, Euan Carss, European Council on Foreign Relations
The US-UK trade talks that Joe Biden inherits, Anna Isaac, Politico
The W.T.O. Is Having a Midlife Crisis, Farah Stockman, New York Times

US Foreign Policy

Biden Must Reverse Course on Western Sahara, John Bolton, Foreign Policy
How Joe Biden must build an all Americas foreign policy to lead, Sen. Tim Kaine (VA), The Hill
Preserving America’s Military Posture in Germany, Bradley Bowman and Ben Hodges, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
What Will a Joe Biden Presidency Mean for the Balkans? Cameron Munter and Valbona Zeneli, National Interest 
Securing U.S. Interests Across the Greater Mediterranean, Rachel Ellehuus & Donatienne Ruy, CSIS

Russia

Recommendations of the Participants of the Expert Dialogue on NATO-Russia Military Risk Reduction in Europe
Initial Reflections on the Recommendations of the Expert Dialogue on NATO-Russia Military Risk Reduction in Europe, James Sherr, Martin Hurt, ICDS Estonia
How to Safely Manage U.S.-Russian Great-Power Competition, Dmitri Trenin and Thomas Graham, Carnegie Moscow
A More Robust Russia Policy for the EU: How Member-State Coalitions Can Contribute, Susan Stewart, SWP
NATO-Russia Crisis Brief, Nuclear Crisis Group

Lessons: Past, Present, and Future

The 10 most important things I’ve learned about trust over my 100 years, George P. Schultz, Washington Post
20 striking findings from 2020, John Gramlich, Pew Research Center
How Covid-19 Changed the Future, Florence Gaub and Lotje Boswinkel, EU Institute for Security Studies

3 Seas Initiative Region

Strengthening NATO in the Black Sea Region, Ben Hodges, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
The Black Sea: How America can avoid a great-power conflict, Philip Breedlove and Michael E. O’Hanlon, Brookings 
Managing Adversity: Russia and the Baltics, Vygaudas Usackas, Carnegie Moscow
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