Weekly Brief
May 10, 2020

TLN Commentary

75th Anniversary of VE Day: a Family Connection, Michael Haltzel, TLN Blog
Michael Haltzel Interview with Pobjeda (Click here for original article in Serbo-Croatian)
Serbia should align, Daniel Serwer, Peacefare

Remembering VE Day

Speech by German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier marking the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe, Der Bundespräsident
Marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day and paying tribute to Eisenhower's leadership, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), The Hill
This year, let's drop the VE day nostalgia, Zoe Williams, The Guardian
Our Dark Past Is Our Bright Future: How the Kremlin Uses and Abuses History, Andrei Kolesnikov, Carnegie Moscow Center
Dancing in the streets: VE Day celebrations in 1945 - in pictures, Natasha Rees-Bloor, The Guardian

Global Ramifications

The Pandemic Isn’t Changing Everything, Ruchir Sharma, New York Times
The Coming Post-COVID Anarchy, Kevin Rudd, Foreign Affairs
The Beginning of De-Globalisation, Alexander Jung, Der Spiegel

Western Balkans

China’s Balkan Investments Are Paradoxically Speeding Region’s EU Integration, David Felsen, Dennis Feltwell, Balkan Insight
The Western Balkans belong with Europe, Nathalie Tocci, Politico
Geopolitics and loans: The EU does not want to lose the Western Balkans, Dušan Reljić, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik


The Coronavirus Test for Russia, Lilia Shevtsova, American Interest
What Russia is up to in Syria, Lamont Colucci, The Hill
Russia’s Policy of Passport Proliferation, Neil Melvin, RUSI
Russia wants a frozen conflict in Libya, James Coyle, The Hill

United States

The United States COVID-19 epidemic: early lessons learned and the way forward, Testimony by Caitlin Rivers, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Parallel universe: Geopolitics and technology threaten America’s financial dominance, The Economist
The World Is Helping Americans Who Don’t Always See It, Heather Hurlburt, New York Times
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