Munich Security Conference, Remembering Nixon’s China Trip, and More

The Munich Security Conference is the stage for crisis diplomacy amid high tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border, the world marks the fiftieth anniversary of former U.S. President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China, and the UN Environment Programme issues its annual Frontiers report.

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Hosts
  • James M. Lindsay
    Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair
  • Robert McMahon
    Managing Editor

Show Notes

The Munich Security Conference is the stage for crisis diplomacy amid high tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border, the world marks the fiftieth anniversary of former U.S. President Richard Nixon’s historic trip to China, and the UN Environment Programme issues its annual Frontiers report.

 

Books Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Margaret MacMillian, Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World (2007)

 

Reports and Statements Mentioned

 

Frontiers 2022: Noise, Blazes and Mismatches, UN Environment Programme, February 17, 2022

 

Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development, The Kremlin, February 4, 2022

 

2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, February 15, 2022

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