Secretary Colin Powell’s Funeral, Bennett and Putin Meet, and More

Americans remember former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Israeli and Russian leaders hold a summit in Sochi, and China undergoes a World Trade Organization policy review.

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Show Notes

Americans remember former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Israeli and Russian leaders hold a summit in Sochi, and China undergoes a World Trade Organization policy review.


Articles Mentioned in the Podcast


Richard Haass, “Colin Powell: An American Life,”, October 18, 2021


Adam Posen, “The Price of Nostalgia,” Foreign Affairs (May/June 2021)


Ray Takeyh, “The Bomb Will Backfire on Iran,” Foreign Affairs, October 18, 2021


Podcasts Mentioned


Adam Posen, “Trade Protectionism,” The President’s Inbox, September 21, 2021


Matt Pottinger, “Beijing’s Grand Strategy,” The President’s Inbox, October 19, 2021


Memos, Reports, and Speeches Mentioned


David Brisbee, “Trade Policy Review of the People’s Republic of China,” U.S. Mission to Geneva, October 20, 2021


João Aguiar Machado, “EU Statement at the 8th Trade Policy Review of China,” Permanent Mission of the European Union to the WTO, October 20, 2021


George Mina, “Australia’s Statement on China’s Trade Policy Review,” Twitter, October 20, 2021


Colin Powell, Address to the United Nations on IraqWashington Post, February 5, 2003


Katherine Tsai, “Remarks As Prepared for Delivery of Ambassador Katherine Tai Outlining the Biden-Harris Administration’s ‘New Approach to the U.S.-China Trade Relationship,” Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, October 4, 2021


Resignation letter of Harold Hongju Koh [PDF], Politico, October 2, 2021


WTO Secretariat’s report for China’s Trade Policy Review, September 15, 2021

North Korea

World leaders gather for the sixtieth Munich Security Conference with growing concerns about a continued war in Ukraine and threats to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cohesion; the African Union holds its annual summit as multiple crises mount, including armed conflict and democratic blacksliding; Kim Jong Un increases aggressive language and acts as North Korea prepares to celebrate the late father and leader Kim Jong Il’s birthday; and former Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is nominated to lead a coalition government as the new prime minister.


Chile works to recover from the devastating wildfire in its central Valparaíso region; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) continues with its 2024 Steadfast Defender exercise, the largest since the Cold War, while uncertainty over members’ commitment grows; Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, holds vast general elections; and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attempts to reach a deal for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and hostage release.


The Joe Biden administration contends with how to respond to a deadly attack on U.S. service members at a base in Jordan while also preventing a wider regional war; a faltering economy clouds festivities as millions of Chinese travel home for Lunar New Year; Pakistan will elect a new prime minister and National Assembly, but lackluster candidates, economic crisis, and unraveling security situation loom over the vote; and Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger announce their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States, increasing security concerns in western Africa.

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