UN Biodiversity Conference, Russian Oil Sanctions, China’s COVID Protests, and More

The UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) takes place in Montreal, Canada; the European Union and Group of Seven (G7) plan to implement price caps and partial embargos on Russian oil to respond to the war in Ukraine; and the Chinese Community Party reacts to nationwide protests over its zero-COVID policy.

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

Show Notes

Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Oliver Holmes, “China Censors Maskless Crowd Footage in World Cup Broadcasts,” The Guardian

 

Yanzhong Huang, “Can Xi Jinping Reopen China?,” Foreign Affairs

 

Ian Johnson, “Xi Versus the Street,” Foreign Affairs

 

James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon, “U.S. Midterm Results, G20 Summit, Prospects for Russia-Ukraine Diplomacy, and More,” The World Next Week


Russia Is Using Energy as a Weapon,” The Economist

United States

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address; U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits Beijing to try to stabilize U.S.-China relations; and the European Union’s embargo on Russian refined oil  products is scheduled to go into effect.

Central Africa

Pope Francis visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan during his fourth visit to Africa; Russia reacts to Western pledges to send tanks to Ukraine; and the United Nations works to counter the Taliban’s discrimination against women amid an escalating humanitarian crisis.

Israel

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan discusses Iran with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; China grapples with a sharp influx of COVID-19 cases amid Lunar New Year travels; and NATO concerns rise over tensions between Greece and Turkey.

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