U.S. Plans Beijing Olympics Diplomatic Boycott, Trump’s History Tour, and More

The United States announces a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, former President Donald Trump kicks off his History Tour, and Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual Constitution Day address amid rising Russia-Ukraine tensions.

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

Show Notes

The United States announces a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, former President Donald Trump kicks off his History Tour, and Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual Constitution Day address amid rising Russia-Ukraine tensions.

 

Articles and Statements Mentioned on the Podcast

 

Barton Gellman, “Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun,” Atlantic, December 6, 2021

 

Robert Kagan, “Our constitutional crisis is already here,” Washington Post, September 23, 2021

 

Jen Psaki, Remarks on the U.S. diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics, White House, December 6, 2021

 

Vladimir Putin, “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,” Kremlin, July 12, 2021

 

The Ukrainian army has got better at fighting Russian-backed separatists,” Economist, November 30, 2021

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Ukraine marks the second anniversary of Russia’s large-scale invasion; the World Trade Organization (WTO) holds its thirteenth ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi amid deep uncertainty about progress on dispute settlement system reform; U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels to Argentina and Brazil to forge stronger U.S.-South America ties; and the World Health Organization raises alarm about the situation at the Gaza Strip’s Nasser Hospital.

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

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