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Nomadland: A “Chinese” Western

This year’s big Oscar-winner indicates that the U.S. and China are two sides of the same coin.

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Vaccine Diplomacy: COVID and the Return of Soft Power

Pandemic diplomacy as a foreign policy tool – from Western powers to the UAE.

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Biden: Appeasing Putin?

Putin’s little PR bluster games shows how much Russia has declined in the global league tables of geopolitical relevance. Why Joe Biden won’t take Putin’s bait.

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Of Borders and Metaphors

How the U.S. handles the U.S.-Mexican border will say much about its character as a nation.

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Reining in Facebook and Google: A Common Transatlantic Project

Big Tech media present a serious challenge for Western democracies. Tackling them is a worthy mission for the Biden Administration and the EU to work on jointly.

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Global Cuisine: Migraines in Beijing and Jet Lag in Thailand

How the food industry turns you into an addict.

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Myanmar and the Oppressive Side of the Digital Revolution

Surveillance technology devices from the West and the East have become essential tools for seeing through a coup d’état in the digital age.

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Global Cuisine: The Art of Cooking Rice Pudding

From salt, butter and soy: Food fashion (and science) are changing.

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Caught in a Net?

The perils of shrimping in Vietnam.

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Jeffrey Sachs: Xi Propagandist?

One does not need to be a hardliner on China, just a global realist, to see that there is a vast gap between Xi’s rhetoric and reality.

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