5 Top Reads
Our Top Weekend Reads
Violent clashes in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary, and obstacles to solving Canada’s opioid crisis.
This week, in an essay for Foreign Policy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren—a Democratic candidate in the 2020 U.S. presidential election—called for the United States to stand up to China as protesters continue to take to the streets in Hong Kong.
The People’s Republic of China has now outlived the Soviet Union. As Beijing celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding, Foreign Policy explored the big questions surrounding China’s future.
Meanwhile, local activists in Canada are working to implement policy solutions to the country’s worsening opioid epidemic, but politicians are reluctant to adopt them at the national level.
Here are Foreign Policy’s top weekend reads.
U.S. President Donald Trump continues to stand idly by as China cracks down on protestors in Hong Kong, but the United States needs a president capable of standing up both for U.S. economic interests and its values abroad, Elizabeth Warren writes.
The country marked its 70th anniversary with a massive military parade. Foreign Policy published a series of articles that ask: What historical trends help shape its trajectory, and what does the future look like for the world’s rising superpower? Is China an awakening giant or a stumbling one?
Upon his early departure as U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, Alexander Haig issued a blistering attack of Reagan’s foreign policy. But Reagan’s popularity never wavered. As John Bolton, Trump’s former national security advisor, goes on the attack, history shows that the president might still have the advantage, John Gans writes.
Riyadh launched its bombing campaign in Yemen in the belief that Iran was covertly supporting the Houthi rebels. That wasn’t accurate, but the intervention caused Iran to become more heavily involved anyway, Rawan Shaif writes.
As the opioid crisis worsens in Canada, grassroots activists are testing policy solutions in the country’s hardest-hit areas. The problem? National politicians refuse to get on board, Justin Ling writes.