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AssessmentsJan 19, 2021 | 22:45 GMT
Journalists and supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gather near the police station where Navalny was held after being detained at the Moscow airport on Jan. 18, 2021, in Khimki, Russia.
Navalny’s Jailing Will Solidify Russia’s Standoff With the West
Russian authorities’ attempts to silence opposition leader Alexei Navalny affirm their determination to extinguish dissent, which could complicate Moscow’s foreign policy goals by further deteriorating its relations with the West. On Jan. 18, just a day after Navalny returned home for the first time since being poisoned in a suspected assassination attempt by Russian security services in August, a makeshift Russian court ordered that he be jailed for the next 30 days. Navalny faces a potential three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for allegedly breaching the terms of a suspended sentence related to a 2014 fraud conviction, which he says is politically motivated. A court hearing on the matter is scheduled for Feb. 2.
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PodcastsJan 19, 2021 | 15:54 GMT
Essential Geopolitics: Biden, Tech and Antitrust
In this podcast, we discuss what happens to tech companies now they have banned President Trump either temporarily or indefinitely on several social media sites. Meanwhile, Parler, a popular social media platform for right-wing groups and Trump supporters, was blocked from Google, Apple and Amazon's app stores.
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AssessmentsDec 23, 2020 | 15:59 GMT
EU flags fly outside the European Commission building in Brussels on Dec. 7, 2020.
The EU Seeks to Update Its Regulation of Big Tech
Sweeping new EU draft rules will increase the pressure on large tech companies, but debates over their proposed requirements and penalties will likely limit their impact on big tech. The legislation's ultimate fate depends in part on how the European Union frames the proposals to the incoming Biden administration because its receptivity to rules that disproportionately affect U.S. firms could prove decisive to their implementation.
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SITUATION REPORTDec 10, 2020 | 20:46 GMT
Morocco: Rabat Normalizes Israeli Ties for U.S. Recognition of Western Sahara Claims   
U.S. President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Morocco and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, the AP reported Dec. 10. As part of the U.S.-brokered normalization deal, the White House said Washington will also recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the entire Western Sahara territory.
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SnapshotsNov 10, 2020 | 20:55 GMT
Photos and stories of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden dominate the headlines on the front pages of newspapers in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 9, 2020,
A New U.S. President Leaves South Korea Cautiously Optimistic
South Korea is seeking to quickly establish a dialogue with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden in an effort to strengthen its position in U.S. priorities and influence U.S. policies toward the Korean Peninsula. A day after personally congratulating Biden and U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Twitter, South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated Nov. 9 that he would establish joint communications with the incoming administration to avoid any “vacuum” in bilateral relations. Moon’s actions reflect both optimism and concern with the impact of a changing U.S. administration on Seoul’s own priorities. 
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