World Review: Taiwan Tensions, Iraq Elections, and Energy Geopolitics
About This Episode
After Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call for "peaceful reunification" with Taiwan and military escalation near the island, Karen DeYoung, Bobby Ghosh, and Peter Spiegel join Council President Ivo Daalder to examine where the Unites States ranks Taiwan as a foreign policy priority and what could escalate the tension. Then, they dive into the elections in Iraq, US engagement with the Taliban, and the geopolitics behind spiking energy prices ahead of a tough winter.
2021 Chicago Council Survey data show a majority of Americans support a range of US policies towards Taiwan: recognition as an independent country, inclusion in international organizations, and a US-Taiwan free trade agreement.
Does an increasingly aggressive China mean the United States should maintain its posture of strategic ambiguity or adopt strategic clarity?
Americans clearly lean toward cleaner methods of powering the country and expect renewable sources will overtake fossil fuels as the primary US energy sources in the next 10 years.
Rust Belts exist around the world, and integrating them into the larger trans-Atlantic community is key to political stability.