With Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the center of the United Nations Foreign policyColum Lynch and Robbie Gramer share their journey from Jim Crow South to the heights of US diplomacy. If Thomas Greenfield is confirmed as UN Ambassador, he will play a key role in restoring ties with Washington’s allies. One of their tactics? “Gumbo Diplomacy” – the term she coined to advocate her style of diplomacy, based on the practice of wooing foreign dignitaries from her home state of Louisiana for the Cajun court.
Meanwhile, Rihanna’s unexpected support for the peasant protests in India on Twitter has led celebrities around the world to speak out about New Delhi’s crackdown on dissent. In response, the government’s struggle against the protesters and their powerful supporters has taken a more serious turn.
And the foreign policy experts waiting for Beijing to test the new Biden administration may have misconceptions about the state of relations between the two giants. In short, what analysts see as provocations is just the routine brain drain of Chinese measures.
Here are Foreign policy‘s top weekend reads.
1. Gumbo diplomacy is coming to Turtle Bay
If Linda Thomas-Greenfield is confirmed as US Ambassador to the United Nations by the Senate, she will play a key role in President Joe Biden’s attempts to divert US foreign policy from his predecessor’s America first agenda, write Colum Lynch, and Robbie Gramer of Foreign Policy.
2. Why Rihanna and Greta Thunberg compete against India’s modes
Celebrities around the world, from Rihanna to Greta Thunberg, have spoken out in favor of farmers’ protests in India on social media. Now the government’s fight against the demonstrators and their prominent supporters has escalated, writes Salil Tripathi.
3. What America should and shouldn’t do against Myanmar’s coup
Some observers have called the coup in Myanmar an “early test of American moral authority” under the new administration. But only a foreign policy elite addicted to telling the world what to do would see it that way, writes Stephen M. Walt of Foreign Affairs.
4. Stop looking for Beijing’s big test of the Biden administration
Analysts and journalists have tormented for months over how the Chinese Communist Party might test the new US administration. But Beijing is not doing everything it can to provoke new US leaders, writes Blake Herzinger.
5. How the European Parliament anchored the region’s autocrats
The transnational party infrastructure of the European Parliament should usher in an age of real European democracy. Instead, their parties have taken undemocratic national figures into their ranks and given them approval, writes Dalibor Rohac.