Russia is actively trying to undermine attempts by neighboring Georgia to strengthen its ties to Europe and the United States.
Meanwhile, Iran is covertly funding terrorist groups in Somalia as a way of attacking U.S. troops in the region.
And it’s time for world leaders to call the systematic repression of the Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang region what it is—a genocide.
Here are Foreign Policy’s top weekend reads.
1. U.S. Sees Russian Push to Consolidate Foothold in Georgia
Russia is using frozen conflicts in Georgia’s breakaway regions to further undermine the Caucasian nation’s stability and the viability of its bid to join the European community, Foreign Policy’s Jack Detsch reports.
2. Populism Isn’t Always Xenophobic. Just Ask Ontario’s Premier.
Doug Ford, the premier of Canada’s most populous province, is utilizing a more inclusive and malleable brand of populist politics to hold on to power, Simon Lewsen writes.
3. In Somalia, Iran Is Replicating Russia’s Afghan Strategy
Iran has established covert ties with the Somalia-based al-Shabab terrorist group, allegedly to attack the U.S. military and other foreign forces in Somalia and in the region, Muhammad Fraser-Rahim and Mo Fatah write.
4. The World’s Most Technologically Sophisticated Genocide Is Happening in Xinjiang
The overwhelming evidence of the Chinese government’s deliberate and systematic campaign to destroy the Uighur people clearly meets the definition of genocide, Rayhan Asat and Yonah Diamond write.
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5. To Pay for the Pandemic, Dry Out the Tax Havens
The COVID-19 pandemic has given world leaders a chance to learn from their mistakes and shut down offshore tax havens once and for all, David L. Carden writes.