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It is too easy to assume that the coronavirus pandemic will mean the end of globalization. After all, much of today's world's connectivity doesn't depend on capital flows or controls, sprawling supply chains, or border walls. The dark cloud of the climate catastrophe, for example, represents a kind of ecological globalization that we cannot escape – while cyberspace itself is practically limitless.

In the meantime, the Armenian Prime Minister is grappling with the consequences of his own nationalism, which forced him to break off negotiations brokered by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe over the bloody battle in Nagorno-Karabakh.

And the man behind it Veep offers his thoughts on whether the Trump era qualifies as a comedy.

Here are Foreign policyThe top weekend is.

The paramilitary police march near the US consulate in Chengdu, China, on July 26th. NOEL CELIS / AFP via Getty Images

1. COVID-19 must not change the world

It's too early to know if the coronavirus pandemic will become a critical point in history. Much of the early alarmism about the fate of liberalism, however, is unfounded: In fact, recent polls suggest that COVID-19 has indeed encouraged democracies and hampered China's rise, and not the other way around, writes Joseph S. Nye Jr ..

The Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan gives an interview in Yerevan on October 6th.AFP via Getty Images

2. Without Russian aid to Armenia, Azerbaijan has the upper hand in Nagorno-Karabakh

Since coming to power in 2018, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has undermined the weak treaties between his country and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area. Now the fate of the Armenian leader – and that of his country as a whole – lies in the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, writes Robert M. Cutler.

Armando Iannucci will attend the premiere of the seventh season of "Veep" in New York on March 26th.Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

3. "There is a complete destruction of reality"

Armando Iannucci, the creator of Veepis glad he doesn't have to write a comedy show about Washington in 2020. Were the characters of Veep Against the backdrop of the Trump administration, the wildly incompetent Vice President Selina Meyer would likely appear as a "hero figure," he told Amy Mackinnon of Foreign Policy in an interview.

On October 7, recruiters in non-partisan pairs process postal ballots in a warehouse on the Anne Arundel County's electoral board in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

4. Why we still need democracy

Republican Senator Mike Lee raised more than a few eyebrows on Wednesday when he suggested that the United States shouldn't be a democracy. This is a dangerous claim, as those in charge see accountability – the backbone of democracy – as trivial, writes Malka Older.

Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja praying for peace and security in Nigeria on March 1st.Kola Sulaimon / AFP via Getty Images

5. Christian victims in Nigeria fear future attacks

Violence against Nigeria's Christians has increased under President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power in 2015. However, US President Donald Trump's alleged support for persecuted Christians has not yet materialized, reports Patrick Egwu.

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