The Brief, February 2016

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February 8, 2016

China's Push for Global Leadership

As China looks for ways to translate its economic power to greater leadership on the world stage, experts discussed its impact on multilateral institutions, the economy, and international relations.

Daniel Markey, Global Policy Program Director, wrote in The Cipher Brief that “China has been especially eager to bridge the gap between its newfound power and relatively limited say in multilateral institutions” and U.S. policymakers should support China's aspirations for global leadership, in part by creating a new trilateral forum with India. Read more

In a Knowledge @ Wharton interview, Pieter Bottelier, China Studies Visiting Scholar, said China needs “a certain amount of growth to sustain” tightness in its labor market, or a disorderly slowdown could plunge other economies around the world. Read more

Afshin Molavi, Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow, told CCTV America that China may be able to play peace broker in the Saudi-Iran conflict since it has “good relations with both sides,” and neither country wants to “alienate their most important customer for their most important commodity.” Watch here

Deborah Bräutigam, International Development Program Director, told the International Business Times that China's plan to build its first overseas naval base in the strategic location of Djibouti could allow the small nation to "become Africa's Singapore." Read more

The Case for Doing More in Syria

The influx of Syrian refugees has burdened European countries, created further hardships for migrants and increased criticism of the U.S. and other global leaders for not doing enough to aid the crisis. Experts discussed why the world cannot afford to let the Syrian conflict continue.  

John McLaughlin, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, wrote in OZY that Syria is one of the most pivotal issues of the year because “how the conflict evolves in 2016 will affect everything from the fate of the Islamic State to the European migration crisis.” Read more

Maureen White, Foreign Policy Institute Senior Fellow, told The New York Times that the U.S. should welcome half of the "130,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in immediate need of resettlement." Read more

Daniel Serwer, Conflict Management Program Director, stated in Fortune that “the best way to prevent more refugees from fleeing their country is a political settlement that ends (Bashar al-) Assad’s dictatorship and begins a political transition.” Read more 

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