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Nikolas K. Gvosdev, National Interest: What Happened at the G-20? Not Much.
Obama’s “legacy” summit had very few concrete results.
One photographer assigned to photograph the G-20 summit captured a telling moment on the stage in Hangzhou: Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan engaged in an animated conversation, while a pensive-looking German chancellor Angela Merkel (perhaps still processing the news of her party’s catastrophic electoral defeat in her home state of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania) looks into the distance and President Barack Obama, standing on the other side of the group of leaders, displayed what appeared to be intense curiosity at what was being discussed between Putin and Erdoğan. (President Xi Jinping, as the host, radiated an expression of apparent satisfaction.)
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 7, 2016
China’s G20 summit was big on show but short on substance -- Caitlin Byrne, The Guardian
Currency War Fears Prompt G20 to Act -- Saibal Dasgupta, VOA
No to partitioning Syria -- Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera
Time to rethink ASEAN -- Robert Manning, Nikkei Asian Review
How the South China Sea fight could go digital -- Will Glass, CSM
Landlocked Laos Struggles Between China, Vietnam -- Trung Nguyen, VOA
Why Vietnam highly values its relations with Singapore -- Xuan Loc Doan, Asia Times
The Tajik Tragedy of Uzbekistan -- Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat
Maldives: How do you launder $1.5 billion? -- Will Jordan, Al Jazeera
Fortress Kabul and Afghanistan’s Warlords -- Shawn Snow, National Interest
Why Auckland is the hottest property market in the world -- Eleanor Ainge Roy, The Guardian
Tracking the U.S. Military's Pivot to Africa -- Nick Turse, RCW/Tom Dispatch
#OccupyLuthuliHouse shows South Africa's ANC is turning on itself -- Steven Grootes, The Guardian/The Daily Maverick
Putin Shuts Down Last Russian Independent Pollster In Anticipation of Russian and US Elections -- Paul Roderick, Forbes
A Nationalist Eastern Europe Could Reshape the EU -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
New Support for a European Union Army -- Ted Galen carpenter, CATO
More of President Obama’s legacy -- Washington Times editorial