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Ian sits down with Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of The Straits Times, Singapore's most-read newspaper, to talk about our new partnership, and to discuss the future of geopolitics in Asia. You can watch the full video here.

Here are the key takeaways:

We're entering a big election season in Asia, with upcoming national elections in Thailand, Indonesia, and India. In all three countries, the races are close. In Indonesia, the latest polls suggest that incumbent President Jokowi Widodo's lead is narrowing ahead of the April election. The Thai election this Sunday will likely end inconclusively with months of wrangling between pro-junta and pro-democracy forces. And in India, a national security crisis has upended an election that was set to be fought mainly over the economic record of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP-led government.

There's good news on the US-China trade fight: The delay of a planned summit later this month between President Trump and President Xi is actually positive, because it suggests that unlike his Vietnam blow-up with Kim Jong-un, Trump is only willing to sit down with Xi if the two sides are close to a deal. The final agreement could actually be much more significant than most expect.

But the long-term problem for the US and China is that even if they resolve their disagreement on trade, mutual trust has vanished. That – rather than a trade deal – is the most lasting result for the world's two largest economies.

Check out GZEROMedia.com for more Asia news from The Straits Times.

Pop quiz: what percentage of plastic currently gets recycled worldwide? Watch this video in Eni's Energy Shot series to find out and learn what needs to be done to prevent plastic from ending up in our oceans. Plastic is a precious resource that should be valued, not wasted.

Ten years ago this week, a powerful earthquake off the coast of eastern Japan triggered a tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant, resulting in the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. A decade and dozens of decommissioned reactors later, nuclear energy still supplies about 10 percent of global electricity, but its future remains uncertain amid post-Fukushima safety concerns.

As more countries pledge to curb emissions to mitigate climate change, nuclear could serve as a clean(ish) and reliable source of energy. But investing more in nuclear comes with tradeoffs.

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This Monday, March 8, is International Women's Day, a holiday with roots in a protest led by the Russian feminist Alexandra Kollontai that helped topple the czar of Russia in 1917. More than a hundred years later, amid a global pandemic that has affected women with particular fury, there are dozens of women-led protests and social movements reshaping politics around the globe. Here we take a look at a few key ones to watch this year.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hey everybody. Ian Bremmer here. Welcome to your week, life looking better every day in the United States, coronavirus land. But I thought I'd talk about, this week, all of this cancel culture that everyone's talking about right now. If you're on the wrong political side, your opponents are trying to shut you down and you take massive umbrage. I see this everywhere, and it's starting to annoy.

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"Apocalyptic" protests in Senegal: At least five people have been killed in clashes with police as protests over poverty, unemployment, and the jailing of a popular politician rock the West African nation of Senegal. Ousmane Sonko, who heads the opposition Movement to Defend Democracy (M2D) and is considered the most viable challenger to current president Mackie Sall, was accused of rape in February and arrested last week. Sonko says the charges are a politically motivated attempt to remove him from politics before the 2024 presidential election. His supporters immediately hit the streets, voicing a range of grievances including joblessness and poverty. Though youth unemployment has fallen over the past decade, it still exceeds eight percent and close to two-thirds of the country's 16 million people are under the age of 25. As Sonko supporters pledge to continue protests this week, Senegal's head of conflict resolution says the country is "on the verge of apocalypse."

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