Iran faces repercussions after shooting down a passenger plane

Ian Bremmer joins us from Ethiopia to help us make sense of global political tensions and their origins.

What repercussions will Iran face in the aftermath of shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane?

Well, big repercussions internationally because the Europeans, the Canadians, plenty met. They lied about it before they finally said, OK. Tried to cover it up. And that means it's going to be much tougher to keep them onside in terms of this Iranian nuclear deal that the Iranians themselves are increasingly pulling away from. Also, big demonstrations on the ground in Iran. That's bad for the Iranians, of course, the worst week they've had in decades.


Where does this leave US-Iran tensions?

Well, I mean, pretty bad in the sense that Trump is now not just talking about no nukes. He's also saying, don't you dare abuse your people, don't go after them. So, is Trump saying that there's going to be hell to pay or further sanctions for repression? I mean, right now, the isolation of the Iranian regime has gone way the heck up. They're in trouble. They're actually in trouble right now.

How will China respond to Taiwan's re-election of anti-unification leader Tsai Ing-wen?

Well, this shows you that US-China relations are going to get worse. Xi Jinping feels like he's in a bit of a box on this after Hong Kong and the repression there. That's why Tsai Ing-wen, the nationalist did so well there. But after this deal is signed between the US and China this week on trade, everything else going in a bad direction: Taiwan, Hong Kong, intellectual property, Uighurs. And watch what happens with the extradition case of the daughter of the Huawei founder in Canada this month.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Yes, still in the middle of coronavirus, but thought I'd give you a couple of my thoughts on Russia. Part of the world that I cut my teeth on as a political scientist, way back in the eighties and nineties. And now Putin is a president for life, or at least he gets to be president until 2036, gets another couple of terms. The constitutional amendments that he reluctantly allowed to be voted on across Russia, passed easily, some 76% approval. And so now both in China and in Russia, term limits get left behind all for the good of the people, of course. So that they can have the leaders that they truly deserve. Yes, I'm being a little sarcastic here. It's sad to see. It's sad to see that the Americans won the Cold War in part, not just because we had a stronger economy and a stronger military, but actually because our ideas were better.

Because when those living in the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Block looked at the West, and looked at the United States, they saw that our liberties, they saw that our economy, was something that they aspired to and was actually a much better way of giving opportunities to the average citizen, than their own system afforded. And that helped them to rise up against it.

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Jon Lieber, managing director for the United States at Eurasia Group, provides his perspective on US politics:

How likely is bipartisan action against Russia in light of Taliban bounty reports?

I think it's probably unlikely. One of the challenges here is that there's some conflict of the intelligence and anything that touches on the issue of President Trump and Russia is extremely toxic for him. Republicans have so far been tolerant of that and willing to stop any new sanctions coming. I think unless the political situation or the allegations get much worse or more obvious, that stalemate probably remains.

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