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After the Cold War ended, the Olympics became something of a snooze, geopolitically speaking — but that’s certainly changed since 2008.

The Beijing Olympics that year were billed as a lavish coming-out party for China as a 21st century global power. The 2014 Sochi Olympics were President Vladimir Putin’s bid to show a Russia resurgent — though the Ukraine crisis, graft, and revelations of state-sponsored doping wrecked the party. Then, in Brazil, the cost of the 2016 Rio Games helped mobilize anti-government protests that deepened the country’s ongoing political crisis. And now we have 2018 in Pyeongchang, where the prospects of thermonuclear war have something to do with whether two North Korean ice skaters cross the DMZ in five weeks’ time.

Without drawing this too far, we have to ask: in a world where a growing number of nations are competing for global power, is it any wonder that politics are heating up at the Olympic games?

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

Here are the basic facts:

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For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

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The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


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