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Israel attacks Iran
Israel attacks Iran | Ian Bremmer | Quick Take

Israel attacks Iran

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here and a Quick Take on the latest in the Middle East crisis. And things actually looking a little bit more stable today than they have over the past couple of weeks. And that is some very welcome news.

The headlines, of course, that the Iranians have been hit by Israel, though no one is saying that Israel has admitted to doing it, in the town of Isfahan. Clearly, military targets and the Iranians trying to knock down those missiles coming over. But this was a significantly more restrained attack than what the Israelis did to kick off this crisis, which was attack an Iranian government building in Damascus and target and assassinate a senior Iranian leader. That led to the Iranian response that we saw over the weekend, which was a significant and serious one, with a few hundred missiles and drones. And now we are in the escalatory portion of the cycle.

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US TikTok ban: China’s complaints are a double standard
US TikTok ban: China’s complaints are a double standard | Nick Burns | GZERO World

US TikTok ban: China’s complaints are a double standard

Beijing blocks US technology companies like Facebook, Google, and X from operating in China. So why is the Chinese government so upset over the proposed TikTok ban in Congress? US Ambassador to China Nick Burns discussed China’s double standard when it comes to foreign tech firms on GZERO World with Ian Bremmer. The US has been pushing for TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to sell the app’s US operation, and millions of nationalist netizens on Chinese social media are decrying it as another example of the US limiting China’s global rise.

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China shouldn’t “coerce or intimidate” the Philippines in the South China Sea, says US Ambassador
China shouldn’t “coerce or intimidate” the Philippines in the South China Sea | GZERO World

China shouldn’t “coerce or intimidate” the Philippines in the South China Sea, says US Ambassador

Tensions are rising between China and the Philippines over control of the South China Sea, which Beijing sees as its territory, and Manila as its exclusive economic zone. On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, US Ambassador Nick Burns explained the US position that it is concerned about China’s aggression in the South China Sea, particularly at Second Thomas Shoal, a submerged reef where Manila deliberately beached a ship in 1999 and has used as a military outpost ever since.

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Iran-Israel crisis: Dangers still high with little room for diplomacy
Iran attack doesn't open diplomatic door for Israel | Ian Bremmer | World In :60

Iran-Israel crisis: Dangers still high with little room for diplomacy

Ian Bremmer shares his insights on global politics this week on World In :60.

Does the Iran-Israel crisis offer a unique opportunity for diplomacy?

I don't think so. They certainly give an opportunity for a bunch of countries to reengage with Israel. We're seeing that with Jordan, with Saudi Arabia, and to show the Iranians that they are still considered to be the big concern as an enemy in the region, a disrupter. But that's very different from saying we're going to see a breakthrough in relations. You're not resetting deterrence. Iran is going to continue to lead the axis of resistance and provide weapons and intelligence and engage in strikes against targets across the region. Israel will still hit Iranians that are operating there. So going forward, I think the dangers are still pretty high.

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US aims to maintain military advantage over China by controlling tech
US aims to maintain military advantage over China by controlling tech | Nick Burns | GZERO World

US aims to maintain military advantage over China by controlling tech

The United States and China are in a race for economic and military superiority. On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, US Ambassador to China Nick Burns clarifies the Biden administration’s approach to “de-risking” from China’s economy, emphasizing that while Washington isn’t pushing for a complete decoupling, it’s pushing to shift its supply chains and limit the sales of critical technologies like advanced semiconductors that could be used by the People’s Liberation Army to compete militarily with the US. Despite China’s protestations about US tech restrictions, the Ambassador emphasizes that Beijing also restricts its dual-use tech.
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Where the US & China agree - and where they don't
Where the US & China agree - and where they don't | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Where the US & China agree - and where they don't

How stable is the US-China relationship, really? It felt like frosty relations might finally be thawing after a meeting between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco last November. However, there’s still a lot of daylight and no trust between the two. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer sits down with US Ambassador to China Nick Burns for a frank conversation about how US-China has changed since Biden took office, what the two countries agree on, and where they’re still miles apart.
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Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from Lebanon towards Israel over the Israeli Lebanese border, as seen from northern Israel, April 12, 2024.

REUTERS/Ayal Margolin

Iran strikes Israel. How will Netanyahu respond?

On Saturday, Iran launched roughly 300 drones and missiles at Israel in retaliation for Israel’s April 1 bombing of the Iranian consulate in Syria. Some 99% of Iranian projectiles were destroyed by a combination of Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, US firepower, and assistance from Britain, Germany, and reportedly Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Israel suffered minimal damage and no casualties.

The question now is what comes next, for the region, the Israel-Hamas war, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the world’s great powers?

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Iran attacks Israel
Iran attacks Israel | Ian Bremmer | Quick Take

Iran attacks Israel

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here, and a Quick Take on a Sunday, which usually means something is not going well, and that is certainly the case in the Middle East, where you had unprecedented strikes by Iran and its proxies against Israel.

Now, on the one hand, clearly a very dangerous thing to do, on the other hand, could have been a hell of a lot worse. What do I mean by that? Well, it is not World War III. Americans warned Iran not to hit the United States, and the Iranians gave a heads-up, days in advance, through a number of actors, most importantly through Iraq. This reminds me very much of after the American servicemen and women, three were killed in Jordan, by an Iranian proxy. The Americans did not want a war to break out with the Iranians directly, waited about a week, gave a heads up through Iraq, of the kind of attack that the Americans were planning, waited four days, gave the Iranians a chance to basically prepare and get their own forces out, and warned them that if this were to happen again, there would be direct consequences, a direct strike on Iran itself.

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