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Paige Fusco

Alarmed by China’s progress in extending its influence among a series of strategically located islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this week President Joe Biden is hosting the first-ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit in Washington, DC. The White House has invited the leaders of 12 Pacific nations to discuss climate change, economic cooperation, and security ties. We asked Eurasia Group expert Peter Mumford to explain the importance of the event.

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Paige Fusco

Tensions between Taiwan and China rose to new highs this summer after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to the island prompted a week-long series of Chinese military maneuvers that were even more threatening than usual. China has pledged to retake what it sees as a breakaway territory — through invasion if necessary — and viewed the trip by a top US official as an affront to its sovereignty.

As China asserts its claims to Taiwan more aggressively, the island’s population has grown increasingly averse to reunification. Yet there are powerful reasons for China not to invade Taiwan — not least the fear that America, the island’s longtime ally, would come to its defense. US ties to Taiwan have grown even closer in recent years as it has come to dominate the global production of semiconductors, tiny silicon connectors that serve as the brains of modern electronics.

We asked Xiaomeng Lu, a director in Eurasia Group’s geo-technology practice, to explain how chips fit into Chinese and US calculations toward Taiwan.

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Watch: “Son of the Bride” — Argentinian filmmaker Juan José Campanella is best known for “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which won the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Picture. But my favorite Campanella film is this comedic drama about a son helping his father plan a Catholic wedding for his mother with dementia. Keep a tissue handy, and enjoy the superb performances of Argentine legends Ricardo Darín, Héctor Alterio, and Norma Aleandro. — Carlos

Appreciate: Art by Tim Bengel – A friend visited me recently from Esslingen, Germany, where I once lived, and she showed me a video of a local man, Tim Bengel, making the most extraordinary images with sand and gold leaf. I love that a young man from a medieval town in Germany is — in his own way — revolutionizing the way art can be created and consumed. Take a look. — Tracy

Read: “Atomic Habits,” by James Clear – I don’t read “self-help books,” but I read this one because I liked its promise that “tiny changes” in habit can yield surprisingly positive results for a person’s health, well-being, and work. This book, based on years of extensive research on the human behavior that determines how small habits – healthy and unhealthy – are formed and can be broken, makes for a thought-provoking read. – Willis

Read: “What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind” – There’s an influx of material every year around the 9/11 anniversary, much of it moving. Last year, The Atlantic’s Jennifer Senior wrote this piece about a boy she once knew, and the spiral of grief created in the wake of his death on 9/11. The circumstances around Bobby’s death were remarkable, but the message of this piece is eerily relatable: people grieve in very different ways. Jennifer won a Pulitzer for this masterpiece. – Gabrielle

Chileans rally against the proposed new constitution in Santiago.

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On Sunday, Chileans go to the polls again to have their say on a proposed new constitution for the country.

Following earlier votes on whether a new charter was necessary and then who'd get to draft it, Chileans will decide whether to approve or reject a new constitution that enshrines some fundamental new rights and expands the role of the state in looking out for poor citizens and other marginalized groups.

How will the charter change Chile if it passes, and what happens if it doesn't? We get some clarity from Eurasia Group experts Yael Sternberg and Luciano Sigalov.

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Gabriella Turrisi

When the US completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan on Aug. 30, 2021, it put an end to a 20-year conflict that had claimed tens of thousands of lives.

But the messy scenes of departure — including a suicide bombing that killed 13 American troops and 170 others — heightened fears that it would allow Afghanistan to become a haven once again for international terrorists and undermine US security partnerships with other countries.

On the first anniversary of the pullout, we asked Eurasia Group senior analyst Ali Wyne what the consequences have been for Afghanistan and the rest of the world.

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From left to right, Lega leader Matteo Salvini, Brothers leader Giorgia Meloni, and former Italian PM and Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi.

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On Sept. 25, Italians head to the polls to vote in a snap parliamentary election triggered by the collapse of PM Mario Draghi's fragile coalition government in late July. Political instability and short-lived governments are nothing new in Italy, which has churned through 18 of them in the past 34 years. Now, though, an alliance of far-right parties is widely favored to win power for the first time since the end of World War II in a country with bitter memories of fascist rule. What will that government look like, and what can we expect from it? We asked Eurasia Group analyst Federico Santi.

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Read: A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich — Imagine you’re a precocious 12-year-old who asks your very wise and learned grandfather to tell you the entire history of the world. If the old man has done his research and knows just how to explain complex ideas to you with great simplicity, you’ll have something like Gombrich’s “A Little History of the World.” And you might enjoy it again in an entirely new way when you’re a few decades older. – Willis

Listen: Maná — They're old, they're shaggy, and they’re awesome AF. I love love love this Mexican pop-rock band because their tunes make me wanna cry (El muelle de San Blas), play air guitar and lose my voice (Clavado en un bar), or hog the karaoke mic (Corazón espinado). Check out their greatest hits here. — Carlos

Watch: The Thin Blue Line – Errol Morris has made many great documentaries, but perhaps his greatest one is the 1988 classic The Thin Blue Line, which looks at the case of Randall Adams, convicted and sentenced to death for killing a cop in Dallas, Texas. Morris became obsessed with the case – and Adams' innocence – when he learned more about “Dr Death,” a key witness for the prosecution. – Gabrielle

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