The contest over newfound gas riches in the Eastern Mediterranean has triggered a slew of rival maritime claims, pushing the region’s main powers—all of them America’s partners or allies—toward open confrontation.
Yaroslav TrofimovTroubled waters in the East Med: My @WSJ piece on how newfound gas riches and Turkey’s expansionist “Blue Homeland” drive are pushing the region toward conflict.
I know how much Victorians want to go back to some semblance of normal – or at least “COVID normal”.
They want to be able to get a beer with their mates. To drop round and see mum. And they definitely want an end to these daily updates and their...
Yaroslav TrofimovDramatic lockdown in Melbourne, Australia, even as the number of new cases is very low by American standards. “Where you slept last night is where you will have to stay for the next six weeks.” 8pm-5am curfew.
The rapprochement between the West and Belarus, Moscow’s restive ally, is hitting new turbulence as outrage grows over arrests of the country’s opposition leaders and its mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
With the coronavirus pandemic escalating the conflict between Washington and Beijing, Moscow faces a tough challenge: how to preserve its Chinese lifeline without getting dragged into the looming clash.
Yaroslav Trofimov“There’s an increasing realization in Russia that getting too close to the Chinese giant can lead to undesirable dependence on Beijing. The most important thing for Russia is to maintain equilibrium, and not to fall into the struggle b/w America and China”
Yaroslav TrofimovRussia’s dilemma: How to avoid getting dragged into the looming confrontation between Washington and Beijing without losing its Chinese economic lifeline. My analysis with @tggrove
President Vladimir Putin’s carefully nurtured image as a master strategist has suffered at home and abroad as the country grapples with the coronavirus and an economic contraction that could curtail Moscow’s global ambitions.
Yaroslav Trofimov“The domestic response to the virus has demonstrated the incompetence of the model. Even those who didn’t see it until now realize today that Putin is not some father of the nation, but instead a not-very-competent man running a rather incompetent team.”
Yaroslav TrofimovPutin thought he could use the Covid pandemic to project Russia’s power and divide the West. Now that Russia faces the world’s third largest caseload, his handling of the virus is denting his image at home and abroad. My @WSJ analysis piece w @tggrove
The belief in Beijing, Moscow and Berlin is that the U.S. can no longer lead the globe.
Yaroslav Trofimov“Recent events reinforce a beliefs in many foreign capitals that U.S. society has entered a period of dysfunctional chaos and that the American political system is no longer capable of providing consistent leadership in international affairs.”
Processing and transportation breakdowns and panic buying are threatening vulnerable nations. “You can have a food crisis with lots of food. That’s the situation we’re in,” said a senior economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...
Yaroslav TrofimovSoaring Prices, Rotting Crops. My @WSJ page-one feature w @Lucy_Craymer on how the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the global food supply, pushing tens of millions to the brink of starvation.
The pandemic has empowered the nation-state, as global institutions falter and governments assert far-reaching control.
Yaroslav TrofimovA world of yesterday and a world of tomorrow. My @WSJ Review cover essay on how the virus puts humanity at a crossroads: will it retreat into the nationalisms and protectionism seen after WWI, or will it seek renewed cooperation, as after WWII?
Yaroslav Trofimov“What we are going through at the moment is collective shock. You have to be very vigilant. There would be nothing more tragic than if, in our efforts to preserve our health, we were to lose our freedom.” My @WSJ Review cover essay on the world or tomorrow
The European Union is facing the worst crisis since its inception as the coronavirus deepens long-running tensions between the bloc’s south, hardest hit by both the pandemic and its economic fallout, and the financially stronger north.