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Even if you’re not paying much attention to this week’s Group of 20 summit, it’s a good reminder of the major themes in geopolitics right now. And those themes are worth some attention. They include:
Renewed U.S.-Russia rivalry. When President Trump and Vladimir Putin meet today at the G-20, Putin will have a major advantage: a clear vision of what he wants, compared with Trump’s vague desire “to come home with something,” as Slate’s Fred Kaplan writes.
In The Washington Post, former C.I.A. deputy director Michael Morell and former National Security Council staff member Samantha Vinograd, write a mock pre-meeting briefing to Putin from his advisers. “Russia is in its strongest position since the end of the Cold War; the United States, our great adversary, is the weakest it has been,” the memo states. “Our policies are working. We need only to keep going.”