Geopolitics: U.S. to withdraw from Syria, ongoing US-China tensions


 

“In deciding to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria the president is conflating two things. One is the territorial scope of ISIS, and one is the group itself. When you look at what ISIS holds now in terms of land it’s one percent of what it held at its height back in 2014. But the group itself has actually strengthened. […] But even before he became president, Trump’s position was that a U.S. presence on the ground in Syria was not the right policy stance. So the decision itself is not really a surprise. What’s interesting is the timing. And this also leaves open the question of how this helps to secure U.S. and also European interests in the region.” – Dr. Aleksandra W. Gadzala, Magpie Advisory Founder & CEO on CNNMoney Switzerland, December 20, 2018

On December 20th, Magpie CEO Aleksandra joined CNNMoney Switzerland’s Martina Fuchs for the last time in 2018 to discuss the latest developments in U.S. foreign policy and look ahead to 2019. Aleksandra and Martina discussed President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, the state of US–China tensions heading into 2019, and mounting global pushback on China’s Belt and Road Initiative – as well as why students at the University of St. Gallen should take Aleksandra’s course on ‘China Africa Relations in the 21st Century’ next term! You can watch the full interview here.

 
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