Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Views and analysis on Russia/Ukraine, the Middle East, and Europe. Plus, articles on the global energy market and global health. Scroll down for opinions on U.S. foreign policy and the changing of the guard at the Pentagon.
Later today, look out for our top book picks for 2014 - culled from many of the same publications that serve as sources for these weekly news digests.
What's Next on Russia's Agenda?
"It's Time for the West to Re-Evaluate Its Whole Approach to Russia," Matthew Sussex - The Interpreter, December 8, 2014
"The West's Containment Folly," Peter Harris - The National Interest, December 8, 2014
"Moldova is Next Battleground for Russia and EU," Judy Dempsey - The Moscow Times, December 4, 2014
"The Greatest Challenge to U.S.-European Security Cooperation Today: The Ukraine Crisis," Ian Bond, Denis Corboy, William Courtney, Michael Haltzel, and Kenneth Yalowitz - The National Interest, December 8, 2014
"What Will Happen With Eastern Ukraine?" Kadri Liik and Andrew Wilson - European Council on Foreign Relations, December 2014
Iran: Ally and Antagonist
"U.S. Accuses Iran of Secretly Breaching U.N. Nuclear Sanctions," Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy, December 8, 2014
"A Nuclear Deal With Iran Will Require the West to Reevaluate its Presumptions," Eric Edelman, Dennis Ross, and Ray Takeyh - The Washington Post, December 4, 2014
"Iran: A Not So Unlikely Ally," Ibrahim Al-Marashi - Al Jazeera, December 8, 2014
"In Syria, a Last Gasp Warning for U.S. Influence," Charles Lister - Brookings, December 5, 2014
"The Vortex," Robin Wright - The New Yorker, December 8, 2014
Israel/Palestine: A Conflict Without a Resolution?
"The Power and Weakness of Inciting Violence," Shibley Telhami - The Washington Post, December 5, 2014
"Thinking Outside the Oslo Box," Mark LeVine and Mathias Mossberg - Al Jazeera America, December 6, 2014
"Five Reasons to Recognize a Palestinian State," Hugh Lovatt and Mattia Toaldo - European Council on Foreign Relations, December 8, 2014
The New Europe?
"Let the Next Generation Speak Up for Europe," Timothy Garton Ash - The Guardian, December 7, 2014
Global Energy Market
"South Stream, Russia and Turkey: What Does The Deal Mean?" Stephen Blank - The Turkey Analyst, December 3, 2014
"EU, U.S. Promote Alternative Projects, Following South Stream Failure," James Crisp - EurActiv, December 4, 2014
"The Promise and Peril of Falling Oil Prices," Mark Kennedy - Foreign Policy, December 5, 2014
"The Most Dangerous Emerging Disease is Drug Resistance," Katrin Elger, and Veronika Hackenbroch - Spiegel Online International, December 8, 2014
Views on U.S. Foreign Policy
"Debunking Retreat Argument Against Obama's Foreign Policy," Michael A. Cohen - The Boston Globe, December 4, 2014
"Why the Pacific Matters to the Rebalance," Gregory B. Poling and James Hurndell - Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 4, 2014
"The Obama Administration: From Ending Two Wars to Engagement in Five With the Risk of a Sixth," Anthony H. Cordesman - Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 3, 2014
"Ash Carter vs. Barack Obama's Yogi Berra Foreign Policy," David Rothkopf - Foreign Policy, December 4, 2014
"Can Ash Carter Save the Pentagon?" Michael Auslin - National Review Online, December 8, 2014
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Opinion and analysis of negotiations with Tehran, the global energy market, the Middle East, Asia, and Russia/Ukraine. Plus, views on U.S. foreign policy and the global economy.
Negotiating with Iran
"After Vienna: Obstacles to a Deal Can Be Overcome," Sir Richard Dalton - European Leadership Network, November 27, 2014
Geopolitical Implications of OPEC's Decision Not to Cut Production
"The Global Shakeout From Plunging Oil," Daniel Yergin - The Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2014
"Falling Oil Prices Offer the West a Great Chance to Refashion Itself. Let's Seize It," Will Hutton - The Guardian, November 30, 2014
"The Downside of Oil Independence," Jeff Rubin - The Globe and Mail, December 1, 2014
"Oil and OPEC: This Time is Not as Different as You Think It Is," Michael Levi - Council on Foreign Relations, December 1, 2014
"America, Don't Give Up on Afghanistan," Paul D. Miller - New Republic, November 30, 2014
"Profiling the Islamic State," Charles Lister - Brookings, December 1, 2014
Israel - Fact or Fiction?
"What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel," Matti Friedman - The Atlantic, November 30, 2014
Papal Visit to Turkey
"Catholic Geopolitics," Victor Gaetan - Foreign Affairs, November 28, 2014
Indian and Pakistani Tensions Rising
"India and Pakistan: A Debilitating Relationship," Saim Saeed - The Diplomat, November 29, 2014
"Hong Kong Crackdown Reveals China's Fear of Contagious Rebellion," Simon Tisdall - The Guardian, December 1, 2014
"China's Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution," Nina Lakhani - The Daily Beast, November 30, 2014
Russia/Ukraine: How Things Might Have Been - and Might Be in the Future
"What Else Could We Have Done? Ukraine After Vilnius," Kadri Liik - European Council on Foreign Relations, November 28, 2014
"Ukraine After Elections: Democracy and the Barrel of a Gun," Ian Bond - Centre for European Reform, November 27, 2014
U.S. Foreign Policy
"'America in Retreat': Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It," James Kirchick - The Daily Beast, December 1, 2014
"The American Global Stance as Chuck Hagel Departs," David Coates - The Huffington Post, December 1, 2014
"How to Keep Future Cold Wars Cold: Mind the Missiles," Gregory D. Koblentz - Los Angeles Times, November 28, 2014
"America's Next Big Challenge: Countering China's Diplomatic Blitzkrieg," Richard Javad Heydarian - The National Interest, November 30, 2014
The Global Economy
"TTIP: What are the Implications for Emerging Powers and the International Order?" Daniel Hamilton - International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, December 1, 2014
"The Return of Economic Nationalism: Shaping the Next Phase of Globalization A la Carte," Harald Malmgren - Second Line of Defense, November 29, 2014
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Analysis and opinion concerning Hagel’s resignation, negotiations with Iran, Syria, Israel/Palestine, drones in Pakistan, China, Europe, and protests in Mexico. Plus, extra articles on U.S. foreign policy and the global energy market…
November 26, 2014
Defense Secretary Hagel Steps Down
“The Fall Guy,” David Rothkopf – Foreign Policy, November 24, 2014
Iran Talks to Continue
“The Silver Lining of an Extension of the P5+1 Nuclear Talks with Iran,” Gregory D. Koblentz – The National Interest, November 24, 2014
“Iran Nuclear Talks Extension Raises Risk of Cataclysmic Failure,” Simon Tisdall – The Guardian, November 24, 2014
“Will it Play in Persepolis?” Nancy Gallagher – Foreign Policy, November 21, 2014
ISIS/Radical Islam Well-Organized and Expanding
“The Banality of Islamic State,” Cam Simpson – BloombergBusinessweek, November 20, 2014
“Islamic State and a South Asian Caliphate,” SK Chatterji – The Diplomat, November 23, 2014
“The Iran-Cuba-Venezuela Nexus,” Mary Anastasia O’Grady – The Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2014
Israel/Palestine Tensions Growing
“Conspiracy Theories and Palestinian Terror,” Jonathan S. Tobin – Commentary, November 21, 2014
“Hate Thy Neighbor,” William Saletan – Slate, November 21, 2014
“The Age of the Lone Wolf Intifada,” Gregg Carlstrom – Politico Magazine, November 20, 2014
“The Unblinking Stare – The Drone War in Pakistan,” Steve Coll – The New Yorker, November 24, 2014
“The New Nuance in Chinese Diplomacy,” Peter Drysdale – East Asia Forum, November 24, 2014
“China Scores,” Matthew Goodman and Ely Ratner – Foreign Affairs, November 23, 2014
“Massive Rail Deal Gives China’s Push Into Africa a Major Win,” Simon Engler – Foreign Policy, November 21, 2014
“The New European Disorder,” Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonard – European Council on Foreign Relations, November 2014
Mexico Protests Continue
“White House Silence on Mexico Protests Speaks Volumes,” Christy Thornton – Al Jazeera America, November 20, 2014
“We’re Mad as Hell, and We’re Not Going to Take it Anymore,” Homero Aridjis – The Huffington Post, November 22, 2014
“Don’t Expect an Aztec Spring with Mexico Protests, Analysts Warn,” Karla Zabludovsky – Al Jazeera America, November 22, 2014
U.S. Foreign Policy
“How the United States Can Counter the Ambitions of Russia and China,” Ely Ratner and Thomas Wright – The Washington Post, November 21, 2014
“Top Five Washington Assumptions on Mideast That Are Not True,” Andrew J. Bacevich – Informed Comment, November 24, 2014
“The Case for More Congress in American Foreign Policy,” Walter Russell Mead – The American Interest, November 23, 2014
The Global Energy Market
“New Era of Cheap Oil Tilts Geopolitical Power Toward U.S.,” Rich Miller – Bloomberg, November 19, 2014
“Winners and Losers of Oil War,” Shabbir H. Kazmi – Eurasia Review, November 23, 2014
“Israel Pitches 'Massive' Natural Gas Pipeline Plan to Europe,” Staff Writers – The Times of Israel, November 20, 2014
Analysis of U.S. foreign policy; opinion on Obama’s engagement in Iraq and overtures to Iran; and views on Israel, Libya, Asia, and Europe. Plus, reflections on Germany 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the potential for a new Cold War…
November 12, 2014
Foreign Policy and the New Congress
“Let’s Get Together, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: What Obama and a GOP Congress Can do on Foreign Policy,” James Carafano – The Daily Signal, November 9, 2014
“Election Losses Give Obama Weaker Hand Overseas,” Terry Atlas – Bloomberg, November 7, 2014
“Will Obama and Republicans Get Along on Iran, Syria and Russia?” Elise Labott – CNN, November 7, 2014
“What do the U.S. Midterms Mean for Foreign Policy Toward the Americas?” Carl Meacham – Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 6, 2014
Déjà vu as U.S. Troops Return to Iraq/ISIS
“Barack Obama Doubles US Troop Levels for War Against ISIS in Iraq,” Spencer Ackerman and Tom McCarthy – The Guardian, November 8, 2014
“Double or Nothing on the Islamic State,” James Traub – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014
“The Spy Who Told Me: Can We Handle the Truth About the Islamic State?,” John McLaughlin –OZY, November 10, 2014
“The Ultimate Fatal Attraction: 5 Reasons People Join ISIS,” Maha Yahya – The National Interest, November 7, 2014
Obama Reaches Out to Iran
“Letters to the Ayatollah: Why Obama's Latest Outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Was a Mistake,” Suzanne Maloney – Brookings, November 7, 2014
“Pen-Palling with the Ayatollah,” Trita Parsi – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014
“A Troubling Letter to an Unbending Ayatollah,” Jeffrey Goldberg – The Atlantic, November 7, 2014
“Obama’s Bet on Iran,” Jackson Diehl – The Washington Post, November 9, 2014
“Netanyahu is Losing Europe’s Goodwill, Even Germany’s,” David Gardner – Financial Times, November 10, 2014
"The US Ruined Libya," Stephen Kinzer – The Boston Globe, November 7, 2014
China, the U.S. and Russia
“China’s Russia Power Play,” Tom Risen – U.S. News & World Report, November 10, 2014
“A New Model for China-US Relations?,” Wei Zongyou – The Diplomat, November 10, 2014
“Why North Korea Released Two Americans,” Gordon G. Chang – The Daily Beast, November 8, 2014
“Catalan Leader to Step up Independence Push as 80% Vote to Split From Spain,” Ashifa Kassam –The Guardian, November 10, 2014
“What Catalonia’s Independence Vote Means,” Matthew Moffett – The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2014
“The Lost Children: France Takes Stock of a Growing Jihadist Problem,” Julia Amalia Heyer – Spiegel Online International, November 6, 2014
Reflections on the Fall of the Wall – 25 Years Ago
“The Day the Wall Came Down,” Fred Kaplan – Slate, November 7, 2014
“The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall,” Melvyn P. Leffler – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014
“Germany Then and Now,” Josef Janning – European Council on Foreign Relations, November 8, 2014
“8 Things That Were Better in East Germany*” Paul Hockenos – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014
But, Amidst Celebrations, Warnings of a New Cold War
“Gorbachev Warns World on the Brink of a New Cold War,” Stefan Wagstyl – Financial Times, November 8, 2014
“Close Military Encounters Between Russia and the West 'at Cold War Levels,'” Ewen MacAskill –The Guardian, November 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Updates on Ebola and the attack in Canada. Assessing the elections in Brazil and Ukraine. Plus, analysis of developments in Asia and the Middle East.
"Why Wasn't the WHO Ready for Ebola?" Joshua Keating - Slate, October 22, 2014
Canada after the Shooting
"Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper," Stephen M. Walt - Foreign Policy, October 24, 2014
"Our Laws are up to the Homegrown Terror Threat," Benjamin Perrin - The Globe and Mail, October 25, 2014
Parsing Brazil's Election Results
"Rousseff Must Fight the Second-Term Blues," Jewellord Nem Singh - Real Clear World, October 27, 2014
"Brazil Election Results: What to Expect From Dilma's Second Term," Kevin Lees - Suffragio, October 26, 2014
"Under Rousseff or Neves, Brazil's Left Will Remain Powerful," Daniel Lemaitre - Real Clear World, October 26, 2014
Ukraine after the Vote
"Ukraine Votes, With More Strife to Come," Leonid Bershidsky - Bloomberg View, October 27, 2014
"Ukrainians Vote to Face West," Matt Schiavenza - The Atlantic, October 26, 2014
"Ukraine Election Exit Polls: The New Parliament Will Resist Putin and Defend Ukraine," Paul Roderick Gregory - Forbes, October 26, 2014
"And Now For Hybrid Politics," Elizabeth Pond - German Council on Foreign Relations, October 27, 2014
"Russia's Empire State of Mind," Pyotr Romanov - The Moscow Times, October 26, 2014
"Wake Up, Europe," George Soros - The New York Review of Books, November 20, 2014, Volume 61, Number 18
"Can China Rise Peacefully?" John J. Mearsheimer - The National Interest, October 25, 2014
"Not Made in China," Nathan Siegel - Ozy, October 28, 2014
"New Rules for China's War on Terror?" Kendrick Kuo and Johns Hopkins - East Asia Forum, October 25, 2014
"China Pivots to Europe," Paul Ames - Global Post, October 23, 2014
"North Korea Enlists the Help of Cuba and China in Shielding Kim Jong Un From ICC," Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy, October 24, 2014
"Korea's Branding Woes," Luke Stanhope - The Diplomat, October 26, 2014
Postcard from Vietnam
"Vietnam's Tale of Two Cities," Elisabeth Rosen - The Diplomat, October 24, 2014
Tunisia and the Arab Spring
"Tunisia Boldly Embraces Democracy," Jackson Diehl - The Washington Post, October 26, 2014
"The Tunisia Model," Brian Klaas and Marcel Dirsus - Foreign Affairs, October 23, 2014
ISIS Funding and the Next Generation of Fighters
"Cutting off ISIS' Cash Flow," Charles Lister - Brookings, October 24, 2014
"The World's Wealthiest Terrorists," Russell Berman - The Atlantic, October 23, 2014
"Children of the Caliphate," Kate Brannen - Foreign Policy, October 27, 2014
Israel and its Neighbors
"The Arab World Needs All the Help it Can Get," Jake Wallis Simons - The Jerusalem Post, October 26, 2014
"Israel's Baffling Policies Only Encourage a Third Intifada," Hussein Ibish - The National, October 25, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Updates on Iran, ISIS, and Ebola. Plus, analysis and opinion on Hong Kong, Europe, Russia, and America's view of the Muslim world.
Iranian Nuclear Negotiations
"On Iran: Congress, Please Step Aside," Navid Hassibi - The National Interest, October 20, 2014
"Reading Between the Red Lines: An Anatomy of Iran's Eleventh-Hour Nuclear Negotiating Strategy," Suzanne Maloney - Brookings, October 16, 2014
"The Meaning of Kobani," Henri J. Barkey - The American Interest, October 18, 2014
"What Turkey Wants in the War on ISIS," Ibrahim Kalin - The Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2014
"Who Will Turkey 'Train and Equip' in Syria?" Sibel Utku Bila - Al Monitor, October 19, 2014
Putting the Ebola Outbreak in Context
"What a Past Epidemic Teaches Us About Ebola," Howard Markel - New Republic, October 19, 2014
"Nigeria is Ebola-Free: Here's What They Did Right," Alexandra Sifferlin - Time, October 19, 2014
"Britain, U.S. Are in Africa Fighting Ebola. Will Europe Join Them?" Sara Miller Llana - The Christian Science Monitor, October 19, 2014
"Break in Transmission: How Nigeria Took Control of Ebola," Edward Wright - Real Clear World, October 20, 2014
"What's Behind Boko Haram 'Truce'?" David Cook - CNN World, October 18, 2014
Political Upheaval in Hong Kong
"The Hong Kong Protesters Who Won't Negotiate," Matt Schiavenza - The Atlantic, October 19, 2014
"If We Lose This, We Lose Everything," Suzanne Sataline - Foreign Policy, October 17, 2014
China and Europe
"Premier's Win-Win Europe Visit," Wang Yiwei - China Daily, October 18, 2014
Eurozone's Economic Health
"Borders and Budgets Could Lay Europe Low," Gideon Rachman - Financial Times, October 20, 2014
"Why the Eurozone's Woes Have Become the World's Problem," Larry Elliott - The Guardian, October 18, 2014
"Europe Faces Anti-Austerity Mutiny as Crisis Looms," Patrick Smith - The Fiscal Times, October 20, 2014
"Eurocrisis Round Two. Blame the Germans Edition," Edward Hugh - EconoMonitor, October 14, 2014
Barroso's Parting Words from the European Union
"Europe's Essential Unity," José Manuel Barroso - Project Syndicate, October 18, 2014
"Barroso Says Immigration Cap Would Be Against EU Law," Jim Pickard - Financial Times, October 19, 2014
Simmering Tensions Between Russia and the West
"Why Would a Russian Submarine Enter Swedish Waters?" Roland Oliphant - The Telegraph, October 20, 2014
"Hunting for Red October... in the Stockholm Archipelago," András Simonyi and Erik Brattberg - The Huffington Post, October 20, 2014
"Putin Defiant in Face of Criticism Over Ukraine at Asia-Europe Summit," Carol J. Williams - Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2014
"West Needs to Put Up or Shut Up About Ukraine," Mark Adomanis - The Moscow Times, October 19, 2014
"The Myth of Russian Humiliation," Anne Applebaum - The Washington Post, October 17, 2014
America's View of the Muslim World
"America Needs to Know its Enemies -- and its Friends," James Zogby - The National, October 19, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The latest analysis of the Ebola outbreak, protests in Hong Kong, developments in Latin America and throughout the Middle East. Plus, reflections on Putin's Russia and putting history in context.
Ebola in the U.S.
"U.S. Public Response to Ebola Could Echo Early Days of AIDS Epidemic," Lucy Westcott - Newsweek, October 5, 2014
"As Ebola Spreads to U.S., Pentagon Deploys More Troops to Africa to Fight Outbreak," Kate Brannen and Justine Drennan - Foreign Policy, October 3, 2014
Hong Kong Update
"Why Hong Kong's Economy Can Take on Protesters," Elizabeth Economy - Fortune, October 2, 2014
"China's Explanation for the Hong Kong Protests? Blame America," Anne Applebaum - The Washington Post, October 3, 2014
"In Hong Kong, the Democrats Will Go Down Swinging," Patrick Smith - The Fiscal Times, October 6, 2014
"The Way Ahead in Hong Kong," Chris Patten - Project Syndicate, October 3, 2014
Latin American Update
"Why Dilma Rousseff Could Win Brazil's Presidential Election," Mark Weisbrot - The Guardian, October 2, 2014
"Brazil's Highs and Lows," David Biller - Bloomberg, October 5, 2014
"Venezuela's Perilous Closeup," Diego Arria - New York Daily News, October 6, 2014
"The Real Reason It's Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo," Peter Kornbluh & William M. Leogrande - The Atlantic, October 5, 2014
"Putin's View of Power was Formed Watching East Germany Collapse," Mary Elise Sarotte - The Guardian, October 1, 2014
"What Russia is Learning From Frank Sinatra," Steve Rosenberg - BBC, October 5, 2014
"Putin is Winning: EU Backs Away From Ukraine Trade Pact; U.S. on the Sidelines," Paul Roderick Gregory - Forbes, October 2, 2014
Avoiding a New Cold War
"How to Avoid a New Cold War," Samuel Charap and Jeremy Shapiro - Brookings, October 2014
"Iran Nuclear Talks: Why Tehran Must Be Brought in From the Cold," Christopher de Bellaigue - The Guardian, October 2, 2014
Aiding and Abetting Terrorism
"Qatar is a U.S. Ally. They Also Knowingly Abet Terrorism. What's Going On?" Lori Plotkin Boghardt - New Republic, October 6, 2014
"Qatar's Moneymen Behind the Kidnappers," Robert Mendick - The Telegraph, October 5, 2014
Ongoing ISIS Threat
"Coalition Risks Loss of Support Unless it Clarifies Its Aims," Hassan Hassan - The National, October 1, 2014
"Defeating the Islamic State Militarily is Only Half the Battle," Ross Harrison - Middle East Institute, October 3, 2014
The Middle East
"Two Speeches and a Tragedy," George Packer - The New Yorker, October 1, 2014
"The Middle East's Three Timelines," Volker Perthes - Project Syndicate, August 22, 2014
Reflecting on the Past
"Who's to Blame for a World in Flames?" Walter Russell Mead - The American Interest, October 6, 2014
"How to Make and Keep Peace," David P. Goldman - The Federalist, October 2, 2014
"The Merkel Effect: What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East," Dirk Kurbjuweit - Spiegel Online International, October 2, 2014
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