Friday Headlines

Asian Geopolitics
While the nations of Asia have collaborated on a range of economic issues, historic disagreements are preventing the region from forging a genuine consensus, reports Foreign Policy magazine.

“The region’s three biggest flashpoints stretch back decades, if not centuries, and are like volcanoes — mostly dormant but occasionally deadly. Besides the French, U.S., and Chinese wars with Vietnam, the last full-on slugfest was the Korean War, which ended almost six decades ago.”

Iran’s Nuclear Program
The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is seeking additional information from Iran on its nuclear weapons program. The meeting, the first since Iranian officials rebuffed the IAEA in June, is taking place as a result of the belief of inspectors that Iran is quickening its efforts to develop a bolder nuclear capacity.

Resetting US Military Policy
Is a planned shift to an “air-sea” strategy for the US military the right route to strengthening national security? Brookings Institution scholars Michael O’Hanlon and James Steinberg take on the issue.

US Support in Syria
Is American hesitancy to become more involved – overtly or covertly – in Syria merely a result of “war fatigue?” The Christian Science Monitor sheds light on some of the other reasons for US disngagement.

“But privately, US officials say that part of the reluctance to arm the rebels stems from concerns about what hands American arms might fall into and how they might be used. US officials have long worried about signs that Al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups are infiltrating Syria to fight Assad. As a result, the US has beefed up on-the-ground efforts to know who the rebel groups are,” reports the paper.

Et Cetera

Student loan debt is not only a concern of the secular world, how seminaries are approaching ways to increase recruitment.

Treasury and the SEC look to develop a Plan B to manage money market funds.

How Mark Wahlberg and P. Diddy are affecting the way Australians drink.

Why no QE3 is actually a positive sign.


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