Friday Quick Reads

From the stunning victory by Britain’s David Cameron to China’s continued buildup in the South China Sea, this week was an active one on the international front. Here are some of the highlights, as well as some of the smaller stories of interest.

China’s Expansion In South China Sea Continues Unabated
China has dramatically expanded its construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea this year, a development which is stoking U.S. fears of expanding territorial claims by Beijing in the region, reports The Washington Post.

American officials have determined that in the past five months alone, China has expanded the artificial islands on submerged reefs known as the Spratlys fourfold to as much as 2,000 acres of land.

The Results Are In, Now Britain Has Two Choices To Make
The British people have answered the question of who will lead their nation in the near future, but now they and their representatives have two important questions to answer.

Those questions – will Scotland gain independence and will Britain stay in the European Union – that could dramatically change the course of the country and Europe as well, says James Kirkup of London’s Telegraph.

The Girls Of Boko Haram
The Wall Street Journal sat down with several Nigerian girls who tell their stories about being kidnapped and eventually released by Boko Haram.

Bringing Bipartisanship Back To The Foreign Policy Debate
Sens. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, and Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, make their case for adopting a more bipartisan approach to how Congress and the president make foreign policy.

“The world seems to be sorting into democracies, authoritarian regimes, and nonstate criminal and terrorist movements. We need to shore up the democracies, skillfully challenge the authoritarian countries, and defeat the jihadists and criminal organizations.

“If we want to avoid lurching from crisis to crisis, we need to develop a worldview based on a realistic appreciation of the global environment in which we operate, then develop a strategic vision within which we can deploy diplomatic, economic, and military muscle,” they write in Foreign Policy magazine.

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