Tuesday Headlines

France, Germany Call For New Migrant Plan
France and Germany have called on the European Commission to revise plans for a new quota system to disperse the burden of migrants fleeing to Europe via Libya, saying the current proposal lacks “balance.”

Under the quota system, France and Germany would absorb nearly 40% of the  40,000 Syrian and Eritrean migrants reaching Italy and Greece.

Iran Increasing Its Stockpiles Of Nuclear Fuel
A new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency found that Iran has increased its stockpile of nuclear fuel, though the reasons why are unclear.

Iran has frozen other elements of its program and construction has stopped on a major plutonium reactor, and it is undergoing a redesign to make it less threatening, reports The New York Times.

At the same time, President Barack Obama told an Israeli news network that diplomacy remains the only way to contain Iran’s nuclear program.

“I can, I think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and evidence and analysis, that the best way to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable tough agreement,” said Obama, adding that a “military solution will not fix it. Even if the United States participates, it would temporarily slow down an Iranian nuclear program but it will not eliminate it.”

More Middle Eastern Arab See Themselves As Citizens Of The World
Shibley Telhami of the Brookings Institution, reporting from the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, writes that there is a rising number of Arabs who identify themselves as “citizens of the world,” including 9 percent of Egyptians.

That figure has risen from 2 percent in the nine months since Mubarak’s overthrow. There was a similar increase over the entire sample of six Arab countries.

Can The U.S. Win Wars In A Peaceful World?
Dominic Tierney makes the argument in The Atlantic that from Vietnam to Iraq, America seems unable to win wars. Why? According to Tierney, the reason is  power and that it has chosen to engage in war at a time when the nature of global warfare has changed “in ways that made military campaigns ugly at best and unwinnable at worst.”

The upside is that there has not been a great global war since World War II.

“The good news is that, since 1945, countries have almost stopped fighting each other. Conventional interstate wars are now very rare. World War II was the thunderous crescendo that presaged what historian John Lewis Gaddis called ‘the long peace.’ Great powers haven’t engaged in direct hostilities for over 60 years,” he writes.


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