Friday Readings

The Road To A Palestinian State
For many, including Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, saw the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the end of any chance in the near future of a two-state solution in the Middle East.

While the short-term may not offer a path toward a Palestinian state, Grant Runley and Amir Tibon contend in an article in Foreign Affairs that the death of the two-state solution may actually be the key to securing the goal of the Palestinians.

“Ironically, however, it is precisely the death of the two-state solution that may turn out to be its revival. Israeli leaders seem to be betting that the status quo of military control in the West Bank can persist indefinitely, but they are likely to be proved mistaken. Younger Palestinians who have lost faith in a negotiated two-state settlement to the conflict are likely to start pushing for their rights inside a single, binational state instead,” they write.

The prospect of a one-state solution appears in the eyes of many Israeli leaders would be a less palatable proposition and “could well end up moving to set up a separate Palestinian state after all.”

The Roots Of Terrorism’s Allure In Africa
Upon hearing of another attack of terror committed by boys too young to drive, may wonder what drives these children into the arms of militias. Rebecca Tinsley traveled to Africa to report on why so many young men choose militias.

“Joining a militia makes an attractive alternative to rural poverty and unemployment, and provides camaraderie and self-esteem in a region where people feel shut out of power by the ruling elite. In this respect, militia members have something in common with disenfranchised young men who join inner city gangs in the developed world,” she posits.

Is A Nuclear Confrontation With Russia More Likely Than We Think?
Max Fisher of The Atlantic Council reports on a growing sense among foreign policy experts that a nuclear confrontation with Russia is not so far out of consideration.

“Russia has been gradually lowering its bar for when it would use nuclear weapons, and in the process upending the decades-old logic of mutually assured destruction, adding tremendous nuclear danger to any conflict in Europe. The possibility that a limited or unintended skirmish could spiral into nuclear war is higher than ever,” he writes.

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