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Visiting the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders

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A charity sale in Jinling Primary School

All students are raising money through charity sale for a classmate who is seriously ill.

Port Chester Middle School is making a big impact on their community through service learning initiatives

The Port Chester Middle School One World has had a busy year making a big difference. Their first service learning project of the year was to fund raise and help bring awareness for an employee of their school whose two young sons have Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. The school hosted a Fun Run and the One […]

West Middle School Club helps children in Uganda avoid painful infections

The members of the One World Club at West Middle conducted a global search to find an issue they felt strongly about and one that they believed could impact the lives of others. After researching, the students found that children in Uganda were suffering from painful infections caused by a parasite called a jigger. Since […]

New One World Wales Club Kick-Starts their Club with Service Learning

Millbrook Primary School, Wales, United Kingdom, recently joined the One World community. They jumped right in and launched a fundraising project in school to kick-start their new club and to begin to understand the term, ’empowerment’. The children thought of ideas that they would like to use to help others in the school community and […]

International Organizations Aiming To Make Globalization Fairer

In response to a growing backlash against globalization, the world’s leading economies are trying to expand the benefits of global economic growth more evenly. Meeting in China, finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 nations are discussing the challenges of boosting global growth and having more people see its benefits. “The [global] […]

Does Turmoil In Turkey Signal A Weakening Of Democracy Worldwide?

Vowing to purge state bodies of the “virus” that spurred the attempted coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has detained as many as 6,000 members of the judiciary and the military. In the days following the failed coup, the United States has attempted to balance expressions of support for the Erdogan government, while also cautioning them […]

Turkey Has Weathered Chaos Before, But This Time Might Be Different

By daybreak it appeared that the attempted coup launched factions of the Turkish military was crumbling and that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would remain in power, albeit in a weakened state. “They have pointed the people’s guns against the people,” Erdogan, who was on vacation in the Black Sea, said of the coup plotters. “The […]

UN Rules Against China In South China Sea Dispute

The UN Permanent Court of Arbitration has ruled against China, saying it has “no historic title” in the South China Sea. For the last two years, China has claimed that ancient maps prove its legal right over almost the entire South China Sea and have taken aggressive action against the Philippines in order to protect […]

Sunday Headlines

Geopolitics Is About Power And Leaders Have Little Of It Many think of presidents and prime ministers not as mere individuals, but as powerful men and women with the ability to drive world events. In reality, leaders are granted relatively little authority when elected to office. While geopolitics may be about power, says Jacob Shapiro […]

Few Voices Defend Globalization

In today’s world in which populism is all the rage, there are a few making the argument against throwing the baby out with the global trade bathwater. The voice of former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos is one of a few urging lawmakers and citizens not to turn their backs on trade. Rather than throwing out […]

Brexit: A Failure Of Democracy?

Brexit: A Failure Or A Success For Democracy Kenneth Rogoff and Martin Feldstein, both economics professors at Harvard University, have very different reactions to the Brexit vote, particularly whether the outcome represents an example of democracy in action or is simply a distortion of its true meaning. Rogoff holds the view that if the vote […]

The Myth Of Cosmopolitanism

Columnist Says Cosmopolitanism Today Is A Myth New York Times columnist Russ Douthat takes on those who portray themselves as global citizens by arguing that the idea of a cosmopolitan is nothing more than a myth. He asserts that today’s self-described cosmopolitans actually are part of “meritocratic order that transforms difference into similarity” and lumps […]

Saturday Readings

Globalization Lessons From Asia Critics of globalization often assert that the benefits of expanded trade has borne economic fruits for some while leaving others starving, particularly for those individuals in the middle class. In many nations in the West, the domestic political support for globalization has plummeted giving rise to anti-trade movements and populism. But […]

Cooperation On A Global Level Is The Way Forward For Cities

All politics is local and so too are the challenges faced by metropolitan leaders – even in a globalized world. In a new analysis written by McKinsey & Company analysts Benjamin Barber and John Means, the challenges of combatting crime, creating jobs and maintaining infrastructure are problems all municipal leaders confront. From Riyadh to Rio […]

Monday Brexit Update

Brexit Vote Likely To Hurt Poorer Communities Hardest Thomas de Waal, a fellow of Carnegie Europe who supported remaining in the European Union, says there is a dark irony to the Brexit vote. Much of the support for leaving the EU came from individuals living in poorer communities who felt disenfranchised and disconnected from the […]

Brexit: The Day After

Brexit Shows Need To Do More Than Talk About Economic Unease One of the lessons to be learned from the Brexit vote is the importance of not just recognizing the economic discomfort caused by a stagnant global economy, but responding to it with actual policy solutions, says David Wessel a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “The onus is now […]

Brexit: D-Day Minus One

After months of a heated campaign, British voters will head to the polls Thursday to vote on whether their country should remain a member of the European Union, a decision which could have widespread economic implications. Polls remain divided on Britain’s future, which could be a result of the nature of a campaign that has […]

Sunday Headlines

Debating Brexit Britain will hold a referendum Thursday on whether the country will leave the European Union (EU), a process often referred to as “Brexit.” The referendum question is no more complicated than should the United Kingdom should “remain a member of the European Union” or “leave the European Union.” But the debate about the […]

Tuesday Focus: What Orlando Means

Distinguishing Between ISIS-Inspired And ISIS-Directed Attacks Orlando shooter Omar Mateen pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State before Sunday’s attack on the Pulse nightclub, but he was not an ISIS agent. Brookings’ Daniel Byman says it is important we recognize the difference between an ISIS-inspired attack and an ISIS-directed attack. Recognizing the difference between “ISIS […]

Monday Headlines

Integration Of Syrian Refugees Is Only Real Option For Turkey When refugees began fleeing the war in Syria, Turkey, more than any other country in Europe, opened its borders to them. Six years later, Turkey is struggling to handle the 2.6 million Syrians who now call the country home. Compounded by the flow of migrants […]

Sunday Shorts

Italian Newspaper Inspires Anger With Publication Of Mein Kampf The Italian newspaper Il Giornale, a center-right daily owned by the family of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, has drawn intense criticism for its decision to distribute annotated versions of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” with the Saturday edition of the paper. The text does include notes by […]

Saturday Headlines

United Nations And Saudi Arabia In Diplomatic Tussle A once-hidden diplomatic fight came out into the open this week as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon accused Saudi Arabia and its military allies of placing “undue pressure” on a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, reports Reuters. The dispute is centered on a decision by the UN last month […]

France Proposes Europe Patrol South China Sea

France is proposing that European navies coordinate patrols in the South China Sea as more nations in the region express concern about Beijing’s actions. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, speaking at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue yesterday, said the naval patrols would reinforce order if the laws of the sea are not respected. He also […]

The Renewed Backlash Against Globalization

From voting booths across the globe, citizens have been casting their ballots for candidates who support pulling back from a chaotic world, tightening immigration and adopting protectionist trade policies. Short memories might lead some to believe this is a new trend, but the anti-globalization movement has been around for decades. In 1992, Reform Party candidate […]

Sunday Views

Until Parties Are Willing, US Cannot Broker Middle East Peace Deal Aaron David Miller, who served in the State Department from 1978 to 2003, contends in an op-ed that U.S. can never successfully broker a lasting peace agreement in the Middle East until the two sides are both willing to commit to it and have […]

Saturday Headlines

Brexit Would Be An Overall Mistake, Says New Paper The argument that Britain needs to leave the European Union to reclaim its sovereignty is misguided says new paper, Britain, the EU and the Sovereignty Myth. The risks of leaving the European Union could be great. For example, the UK would be excluded from the process of […]

Wednesday News Update

Allies Concerned About U.S. Commitment To Leadership Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump has pledged to demand more of U.S. allies and cast doubt on the nation’s commitment to international alliances which are already frayed after eight years of the Obama administration. The result is that many in the Middle East and across the globe […]

NATO Shoring Up Its Baltic Defenses As Putin Continues To Be Unpredictable

Last month, a Russian jet took unannounced action against the US when it buzzed the USS Cook in the Baltic Sea. While the confrontation was a surprise, increasingly aggressive moves by the Russians is not unexpected. Russia invaded Ukraine and, according to a Washington Post report, Russia is sending “a new set of fighter jets and […]

Venezuela Imposes State Of Emergency As Economic And Political Crisis Worsens

International concerns are growing as embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro seeks to maintain control over a nation torn by political strife and weakened by economic socialism. With the oil-dependent country’s economy imploding under recession and hyperinflation, public sentiment is backing Maduro’s ouster. But the socialist president is not backing down and, in fact, has imposed […]

Saturday News

World Humanitarian Summit Failing Before It Even Begins On May 23 and 24, the United Nations will host the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), a gathering designed to foster discussion about ways to improve the system of providing financial and humanitarian aid. The goals and purpose of the summit is laid out by Secretary-General Ban […]

“America First” Puts American Leadership Last

Last month, Donald Trump used an address to the Heritage Foundation to outline his foreign policy vision, which is a blend of trade protectionism and anti-interventionism. The presumptive nominee is not only breaking with the previous Republican administration of George W. Bush, but he is advocating a view of the world better suited for a […]

Tuesday Thoughts

China Ends Silence On Anniversary Of Cultural Revolution If you were reading the Chinese press, you would not know that Monday was the 50th anniversary of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Silence was how they marked the day. However, a day later readers were urged to consign the decade of turmoil to the history books. “History has […]

Monday Headlines

Why Predicting Global Economic Trends Is So Difficult Thousands of individuals earn a living simply on trying to predict global financial trends. Millions of articles are written every year offering financial forecasts. And billions of dollars in resources are committed to developing a sketch of the next general global economy. Every year, they are proven […]

Sunday Spotlight: Corruption In Latin America

Corruption Crippling Latin America’s Hopes The Panama Papers may have exposed the breadth and depth of global corruption but the scandals of political payoffs and bureaucratic buyoffs is nothing new. What is new, particularly in Latin America, is that those who have lived under the corrupt thumbs of dictators and autocrats appear unwilling to tolerate […]

Saturday News

Former Secretary of State and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton once praised the benefits of free trade, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). She also pushed for opening the borders to commerce from Mexico and Canada when her husband was running for office in 1992 and touting the North American Free Trade Agreement. That was then and […]

Donald Trump Channels The 1930s in Foreign Policy Address

In a long, but not very detailed, speech, GOP presidential frontrunner laid out his foreign policy vision. It was not the elucidation of a guiding doctrine but a call to arms and a return to a protectionist view of the U.S. role in the world. “My foreign policy will always put the interests of the […]

As Britain Considers Splitting From EU, South Sudan Struggles To Hold Nation Together

Financial Consequences Of Brexit Would Be Severe, OECD Says A new study released by the UN’s Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) contends that the average Briton would lose on average the equivalent of a month’s salary by 2020 if Britain decides to leave the European Union. The consequences of Britain’s departure from the […]

Tuesday Headlines: NATO Faces A Test In Eastern Europe

NATO Faces Test In Eastern Europe The failure of the UN and the international community to act in stemming the flow of refugees across the borders of Western Europe has resulted in an unparalleled humanitarian crisis. The consequences of a similar failure to act can be witnessed in Eastern Europe as Russia continues to push […]

Sunday News

New York Times Examines How Hillary Became A Hawk It has not come as a surprise to many that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has been striving to associate herself with President Barack Obama, who remains a political force within their party, particularly among the critical constituency of African-American voters. But on the subject of foreign […]

Protests Continue As Gambians Push For Electoral Reform

The demonstrations that kicked off earlier this month continued as citizens of Gambia maintained their push for electoral reforms as the small West African country prepares to head to the polls this year, with President Yahya Jammeh up for reelection after more than 21 years in power. Jammeh has led the country with an iron […]

Has Connectivity Made Borders Irrelevant?

During a recent Ted Talk, Khanna argues the lines we draw to divide countries — the political borders — actually lost their relevance a long time ago. He suggests that there is a new of studying the world. He calls it “connectography,” which is characterized as the geographical study through the lens of human connections. […]

Sunday Thoughts: Are Humans Born To Engage In War?

In early 2016, the journal Nature reported the discovery of skeletons of 27 men, women and children in Nataruk, Kenya, a find which was believed to be the oldest known evidence of prehistoric warfare. It was said to demonstrate that even when we existed in isolated bands roaming across vast, unsettled continents, we showed capacity for hostility, […]

Saturday Headlines

Scaling Up Education On A Global Level As diverse as the global community may be, virtually every nation and culture recognizes the importance of education, as well as the critical role and educated population plays in determining whether a country will have a prosperous future. From that realization has grown a movement to scale quality […]

Friday Headlines

A War Between Islam And Christianity? If Only Europe Were Christian The war against terrorism in Europe is not a battle pitting Islam versus Christianity because the continent is no longer dominated, or even governed, by Christian values. It is, for all intents and purposes, a conflict between Islam and secularism, argues George Friedman. “This […]

Tension In South China Sea Producing New Allies, Further Criticism Of Obama Administration

Last week it was disclosed that Defense Secretary Ash Carter would not be visiting China during his trip to Asia due to increasing tensions in the region. Meanwhile, Vietnam and the Philippines are pushing forward this week with talks about potential plans to hold joint exercises and naval patrols in the South China Sea, reports […]

Tuesday News

Bono Issues Call On West To Act To Prevent Next Refugee Crisis In an op-ed today in The New York Times, Bono, the lead singer of the Irish rock band U2 urges Western nations to step forward to fashion a Marshall Plan-like strategy to address the current refugee crisis and to prevent the next disaster. […]

Education Is Key To Lifting Children In Baltimore And Syria Out Of Poverty

Education Key To Future Of Syria Noting that 73 percent of Syrian refugees have had their academic instruction interrupted as a consequence of the war, Woo says the nation’s future is dependent upon education. “This is a personal disaster for every single Syrian who expected to graduate from university. But it is also a disaster […]

Saturday News

Tipping Point May Have Been Reached In UN Sex Scandal Jane Holl Lute, the United Nations special coordinator on sexual exploitation and abuse is in Central African Republic (CAR), has traveled to the country to discuss stronger measures to deal with the sex abuse scandal that has plagued the UN mission. The visit comes days after […]

Friday Headlines

Al-Shabab Is Regaining Its Strength Somalian terrorist group al-Shabab is on the upswing amid clan rivalries, poor governance, and stalled counterterrorism efforts, explains Vanda Felbab-Brown of the Brookings Institution. “Despite internal and external threats to its effective functioning, al-Shabab is on the upswing again. It has carried out dozens of terrorist attacks within Somalia, including […]

China’s Crackdown On North Korea Is Real, Except For The Exceptions

North Korea has developed a large-caliber multiple launch rocket system that it could use it to strike South Korea as soon as this year, says South Korea’s defense minister. The report in The Washington Post comes after earlier news that South Korea believes North Korea also has the ability to put a nuclear warhead on […]

Panama Papers Fallout Continues, Chinese Censors Reflect Current Climate In Beijing

The fallout from Sunday’s release of the Panama Papers, which disclose previously secret financial holdings of 12 current and former world leaders, continued on Monday as Iceland’s Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, found himself under intense pressure to resign amid mass protests in the capital. According to The Guardian, the Panama Papers show Gunnlaugsson co-owned […]

Monday Headlines: Panama Papers Present Chance For Anti-Corruption Efforts

On Sunday, almost 100 different media outlets published millions of documents, known as the Panama Papers, which disclose previously secret financial holdings of 12 current and former world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. While Putin has attributed the leaks to “Putinphobia,” the documents and information carried within will reverberate for weeks and months to […]

Scholars Argue French Political Culture Responsible For Brussels, Paris Terror Attacks

William McCants and Christopher Meserole of the Brookings Institution recently argued in a Foreign Affairs that the reason behind the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels might have their roots, not in radical Islam, but French political culture. The paid acknowledge that the terrorist attacks reflect the reality that jihadists currently pose a greater threat […]

Saturday Headlines

Turkey’s Handling Of Foreign Media Drawing Criticism It is not uncommon to hear stories about the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan cracking down on media within Turkey, but in recent weeks, foreign correspondents have made similar charges. According to The Turkish Weekly, reports of police harassment and other repressive actions have risen sharply in recent […]

Myanmar Begins Journey Towards Democratic Rule

Myanmar’s New Government Faces Many Challenges Today marks a historic day for Myanmar as the first non-military government in 54 years is set to take office. The new government will be led by U Htin Kyaw of the National League for Democracy, who was careful to urge caution and requested patience as the nation moves […]

Thursday Headlines

Treasury Secretary Cautions Against Overuse Of Sanctions At the beginning of March, the State and Treasury Departments announced new unilateral sanctions would be imposed on North Korea for illicit nuclear and weapons proliferation efforts, including on North Korea’s Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry and the National Defense Commission. The sanctions were imposed in coordination with […]

UN Iranian Nuclear Deal Crumbling As Organization Launches Another Global Initiative

Iran Continues To Walk Away From Nuclear Deal Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal argued it would result in improved relations with Iran that would temporarily derail the nation’s nuclear weapons program. But every week, Iran is walking farther away from the deal and toward a more hardline approach. Last week, Iran accused the US […]

North Korea Fires Another Missile As Leaders Gather In DC For 4th Nuclear Summit

The Nuclear Security Summit, which begins on April 1, will be held at a time of rising concerns about terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons, an increasingly unstable situation in the South China Sea and another provocative missile launch by North Korea. This morning, the Yonhap news agency reported that Pyongyang apparently test-fired a short-range projectile in […]

Is The American Century A Thing Of The Past?

The last century has been defined by several innovations and inventions that has an astonishing impact on the forward trajectory of the US economy. The innovations which gave birth to a robust auto industry, the development of household appliances, such as the refrigerator and washing machines, and a rapid growth of mass transportation transformed how […]

Donald Trump Lays Out Foreign Policy — Kind Of

In a lengthy interview published on Saturday, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump argues that he has resisted laying out specifics of his foreign policy because he “wouldn’t want [adversaries] to know what my real thinking is.” His responses in the interview do, however, paint as clear a picture of what a future Trump presidency would […]

Democracy May Not Be In Decline, But It Is Moving In Reverse

When the Berlin Wall fell and democratic movements moved across Eastern Europe, some thought saw democracy as the victor, leaving other communism and socialism on the ash heap of history. But the rise of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the failure of democracy to hold its ground in Latin America and Africa and radical Islamism in the […]

Thursday News Headlines

To Find The Roots Of The Next Financial Crisis, Look At Global Debt As the global economy continues to feel the reverberations of the 2008 financial crisis, it might be wise to begin preparing for the next disruptive event. To get the best sense of where the roots of a future crisis reside, American Enterprise […]

Brussels Attacks Expose Weakness Of European Security, Fallacy Of Donald Trump’s Response

The shock and astonishment many expressed in the hours after Islamic terrorists attacked multiple locations in Brussels is in itself a reflection of the failure of governments across Europe to manage the threat of extremism within its cities and towns. Despite warnings from their own intelligence services that Islamic State militants were poised to strike […]

Terror Attacks In Brussels May Have Impact On European, US Security Policy

A European city is once again the focus of the global war on terrorism after the city of Brussels, Belgium was shaken by multiple bombings on Tuesday morning that has left at least 26 people dead and 130 others injured. No terror group has claimed responsibility, but it comes days after Paris massacre suspect Salah […]

Obama’s Cuba Trip Elicits Divided Response In US, Havana

President Barack Obama chose last year to chart a new course with regard to US policy to Cuba by reestablishing political relations with the island nation, weakening travel restrictions between the countries and allowing US citizens to import some goods from Cuba. He said the regime would be expected to reciprocate with improved human rights […]

Saturday News

EU, Turkey Reach Agreement On Syrian Migrants The European Union reached an agreement by which Syrian refugees who reach Europe will be processed through Greece and then sent back to Turkey. After being processed, they will be redistributed among the EU member states which will accept them on a 1 to 1 basis: For each […]

Friday Headlines

Regulation Not Enough To Reform Wall Street Reform In the wake of the economic crisis and collapse of Wall Street, there were innumerable calls for reform of the financial industry, as well as fingers being pointed at deregulation as the evil which caused the downturn. Today, Wall Street remains a four-letter word on the campaign […]

Thursday Headlines

State Department Declares ISIS’ Actions Genocide Secretary of State John Kerry announced today the Obama administration has determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria. “”In my judgment Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups … under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia (Shi’ite) […]

Populism Is Appealing To European, American Voters, But Eastern Europeans? Not So Much

After decades of living under the repression of communism, many Eastern Europeans emerged with aspirations of becoming more like their Western counterparts. The idea of a liberal democratic government and a free market system was a dream many held and continued to hold as Vladimir Putin rose to power. But the rise of populist movements […]

The Obama Doctrine Somewhat Explained

In a thorough and extensive article, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic tries to explain in his own words, as well as the words of President Barack Obama, what the president’s guiding principles have been and what he views as his legacy. The piece, titled “The Obama Doctrine,” is based on a series of conversations Obama had […]

Is Globalization Coming To An End?

This week the International Monetary Fund expressed its concerns about the health of the global economy, pointing to the weakening situation in China as just one symptom. In fact, the once-heralded Chinese economy is slowing, as is evident by the first decline in exports in generations. This has led many to predict that globalization may […]

Wednesday Headlines

Netanyahu Cancels US Visit, While Biden Travels To Israel Relations between the United States and Israel are coming under increasing strain after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a planned visit to Washington. While the Obama administration scolded Netanyahu and asserted they were surprised by the decision, the Israelis disputed their interpretation of events. Ned Price, […]

Tuesday Headlines – Afghan Women Make Strides, But Challenges Remain

How Afghan Women Are Changing Their Country On International Women’s Day, former First Lady Laura Bush focuses attention on the gains (and continued obstacles) women in Afghanistan have made in the last 15 years. Before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, most women were required to wear burqas, were not allowed to drive or pursue […]

Are We Seeing The End Of The Alliance Of Liberal Democracies?

Through remarks made during the presidential campaign, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has indicated his administration would not invest much in the alliances with European nations that have existed since the end of World War II. As Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum notes, Trump has expressed little commitment to NATO, not its principle of defense of […]

Saturday News Headlines

What Iran’s Vote Means For Nation’s Future Although last week’s election is unlikely to inspire immediate, transformational change in Tehran, the surprising success of moderates suggest there may be hope for a new force in Iranian politics, Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institute says. While Maloney views the shift in the partisan balance in parliament […]

Friday Headlines

Ceasefire In Syria Shows Limited Promise – For Now The February truce negotiated between the US and Russia seems to have produced a steep decline in aerial bombardments, but Russia government officials insist the two are unrelated. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Russian TASS news agency that there “are no links between the […]

UN Approves New Sanctions On North Korea: Could They Work This Time?

On March 2, the United Nations’ Security Council voted unanimously approved a resolution calling for new and enhanced sanctions on North Korea in response to their continued pursuit of a nuclear weapon and its recent ballistic missile activities. “Today’s unanimous action by the Security Council has sent a clear message that the DPRK must return […]

Wednesday Headlines

Defense Chief Warns China’s Against Increased Militarization Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned China that if it continues its aggressive posture in the South China Sea, there will be real consequences. Addressing the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, Carter cautioned Beijing that “specific actions will have specific consequences.” His remarks come days after defense officials testified […]

Tuesday Headlines

European Chaos Requires Steady US Commitment, Leadership The continuous flow of migrants and refugees across Europe’s borders may not make headlines, but it remains a crisis of proportions dangerous enough to threaten European stability. Nearly 7,000 Afghans, who were classified as economic migrants, rather than refugees, were caught along the border of Macedonia and Greece, […]

Brexit Battle Intensifies As Gov’t Releases Report Predicting Decades Of Uncertainty

If Britain decides to leave the European Union, a new government report predicts the country will face decades of uncertainty which could result in broad and negative economic and social disruption. “This would be a long period of uncertainty, which would have consequences for U.K. businesses, trade and inward investment,” the 28-page report issued by […]

Sunday News

Iran’s Reformers On Way To Sweeping Victory In Elections Preliminary results in Iran’s parliamentary elections suggest reformists might win all 30 contested seats contested, thus delivering hard-liners a mortifying rebuke, and delivering President Hassan Rouhani an enormous victory. In the first major vote since the signing of the Iran nuclear deal, Rouhani was leading the […]

In Five Years, Tunisia Has Gone From Beacon Of Hope To ISIS Hotspot

In the five years since the Arab Spring, there are few remnants of the hopeful desire and democratic spirit that existed on the streets and in the faces of thousands of Middle Eastern youth. It was hoped that the spark of the revolution – Tunisia – would lead a region out of the darkness of […]

Thursday Headlines

Muslim Scholars Pledge To Protect Religious Minorities Earlier this month a group of Muslim scholars and intellectuals hailing from more than 120 countries issued the Marrakesh Declaration, a pledge in support of the protection and freedom of religious minorities in Muslim-majority communities. “Gatherings and statements such as these have been and continue to be significant […]

Wednesday Headlines

Human Rights Should Be Included In North Korea Negotiations The decision by North Korea to test launch of a ballistic missile in violation of international sanctions is the latest demonstration of defiance by the rogue nation that poses a challenge to the US and its allies. As a response is considered, Carl Gersmann of World […]

Tuesday Headlines

Cubans Fleeing Island As Obama Prepares For Historic Visit As President Barack Obama prepares to make a historic trip to Cuba at the end of the week, statistics show that in the last three months of 2015, 1,536 Cubans were returned to Cuba after unsuccessfully attempting to reach the US. A total of 4,473 Cubans […]

Monday Headlines

Ugandan Opposition Leader Arrested — Again For the fourth time in eight days, Ugandan police arrested the Kizza Besigye, the main opposition leader and runner-up in Uganda’s recent elections. His party’s officer were also raided, reports The Wall Street Journal. In last week’s elections, Yoweri Museveni was re-elected, but both the United States and European […]

Sunday Headlines

Next President Faces Choice In Middle East: Sit Out Or Go In? Particularly in the 20th Century, there are two statements which can be made about the Middle East that remain true to today — instability is a persistent state of being and that despite the wishes of many, the nations of the region show […]

Britain Reaches Agreement To Save Its Membership In EU, But Tough Road Is Ahead

After intense negotiations, British Prime Minister David Cameron was able to strike a deal with European Union leaders on demands for a changed relationship with the EU, which opens the way for Britain to hold a historic vote on whether to stay or leave the group. A vote on the referendum was set for June […]

Friday Headlines

Islam: A Religion At War With Itself From the Syrian civil war to the turmoil raging in Yemen, the chaos engulfing today’s Muslim world is rooted in both theological and political conflicts, between Sunni and Shia sects, as well as between fundamentalists and reformists, says Shahid Javed Burki, a former Finance Minister of Pakistan and […]

China Raises Stakes As US, Asian Nations Hold Summit

Talk about timing. This week it was reported by Fox News that the Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to Woody Island, one of its contested islands in the South China Sea. The images, from ImageSat International, show two batteries of eight surface-to-air missile launchers stationed on one of the islands that […]

Sunday Headlines

Number Of Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan Reaches Peak Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose to record levels for the seventh year in row in 2015, as violence spiked in response to the withdrawal of most international troops, the United Nations said. According to the report, at least 3,545 noncombatants died and another 7,457 were injured by […]

How China Sees The World

President Xi Jinping has shown himself to be a decisive leader determined to transform an already-economically and militarily powerful nation. So it is important to understand not only how he views his own country, but the world. Brookings Institution scholar Jeffrey Bader has a new report that examines the decades that preceded Xi’s assumption to […]

Battle For Aleppo Emerges As Military And Symbolic Tipping Point

With the water supply to the Syrian city of Aleppo no longer functioning and the death toll rising, Russia came under pressure to end its bombing campaign, which is seen as assisting the Syrian government’s offensive to recapture the city. Syria’s largest city is seen by many as both a tipping point in the Syrian […]

Tuesday Headlines

Terrorism And North Korea Are Top Threats To US Leaders of the Islamic State are determined to strike targets in the United States this year, senior U.S. intelligence told the Senate Armed Services Committee. In testimony today, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said homegrown terrorism and North Korea remain the most prominent national security threats. “We […]

A Year Later, Fight Against ISIS Has Failed To Degrade The Terrorist Group’s Influence

After a year of bombing targets in Syria and Iraq, the US policy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State, the size of the terror group remains largely unchanged, intelligence sources tell Fox News. ISIS is estimated to have between 20,000 and 25,000 fighters based on the new intelligence estimate, while a year ago, […]

Think Tanks Lay Out Key Defense Strategies For Next President

Despite the complexity of the global environment and the chaos in multiple regions, the United States remains relatively secure. But Americans feel less secure because of the threat of the unknown. And military analysts also share that anxiety because they know the United States faces several long-term threats that may or may not emerge. As the reigning superpower, who […]

Wednesday News Headlines

Concern After North Korea Says It Will Launch Satellite Japan and South Korea have responded with great concern to this week’s announcement by North Korea of its intent to launch a ­satellite via a rocket that could be used to test nuclear technology. Pyongyang informed the United Nations of its plan drawing almost immediate condemnation […]

France Pushes Palestinian Independence, While Palestinians Weigh The Next Step

This week French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius publicly disclosed plans to organize an international conference to gather Israel and the Palestinian Authority for a discussion on how to reach the goal of a two-state solution, reports The New York Times. Israel, which sees European nations as more favorable toward the Palestinian cause, rebuked the French […]

Monday News

UN Stands By Claim Israeli Settlements Are “Provocative Acts” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon last week described Israel’s plans to build more settlements in the West Bank as a “provocative” act which raised questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution. Ban doubled-down on his assertion in an op-ed today in The New York Times, and expressed […]

The Refugee Crisis Tests The Present And Future Of The European Union

In its effort to correct the mistakes made in their refugee and migrant policy, Europe appears to some to have sacrificed their principles in the process. The European Union has proposed a plan to provide Turkey with three billion euros (about USD 3.26 billion) in aid in exchange for a commitment to restraining the flow […]

Former Defense Secretary Calls For Better Leadership, New Middle East Policy

“Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates does not think much of the leadership skills of President Barack Obama. Nor does he have a high opinion of the aptitude of some of the Republican presidential candidates. In fact, he has joked he would move to Canada if real estate mogul Donald Trump were elected president. “Presidential candidates […]

Thursday News

EU Security At Risk Due To A Lack Of Economic Independence? The recent visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demonstrated two disturbing trends in Europe: its willingness to do business with a dictatorial regime with terrorist ties, and the increasing dependence on outside financial sources and its impact on European foreign policy. As Hans Kundani of the German […]

Wednesday Headlines

Italy, Europe Courts Iranian Business In a not-so-veiled sign of its desire to form new business relations with Iran, Italian government officials covered nude statues were hidden so as not to offend President Hassan Rouhani, who was in Italy on Tuesday as part of a European tour aimed at drumming up investment. Italy is one of the many […]

Monday Headlines

Oil And Gas Are Key To Africa’s Growth While a majority of the developing nations are eschewing oil and gas production as part of their embrace of climate change, for some African nations, it is their key to growth. Natural gas has recently been discovered in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and both Kenya and Uganda […]

Thursday Headlines

Nuclear Deal Will Not Ease Naval Tensions Between US-Iranians Fortunately, the recent incident in which two U.S. ships allegedly entered Iranian waters ended with the release of the 10 sailors. The release of the sailors was made with an eye on the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, however the resolution of the brief crisis […]

Wednesday News

Technology Could Result In Loss Of 5 Million Jobs Do not fear the immigrant, but the robot. Economists and financial leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland are expressing their concerns about the “fourth industrial revolution.” That is the emergence of 3-D technology, smart computers and other advances which could result in a net […]

Economic Uncertainty Spurs Rise Of Political Populists Worldwide

WaveWhile there appear to be few similarities between Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, they are more alike than supporters of either would care to admit. In fact, they might be two sides of the same anti-Establishment, populist coin. Trump and Sanders parrot the same talking points about the evil of […]

Monday Headlines

Report: United Nations Knew For Months Madaya Was Starving When United Nations officials entered the town of Madaya last week, they expressed shock and horror upon finding hundreds of residents of the Syrian town on the outskirts of Damascus starving and severely malnourished. “The people we met in Madaya were exhausted and extremely frail,” Singer […]

Sunday News

Having Won The Election, Taiwan Faces Challenges Ahead Taiwan’s presidential election victor Tsai Ying-wen enjoys the distinction of being the nation’s first female leader and will come into office with a broad mandate from her independence-leaning party’s new legislative majority, but there are numerous challenges looming ahead — including a rocky relationship with an ever-increasingly aggressive […]

Saturday News

Iran Sanctions To Be Lifted, US Hostages Reportedly Released Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three other American hostages reportedly have been released in a prisoner swap, according to the semiofficial Mehr and Fars news agencies. Rezaian has been held since July 2014. There was no official confirmation from the United States. All four of […]

Reports Of Mass Graves And Gang Rapes As Fears Of Genocide In Burundi Increase

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Friday that Burundian security forces committed gang rapes and other human rights violations during an December 11 raid against opposition supporters’ houses. The government, which is mostly Hutus, has increased its targeting of the opposition Tutsis in a situation reminiscent of the Rwandan genocide of […]

Thursday Headlines

Time To Rethink Basing Nukes In South Korea? As North Korea exhibits more aggressive actions and continues the development of its nuclear weapons program, some in South Korea have called for a reexamination of the nation’s nuclear stance, including restoring nuclear arms to Seoul. The US, however, said this week it is willing to deploy strategic […]

Tuesday Headlines

Putin May Be Willing To Offer Refuge To Syrian Dictator Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled in an interview that he may be willing to provide asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he should seek it, although he said it was too early to begin discussions at the moment, the Washington Post reports. In the […]

Monday Headlines

Sectarian Fights In Middle East – And Washington Following the execution of more than 40 alleged terrorists by the Saudi Arabian government, including a prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, Iran responded by condemning the action and attacking the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Conversely, Saudi Arabia responded to the response by withdrawing its diplomats and severing […]

Sunday News

US Counters North Korea As Nuclear Cycle Repeats In response to last week’s alleged detonation of an H-bomb by North Korea, the US responded with a low-level B-52 flight over South Korea, a move which demonstrated America’s commitment to its allies in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test, the U.S. military said. “This was […]

Saturday Headlines

In a comprehensive article last December, military theorist Huba Wass de Czege stresses the importance of waging a war of ideas to the overall fight against Islamic radicals. He notes that a critical determinant of victory in ISIS-held territories will be success in a struggle for “legitimacy to govern, make laws, and enforce them” that […]

ISIS Garners The Headlines With Brutality, But Al Qaeda Remains A Potent Threat

The sheer brutality of the Islamic State was on full display this week when the group executed three individuals accused of apostasy for working for members of the media and aid groups. Two who allegedly “leaked” information to the media were shot to death, while another who was charged with conspiring with aid groups was beheaded. […]

Thursday Headlines

Germany Likely To Increase Deportations, Tighten Borders According to the German government, the number of immigrants entering Germany—including from European Union member states—reached a 22-year high of 1.46 million in 2014 and is the most received by any European nation. The sheer volume of asylum seekers and recent reports of Arab men attacking women on New […]

North Korea Rattles Nerves And Markets With Claim It Detonated A Hydrogen Bomb

North Korea claims it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb drew condemnation from both Russia and the U.S. on Wednesday, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the action “totally unacceptable.” North Korea has conducted three other nuclear tests since 2006. However, South Korean analysts expressed doubt in North Korea’s pronouncement based on the amount of energy […]

Tuesday News

Is Political Islam Headed For The Dustbin Of History? The hope of a movement of nonviolent, moderate form of Islam flourishing in the Middle East was bright at the peak of the Arab Spring, but the rise of ISIS and other Islamic-inspired terror groups has cast a cloud over political Islam’s future, asserts Cameron Glenn […]

Monday Headlines

China Cautions Taiwan In Weeks Before Election Taiwan will have its next presidential election on January 16, as well as elections for a new legislature. Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, who seems to favor an eventual separation from Beijing, appears to be on course to defeat Eric Chu, the candidate of […]

Sunday Headlines

Is Cooperation Between Russia And US Possible In Syria Michael McFaul, U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2012 to 2014, and a  Hoover Institution Fellow says the prospects of the US and Russia working together toward a solution in Syria is not far-fetched, but that some key issues must first be resolved. First and foremost, Russia must […]

Saturday News

Africa’s Economies Suffer From Weak Manufacturing Sector In October, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported that growth in sub-Saharan Africa had weakened after more than a decade of solid performances, but noted that economic strength varied across countries. The IMF said sub-Saharan African countries will collectively grow by 3.75% this year; a dramatic downward revision […]

Putin Outlines Military Strategy As Two Competing Putin Documentaries Are Released

In a new document outlining the nation’s interests and strategic priorities, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed to NATO expansion as a threat to the country. The strategy, which is updated every six years, says Russia is strengthening its military “on the background of new threats to national security that have a complicated and interlinked character”. The paper says […]

Thursday Headlines

2015: The Year Refugees And Migrants Grabbed Headlines Over two days this fall, 13,000 people arrived in Germany seeking asylum. The Wall Street Journal followed migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea as they began their long, uncertain path to residency. Burundi’s President Vows To Fight African Union Peacekeepers Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza pledged to fight […]

Wednesday News

Two Future Leaders Emerge In The Middle East At first glance, two men may not have much in common. Ayman Odeh is an Israeli Arab member of the Israeli Knesset who has travelled to the US and counts among his heroes Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Selahattin Demirtas is the leader of Turkey’s People’s Democratic […]

Tuesday Headlines

ISIS Speech Taunts West, Says Alliance Afraid Of “Final War” In a new speech, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi claims that all Muslims are confronted by an alliance that includes much of the rest of the world. And he says the Islamic State is “the spearhead in the conflict between the camp of belief and the […]

Monday Headlines

Key Summits To Be Held In 2016 World leaders will grapple with issues ranging from nuclear security to sustainable urbanization in summits in the coming year, writes the Council on Foreign Relation’s Stewart M. Patrick. Two of the biggest summits will be the Group of Seven Summit in late May, and the Group of Twenty […]

Sunday Headlines

The Cure To Global Disease Epidemic Is Capitalism Since the turn of the century, the death toll from malaria has been cut in half and the number of Africans who own mosquito nets has gone from 2 percent to 55 percent. Certainly foreign aid and charitable donations have had an impact, but so too has […]

Thursday Headlines

Today’s headlines are focused on the celebration of Christmas – or, in some cases, prohibitions on marking the Christian holiday. Christmas In Bethlehem Nestled in the heart of Israel, the town of Bethlehem attracts thousands of Christian pilgrims every year and in many instances is not unlike any other town on the 25th of December. But in a […]

Wednesday News

Amnesty Says Russia Fails To Recognize Civilian Deaths “Some Russian air strikes appear to have directly attacked civilians or civilian objects by striking residential areas with no evident military target and even medical facilities, resulting in deaths and injuries to civilians. Such attacks may amount to war crimes,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle […]

Monday Headlines

Spanish Election Provides More Uncertainty, Not Less While Spain’s election was supposed to bring some stability to the nation’s political system, the failure of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party to win a majority in Parliament almost ensures months of uncertainty and instability. Almost immediately Spain’s Socialist Party signaled they would oppose Rajoy if […]

Sunday Headlines

Preventive Priorities Survey Finds Middle East A Region Of Concern In the Council on Foreign Relations just-release survey of which ongoing or potential conflicts are of most concern to US security finds eight of the 11 contingencies related to events in the Middle East. “[R]elying on early and accurate warning of emerging threats to galvanize […]

Saturday Headlines

The Security Council approved a resolution on Friday that grants the United Nations an enhanced role in shepherding the opposing sides to talks for a political transition, with a timetable for a ceasefire, a new constitution and elections, all under UN auspices. Secretary of State John Kerry praised the passage of the resolution shortly after its […]

Friday Headlines

World’s Refugees Nearing Record 60 Million In 2015 The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released a study which shows that the number of forcibly displaced individuals will eclipse 60 million this year, the most since 1992. That figure includes an estimated 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution, many of them from Syria and Afghanistan. “Forced displacement […]

Thursday News

UN Takes On New Measures Aimed At ISIS Funding, Sex Trafficking The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt new measures Thursday to stem the flow of cash to terrorists of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The move will come a day after the UN Security Council called on member states to take more action to combat […]

Tuesday Headlines

Burundi Teetering On Edge Of Civil War The violence which has steadily increased since a failed attempt to overthrow Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has caused US officials to call for all citizens to depart the African nation. The US also has asked the United Nations to investigate allegations of human rights abuses amid fears that ethnic […]

Arab Coalition Formed To Fight Terrorism, But Many View It As Symbolic Gesture

The 34-member counter-terrorism military alliance announced by Saudi Arabia does not include Iran or Iraq, but marks a clear strategic move to organize against terrorist forces in the Middle East. “A number of countries are in desperate need of assistance. Terrorism has hit Islamic countries. It is time that the Islamic world takes a stand,” said […]

Monday Headlines

Is Peacekeeping Central To American Strategic Interests? In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Brookings Institution’s Bruce Jones argued that peacekeeping is critical to US efforts to sustain the liberal international order. Jones posits that while UN peacekeeping missions do not remove the need for US involvement or leadership, “multilateral tools for maintaining […]

Sunday News

Global Climate Deal Signed, Success Depends On Individual Nations For the first time an accord to deal with climate change was signed by a majority of the world’s nations. Unlike the 1992 Kyoto Protocol, which saw only 35 nations sign onto it, more than 190 countries approved the Paris Agreement. The pact would for the first […]

Saturday News

Administration Considers Establishing Special Ops Bases Globally According to a recent report in the New York Times, the Obama administration is contemplating plans to create a string of bases around the world for special operations and intelligence personnel to take the Islamic State and other jihadists. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey first represented […]

Friday News Headlines

Former NYC Mayor: Call Islamic Radicalism By Its Name Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani argues that ignoring the religious roots of groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda not only defies logic, but hampers the fight to defeat them. “Investigating large multifaceted criminal organizations like the Mafia or making war against similarly complex terrorist organizations […]

Thursday News Briefs

International Human Rights Day On International Human Rights Day, officials at the United Nation noted some progress but pointed to the refugee crisis as a sign that “many challenges remain” in fighting to secure basic rights for individuals. International Human Rights Day is a commemoration of the date in 1948 when the U.N. General Assembly adopted […]

Wednesday Headlines

Assad Does Not Want To Engage In Combating ISIS Many foreign policy and military analysts have suggested that the US and the West should put ousting Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad on the backburner to concentrate on fighting ISIS. In fact, some have suggested allying with Assad and its primary supporter Russia to take on the terrorist […]

Monday Headlines

“Declarations Of War Against Terror Groups Have Failed To Stem Growth Over the last 14 years, the Bush and Obama administrations have pledged to defeat an array of terror groups, but the number of US government-designated terror groups has grown from 34 in 2002 to 59 today. The recent attacks in Beirut, Paris, and California, the issue […]

Sunday Headlines

Syria Is Not First Civil War To Draw Putin’s Attention In order to assert himself as a pivotal actor on the international stage, Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved to support the dictatorial regime of Syria’s Bashir al-Assad in its fight against rebel movements. The action places him directly on one side of a messy […]

Saturday News And Views

A Global Agenda For Cities? Simon Curtis, a fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, suggests that large cities should consider responding to the political paralysis on the national level by advancing their own foreign policy. “City incursions into global politics reflect instead the growing centrality of cities to an emerging regime of complex global […]

Friday Water Cooler

The Refugee Crisis From The Legal, Political Perspective The co-founder of the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo during the Iraq War, Suchitra Vijayan discusses the Syrian refugee crisis from a legal, political, and humanitarian perspective. In an interview with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, she argues the US and the West […]

Thursday News Headlines

Will The Syrian Conflict End Like The Spanish Civil War? While most analysts have drawn comparisons to the civil wars in Rwanda or Bosnia, Rand Institute scholar Scott Savitz sees greater similarities with another conflict in the Mediterranean. Savitz notes that both found a large number of foreigners clamoring to the fight, including volunteers from all over Europe and the Americas who […]

Tuesday Headlines

Diplomacy Still Best Way To Resolve Conflict In Complicated World Javier Solana, who previously served as Secretary-General of NATO and Foreign Minister of Spain, believes the United States is no longer the single global leader, but one working in competition with a resistant Russia and a rising China. The competing powers, he says, are trying to manage […]

Sunday News

Turkey: Questions Remain About Where Its Loyalties Lie While President Barack Obama came to the defense of Turkey when it shot down a Russian jet allegedly flying over its airspace, many remain skeptical that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a reliable ally in the fight against ISIS. “Over the past five years, American policymakers, Turkey […]

Saturday Headlines

Global Economy Facing Its Biggest Challenge: Demographics Economists have struggled to explain why economies across the developed world have only managed to produce anemic growth since the end of the recession global recession. The reasons they have cited are numerous, but Greg Ip of the Wall Street Journal contends the biggest impediment might well be […]

Friday News

Is A Break-Up Of The Middle East Inevitable? From Syria to Iraq, it is becoming more apparent that any solution likely will involve some sort of partitioning of those countries. Lanis Andoni, an analyst and commentator on Middle Eastern and Palestinian affairs, believes the break-up of the Middle East into “sectarian splinters” is simply a self-fulfilling prophesy. […]

As A Largely Muslim Nation, Malaysia Finds Itself In Unique Battle Against Terrorism

With one of the largest Muslim populations, Malaysia finds itself in a particularly uncomfortable position trying to fight terrorism without alienating its own people. But recent events in Paris is helping to harden the country’s approach to batting ISIS and other terror groups. Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon have mobilized the armed […]

Tuesday News

Tensions Rise As Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet Tensions are certain to increase as Turkey said Tuesday that it had shot down a Russian jet fighter travelling along the Syrian border because it violated Turkish airspace and did not respond to requests to back away. The action was described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “stab […]

Monday Headlines

Election Brings Change In Argentina, End To Economic Socialism Conservative opposition challenger Mauricio Macri won 51.5 percent of the vote in a run-off to defeat ruling party member Daniel Scioli, who garnered 48.5 percent. Macri’s victory marks the end of more than a decade of populist leadership and protectionist policies pursued by outgoing President Christina […]

Sunday News & Notes

Europe, Global Order Is Crumbling: Will America Respond? Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has an extensive essay in The Wall Street Journal in which he chronicles the weakening impact of recent events from Paris to the refugee crisis on Europe and wonders whether the US has the strength and will to respond […]

Saturday News

France Seeks Assistance From EU, Not NATO, After Paris Attacks In the wake of the Paris attacks, France has chosen to bypass NATO in favor of seeking help from the European Union, invoking the EU’s mutual defense clause in calling for assistance. Known as Article 42.7, it states: If a Member State is the victim of […]

Situation In Burundi Sparks Concerns About Regional Implications

TheThe current crisis in Burundi began in April when President Pierre Nkurunziza made moves to extend his mandate to a third term despite the constitution’s two-term limit. He was re-elected in a process which Secretary of State John Kerry described as “deeply flawed,” which resulted in widespread protests that have not ended. At least 240 people have been […]

Wednesday News

A Frenchman’s Concern About The Future After Paris Attacks In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, Philippe Le Corre reflects on his status as a French-born citizen, how the attacks were different from the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher supermarket attacks, and the outpouring of support from around the world. “The republic’s motto—liberty, equality, fraternity—is […]

Monday Headlines

Finding A Pathway Toward A Political Solution In Syria Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Frederic Hof was interviewed on BBC World News about the crisis in Syria and how to put Syria on a pathway to a political settlement. Listen here. Hof believes the US should take a more aggressive approach to dealing with Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad, […]

The Paris Attacks

In the wake of Friday’s deadly, coordinated attack in Paris, police are concentrating on identifying and apprehending the ISIS terrorists while opinions on what to do next abound. In response to the second attack in France this year, President Francois Hollande has taken a firm hand calling the attacks, which killed 129 and have left hundreds critically injured, an “act […]

Friday Headlines

Helmut Schmidt: The Man Who Saved German Democracy There are figures in modern history who stand above the crowd in terms of their role in the defense of democracy. Among them are Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Helmut Schmidt, the former German chancellor who died this week. “In those years, Mr. Schmidt, a […]

Monday Headlines

Obama, Netanyahu Hold First Meeting Since Iran Nuclear Deal Inked President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister will sit down for another meeting to discuss the ongoing violent exchanges between Israel and Palestinians and strengthening Israel’s security in the aftermath of the Iranian nuclear deal. But a long-term solution is no longer on the agenda. It […]

Sunday Notes

Containment May Be Best Option For US In Syria Washington should focus on more than just the Islamic State. It should also work to contain the violence in Iraq and Syria to prevent it from spilling over into the wider Middle East. The Balkans, Somalia, and the Congo are just a few of the examples […]

Saturday Headlines

Leaders Of China And Taiwan Shake Hands In Historic Meeting The first-ever meeting between President Xi Jinping of China and Ma Ying-jeou, the president of Taiwan, took place on Saturday and was an odd mix of stagecraft and statesmanship. During the meeting Xi cautioned Ma not to let pro-democracy movements split the two sides. “No force […]

Myanmar Holds Historic Vote This Weekend

This weekend, citizens of Myanmar (or Burma) will cast their ballots in an election that could elect the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi – the National League for Democracy party. It would be the first government in a half century not dominated by the military, but some have concerns about whether she would be the best individual to lead. […]

Lawmakers Hear Concerns About Human Rights In Egypt

Is It Time To Rethink The U.S.-Egypt Relationship? On Tuesday, a congressional panel convened to examine the state of human rights in Egypt and whether it might be time to reexamine the relationship between the US and Egypt. Violence in Egypt is nothing new, but Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution made the case that […]

Monday Headlines

When The Guns Fall Silent, What Next For Syria? The ongoing Vienna talks on the Syrian war have centered on fighting ISIS, but Anthony Cordesman believes says there is no evidence that outside forces can restore order within Syria. Even if a truce is brokered, what kind of nation will Syria be and will the nation be […]

Sunday News

Turkish Elections Begin Amid worsening security and economic worries, Turks will be casting their ballots in a snap parliamentary election that could profoundly impact the divided country’s trajectory and that of President Tayyip Erdogan. One pre-election survey suggested there had been a late surge in backing for the [Justice and Development Party[ AKP and that it could […]

Saturday Headlines

The Evolution Of Migrant Smuggling In Europe Throughout Europe, criminal networks are moving from the trade in guns and drugs to exploit the record number of migrants coming from war-torn Syria and beyond. The Wall Street Journal reports on how the practice of migrant-moving has overtaken drug-running and cigarette-smuggling and is no longer strictly the purview of gangs, but […]

Change In China’s One-Child Policy May Not Have Immediate Impact

Chinese officials announced this week their intention to moderate the longstanding one-child policy in the face of a looming demographic crisis, but many believe the ramifications of the decades-old practice of limiting families will fade away quickly. The policy has caused social disruption as well. Due to cultural pressure to have boys, about 116 boys were […]

Thursday Headlines

  Turkey Preparing For Another Round Of Elections On November 1, Turkey will hold its second parliamentary election in just five months. As in the previous contest, the outcome is proving tricky to predict, but many hope it will not be followed by kind of violence that marred June’s elections. That concern is heightened by […]

Tuesday News And Notes

The The Complexities Of Protests More and more citizens are taking to the streets to voice their opinions on social and economic matters, but Thomas Carothers of The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace believes that it would be a simplistic view to assume a singular reason behind the phenomenon. Carothers and his co-author Richard Youngs note […]

Monday News

Runoffs Slated For Elections In Haiti, Argentina For the people of Haiti, the good news is that there was no evidence of violence in last weekend’s election. The bad news is with 54 presidential candidates, the wait for the final results could last weeks. The two leading candidates are Jude Celestin, who was eliminated from the […]

Sunday Reads

Fmr. Prime Minister Tony Blair Issues Semi-Apology For Iraq War In an interview with CNN, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair conceded some mistakes were made in waging the war in Iraq, but did not express regret for removing then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from power. “I find it hard to apologize for removing Saddam. I think, […]

Few Believe A No-Fly Zone Would Have Substantive Impact On Syrian Civil War

With the regime of Syrian President Bashir al Assad continuing his assault on opposition forces, including civilians, there has been an increased call for the establishment of a no-fly zone. Washington lawmakers, the Obama administration and some defense analysts have proposed implementing a no-fly zone in Syria to protect civilian populations, some believe such a plan […]

Election Of Justin Trudeau Marks Shift To Left For Canada, Ends Decade-Long Conservative Rule

Canadian voters took a sharp turn left after ten years of conservative rule by leading Canada’s Liberal leader Justin Trudeau toward a resounding defeat of Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper as Liberals landed a large Parliamentary victory. Just as President Barack Obama entered office promoting a policy stance that emphasized diplomacy, Trudeau is pushing “pro-active” diplomacy, which […]

Russian, US Relationship In Syria Remains Complicated

With Russia’s increased involvement in the war in Syria, an already tense relationship between President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama has become more complicated. However, some analysts believe that an opportunity to cooperate exists between the two nations despite Washington’s assertion that there will be no joint efforts. As Russia unveiled plans to […]

Sunday Reads

Kissinger Charts A Path Forward In The Middle East Writing in the Wall Street Journal, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger asserts that Russia’s involvement in Syria represents a fundamental shift in the Middle East and a resulting destabilization in the region not seen since 1973. The lack of US leadership has left a vacuum […]

Thursday Headlines

Think Tank Releases Briefing Book On US Foreign Policy Throughout the year, the Foreign Policy Initiative conducts briefings and meetings with major foreign policy thinkers, members of both parties in Congress, political candidates and opinion makers to inform them on the most pressing issues facing the US today. In conjunction with those briefings, they have […]

Violence Increasing In Israel As Many Wonder If A Third Intifada Is Next

Israel Erects Checkpoints As Violence Increases  Israeli authorities have started building roadblocks and checkpoints in some Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem and deployed hundreds of police officers and soldiers on the roads and buses as violence increases. While the attacks have been sporadic and there has not been a mass, unified as occurred during the […]

Tuesday News

A World Without Borders Immigration is a controversial topic in the United States and Europe and sparks animated discussions about the proper levels of immigration. But Alex Tabbarok puts forth a dramatic suggestion in an article in The Atlantic – simply eliminate all borders and allow a free flow of citizens from one country to the […]

Monday News

Privatization Answer To Ukraine Corruption, Slow Economy? In recent months there have Ukraine’s economy appears to have stabilized somewhat, the World Bank contends in a recent report that storm clouds are on the horizon. In its new Ukraine Macroeconomic Update, the World Bank projects real GDP to fall by 12 percent this year, down from an earlier […]

Sunday Readings

Hamas Positioned To Gain From Recent Increase In Gaza Violence Many view the increase in violence between Palestinians and Israelis as a certain sign that a third intifada is right around the corner. But regardless of whether they are right, some believe the terror group Hamas is the beneficiary of renewed protests and a weakened […]

Lack Of Syria Policy Speaks Volumes About US Policy In Middle East

After continuously resisting calls to arm forces opposed to Syrian dictator Bashir al Assad, the Obama administration announced earlier this year it had established a program aimed at training 5,000 anti-Assad rebels. This week, the Pentagon conceded the program had only trained 5 rebels and it would be placed in the proverbial trash can after spending […]

Friday Headlines

Tunisian Group Wins Nobel Peace Prize The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, a group comprising labor-union and business leaders as well as human-rights activists and lawyers, won the Nobel Peace Prize for its contribution to democracy in the country. Europeans Begin To Toughen Stance On Migrants After months of absorbing thousands of Middle Eastern migrants, the […]

Making The Development Goals Reality

At the recent United Nations meeting, the body adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, which set the guideposts for the next 15 years of development. From eradicating poverty to making cities more livable, the goals are laudable but to be realized there must be an improved system of integration, argues Paul Weisenfeld. “The hardest, last-mile problems […]

Wednesday News

Will Israel Become Involved In Syria? For the most part, Israel has remained on the sidelines in terms of the crisis in Syria, but Russia’s growing involvement may draw them into the fight, says Amos Harel of Foreign Policy magazine. “Israel has established that there are two factors that will convince it to intervene in […]

Tuesday Headlines

Local Insights Should Inform Development Projects Imam Qasim Rashid Ahmad, founder and chairman of Al-Khair Foundation, explains why international organizations need to speak first with local leaders and residents about what they need before leaping into help. Ahmad, whose organization is active in Africa, says that “transitioning from a ‘donors versus beneficiaries’ mentality, to thinking […]

Monday Headlines

US, China Sign Agreement To Foster Cooperation On Development Lost amid the coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the US and more controversial issues related to US-Sino relations was an agreement reached between China and US to increase cooperation on global development issues. The memorandum of understanding signed on September 25 provides a framework for […]

Can The Solution To Religious Extremism Be Found In Religion Itself?

In fighting against religious extremist movements around the world, some have maintained that the counterattack must be launched from secular society, but there is an alternate theory that the solution, in fact, can be found in religion itself. Jonathan Sacks, a former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth, argues that […]

Saturday Ideas

“German Reunification: 25 Years Later Twenty five years after East and West officially united under one flag, Germany operates politically as one nation and, in many respects, share common goals. However, important differences remain. Dalibor Rohac of the American Enterprise Institute notes that more than two decades after East and West Germany were brought together, […]

Friday Headlines

Was Henry Kissinger An Idealist Or A Master Of Realpolitik? Henry Kissinger is most often portrayed, particularly by the left wing, as a calculating  practitioner of realpolitik. But Niall Ferguson argues that he was an idealist early in his career. “Far from being a Machiavellian, Kissinger was from the outset of his career an idealist in at […]

Mixed Messages And Motives Complicate Middle East

This week’s public handshake between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin was the most awkward moment of the UN General Assembly meetings – until Secretary of State John Kerry joined his counterpart to speak to reporters after Russia launched air strikes in Syria. Hours after Russia attacked targets in Syria, Kerry and […]

Wednesday Headlines

Obama Administration Struggles With Syria Policy Foreign Policy Magazine report David Rothkopf does not tread lightly in his assessment that the Obama administration’s intense focus on the goal of leaving Afghanistan and Iraq (and not to enter Syria) left open the door for Russian President Vladimir Putin. “He wanted out of the region. He did […]

At The UN, Divide Between US And Russia While Progress Made On Development Goals

Does Bill Gates Represent The New Age Of Global Aid? For decades, development aid simply involved giving money to the UN to implement old policies, but, argues Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, tech billionaire Bill Gates has refashioned the way aid is distributed and how development goals are set. “The billionaire’s main contribution to global […]

Sunday News And Notes

European Migrant Crisis Also A Test Of American Moral Leadership While Europe shares a considerable amount of the blame for failing to address the events that have created the largest migration/refugee crisis on the continent since World War II, Brookings Institution fellow William Galston says the United States is in no position to wash its hands […]

Putin’s Long Road Back To The UN

For the first time in nearly a decade, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be in New York to attend a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. His appearance will come at a time when Russia is under increasing pressure (and isolation) over its incursion into Crimea, its support for Ukrainian separatists and its unwillingness […]

Friday Headlines

Is War Inevitable When A Rising Power Challenges A Dominant One? Throughout history there have been instances in which a rising power has taken on a ruling power, such as was the case in 1914. Athens challenged Sparta in ancient Greece. Germany challenged Britain a century ago. Whatever the historical example may be, most such contests have […]

Thursday Headlines

Local Efforts Are Key To Improving Education For Girls Rebecca Winthrop and Eileen McGivney of the Brookings Institution make the case that all of the plans to improve education opportunities for girls worldwide unveiled at the United Nations this week will bear no fruit without action being taken on the local level. “To accelerate and […]

Tuesday Headlines

US Permitted Violence And Rape In Afghanistan To Continue A shocking report in The New York Times on Monday described how member of the military were told to turn a blind eye to the practice of bacha bazi, which is a “game” in which boys are used as sex slaves by their elders. Soldiers and […]

Monday Headlines

Nations At Risk Of Genocide Today, the U.S. Holocaust Museum has released a new online tool it hopes we assist governments in predicting and preventing genocide. The goal is to produce early warnings that can help governments, policy makers, advocacy groups and scholars decide where to concentrate their efforts. For the second consecutive year, Myanmar […]

Sunday Readings

A Defense Of The European Union – From The Right There are many criticisms of the European Union from its tendency to favor agricultural protectionism and support for a single currency to its present incompetence in terms of responding to the refugee crisis. While critics all make valid points, Dalibor Rohac of Foreign Policy magazine […]

UNHCR Criticized For Lack Of Vision On Migrant Crisis And Other News

UN Agency Under Criticism For Handling Of Migrant Crisis Norah Niland, a former senior U.N. human rights official and a lead author of a recent review of humanitarian protection for the United Nations, pointed to the UNHCR’s lack of innovative spirit, telling Reuters that it has “too little forward thinking, and that’s what the European crisis shows.” Reuters […]

Wednesday News

Can America Be Great Again? GOP presidential candidate is fond of saying that he will make America great again. While not examining the real estate mogul’s capacity to do that job, Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf hosts a podcast asking that question. His guests are: Rosa Brooks, an international law, national security, and constitutional law professor at Georgetown […]

Tuesday Headlines

In Zimbabwe, Tough Economic Times Bring Old Foes Together Perhaps one of the most divisive policies adopted by Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe was the practice of appropriating land from whites and giving it to blacks as repayment for the ills of colonial rule. But with a struggling economy, some whites and blacks are forging new […]

Monday Headlines

Where Is The G20? As European nations struggle to cope with the crisis of economic migrants and political refugees flowing onto their shores, one institution stands on the sidelines seemingly unwilling or unable to mount a response. Paola Subacchi wonders why the G20 has remained silent on the issue. Although the G20 met last week in […]

Left-Winger Picked To Head Britain’s Labour Party

Leftist Lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of Britain’s opposition Labor Party on Saturday, a victory that threatens to further divide the party as it struggles to recover from a defeat in elections earlier this year. The vote was not close with Corbyn, a Socialist, receiving 60 percent support on the party’s first preference ballot. But […]

Genocide, The European Refugee Crisis And An Emboldened Russia

Have We Become Immune To Genocide? In a podcast moderated by Foreign Policy magazine, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer and author David Rieff discuss whether society is desensitized to genocide. Oppenheimer is the producer of the documentary The Look of Silence, which follows a man who confronts the people who killed his brother in Indonesia’s 1965 anti-Communist purge. Their exchange, as well […]

Tuesday Headlines

US Embrace Of International Liberalism Creates Global Disorder Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens offers a compelling argument in support of the notion that there can be no global order without US strength. “For seven years, the U.S. and Europe have largely been on the same side—the European side—of most of the big issues, especially […]

Monday News Headlines

Russia’s strategic ambitions for its Arctic region—an understudied and underappreciated area that encompasses nearly the entire northern coast of Eurasia. Guatemalan Election Heads To Runoff Comedian Jimmy Morales, who is championing an anti-corruption platform, won the most votes in Guatemala’s presidential elections on Sunday, with no candidate near the 50 percent threshold required to avoid an […]

International Community Reacts To Migrant Crisis, But Challenges Remain

Almost a week after a photo of a 3-year old Syrian boy was featured on the front pages of newspapers and websites across the globe, leaders began to react. Pope Francis implored Catholic institutions throughout Europe to show mercy to the flood of refugees arriving on their shores by offering them shelter. “I appeal to […]

Syrian Refugees, Migrants Are Only Part Of The Global Crisis Of Displaced Persons

European Refugee, Migrant Crisis Just Part Of The Global Picture The global community this week was stopped in its tracks as an image of a dead 3-year-old Syrian boy who had drowned while fleeing he and his family were fleeing to Europe. The outrage directed at Hungary and other European nations struggling to cope with […]

Refugee, Migrant Crisis Will Abate Only When Syrian Civil War Ends

Migrant, Refugee Crisis Unlikely To Ease Until Syrian Civil War Ends Over the last three years, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled their country as the regime of Bashir al-Assad and the terrorist group ISIS have become brazenly brutal. But the flows of refugees and migrants has increase dramatically in recent years. From July […]

Syrian Refugee Crisis Puts Europe On The Defense, Could Threaten EU

In an effort to deflect the outraged criticism his administration is facing for its handling of the ongoing crisis of Syrian refugees, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban cautioned Syrians not to risk their lives by seeking asylum in Europe. He publicly told refugees to stay in Turkey, which he called a “safe country,” and then added that “Hungarians […]

Tuesday Headlines

Terrorism Increased In 2014 New data from the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database shows that in 2014, more than 16,800 terrorist attacks took place worldwide, causing more than 43,500 deaths and more than 40,900 injuries, including perpetrator casualties. More than 11,800 people were taken hostage in terrorist attacks in 2014. But the number of attacks […]

Sunday News Headlines

The Plight Of Migrants Is A Failure Of The West’s Moral Order The daily images of hundreds and thousands of migrants crossing into European nations by all forms of transportation has not prompted a comprehensive response from Western nations. Nor have the increasing number of stories of people whose lives have been lost along the journey. “The […]

Europe Struggling To Cope With Syrian Refugees As Germany Puts Dublin Procedure Aside

With the crisis of Syrian migrants flooding the shores of Europe worsening, Germany this week placed the European Union’s Dublin Regulation aside, therefore ending the deportation of Syrian refugees to other nations. In short, the Dublin Regulation establishes a hierarchy of criteria for identifying the Member State responsible for the examination of an asylum claim in […]

Friday Headlines

Iran May Already Have Violated Nuclear Deal The International Atomic Energy Agency expressed concern about recent construction at the Iranian military facility at Parchin that could interfere with its efforts to inspect the facility for nuclear research believed to have occurred there, according to an agency report obtained by Reuters news. The report covers Iranian […]

Wednesday Morning Lead

International Relations Theory And The “New” Middle East While much is written about day-to-day developments in the Middle East, Morten Valbjorn of the Project on Middle East Political Science takes a wider view by examining how international relations theory can help clarify an understanding of international relations in a “new” Middle East. “The Arab uprisings have not only impacted […]

A Brutal Tool Of ISIS, Slavery Is Spreading Throughout The Muslim World

The ongoing stories coming from the Middle East about ISIS’ use of slavery, particularly slavery of a sexual nature, has caused outrage and revulsion even among hardened foreign policy analysts. The sad truth is that ISIS is not alone in using coercion and confinement to achieve its goals, reports The Economist. The targeting of an entire sect might be […]

European Cities Marshaling Civic, Private Organizations To Design Economic Initiatives

There is no doubt that Europe remains embroiled in an economic crisis and is looking forward to an even greater one – the crushing debt on future generations due to entitlement programs and failed liberal policies. But there is a glimmer of hope shining from several cities on the continent from Amsterdam to Stockholm, according […]

As Relations Between Saudi Arabia, US Cool, The Kingdom Reaches Out To Israel

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction is a truism that is evident when one looks at the disintegrating relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. As the Obama administration focused most of its attention on moving forward with a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, many Arab allies took umbrage, writes Sohrab Ahmari of […]

Friday Headlines

Britain Reopens Embassy In Tehran The British government will formally reopen its embassy in Tehran this weekend; the embassy has been closed since 2011, when it was stormed by violent protesters. China Hackers Targeting India According to U.S. cyber security company FireEye, hackers based in China have been using a “spear-phising” method to hack Indian […]

Thursday News Headlines

Israeli Soldiers Clash With Palestinian Christians Scuffles broke out today near Bethlehem as Israeli forces renewed construction of a controversial separation barrier near the Christian town of Beit Jala. Several Catholic priests joined the protestors as Israeli soldiers attempted to tear down olive trees. The network of towering concrete walls, barbed-wire fences, trenches and closed […]

Wednesday News

Interview With Henry Kissinger The National Interest’s Jacob Heilbrunn recently sat down with Henry Kissinger to discuss a range of foreign policy concerns from Russia and Greece to the larger question of America’s role in the world. “The trouble with America’s wars since the end of the Second World War has been the failure to relate […]

Tuesday Headlines

Should US Change Policy On Negotiating With Terrorists Many nations, including Israel, have chosen to allow exceptions to their policy of not negotiating with terrorists, but the United States remains firmly opposed in call cases. Should it? Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University’s […]

Sunday Reads

Muhammad Hamid Zaman, a biomedical engineering professor at Boston University, suggests that nations in the developing world focus their attention on fostering research and developing solutions to tackle the health challenges to the proliferation of fake or inferior drugs on the local level. Local solutions and local innovations “are not only likely to be central to any successful effort; […]

Friday Water Cooler

US, German Officials Claim ISIS Has Used Chemical Weapons According to American officials, ISIS likely used the chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in Iraq this week, the Wall Street Journal’s Adam Entous reports It’s the first indication that the group got its hands on banned chemicals. German officials have also charged that ISIS has used chemical weapons […]

Thursday Headlines

Has Iran Realized Backing Syria Is A Loser? Iran once was a staunch supporter of Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad, but now the regime is reconsidering its position as Assad is weakened and ISIS is posing a threat to Iran’s interests in the region. Iran has realized that betting on Assad to win the war means betting […]

Wednesday Water Cooler

China Intervenes to Support Tumbling Yuan China devalued its currency on Tuesday in the wake of poor trade data, a move that left it with its biggest one day fall in more than 20 years, and fell further on Wednesday as question arose about China’s economic management. China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China, […]

Turkey Takes Fight To Militants, But Today’s Chaos Has Deeper Roots

Turkey Enters The Game Launching Airstrikes Against Militants The Turkish military has launched additional airstrikes against Kurdish militants known as the PKK at over 17 different locations in Turkey’s Hakkari province, on the border with Iran and Iraq. The strikes began after nine people were killed on Monday during a wave of violence targeting Turkish security […]

Migrant Crisis Could Impact The Future Of Europe

Last week brought another tragic story of a failed attempt by African migrants to reach the shores of Europe and brings the death toll this year to almost 2,000. To date, the European Union has been unable to marshal any measurable response to the crisis or adequately deal with the criminal activities of those engaged […]

Saturday Headlines

Dell Among Businesses Pushing Global Entrepreneurship In May the computer giant Dell launched has launched what it called the Global Entrepreneurship Call to Action with the goal of getting entrepreneurs and other business leaders to go on the record in support of the passage of UN Sustainable Development Goal 8. Dell CEO and Founder, Michael Dell, […]

Friday Headlines

US, Russia Agree On Resolution On Syrian Chemical Weapons Today, the UN Security Council will vote on a resolution to establish an international investigation unit to identify individuals responsible for carrying out multiple chemical weapons attacks in Syria, which should lay the groundwork to hold them accountable for their crimes in the future, reports The New […]

Remembering Hiroshima And Nagasaki

Remembering Hiroshima And Nagasaki In the days leading up to the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there are many retrospectives and never-reported accounts worth reading, including an extraordinary account told by The New Yorker’s John Hersey. . On Thursday, Japan held its annual ceremony marking the anniversary with dignitaries and leaders in attendance and renewed […]

Wednesday Reads

Does The US Need To Form New Alliances? The relationship between the US and Israel is in a state of disarray. Once-solid allies in Europe now question American resolve, while they appear incapable of defining their own security goals. So, asks David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy magazine, does America need to form new alliances? First, […]

Tuesday Headlines

Crackdown In Egypt Could Radicalize Youth The Carnegie Endowment’s Nathan J. Brown and Michele Dunne contend that the Egyptian state’s harsh crackdown on Islamists, which they describe as the most”intense a period of killing, imprisonment, torture, and other forms of repression as the one since the July 2013 coup against former president Mohamed Morsi,” is having the […]

Monday Headlines

US To Provide Air Cover To Syrian Rebels After intense debate, the Obama administration has approved a plan to provide air cover to the Syrian rebels it has trained if they come under attack by the Assad regime, a move which places the US deeper into four-year old war, reports The Wall Street Journal. On Friday, […]

Sunday Readings

Time To Reform The EU’s Foreign Policy Approach From Syria to Ukraine to the crisis of migrants streaming into Europe, global crises are multiplying at a rapid pace and the European Union has demonstrated its inability to handle the complex foreign engagements. What is needed now is patience and a set of clear reforms to reinvigorate […]

Saturday News

Does The Democratic Party Risk Its Future On Iran Deal Republican members of Congress have not been shy in expressing their concerns about the deal the Obama administration inked on Iran’s nuclear program, but Marty Peretz, Editor-in-chief of The New Republic from 1974 to 2013 and a board member of The Israel Project, contends Democrats risk […]

Friday News

Two separate instances of religiously-motivated violence have Israel increasingly on edge this morning. In one case, settler arsonists attacked two Palestinian homes in the West Bank village of Duma, killing an infant and critically injuring other members of the family. The arson is believed to have been a “price tag” attack carried out by Israeli settlers — […]

Poll Finds Most Palestinians Favor Tactical Compromise With Israel

In a new poll released by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion on July 27 found 37.7 percent of Palestinians favor a two-state solution, while 19.6 percent support a one-state solution. David Pollock, a fellow with The Washington Institute who traveled to Palestine to advise the surveyors, notes that at the tactical level, the “most stunning […]

Wednesday Headlines

Tensions Rise Over Settlements In West Bank After the Israeli Supreme Court ordered two apartment buildings in the West Bank settlement of Beit El be destroyed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the “immediate construction” of 300 new housing units, which has inflamed tensions. In addition, the Israeli government’s statement said, planning approval was […]

Tuesday News Headlines

NATO Gives Political Support To Turkey NATO’s Atlantic Council met after Turkey requested a special session under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, which permits nations to seek consultation when they believe their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. “We stand in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey to address instability on Turkey’s doorstep and on […]

Could Nuke Deal With Tehran Open Door To North Korean Agreement?

Today, Sydney Seiler, the U.S. special envoy to the multilateral talks on North Korea’s denuclearization, began discussions with officials in South Korea over how to prevent the further progress of Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Seiler said the recent Iran deal represents U.S. openness to pursuing a “different path” in negotiations. “Iran’s deal demonstrates the value and […]

Sunday Headlines

Iran Deal Presents Opportunity For Europe To Exert Its Power While the political classes in the U.S. and Iran both harbor suspicions of each other’s intentions, European diplomats view the nuclear arms agreement as a chance to explore engagement with Iran. By doing so, they have the opportunity to “promote stability in the region and […]

Saturday News: Is Climate Change Affecting Global Politics?

The ending of the Cold War and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union had a dramatic impact on the global political structure, but Keith Johnson asserts both movements will be less impactful than the affects of climate change. The changes, man-made and natural, to the global geography, are certain to bring about “an uncertain […]

Is A Strong Military Key To Building Strong Arab States?

Does Building A Military Help Build Arab States? It once was held that the pathway toward a stronger nation-state was to invest in the military, however, with the virtual collapse in recent years of both militaries and states in Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen, raises doubts about this theory, argues Robert Springborg. “The monarchies have behaved ostensibly as the European […]

Thursday Quick Reads

Modern Day Abolitionists According to estimates from the International Labour Organization (ILO), trafficking is a $150 billion industry affecting 20.9 million people worldwide, including 5.5 million children that are victims of the trafficking industry. Operation Underground Railroad, a small Mormon-led group, is going undercover to rescue kids from sex trafficking. The International Justice Mission (IJM) […]

Defense Leaders Say Russia Presents Real Threat To U.S.

Yet another top U.S. general has named Russia as the top national security threat facing the United States, using almost identical language as several other four-stars in recent weeks to describe the place Moscow holds in the hearts of senior U.S. military leadership. In his confirmation hearing to be the next chief of staff of […]

Tuesday News

As Iran Sanctions Ease, Businesses Gearing Up To Benefit The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution formalizing the Iran nuclear agreement reached in Vienna. The resolution will not enter force for 90 days, but some countries are already moving to thaw economic relations with Tehran. Germany will hold  an economic summit with Iran sometime […]

Monday Headlines

Can Iran Deal Open Door To Improved Human Rights? With a few exceptions, most of the debate following the announcement of a final agreement over Iran’s nuclear program has centered around its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, little has been made of Iran’s poor record on human. Gissou Nia of The Cairo Times believes the […]

Saturday Headlines

Despite DNA evidence being used to document the horror that occurred 15 years ago with the massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim males, there appears to be a growing number of Bosnia Serbs who deny the gravity of the slaughter and maintain that the genocide is nothing more than a plot engineered an international cabal. “Though there had been […]

Friday News

Tokyo is constitutionally prohibited from waging offensive warfare, but its lower house of parliament just passed 11 security-related bills that allow Japan to gear up to engage in combat overseas. The nation also is increasing its cooperation with the United States in the face of rising Chinese aggression, reports Foreign Policy’s David Francis. “There’s a very […]

Thursday News

Trying To Help Without Enabling The Occupation Of Palestine The goal of Doctors Without Borders is to provide help and assistance to young children suffering the ramifications of a life lived in a war zone. But how did they heal the wounds of war without lending their hand in support to the Occupation? “What our […]

Wednesday News: The Iranian Dust Has Settled. What Next?

After The Iran Deal No sooner had the first press release or statement was released applauding or decrying the Iranian nuclear deal, analysts and foreign policy experts were looking down the road at the possible impact of the historic agreement. Among the Arab states, emerging are fears that Iran will take on a larger military […]

Iran, Global Powers Reach Deal On Iran Nuclear Weapons

After 20 months of talks, negotiators appear to have reached a landmark deal aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear program, which will give UN nuclear inspectors extensive but not automatic access to sites within Iran, reports The Wall Street Journal. Iran will accept strict limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed […]

Monday Middle East Headlines

Iran Deal Closer, But No Agreement Yet The arrival of a new week finds Iran and the P5+1 closer to a deal, but there is still no deal despite increasingly confident talk on Sunday from diplomats on both sides, reports Reuters. “There shouldn’t be any extension,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as […]

Friday Brief

Four Million Syrians Have Fled Since Onset Of War On Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner for Refugees released a report showing that the exodus of refugees from the war in Syria has surpassed the 4 million mark making it the largest refugee crisis in almost a quarter of a century. “This is the […]

Iran Talks Extended, Essential Services Key To Syria Keeping Hold Of Power, UN Ebola Response Slammed

Opposition To Iran Deal In Washington And Tehran While Tuesday brought an extension of talks surrounding a proposed nuclear deal with Iran and some hope for those pushing for a negotiated deal, the extra time may provide opposition in Washington and Tehran to rally its forces. In May, the Congress passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement […]

Tuesday Reads

Mozambique At 40 – On The Brink Of A Transformative Age Just 40 years after it gained independence, Mozambique could be on the verge of transformative growth if it chooses the right course, asserts Alex Vines, Research Director for International Law at Chatham House. “Moving forward though, Mozambique’s leaders will need to think deeply about how […]

Greek Referendum: What Happens Next?

On Sunday, voters in Greece rejected by an overwhelming 61.3 percent vote the austerity proposal that was submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund leaving many stunned and analysts wondering what happens next. As Chris Albirtton wrote before the vote tally was final, “The Greeks invented democracy and, let’s […]

Outcome Of Greek Referendum Vote Will Have Economic And Security Consequences

Voters in Greece today to cast their ballots in a hastily-arranged referendum to decide whether to accept the demands of the country’s lenders. While the economic consequences are important, so too are the larger ramifications of Europe’s relationship with Greece. Regardless of the outcome of referendum, it is certain to influence how European Union leaders […]

Saturday Headlines – Happy Independence Day

Can ISIS Survive Without Islam? In what may be a “which came first, the chicken or the egg” question, during an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival Dalia Mogahed, the research director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, does not believe that Islam has created ISIS, but that the terrorist group is sustained […]

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 […]

Would Turkey Intervene In Syria To Counter Kurdish Advances?

Turkey Warned Against Intervening In Syria Amid new reports that Turkey is considering intervening in Syria to displace ISIS and to counter Kurdish advances, Syria’s leading Kurdish party issued a statement that was a thinly-veiled warning to Ankara that “military intervention in Rojava will have local, regional and international repercussions and will contribute to complicating the political […]

Wednesday Headlines

European Migrant Crisis Worsens. The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe increased sharply in the first half of the year, according to a new report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with Greece overtaking Italy as the main entry point. The report found that one third of the 137,000 men, […]

Why The UN Fails To Prevent Mass Atrocities

Why We Have Been Unable To Prevent Mass Atrocities A new paper authored by Alex Bellamy and Adam Lupel of the International Peace Institute have examined the reasons behind the United Nation system’s failure to prevent mass atrocities and which strategies might be employed to overcome existing obstacles. “In Syria, clear warnings issued by the […]

Monday Headlines

One Year After Caliphate Declaration, ISIS Remains Strong The first anniversary of the formal declaration of a caliphate by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) finds the terrorist group even stronger than ever. The most recent attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait underscore their ability to recruit members and to plan and carry out […]

Greece Likely To Default This Week

On Saturday, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis failed to garner support for an extension of a bailout deal, raising the likelihood that his nation would have to default on a €1.55 billion ($1.73 billion) payment due to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on June 30 this week. The default would be the largest case of nonpayment […]

Saturday Readings

Vatican Expresses Support For Palestinian State On Friday, the Vatican signed a comprehensive treaty with Palestinian authorities that cements an agreement reached in 2000 declaring its support for the creation of a Palestinian state and the peace process with Israel. “[I]t is my hope that the present agreement may, in some way, be a stimulus to […]

Friday Reads

The Decline Of International Studies One of America’s greatest resources is its university system and the vibrancy of academic study of the field of international relations, but Georgetown University professor Charles King laments in a lengthy article in Foreign Affairs that a lack of funding from nonprofits and the government is having a negative impact. “Shifting […]

Obama Criticized For Visiting Ethiopia, Not Nigeria

Last week, the White House released details about President Obama’s upcoming trip to Africa and noted for the first time a U.S. president will visit Ethiopia. The administration said it underscores their “efforts to work with the countries and citizens of sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security.” Others do not see […]

Wednesday Headlines

Live Debate Tonight: US Boots On The Ground To Fight ISIS The Brookings Institution will hold a debate – accessible online – on whether the U.S. should put boots on the ground to fight ISIS. Arguing in favor of intervention will be Michael Doran and Michael O’Hanlon. Arguing against will be Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) […]

Tuesday News: UN Gaza Report, US Hostage Policy, Working Women In Saudi Arabia

The United Nations has examined events that occurred during Summer 2014 conflict between Israel and Hamas has determined that war crimes were committed by both sides,  However, much of its criticism is directed at Israel, noting the “unprecedented” destruction in Gaza, including the fact that 65 percent of the 2,252 Palestinian deaths were civilians, and that Israeli policies […]

Monday Headlines

Leaked Saudi Documents Produce No Bombshell, But Are Important In partnership with Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, WikiLeaks started releasing hundreds of thousands of Saudi diplomatic cables on Friday, of which 60,000 documents have been made available online. According to reports, the first tranche of documents contains no major revelations, but shows Saudi Arabia’s willingness to use its […]

Sunday Reads

China’s Economy Is Strong, But Its People Are Not Happier Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution examines the interesting contraction in China where citizens may be wealthier but they are not happier. “GDP per capita and household consumption increased fourfold between the years 1990 and 2005, and life expectancy climbed to 75.3 years from 67 […]

UN Peacekeeping Missions Face Challenges And Increased Scrutiny

While many would agree that involvement by United Nations has been in recent decades a success story in terms of prolonging post-war peace and containing the spread of regional conflicts, continued abuses of civilians by peacekeepers themselves mars those gains. In a recent report, the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services said it received 480 reports of […]

Friday Reads

Russia Warns Sweden Against Joining NATO Viktor Tatarintsev, the Russian ambassador to Sweden warned the country that if it gives up its non-aligned status and makes a move to join NATO, “there will be counter measures” from Moscow. “Russia will have to resort to a response of the military kind and re-orientate our troops and […]

Thursday Briefing

Afghanistan Nominates First Female Judge For High Court In a groundbreaking move, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani introduced Anisa Rasooli as a nominee to the nation’s high court, but she must first earn the approval of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) before her tenure can begin. Rasooli, a graduate of Kabul University law school, has served as the […]

Wednesday Headlines

China Nearing Completion Of Land Reclamation In Spratly’s This week, China said some of the reclamation work in the disputed Spratly Islands will be completed soon, while Foreign Ministry also reiterated China’s stance on sovereignty of the islands. The Spratly developments and recent cyber-attacks on U.S. government computers have increased tensions between the two superpowers ahead of […]

Tuesday Briefing

Does Democracy Help Or Hinder Economic Development Writing for Malay Mail Online, Sum Dek Joe examines the question of whether democracy is the best or the worst political system under which to foster economic growth. While there has been a longstanding debate over democracy’s ability to create economic prosperity, Joe argues that economic maturity must come […]

800 Years Later, The Magna Carta Still Merits Reverence And Debate

Although many look to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as the key documents that serve as a foundation for today’s democratic movements, many believe it is the Magna Carta, signed 800 years ago today, that is the true founding document. “It was really the first document we associate with the rule of law where […]

Sunday News

Religion Growing Under China’s Communist Rule Eleanor Albert of the Council on Foreign Relations looks at the growth of religion in the communist country of China. “Since the 1980s, China has seen a significant growth in Christianity. There are three state-regulated Christian organizations and many underground house churches which range in size from small to large […]

Iraq, Central Africa Add To Growing Global Refugee Crisis

The United Nations is becoming increasingly concerned that more Iraqi cities will soon fall to ISIS, which could displace as many as 1 million Iraqis. “In the worst case scenario, up to one million Iraqis may be displaced in the context of the counter-offensive, leading all the way up to Mosul. Mosul itself currently has […]

Thursday Headlines

Addressing Global Education Gap A new report by Brookings Institution scholars Rebecca Winthrop and Eileen McGivney issue a call to close the continuing global education gap that exists between developed and developing nations – now. The authors contend that absent a “fundamental rethinking of current approaches to education, it’s going to take another 100 years for […]

Wednesday Headlines

Is The G7 Relevant Once Again? With an emerging consensus on toughening sanctions against Russia and toward an agreement on climate change, Heather Conley of the Center of Strategic and International Studies argues that the G7 is back on its feet. “This summit was a strong showing for a group that only a few years […]

Technological Advances Have Not Advanced Global Democratic Movements

Why Has Technology Not Led To More Democratic Governance Foreign Policy magazine sought out the opinions of six experts on why new technologies have not led to democratic advances around the world. One reason cited by Senem Aydin Düzgit, an associate professor with the Istanbul Biligi University note that while many are excited about new communications technologies, […]

How To Confront Russia Over Ukraine Likely To Dominate G7 Talks

How Will The G7 Deal With Its Putin Problem On his way to Germany for this week’s meeting of the G7, President Barack Obama says the leaders will discuss how to handle the increasingly volatile Russian President Vladimir Putin, which clearly is the US’s priority. While Obama said many issues would be discussed, including the […]

Saturday News

Violence Precedes Mexico’s Election In the final hours before Mexican voters cast their votes, demonstrators have burned ballots and attempted to disrupt voting in an election that is likely to be a referendum on President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose early popularity has been undercut by a resurgence in gang violence and corruption scandals. “The main topics in Mexican […]

Headlines: China Hacks U.S. Government; Turkey Prepares For Monumental Elections

Largest Hack Exposes 4 Million Government Workers A group of Chinese hackers allegedly breached U.S. government computer systems and gained access to the personal information of at least four million current and former government workers, reports The Wall Street Journal. The massive data breach, which looks to be the biggest cyber intrusion on federal networks […]

Thursday Headlines

Syria Supporting ISIS As ISIS captures more territory in Iraq, the New York Times reports that the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad may be selectively supporting parts of the Islamic State’s expansion. Syrian rebels this week accused the Assad regime of using his military aircraft “as an air force for ISIS,” a charge echoed by U.S. officials. […]

Obama Says Israel Placing Future Of Peace Talks In Peril

Obama Says Israel Puts Peace Talks In Peril President Barack Obama said in an interview on Israeli television that it is has become difficult to defend Israel at the United Nations without the credible prospect of peace talks and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for placing so many conditions on talks that it makes any agreement […]

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 […]

Egypt Calls On Clerics To Fight Radical Islam

Egypt Deploying Clerics To Teach Moderate Islam Several months after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made headlines by calling for “a religious revolution” in Islam, some movement is being made as teachers, preachers, and researchers have introduced a few changes from making alterations to text books and creating an online monitoring center to track militant statements on social media, reports […]

Sunday News Briefs

Singapore Concerned About Influence Of ISIS In a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, expressed his concern about the growing influence of ISIS in the largely Muslim country. “Even in Singapore, where we have a peaceful and well-integrated Muslim population, some individuals have been led astray. A few have […]

Saturday Headlines

U.S. Is Having Difficulty With Its Allies For decades the U.S. has made friendly allies a central part of its national security strategy. But, the Carnegie Endowment for Peace’s Richard Sokolsky and the Brookings Institution’s Jeremy Shapiro say that it doesn’t seem to be working out that well, as U.S. allies seem increasingly less willing […]

Friday Headlines

A TV Show Realistically Portrays The Brutality Of War In Middle East A new show airing in Israel, Fauda, marks a departure from usual scheduled television by showing the complexity of lives of Israelis and Palestinians. “With a majority of Arabic dialogue, a cast packed with Arab actors, and a plot line that makes it clear […]

NATO Concerned About Russia’s Nuclear Intentions And Must Change To Meet The Challenge

NATO Needs To Update Its Nuclear Strategy In a speech delivered in Washington, NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern about Russia’s decision to expand flights of nuclear bombers increase in nuclear flights by Russian. In particular, he said that Putin’s plans to send nuclear-capable missiles to Poland’s border, as well as its threat to  move nuclear forces in […]

Amnesty International: Hamas Summarily Executed Palestinians

Amnesty International: Hamas Summarily Executed Palestinians In a new report, Amnesty International charged Hamas with committing war crimes against fellow Palestinians, including executing 23 people, to “settle scores” during last year’s Gaza war with Israel. They also said the terrorist group engaged in a “brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with […]

Tuesday Headlines

Western Nations Face Rising Risk From Terrorists, Says New Report The risk posed by ISIS and other terror groups to Western nations has increased in the last year, according to a new report from the Risk Advisory Group (RAG). Those nations which are now at increased risk are: Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Estonia, Ireland, Norway, Australia, Germany, […]

Monday Headlines

A New Age Of Dictators Rule With Velvet Gloves Although there is evidence of systematic acts of brutality against civilian populations perpetrated by dictators from Syria’s Bashir al-Assad to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Sergei Guriev and Daniel Treisman assert that more often than not, they employ a soft power to execute their goals. And […]

Sunday Readings

Graves Of Migrants Found In Human Trafficking Camps More mass graves have been discovered in northern Malaysia near the border with Thailand, authorities said Sunday. Many of the migrants caught up in the crisis are Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic minority fleeing persecution in western Myanmar. There are also Bangladeshi economic migrants seeking work in countries […]

Reflecting On The UN As It Nears Its 70th Anniversary

As the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations nears, the debate about the worth of the organization as a positive force for international cooperation there appears to be a growing consensus that the UN is well short of a success, but the only show in town. In the United States, the view of […]

Friday Headlines

What The Bin Laden Documents Say About His Thinking Documents and articles from the Brookings Institution were included in the lode of papers that were seized in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, so it is natural that two Brookings scholars – Brendan Orino and Jeremy Shapiro – would take try to shed light on what he […]

Syrian Crisis Reaching Genocidal Levels As Refugee Crisis Destabilizes Region

Almost two years ago, President Barack Obama drew a red line and cautioned Syrian President Bashir al-Assad not to cross it. Today, there is no red line drawn on the ground but there is a red tint to the land in Syria colored by the blood of civilians who have been brutalized and killed. If the […]

Leaked Documents Shed Light On Syrian Regime

Documents Provide Insight Into Assad Regime Lebanese news publication NOW has published documents, including more than 3,000 emails, leaked from the regime of Bashir al-Assad that provide insight into the crackdown of 2011 and 2012, as well as its use of public relations firms and pliant journalists to try to maintain its image while coordinating its brutal […]

Tuesday Headlines

People, Not Technology, Will Save Democracy Manuel Arriaga of Foreign Policy counters the now-popular notion that technology and Internet-based solutions will be enough to restore democracy’s luster. Instead, he believe they are more of a distraction. “Sure, empowering citizens at the local level and through trendy new technologies — and the greater public involvement in […]

The Fall Of Ramadi Is A Loss For Iraq And U.S. Policy

On Sunday, ISIS forced Iraqi forces to flee the key city of Ramadi, a defeat reminiscent of last year’s full-fledged retreat from Mosul that gave the extremist group access to whole divisions’ worth of American-supplied Iraqi military equipment. And in another echo of last summer, there have also been reports that the Iraqi Army has lost Camp […]

Sunday Readings

Can Christians Survive In Today’s Middle East? Walter Russell Mead examines whether the West can find a way to preserve the Christian presence in the Middle East—and stave off a “clash of civilizations”? “Violent oppression is nothing new for the Christians of these countries. The Ottoman Empire’s well-known genocidal violence against the Armenians during World War […]

New Study Finds Hope In Fight Against Global Poverty

A new study finds that by using a comprehensive approach to fighting extreme poverty could yield real and lasting results. By employing what is known as the Graduation approach, which involves a burst of intensely focused help for a limited period of time, analysts found in some cultures there was success in breaking participants from a mind-set that […]

Thursday Headlines

NATO Officials See Russia Invasion Of Ukraine In Next Two Months According to Jane’s Defence, officials inside NATO believe Russia will advance into Eastern Ukraine sometime after May Day celebrations on May 9. Those predictions are in line with sentiments expressed by NATO Supreme Commander General Philip Breedlove during Senate testimony in late April. “Many of their [the Russians’] […]

Wednesday Headlines

China To Establish Military Footprint In Djibouti China is “seriously pursuing” a strategically advantageous position in Djibouti, an official tells Breaking Defense’s Colin Clark. “Maintenance of peace and stability in the region is in line with the interests of related countries,” China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told Agence France-Presse. “It’s also the common aspiration of […]

Tuesday Headlines

Did Saudi Arabia Snub Obama Or Just Bad Timing? Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has decided not to come to Washington this week for the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) summit, which has left many in the nation’s capital wondering whether it was very deliberate signal of his lack of confidence in American policy in the Middle East or […]

Monday Headlines

The Economist On The State Of Democracy In The World he Economist scrutinizes the present state of democracy in the world: what has gone wrong with what it terms the “most successful political idea of the 20th century.” They note that the success has come to a halt in the 21st century and may even be […]

Sunday Readings

Will Britain Soon Be Great No Longer? In the aftermath of last week’s elections in Britain, many are weighing in on the impact if the desires of the “two nationalisms” prevail. Russ Douthat of the New York Times argues that if either Scotland votes to become independent or Britain chooses to leave the European Union, Great Britain will be […]

In Lebanon One Man Fights Hezbollah To Forge A Future For His Nation

The Middle East is often seen as a region defined by war and sectarian strife. The factional violence between Shi’ites and Sunnis infects the relations between nations and sometimes even cities and towns and that divide is often fostered and promoted by powerful groups, such as Hezbollah. If stability and peace is to be achieved, those powers must be challenged and that […]

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 […]

Britain Votes

While final week polls appeared to indicate a neck-and-neck race, exit polls released on Thursday evening showed Britain’s Conservative Party may have gained ground at the polls in the country’s general election. While it remains unclear how wide (or narrow) their margin will be, analysts believe the results signal Britain’s departure from a two-party nation as […]

Tuesday News Headlines

Columnist: Today’s World Is Not Henry Kissinger’s Henry Kissinger has lamented that Americans are unwilling to accept that international relations is a remorseless struggle among states. In a world in which seems to be torn by war and tribal conflict, is global cooperation possible? The world, as James Traub frames it in Foreign Policy, is one […]

Genocide: “Never Again” Too Often Is Ever Again

While the practice of genocide is centuries old, the term genocide is fairly new to the English language. Derived from the Latin cide, which means killing and the Greek work for people (genos) it was described brought to the world’s attention during the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials by French Prosecutor Champetier de Ribes. “This [was] a crime […]

Sunday Headlines

Jordan Buckling Under Pressure From Syria’s Refugees According to recent figures from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the number of Syrian refugees in Jordan stands at almost 680,000, with approximately 85 percent of them living in host communities and  in the shadows of Jordan’s cities, towns and villages. And life is getting more difficult in […]

Friday Readings

The Curious Case Of Sister Diana Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute writes about the peculiar case of Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, who this week was denied a visa to enter the U.S. by the State Department. What makes State’s actions odd is that despite being a representative of the […]

Britain Focuses On Domestic Concerns But Cannot Ignore Global Dangers

After suffering a loss in last year’s independence referendum, Scottish nationalists appear to be on the verge of a comeback by winning almost half the Scottish vote and up to 50 seats in next week’s British elections, reports Peter Geoghegan. “Such an unprecedented result would have ramifications far beyond the corridors of Westminster. The [Scottish Nationalist […]

Monday Headlines

Ukraine’s Parliament Passes Law Honoring Nationalists The Ukrainian parliament recently passed a controversial law that honors dozens of nationalist organizations — including far-left socialists, monarchists, and neo-fascists — as “fighters for Ukrainian statehood.” While most of the groups are benign, Josh Cohen of Foreign Policy notes two — the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and the […]

Sunday Reads

Global Migration In Perspective With the current crisis European nations are facing concerning an massive flood of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, The Globalist provides perspective on how migration has changed over the last century. At the beginning of the 20th century, international migrants accounted for approximately 3 percent of the world’s population, but today that […]

Thursday Headlines

American, Italian Killed In Drone Strike Today, President Barack Obama disclosed that two hostages, Warren Weinstein, an American who had been held by the terrorist group since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national held captive since 2012, were accidentally killed as a result of a drone strike on a compound in Pakistan in January. The deaths of […]

Under The Radar, China Building Its Military And Economic Influence

China’s attempts to reclaim the Spratly Islands is creating tensions in the South China Sea, “not only because it could deter freedom of navigation but also due to its possible military purposes,” General Gregorio Pio Catapang told reporters in Manila on Monday, reports The Strait Times. Exacerbating the unease among China’s neighbors is the news that […]

Monday Headlines

Time For A European Defense Union? American Interest contributors Giovanni Faleg and Steven Blockmans address the implications of a new report of the CEPS Task Force on Security and Defence that argues that it is past due for the European Union member states to align themselves together to fight common threats. “Although the process of bringing European armies to a more structured […]

Sunday Headlines

ISIS’ Ground Rules Debating whether ISIS is really “Islamic” or is better understood as an exotic apocalyptic death cult does not bring the world closer to understanding how the group governs, write Andrew March and Mara Revkin in Foreign Affairs. “ISIS aims to establish scrupulous legality for itself, from its very “constitutional” foundations to its […]

After Panama, Where Do U.S.-Cuba Relations Move Now?

Panama Summit Defined By Normalization Of US-Cuba Relations The seventh Summit of the Americas is likely to be defined by developments in the Cuba-US relationship and the Obama administration’s efforts to normalize relations, including removing Cuba from its terror list, contends Brookings Institution scholar Ted Piccone. “With the removal of Cuba from the U.S. list […]

Wednesday Headlines

Admiration Of Stalin Thrives In Putin’s Russia David Hoffman writes about the continued admiration of dictator Josef Stalin that is common in Russia today. A superpower just a few decades ago, many Russians look at the time when Stalin ruled – and Russia was feared – with a fondness that may unnerve many in the West, […]

Russia Lifts Ban On Weapons Delivery To Iran

Russia Lifts Ban On Weapons Sales To Iran Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing the P5+1 nuclear framework agreement, lifteda five-year ban on delivering S-300 missiles to Iran. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted that “a modern air defense system is now very relevant to Iran, especially taking into account the severe escalation of tensions in […]

Monday Headlines

American Journalist On Trial In Middle East, Another Threatened Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned in Iran for the past eight months and will face trial for “espionage and acting against national security,” according to the Iranian press. Rezaian, who was arrested on July 22, 2014, in Tehran, has been held without charge since. The Iranian […]

Sunday News

Obama, Castro Herald Thaw In U.S.-Cuba Relations With an historic handshake, President Barack Obama said that after more than a half-century of official estrangement, the U.S. and Cuba were on “a path toward the future.” The Summit of the Americas, which began in Panama on Friday, is the first time U.S. and Cuban leaders have […]

Thursday Headlines

What If Saddam Hussein Had Invaded Saudi Arabia? Robert Farley asks that question in an article in American Interest and examines how the present day would be different. Noting the broad coalition created by President George H.W. Bush, Farley says the coalition would have been even larger and would have developed more quickly. “But perhaps […]

Wednesday News And Notes

North Korean Nukes? The Department of Defense maintains that a North Korean missile that has never been tested is nevertheless capable of being outfitted with a nuclear warhead and hitting the United States. Ever since the KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile was dragged around a Pyongyang parade ground in 2012, many analysts have contended maintained that it was […]

Monday Headlines

Rwandan Genocide – What Was Really Known President Bill Clinton claims he never knew the extent of Rwanda’s genocide. But newly released documents and testimony from U.S. diplomats call that into question, reports Foreign Policy magazine. “An August 1992 diplomatic cable to Washington, written by Joyce Leader, the U.S. Embassy’s deputy chief of mission in […]

Al Shabab Poses A Threat On Several Fronts

A Resurgent Al Shabab The Kenyan university attack in which 147 people were killed demonstrated the lethality of a resurgent Al Shabab and its ability to inflict death on a large scale with only a few individuals. As Charles Onyango-Obbo notes in today’s New York Times, they killed their victims with “a particularly callous touch” […]

Saturday Headlines

Iran’s Official Account Of Nuclear Agreement Is Potential Red Suzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institution argues that the details of the agreement as reported by the Iranian media could signal trouble ahead for an otherwise triumphant achievement of Obama’s foreign policy. “One of the biggest red flags about today’s announcement is that while Iranian Foreign Minister […]

Wednesday Headlines

Sectarian War In Iraq With the Islamic State pushed out of Tikrit, the United States and its allies need to stop turning a blind eye to the other non-state group waging brutal sectarian war in Iraq — Shiite militias. “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has voiced his concern about the conduct of the militias. He […]

Monday Democracy Briefs

To follow are some of the latest stories and headlines addressing democracy (and the failure of) movements throughout the world: US’ Best Soft Power Tool – Cultural Exchange Foreign Policy’s Ilya Lozovsky profiles the United States’ best soft power tool: a democracy promotion program with an uncertain future – the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). […]

Sunday News

US Overstates Its Performance Against ISIS Bloomberg View reporters Josh Rogan and Lake challenge the claim made by Secretary of State John Kerry that the US has wiped out half the leadership of ISIS, in addition to other gains. Michael Smith, a principal of the counterterrorism consulting group Kronos Advisory LLC, said his group has monitored […]

At The End Of The Week

Congress Idle While Islamic State Persecutes Christians Last August, President Barack Obama signed a bill creating a special envoy charged with helping Iraq’s Christian communities and other minority religious groups targeted by the Islamic State. Seven months later, the post is still vacant, and Congress seems in no rush to fill it. Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian and […]

Wednesday News

Netanyahu Losing Ground In Election Polls The center-left Zionist Union has opened up a slim lead against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party in the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 17, according to new polls. The two parties had been virtually tied for weeks, but a new survey by Israel’s army radio found the […]

Tuesday News

Educating Girls Is Key To Future Of Middle East Conflict in the Middle East has drastically affected the education of children, especially girls. Maysa Jalbout of the Brookings Institution discusses why strategies to increase access to quality education, especially for the most vulnerable girls, is critical to the region’s future. She argues that educating girls and women […]

Democracy In Latin America Fades As Nations Decline To Intervene

Christopher Sabatini, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, recently wrote in The Washington Post laments the fact that Latin American nations have not fulfilled the pledge they made in 2001 with the signing of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. On September 11, 2001 the members of the Organization of American States […]

Sunday News

How ISIS Uses Twitter And How To Counter Their Effort New analysis from J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan of the Brookings Institution sheds light on how ISIS has successfully used Twitter to spread violent propaganda. The writers report that between September and December 2014, an estimated  46,000 Twitter accounts were used by ISIS supporters, although not […]

Saturday News

Netanyahu Receives Modest Boost From U.S. Speech Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still running neck-and-neck with his rivals in the upcoming parliamentary election, which is scheduled for March 17. Israeli polls show Netanyahu’s Likud Party received a slight boost from the prime minister’s speech this week in front of Congress, increasing its likely support […]

Thursday Headlines

Washington Relying On Iran To Fight Its Battles In Iraq  While the United States says it is not coordinating with Iran in the struggle against ISIS, but it is a de facto ally in Iraq. U.S. war planners are monitoring radio frequencies to better understand the Iranian war effort, while both sides discuss their plans […]

Netanyahu Speech Reaction

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress about the threat posed by Iran and what he believes are the failings of the ongoing negotiations over its nuclear weapons program. “For more than a year, we’ve been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a […]

Monday Headlines

Jordan’s King Abdullah: We Are In Third World War Appearing on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria’s GPS, Jordan’s King Abdullah said the fight against ISIS is one rooted in a disagreement within Islam which needs to be joined by not only Arab nations, but by those in the West. He added that it has “no legitimacy” and called […]

Sunday News

Tensions Rise In Russia Following the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot to death late Friday,  thousands took to the streets of Moscow in protest and to urge people to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine. While the arrest by Moscow police of Ukrainian parliament member Oleksiy Goncharenko before […]

Friday Reads

“The recent White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism emphasized working with community leaders and youths. Yet these programs fail to address the root ideological causes, and they sometimes overlook the affiliations of these leaders and the ideas they support. “Countering violent extremism requires a diverse and multipronged approach. Also, the Muslim community has adopted […]

Thursday News

ISIS Increases Attacks On Assyrian Christians ISIS continues its targeted persecution of Assyrian Christians, kidnapping more residents in the last week, which brings the number of hostages to more than 200, reports The New York Times. The Assyrian News Agency reported earlier this month that ISIS was selling seized property it confiscated during multiple raids […]

Wednesday Focus: South Sudan Crisis Worsens As US Threatens Sanctions – Again

On Monday Garang Diing Akuong presented his credentials as South Sudan’s new ambassador to the United States to president Barack Obama at the White House and acknowledged the “difficult” times his nation was enduring. A day later, the U.S. submitted a draft proposal to the United Nations’ Sanctions Committee and said an arms embargo would […]

Tuesday Headlines

Afghans Defend US Use Of Drones On Monday, Fazel Ahmad Sherzad, the police chief of Nangarhar province, defended the use of drones by American forces, telling TOLO News that more than 17 drone strikes were conducted in parts of the province over the past two months, killing 69 militants and wounding 11 others, while not […]

Monday Headlines

Does Corruption Lead To Greater Efficiency In a new paper, Bob Rijkers, Caroline Freund, Mary Hallward-Driemeier and Varanya Chaubey of the Brookings Institution examine whether bribes offered in order to evade burdensome government regulations enhance efficiency or whether corruption purely a costly impediment to entrepreneurship. The analysts utilize firm-level data from the World Bank Enterprise […]

Friday News

Current Counterterrorism Plan Won’t Stop the Latest Jihadist Threat While the current debate in Washington is focused on whether to term ISIS a radical Islamic group, Audrey Kurth Cronin argues in Foreign Policy that ISIS is not a terrorist group at all and for that reason, the counterterrorism strategies that were useful against al Qaeda won’t work […]

The State Of Democracy

In its annual review of the state of democracy around the globe, the nonprofit Freedom House found the disturbing trend of democratic decline continuing for the ninth straight year. According to the report, nearly twice as many countries suffered declines as registered gains—61 to 33—and the number of countries with improvements hit its lowest point […]

Wednesday Headlines

2014: A Deadly Year For Afghanistan’s Civilians According to a report released by the United Nations on Wednesday, 2014 was the deadliest year for Afghan civilians since record keeping began in 2009 with 10,548 civilian casualties last year. That represents a 22 percent increase from 2013 numbers. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan […]

Hezbollah, Egypt And Libya Engage In The Fight Against ISIS, But A Comprehensive Approach Is Needed

Hezbollah Acknowledges Fighting ISIS Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech in which he focused on the regional threats posed by Islamist militants, saying that his party was standing in defense of Islam. “Fighting takfiris is a defense of Islam, and not the defense of an axis, government or sect,” he said before issuing […]

Egypt Engages ISIS, But Understanding Of The Root Of Their Evil Is Critical

On Sunday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said his government reserves the right to retaliate against ISIS for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts at the suitable time and place. The group released a video showing the beheading of the Christians, and on Monday, Sisi lived up to his pledge by directing the bombing of Islamic State targets inside Libya […]

Sunday Headlines

Copenhagen: Latest European Capital To Experience Terror Attack In two separate incidents on Saturday, the Danish people came to experience the same horror and fear of their European counterparts in Paris, London and Madrid. “As a nation, we have experienced a series of hours we will never forget. We have tasted the ugly taste of […]

Saturday Readings

Obama Has A Strategy For Iran, But It Is The Wrong One Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute speculates that Obama has always held the belief that integrating Iran into the international diplomatic and economic system is a much more effective method of moderating its aggressive behavior than applying more pressure, and that, despite all the […]

Thursday News

Cosmopolitanism Is Admirable, But Not For A President Damon Linker contends in an article in The Week that President Barack Obama’s failing as commander-in-chief is not that he has compared the Crusades with the current scourge of Islamic radicalism, or that he has travelled across the globe apologizing for actions taken by the United States. […]

Wednesday Round-Up

Iran: 36 Years After The Revolution Iranian Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a research scholar at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators, looks at where his nation stands 36 years after the revolution which overthrew the US-backed Pahlavi regime in 1979. Mousavian writes in Al Monitor that Iran has emerged from […]

Tuesday Headlines

Developments In Syria Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asserted that third parties, including Iraq, are conveying messages to the Syrian government about U.S-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State militants. In an interview with the BBC, Assad mentioned that there is no dialogue, and the messages are general, not tactical. Assad also denied the Syrian army had used barrel […]

US Considering Arming Ukraine, But Is A Longer-Term Strategy Needed

At a joint press conference today, President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel maintained a united front on the issue of Ukraine, but Obama indicated he might at some point be open to offering defensive weapons to forces battling the Russians. “The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of those options that’s being […]

Sunday Headlines

Nigeria Delays Election Nigeria’s election agency on Saturday night put off a closely contested presidential election due to the need to protect polling places from threats posed by Boko Haram, The New York Times reports. The decision will delay the elections until 28 March and is seen as “a major setback for Nigerian democracy”. The National Chairman […]

Obama Administration Unveils Foreign Policy Strategy Based On “Strategic Patience”

For months, critics on Capitol Hill and among the foreign policy community have accused the administration of being too slow to act in Syria, concerning the growing crisis in Ukraine and in the face of aggression from Russia, China and North Korea. Today, National Security Adviser Susan Rice will deliver a speech at the Brookings […]

Thursday Headlines

FBI Director Says Terrorist Threat Present In US FBI Director James Comey today said the agency has open cases investigating individuals who may be related to ISIS/ISIL in every state in the Union except Alaska. “The challenge that we face in law enforcement is that they may be getting exposed to that poison and that training […]

Wednesday Headlines

Saudi Arabia Tries To Use Oil To Apply Pressure On Russia The New York Times reports that Saudi is attempting to use oil to make Russia give up on Syria, according to Saudi officials who have told the United States of their belief they possess some leverage over Russian President Vladmir Putin because of their ability to […]

A Turning Point In The War Against ISIS?

Days after ISIS released footage of the beheading of a Japanese hostage, the Islamic terrorist group offered a lengthy video of the execution of First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a Jordanian pilot burned alive as he was trapped in a cage. The video is different from previous tapes in that it is slickly-produced with cut-aways and music […]

As Situation Worsens In Ukraine, More Outside Analyst Question Handling Of Foreign Policy

Officials tell The New York Times that Secretary of State John Kerry,is now open to discussions about providing lethal assistance to Ukraine, which is line with the position taken by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has said he backs sending defensive weapons to the Ukrainian forces. The reconsideration comes at a time when peace talks have collapsed as […]

Thursday Headlines

A Small Victory Against ISIS Robin Wright addresses the question of whether the Kurds capture of Kobani represents a defeat for ISIS, a turning point in the effort to push back the terrorists, or is simply a victory that means little in the grand scheme of things. On Monday, the Kurds lifted a  yellow flag […]

World Marks 70th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, a day on which many paused to remember the lessons of the Holocaust and to recommit in the face of continued genocide around the world. “Humankind united to overcome the Nazi menace. Today, we are being tested again. Minorities everywhere often face bigotry. Sectarian tensions […]

Obama Administration Resisting Calls For Ban On Weapons To South Sudan

In early January, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)  released details of the killing of hundreds of people in two separate incidents in April 2014, determining that civilians had been deliberately targeted by ethnicity in the towns of Bentiu and Bor in some of the worst violence since the South Sudan conflict began […]

Leftists Win Election In Greece

According to exit polls, it appears that the Leftist Syriza party has won handily. The party involving various left-wing political groupings that, in one form or another, were originally related to the Communist Party of Greece. Syriza in its current form is a strategic coalition comprising a variety of political platforms that include social democrats, […]

Thursday News

Situation In Yemen Worsens As President Resigns  Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has resigned just days after Houthi rebels battled their way into his presidential palace, plunging the unstable Arab country deeper into chaos. Hadi had conceded to the demands of Houthi fighters, who overran the capital of Sanaa, seized the presidential palace, and surrounded […]

Wednesday Headlines

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lashed out at President Barack Obama following his Tuesday evening State of the Union address, stating that the administration showed the it has adopted a policy of confrontation and has failed to assess its own actions, reports The Moscow Times. “[The speech] shows that the U.S. still wants to dominate, […]

Tuesday Headlines

White House Backs Away From Demanding Assad’s Ouster In a change in its policy that no peace in Syria is possible while President Bashar al-Assad remains in office, the Obama administration now supports two initiatives — one from Russia and one from the United Nations — that do not demand his ouster. Both deals face challenges, […]

Greater Cooperation Needed To Counter Greatest Threat EU Since 9/11

Ahead of this week’s talks, the European Union’s policy chief has issued a call for the recent terror attacks in Paris and the raids in Belgium underscore the need for more cooperation among nations of the EU, as well as with Muslim countries. Federica Mogherini warned of a threat that “is also spreading in many other […]

Sunday Reads

Marches And Hashtags Are Not Sufficient To Combat Terror Stephen Walt in Foreign Policy contends rallies and feel-good hashtags may satisfy the peoples’ emotions in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, but they are insufficient weapons in the war on terror. “A shocking event such as this one requires more from us than just […]

Je Suis Baga?

“Je Suis Charlie” is the popular rejoinder chanted by thousands across the world in the wake of the terror attacks on the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Habdo. The sound of unity echoing from Europe to America rings hollow when contrasted with the silence of the international community in response to continuing violence across […]

Some Signs Of Leadership In Wake Of Paris Terror Attack

While President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have been criticized for not attending a unity rally in the aftermath of the attack on the offices of satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, some have emerged from the darkness to show leadership. Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Muslim mayor of Rotterdam, delivered a terse and blunt speech in […]

As Anti-Semitism Rises, Europe Faces Watershed Moment

Paris Grocery Attack Latest In String Of Anti-Semitic Violence In Israel, there is an Iron Dome to protect us. Here we feel vulnerable and exposed. We are afraid to send our children to school,” a Jewish woman living in Paris told The New York Times. The sentiments expressed are shared by many Jews and many who […]

Obama And Kerry Criticized For Not Attending Paris Unity Rally

Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry did not attend the unity rally in Paris on Sunday, and neither even visited the French capital, and there absence did not escape comment. Rick Ungar of Forbes magazine strongly condemned Obama’s decision not to go, writing, the “leader of the nation that considers itself […]

Paris Attack Is Latest In Increasing Number Of Global Terrorist Attacks

Report: Suicide Attacks Rose 94 Percent In 2014 The terrorist attack carried out in Paris by masked gunmen who killed four cartoonists and either others in the office of a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has brought worldwide condemnation is latest in a skyrocketing trend of terrorist attacks worldwide. A new report released by Israel’s Institute […]

Is Democracy Worth Fighting For And Are Democractic Nations Willing To Fight?

In an op-ed based on an earlier speech, Larry Diamond outlines the reasons why the pursuit of democracy still matters, particularly in an age of pessimism and in an environment in which criticism, rather than praise, is the popular theme. He points out the dismal state of democratic movements. The rate of democratic breakdown in […]

Monday News Headlines

Libyan Gunmen Kidnap Coptic Christians Gunmen kidnapped 13 Egyptian Coptic Christians in the Libyan city of Sirte Saturday a week after the abduction of seven others, reports BBC News. According to one witness, 15 gunmen went room to room in a residential compound on Saturday asking for their paperwork, so they could differentiate between Muslim […]

Sunday News

Syrian Refugee Crisis Worsening The Syrian ambassador to Lebanon is calling for coordination with Lebanese authorities after Beirut announced plans to impose unprecedented restrictions on Syrians, reports ABC News. Since the start of the war more than three years ago, as many as three million Syrians have fled their country, including more than 1.1 million who have […]

Saturday News And Notes

The Number Of Languages Spoken Is Diminishing John McWhorter, an author of several books on the history of languages, argues that the number of languages spoken worldwide is slowly but surely diminishing. McWhorter predicts that by 2115, there could be just 600 languages remaining as opposed to today’s 6,000. Languages spoken by smaller groups will […]

Arrest Of Dissidents In Cuba Raises Questions About Policy Of Outreach

When President Barack Obama announced two weeks ago his intention to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba and to begin loosening restrictions on travel to the island nation, some greeted his actions with skepticism. This week, that reluctance to place any trust in the Castro regime seems to have been well-placed after a number of dissidents […]

New Year Headlines

Seeking Clarity In US Policy Toward North Korea Christopher R. Hill, former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and a US special envoy for Kosovo, suggests it is time the United States develops a clarity of vision with regard to its policy toward North Korea. He notes that many nations get away with […]

Looking Forward To 2015 Foreign Policy Landscape

While the U.S. and NATO officially closed down the operational command in Afghanistan, symbolically ending the 13-year war, threats from Taliban forces remain. In fact, the last year has witnessed some of the most intense battles since the start of the war, notes The Wall Street Journal. And the forecast is not particularly bright in […]

Palesinian Bid For Statehood Fails In UN

Palestinian Bid For Statehood Fails In UN Today, a draft resolution to set a deadline for to end its war with Israel failed in a vote of the United Nations Security Council. The result was not surprising because the US already had voiced its opposition to the effort. The resolution failed to win the nine-vote […]

Monday Headlines

Religious Radicalism After The Arab Spring In the Middle East, there was much hope when the Arab Spring occurred. Unfortunately, radical and opposition groups have emerged in recent years that will continue to hold influence over events in the region. A group of experts have been gathered by the Center for Strategic and International Studies […]

Saturday Headlines

Human Trafficking And Terrorism Intersect While many are aware of the growing threat of terrorism, particularly acts of terror committed by non-state actors, they tend to view it through a narrow lens. Likewise, the scourge of human trafficking is not hidden from the public view, but few see where the two intersect. Louise Shelley looks […]

Friday Headlines

2015 Will Be Pivotal Year For Europe Joschka Fischer, who served as Germany’s foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998-2005 writes in Project Syndicate that 2015 will be Europe’s “make or break” year. The biggest challenge is economic, he argues, because the debate over austerity policies could become politically explosive. “[T]his is happening at a time […]

Tuesday News

Syrian Government May Allow Delivery Of Supplies The Syrian government has approved the delivery of medical and surgical supplies to three areas of Syria that have been hard for aid workers to access, reports Reuters. This means that deliveries could arrive in Aleppo and the besieged Damascus neighborhood of Mouadamiya as early as next week. According to […]

Cyber Warfare Is Real And Poses A Challenge To Governments, Legal Scholars

The recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures has managed to garner the attention of many, including those who relished reading hacked emails about actors and studio executives, but the threat from such warfare is not new and poses a particular challenge. “This is an invisible war, and one where the West is at a distinct disadvantage. The Russians and […]

North Korea’s Hacking Of Sony Pictures Is The Least Of Its Crimes

North Korean Cyber Attacks Are Not Funny The recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures certainly is not a laughing matter, particularly if the response by Sony inspires other hackers to hold companies hostage. And while entertainment writers can debate whether the movie itself is funny or not, Adrian Hong says no one should view the […]

The Ripple Effects Of A Crumbling Russian Economy

The continuing collapse of the Russian economy may bring a sense of pleasure to critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s domestic and foreign policy, but the downfall is also causes some concern. Not only is the impact on the global economy unknown, perhaps less knowable is how Putin will respond to his diminishing stature. “The […]

Tuesday Headlines

Brutal Attack By Islamist Militants On Pakistan School A group of six Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and with explosives strapped to their bodies stormed a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan Tuesday, killing at least 126 people, mostly students. More than 100 others have been wounded in the attack. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for […]

Monday Headlines

War In Sudan Enters Its Second Year War in South Sudan is worsening with “extreme violence” and growing hunger, rights groups warned Monday, one year since the start of conflict in Sudan, a conflict in which tens of thousands have died and more than 2.5 million are at risk of starvation, the Sudan Tribune reports. In response, […]

Is The International Criminal Court Serving Its Purpose?

Today, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor informed the U.N. Security Council she was halting investigations in Sudan’s chaotic Darfur region for now because no one has been brought to justice in a decade and the council has done little or nothing to help. Darfur’s situation is deteriorating and the brutality of crimes is increasing, but there […]

Wednesday News

Some Nations Embrace, But Fail To Promote, Democracy India, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia all managed to hold fairly democratic elections, but as ambassadors for democracy, they have fallen short, says Sarah Repucci in an article in The National Interest. “But when challenged to use their considerable influence to expand freedom’s reach abroad, the leadership […]

Tuesdays News: Allies Send Troops To Advise Iraq Mission, Impact Of Torture Report

Iraq Mission Bolstered By Coalition Members Members of the U.S.-led coalition combating ISIS militants have pledged to send about 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to help train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces, reports Reuters. According to the BBC, Lt Gen James Terry, who is coordinating efforts against ISIS, confirmed that the soldiers would be […]

Monday News

German Foreign Policy Comes Of Age Joschka Fischer, who served as German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005, argues that decades after the end of World War II, Germany finally appears to be finding its way forward. “Worries about the return of history’s ghosts so far have been unfounded, at least as far as […]

Saturday Readings: Brookings Holds Weekend Forum On US-Israel Relations

Amnesty Blasts International Response To Syria In New Report Amnesty International has criticized the international community for failing to host Syrian refugees. In a report released Friday, Amnesty cited that Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt are hosting around 3.8 million refugees from Syria, while the rest of the world has taken in only 1.7 […]

As Iran Steps Up Attacks On ISIS, US Remains Reluctant To Use Leverage

While U.S. officials contended there was no coordination between Washington and Tehran, the fact that Iran has launched airstrikes against ISIS reflects a willingness to openly engage in military operations. In turn, their actions have forced Washington to admit they and Iran are on the same side. “The shift stems in part from Iran’s deepening military […]

Wednesday Headlines

UN Asking For Donations For Syria The World Food Program launched an unusual campaign Wednesday to raise $1 contributions from 64 million people around the world so it can restore food vouchers to Syrian refugees who won’t be getting any U.N. help in December, The Financial Times reports. The 72-hour campaign effort comes two days […]

UN Cuts Food Aid To Syrian Refugees – Again

United Nations Cuts Food Aid To Syrian Refugees Citing a lack of funding, the United Nations’ World Food Programme said that it would have to suspend a voucher program that was helping to feed 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. The cutback represents one of the most drastic cutbacks ever by an emergency relief provider in the […]

Monday Headlines

Democracy Protests Briefly Shut Down Government In Hong Kong Clashes in Hong Kong between pro-democracy protesters and police closed government offices and parliament briefly, but Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying said police would now take “resolute action,” reports Reuters. “Some people have mistaken the police’s tolerance for weakness,” Leung told reporters. “I call for students […]

Sunday Headlines

Social Media As A Weapon Of War Anne Applebaum of The Washington Post contends that Internet trolling – paying people to write unfavorable or favorable comments – can actually hurt democratic movements. “For democracies, this is a serious challenge. Online commentary subtly shapes what voters think and feel, even if it just raises the level […]

In Wake Of Student Abductions, Mexico Proposes Reforms

Mexico Proposes Reforms To Combat Organized Crime Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced a series of measures to stem the infiltration of organized crime into municipalities and city halls around the country following the wave of protests over the disappearance of 43 teaching students two months ago in the southern state of Guerrero, reports […]

Growing Concerns About Russia’s Militarization In Crimea

Concerns About Russia’s Dominance In Crimea NATO officials are expressing growing fears concerning Russia’s increasing military presence in Crimea, which could lead to their gaining control of the Black Sea, the BBC reports. “We are very concerned with the militarization of Crimea. We are concerned that the capabilities in Crimea that are being installed will […]

Firing Chuck Hagel Will Not Solve Key Problem With Obama Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf argues that the closing of Obama’s foreign policy circle is a dangerous development. Furthermore, he says, Hagel was not the root cause of the tension between the Pentagon and the White House. What is more problematic was the “the military leadership’s burgeoning frustration with the false starts, half-measures, and micromanagement that […]

Monday Headlines

China To Continue To Building On Disputed Lands On Monday, Beijing responded to US criticism of an artificial island project in the disputed South China Sea, saying it was “justifiable,” reports Bloomberg News. “The external forces have no right to make irresponsible remarks,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said when asked about US military’s comments, […]

Saturday News

Use Of Drones Becomes Weapon In Social Media War As Western nations exploit their technological advantage against lesser-armed stateless terror groups, civilian casualties are seized upon and used to as a new front in a social-media contest over justice and credibility, argues Steve Coll in The New Yorker. “Obama’s advocacy of drones has widespread support in Washington’s […]

Friday Roundup

More Questions Raised About UN Cover Up In Darfur Last month, the a United Nations investigator criticized a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission for allegedly covering up war crimes. Subsequently, the UN issued a press release stating that its investigative team had interviewed villagers about allegations of mass rape by Sudanese soldiers. “None of those interviewed […]

Murders Reignite Fears Of A Wider Religious War In Middle East

Israel Begins Destroying Homes After Murders The policy of home destruction was abandoned a decade ago, but began anew after Tuesday’s murder by two Palestinians of four rabbis and a policeman at a Jerusalem synagogue, the worst attack in the city since 2008, reports The Jerusalem Post. “Jewish mothers publicly demanded security guards posted outside schools, the defense […]

Wednesday Headlines

Russia Wants Guarantee Ukraine Will Not Join NATO Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Putin wanted “a 100 percent guarantee that no one would think about Ukraine joining NATO.” In September, as the conflict escalated, NATO officials suggested membership for Ukraine was possible if Kiev wanted to pursue it. Putin has long maintained […]

Tensions Rise In Israel Following Palestinian Attacks

Lebanon’s Druze Being Dragged Into Syria’s War Nicholas Blanford writes in The Christian Science Monitor that the two main protagonists in the region are adherents of the Sunni and Shiite branches of Islam, which has left “religious minorities, like the Druze who only number around one million in the Middle East, facing the agonizing – and potentially […]

Monday Headlines

Czechs Mark Anniversary Of The Velvet Revolution In November 1989 huge protests in Prague lead to the rapid collapse of Czechoslovakia’s communist regime, the election of dissident playwright Vaclav Havel as president, and the restoration of democracy, BBC News reports. ISIS Targeting Aid Workers In Latest Terror Front The latest tactic employed by ISIS is […]

Weekend Reads

Washington’s Failure To Counter al Qaeda’s Narrative Brookings Institution’s Bruce Riedel says that to defeat Islamic extremism, “drones need be matched with deeds that expose the false precepts of al Qaeda’s narrative.” But does the U.S. understand the narrative enough to defeat it? Obama  Pushing Trade In Last Two Years William Maudlin writes in the Wall […]

Obama Administration Acknowledges War Against ISIS Is Not Working

CNN is reporting that President Barack Obama has requested his national security team devise a new blueprint to continue the fight. “In October the U.S. stressed an ‘Iraq first’ strategy with efforts to degrade ISIS in Iraq as the priority and operations in Syria done to shape conditions in Iraq. Washington hoped that would give time for the […]

As Russia Increases Tensions In Ukraine, China And US Reach Deal Soothe Relations

Certain to add tension to relations between the US and Russia, NATO officials report that Russian troops have entered into Ukraine in recent days and Russia’s defense minister has announced the resumption of Cold War-era bomber patrols off U.S. shores, reports The Los Angeles Times. “We have seen columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air-defense systems […]

Obama Tries To Warm Relations With China As Chill Defines US-Russia Relations

On the first official day of his trip to China to attend the APEC CEO summit, President Barack Obama extended a hand to the Chinese, expressing a desire to take the relationship between the two nations “to a new level,” reports The Weekly Standard. “We compete for business, but we also seek to cooperate on […]

Monday Headlines

Why North Korea Released Two American Hostages A breakdown in relations with China might be one of the reasons why North Korea has recently set off on a charm offensive with Russia and other nations, Gordon Chang says in trying to find a reason for North Korea’s recent release of two Americans. The Daily Beast […]

Sunday Headlines

Obama’s mistaken outreach to Iran Last week news broke that President Obama wrote another secret letter to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seeking his assistance  in fighting the militant group Islamic State and in reaching a nuclear agreement. In the Weekly Standard, Lee Smith argues the letter demonstrates that the administration places greater value […]

Impact Of Midterm Elections On U.S. Foreign Policy

Following is a round-up of articles on whether the midterm elections will have any short- or long-term impact on the direction of U.S. foreign policy. Midterms Place Obama Foreign Policy In Trouble Tara McKelvey of BBC News argues that President Obama’s foreign policy agenda could be in trouble after Republicans swept the elections on Tuesday. […]

ISIS Ditinguishes Itself From Other Terror Groups By Exploiting Social Media

For almost as long as the Internet has been widely used, it has been used by terrorist groups to post executions, jihadist speeches and spread information about their goals and methodologies. But ISIS has taken the exploitation of the Internet to a new level, says Robert Hannigan in the Financial Times. “Terrorists have long made […]

Monday Headlines

Obama Administration Cuts Funding To Critical The State Department has eliminated funding for an NGO dedicated to documenting Syrian dictator Bashir Assad’s atrocities at a time when the Obama administration is increasing funding to collect evidence of war crimes in Iraq by the Islamic State, reports Colum Lynch of Foreign Policy. The funding shift also has […]

Sunday Speed Reads

The Man China Blames For Democracy Protests New York Times tells the story of a U.S. graduate student who is being blamed by China for instigating the Hong Kong protests. Is Oxygen To Blame For The Evolution Of Complex Life? Matthew Francis writes in The Daily Beast about a new paper which contends the low oxygen level that was […]

UN Report On Darfur Crimes Comes Under Criticism, Violence Continues In South Sudan

UN Will Not Release Full Report On Darfur On October 29, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he was  “deeply troubled” by the findings of a review into recent allegations that the UN intentionally sought to cover up crimes against civilians and peacekeepers. The report found evidence that the UN held back on information […]

Wednesday Headlines

Turkey Asks Germany For Help With Syrian Refugees Deutsche Welle reports Syria’s neighbors, including Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, have asked the German government for additional financial assistance to cope with 619,000 Syrian refugees. To date, Germany has committed half a billion euros to Syrian refugee relief. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wouldn’t commit to spending […]

Tuesday Headlines

Are We Now A War Generation Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations and President George W. Bush’s special envoy to Northern Ireland and Coordinator for the Future of Afghanistan contends the world is “witnessing the end of one era of world history and the dawn of another” more violent period in time. […]

Tunisians Vote In Historic Election

Historic Vote In Tunisia Over five million Tunisians were registered to vote Sunday in parliamentary elections, for the first time under a new constitution drafted after the ouster of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. An estimated 60 percent went to the polls to elect the secularist Nidaa Tounes party, which secured 83 seats compared to 68 for the Islamist […]

Sunday Readings

Does North Korea’s Nuclear Program Pose A Risk? Rob York of North Korea News interviews nuclear proliferation experts about the likelihood that the rogue nation would ever use nuclear weapons. He asks the experts to identify the most significant development in North Korea’s nuclear program and to what degree the international community should be concerned. Daryl Kimball […]

Saturday Reads

Putin: America To Blame For World’s Problems Making certain it was clear he does not fear the United States, Vladimir Putin told an audience at the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi that America was to blame for the world’s problems. “They are throwing their might to remove the risks they […]

Friday Closers

Countries Where Bribery Is Important To Getting Ahead Pew Research Global just released a survey examining attitudes in 44 countries toward bribery and how important it is to getting ahead in life. It is not surprising that the country in which bribery is most commonplace is China, then Jordan and followed up by Russia. In Brazil, […]

Terror Attack In Canada Refocuses The Nation’s Attention On Homwgrown Jihadists

How Broad Is Canada’s Terror Network? Sharon Cardash of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Institute places this week’s terrorist attack in Canada in context of the nation’s larger fight against homegrown jihadists. “To help place and understand this week’s events in broader context, see the 2014 Public Report On The Terrorist Threat to Canada. Also see […]

Midweek Headlines

Lawrence Husick of the Foreign Policy Research Institute examines the state of international relations in a time of accelerating dynamic instability. Internationally, we are living in a period of warfare that occurs periodically throughout history. While most regions enjoy relatively long periods of peace, often approaching 100 years, but there are periodic interruptions of “equally long […]

Brazil Elections, Combating Ebola And The Need To Rethink Approaches To Global Governance

Brazil Elections No matter which candidate wins Brazil’s presidential runoff, the real power lies elsewhere: with the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, writes Miriam Wells in Foreign Policy. How Nigeria Defeated Ebola Edward Wright, Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology at University of Westminster, looks at the means used by Nigeria to stop the spread of Ebola […]

Humanitarian Aid Being Diverted To ISIS Forces

US Humanitarian Aid Going To ISIS Jamie Dettmer of The Daily Beast reports that food and medical supplies are being diverted to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls. Due to inefficient oversight by the UN, which is distributing the aid, it is being used to bribe ISIS […]

Sunday Readings

  Roots Of Hong Kong’s Democracy Protests Date Back To 1980s The Wall Street Journal reporters Ned Levin, Jenny Gross and Charles Hutzler have an essay making the case that the roots of today’s protests can be traced back to talks held in the 1980s between China and the UK about Hong Kong’s future. Before Kong […]

Saturday News And Notes

Americans’ Skepticism Of Medical Science David Oshinsky looks at the reasons why Americans are more skeptical of medical science today, and how that has a negative impact on efforts to curtail the spread of diseases. Maintaining Borders May Not Lead To Stability The Independent’s Mary Dejevsky argues the international community is more hesitant to redraw […]

Weekend Reads

China’s Quest For A Role In Africa Bilateral trade between China and Africa has grown 20-fold in the last two decades, which is a sign of the kind of investment the Asian giant is making. While China may not be embracing a kind of “soft power” – using diplomacy, rather than force – to achieve […]

ISIS Making Gains In Iraq As U.S. Severs Ties With Free Syrian Army

ISIS forces are said to be advancing on the Iraqi town of Amariya al-Falluja, one of the last still controlled by government forces in Anbar province and only 40km from the capital, Baghdad, reports The New York Times. While capturing the town would not place ISIS closer to Baghdad, the paper notes that “controlling the […]

Tuesday Headlines

Where Are The Leaders? Aaron David Miller writes on why the time of great American leadership may be over. Conceding that a future could emerge from the shadows, Miller argues we are living in a time of a “leadership deficit of global proportions.” He says, in fact, it is a time that could be characterized […]

Monday Headlines

Ebola, ISIS Could Have Lasting Impact Stephen Walt attempts to place the range of global crises – from Ebola and ISIS to Ukraine and separatist movements – in context. Taking a step back from the headlines, the Foreign Policy columnist contends that the same forces that unite the global community also divide it. “On one […]

Sunday Reads

Death Toll Rises In Turkish Protests As ISIS Closes In On Kobani As many as 34 people have died in protests by pro-Kurdish supporters who believe the Turkish government should have intervened to halt the advance of  ISIS in the Syrian town of Kobani. Almost 200.000 new refugees have come into Turkey – adding to the nearly 2 […]

North Korea, Bolivia Lead The Headlines

Bolivia: Headed For A Fall? It is more than likely that Bolivia’s President Evo Morales will handily win reelection next week, but Mac Margolis writes that the nation’s economic and social welfare policies are setting it up for a fall – and a potentially dangerous one. Margolis believes Morales’ heavy investment into welfare and soft loans […]

Friday Speed Reads

Turkey’s Refusal To Aid Khobani David Kenner of Foreign Policy breaks down the reasons why Turkey has refused to come to the aid of Khobani and why they find little difference between ISIS and the Kurds. Has The United States Abandoned Syria? Michael Weiss writes in Lebanon’s NOW about the lack of will the United […]

Thursday Reads

Efforts To Free Hostages Mired In Bureaucratic Infighting Administration officials tell Foreign Policy’s Shane Harris that efforts to free Americans held by the Islamic State are uncoordinated, inconsistent, and crippled by bureaucratic infighting. “Based on long-standing practice and presidential orders, when an American is taken abroad, a network of experienced officials from law enforcement and intelligence […]

Beheadings As A Terror Tactic

Recent videos showing the brutal deaths of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff shocked and outraged Americans, but the use of beheadings by terrorists is not a new phenomenon, reports Politico. Robert A, Pape, Michael Rowley and Sarah Morell of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism contend that ISIS’ use of beheadings, however, are […]

Tuesday Headlines

UN Misspent Afghanistan Funds The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, on Monday disclosed a series of letter exchanges with Helen Clark, the administrator of the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), detailing the allegations of widespread misspending by the United Nations. Poor oversight of the fund used to pay Afghan National […]

Monday Reads

In Guinea, Ebola Threatens To Tear The Nation Apart In a nation at the heart of the Ebola outbreak, many Guinean believe the disease is nothing more than a convenient pretext for sitting President Alpha Condé to delay presidential polls in 2015. Others view it is a conspiracy divined by its former colonial master France and […]

Sunday Headlines

Cultural Differences Missing From World War I Analogies Kadira Pethiyagoda contends that historical comparisons between the international unrest today and before World War I lack a key component – the impact of culture. While there are aspects of the today’s global landscape which are similar to a century ago, Pethiyagoda argues that “opponents of the WWI […]

Saturday Headlines

Is The Threat Of Returning Jihadists Exaggerated? Daniel Byman and Jeremy Shapiro examine the exaggerated threat posed by the estimated 100 Americans that have joined the Syrian war since 2011—and will eventually return home. Turkey’s Pledge To Fight ISIS May Be No More Than Words The Turkish government has vowed to join in the fight against […]