Analysis of U.S. foreign policy; opinion on Obama’s engagement in Iraq and overtures to Iran; and views on Israel, Libya, Asia, and Europe. Plus, reflections on Germany 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the potential for a new Cold War…
November 12, 2014
Foreign Policy and the New Congress
“Let’s Get Together, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: What Obama and a GOP Congress Can do on Foreign Policy,” James Carafano – The Daily Signal, November 9, 2014
“Election Losses Give Obama Weaker Hand Overseas,” Terry Atlas – Bloomberg, November 7, 2014
“Will Obama and Republicans Get Along on Iran, Syria and Russia?” Elise Labott – CNN, November 7, 2014
“What do the U.S. Midterms Mean for Foreign Policy Toward the Americas?” Carl Meacham – Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 6, 2014
Déjà vu as U.S. Troops Return to Iraq/ISIS
“Barack Obama Doubles US Troop Levels for War Against ISIS in Iraq,” Spencer Ackerman and Tom McCarthy – The Guardian, November 8, 2014
“Double or Nothing on the Islamic State,” James Traub – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014
“The Spy Who Told Me: Can We Handle the Truth About the Islamic State?,” John McLaughlin –OZY, November 10, 2014
“The Ultimate Fatal Attraction: 5 Reasons People Join ISIS,” Maha Yahya – The National Interest, November 7, 2014
Obama Reaches Out to Iran
“Letters to the Ayatollah: Why Obama's Latest Outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Was a Mistake,” Suzanne Maloney – Brookings, November 7, 2014
“Pen-Palling with the Ayatollah,” Trita Parsi – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014
“A Troubling Letter to an Unbending Ayatollah,” Jeffrey Goldberg – The Atlantic, November 7, 2014
“Obama’s Bet on Iran,” Jackson Diehl – The Washington Post, November 9, 2014
“Netanyahu is Losing Europe’s Goodwill, Even Germany’s,” David Gardner – Financial Times, November 10, 2014
"The US Ruined Libya," Stephen Kinzer – The Boston Globe, November 7, 2014
China, the U.S. and Russia
“China’s Russia Power Play,” Tom Risen – U.S. News & World Report, November 10, 2014
“A New Model for China-US Relations?,” Wei Zongyou – The Diplomat, November 10, 2014
“Why North Korea Released Two Americans,” Gordon G. Chang – The Daily Beast, November 8, 2014
“Catalan Leader to Step up Independence Push as 80% Vote to Split From Spain,” Ashifa Kassam –The Guardian, November 10, 2014
“What Catalonia’s Independence Vote Means,” Matthew Moffett – The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2014
“The Lost Children: France Takes Stock of a Growing Jihadist Problem,” Julia Amalia Heyer – Spiegel Online International, November 6, 2014
Reflections on the Fall of the Wall – 25 Years Ago
“The Day the Wall Came Down,” Fred Kaplan – Slate, November 7, 2014
“The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall,” Melvyn P. Leffler – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014
“Germany Then and Now,” Josef Janning – European Council on Foreign Relations, November 8, 2014
“8 Things That Were Better in East Germany*” Paul Hockenos – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014
But, Amidst Celebrations, Warnings of a New Cold War
“Gorbachev Warns World on the Brink of a New Cold War,” Stefan Wagstyl – Financial Times, November 8, 2014
“Close Military Encounters Between Russia and the West 'at Cold War Levels,'” Ewen MacAskill –The Guardian, November 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Updates on Ebola and the attack in Canada. Assessing the elections in Brazil and Ukraine. Plus, analysis of developments in Asia and the Middle East.
"Why Wasn't the WHO Ready for Ebola?" Joshua Keating - Slate, October 22, 2014
Canada after the Shooting
"Keep Calm and Carry On, Stephen Harper," Stephen M. Walt - Foreign Policy, October 24, 2014
"Our Laws are up to the Homegrown Terror Threat," Benjamin Perrin - The Globe and Mail, October 25, 2014
Parsing Brazil's Election Results
"Rousseff Must Fight the Second-Term Blues," Jewellord Nem Singh - Real Clear World, October 27, 2014
"Brazil Election Results: What to Expect From Dilma's Second Term," Kevin Lees - Suffragio, October 26, 2014
"Under Rousseff or Neves, Brazil's Left Will Remain Powerful," Daniel Lemaitre - Real Clear World, October 26, 2014
Ukraine after the Vote
"Ukraine Votes, With More Strife to Come," Leonid Bershidsky - Bloomberg View, October 27, 2014
"Ukrainians Vote to Face West," Matt Schiavenza - The Atlantic, October 26, 2014
"Ukraine Election Exit Polls: The New Parliament Will Resist Putin and Defend Ukraine," Paul Roderick Gregory - Forbes, October 26, 2014
"And Now For Hybrid Politics," Elizabeth Pond - German Council on Foreign Relations, October 27, 2014
"Russia's Empire State of Mind," Pyotr Romanov - The Moscow Times, October 26, 2014
"Wake Up, Europe," George Soros - The New York Review of Books, November 20, 2014, Volume 61, Number 18
"Can China Rise Peacefully?" John J. Mearsheimer - The National Interest, October 25, 2014
"Not Made in China," Nathan Siegel - Ozy, October 28, 2014
"New Rules for China's War on Terror?" Kendrick Kuo and Johns Hopkins - East Asia Forum, October 25, 2014
"China Pivots to Europe," Paul Ames - Global Post, October 23, 2014
"North Korea Enlists the Help of Cuba and China in Shielding Kim Jong Un From ICC," Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy, October 24, 2014
"Korea's Branding Woes," Luke Stanhope - The Diplomat, October 26, 2014
Postcard from Vietnam
"Vietnam's Tale of Two Cities," Elisabeth Rosen - The Diplomat, October 24, 2014
Tunisia and the Arab Spring
"Tunisia Boldly Embraces Democracy," Jackson Diehl - The Washington Post, October 26, 2014
"The Tunisia Model," Brian Klaas and Marcel Dirsus - Foreign Affairs, October 23, 2014
ISIS Funding and the Next Generation of Fighters
"Cutting off ISIS' Cash Flow," Charles Lister - Brookings, October 24, 2014
"The World's Wealthiest Terrorists," Russell Berman - The Atlantic, October 23, 2014
"Children of the Caliphate," Kate Brannen - Foreign Policy, October 27, 2014
Israel and its Neighbors
"The Arab World Needs All the Help it Can Get," Jake Wallis Simons - The Jerusalem Post, October 26, 2014
"Israel's Baffling Policies Only Encourage a Third Intifada," Hussein Ibish - The National, October 25, 2014
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Updates on Iran, ISIS, and Ebola. Plus, analysis and opinion on Hong Kong, Europe, Russia, and America's view of the Muslim world.
Iranian Nuclear Negotiations
"On Iran: Congress, Please Step Aside," Navid Hassibi - The National Interest, October 20, 2014
"Reading Between the Red Lines: An Anatomy of Iran's Eleventh-Hour Nuclear Negotiating Strategy," Suzanne Maloney - Brookings, October 16, 2014
"The Meaning of Kobani," Henri J. Barkey - The American Interest, October 18, 2014
"What Turkey Wants in the War on ISIS," Ibrahim Kalin - The Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2014
"Who Will Turkey 'Train and Equip' in Syria?" Sibel Utku Bila - Al Monitor, October 19, 2014
Putting the Ebola Outbreak in Context
"What a Past Epidemic Teaches Us About Ebola," Howard Markel - New Republic, October 19, 2014
"Nigeria is Ebola-Free: Here's What They Did Right," Alexandra Sifferlin - Time, October 19, 2014
"Britain, U.S. Are in Africa Fighting Ebola. Will Europe Join Them?" Sara Miller Llana - The Christian Science Monitor, October 19, 2014
"Break in Transmission: How Nigeria Took Control of Ebola," Edward Wright - Real Clear World, October 20, 2014
"What's Behind Boko Haram 'Truce'?" David Cook - CNN World, October 18, 2014
Political Upheaval in Hong Kong
"The Hong Kong Protesters Who Won't Negotiate," Matt Schiavenza - The Atlantic, October 19, 2014
"If We Lose This, We Lose Everything," Suzanne Sataline - Foreign Policy, October 17, 2014
China and Europe
"Premier's Win-Win Europe Visit," Wang Yiwei - China Daily, October 18, 2014
Eurozone's Economic Health
"Borders and Budgets Could Lay Europe Low," Gideon Rachman - Financial Times, October 20, 2014
"Why the Eurozone's Woes Have Become the World's Problem," Larry Elliott - The Guardian, October 18, 2014
"Europe Faces Anti-Austerity Mutiny as Crisis Looms," Patrick Smith - The Fiscal Times, October 20, 2014
"Eurocrisis Round Two. Blame the Germans Edition," Edward Hugh - EconoMonitor, October 14, 2014
Barroso's Parting Words from the European Union
"Europe's Essential Unity," José Manuel Barroso - Project Syndicate, October 18, 2014
"Barroso Says Immigration Cap Would Be Against EU Law," Jim Pickard - Financial Times, October 19, 2014
Simmering Tensions Between Russia and the West
"Why Would a Russian Submarine Enter Swedish Waters?" Roland Oliphant - The Telegraph, October 20, 2014
"Hunting for Red October... in the Stockholm Archipelago," András Simonyi and Erik Brattberg - The Huffington Post, October 20, 2014
"Putin Defiant in Face of Criticism Over Ukraine at Asia-Europe Summit," Carol J. Williams - Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2014
"West Needs to Put Up or Shut Up About Ukraine," Mark Adomanis - The Moscow Times, October 19, 2014
"The Myth of Russian Humiliation," Anne Applebaum - The Washington Post, October 17, 2014
America's View of the Muslim World
"America Needs to Know its Enemies -- and its Friends," James Zogby - The National, October 19, 2014
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The latest analysis of the Ebola outbreak, protests in Hong Kong, developments in Latin America and throughout the Middle East. Plus, reflections on Putin's Russia and putting history in context.
Ebola in the U.S.
"U.S. Public Response to Ebola Could Echo Early Days of AIDS Epidemic," Lucy Westcott - Newsweek, October 5, 2014
"As Ebola Spreads to U.S., Pentagon Deploys More Troops to Africa to Fight Outbreak," Kate Brannen and Justine Drennan - Foreign Policy, October 3, 2014
Hong Kong Update
"Why Hong Kong's Economy Can Take on Protesters," Elizabeth Economy - Fortune, October 2, 2014
"China's Explanation for the Hong Kong Protests? Blame America," Anne Applebaum - The Washington Post, October 3, 2014
"In Hong Kong, the Democrats Will Go Down Swinging," Patrick Smith - The Fiscal Times, October 6, 2014
"The Way Ahead in Hong Kong," Chris Patten - Project Syndicate, October 3, 2014
Latin American Update
"Why Dilma Rousseff Could Win Brazil's Presidential Election," Mark Weisbrot - The Guardian, October 2, 2014
"Brazil's Highs and Lows," David Biller - Bloomberg, October 5, 2014
"Venezuela's Perilous Closeup," Diego Arria - New York Daily News, October 6, 2014
"The Real Reason It's Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo," Peter Kornbluh & William M. Leogrande - The Atlantic, October 5, 2014
"Putin's View of Power was Formed Watching East Germany Collapse," Mary Elise Sarotte - The Guardian, October 1, 2014
"What Russia is Learning From Frank Sinatra," Steve Rosenberg - BBC, October 5, 2014
"Putin is Winning: EU Backs Away From Ukraine Trade Pact; U.S. on the Sidelines," Paul Roderick Gregory - Forbes, October 2, 2014
Avoiding a New Cold War
"How to Avoid a New Cold War," Samuel Charap and Jeremy Shapiro - Brookings, October 2014
Negotiating with Iran
"Iran Nuclear Talks: Why Tehran Must Be Brought in From the Cold," Christopher de Bellaigue - The Guardian, October 2, 2014
Aiding and Abetting Terrorism
"Qatar is a U.S. Ally. They Also Knowingly Abet Terrorism. What's Going On?" Lori Plotkin Boghardt - New Republic, October 6, 2014
"Qatar's Moneymen Behind the Kidnappers," Robert Mendick - The Telegraph, October 5, 2014
Ongoing ISIS Threat
"Coalition Risks Loss of Support Unless it Clarifies Its Aims," Hassan Hassan - The National, October 1, 2014
"Defeating the Islamic State Militarily is Only Half the Battle," Ross Harrison - Middle East Institute, October 3, 2014
The Middle East
"Two Speeches and a Tragedy," George Packer - The New Yorker, October 1, 2014
"The Middle East's Three Timelines," Volker Perthes - Project Syndicate, August 22, 2014
Reflecting on the Past
"Who's to Blame for a World in Flames?" Walter Russell Mead - The American Interest, October 6, 2014
"How to Make and Keep Peace," David P. Goldman - The Federalist, October 2, 2014
"The Merkel Effect: What Today's Germany Owes to Its Once-Communist East," Dirk Kurbjuweit - Spiegel Online International, October 2, 2014
Anna Berry, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council, was invited on an Intercultural Exchange trip to Turkey this summer on behalf of the Turkish Cultural Center of New Hampshire. The delegation also included academic leaders from Vermont and Maine. During the one-week tour, the group visited Istanbul, Izmir, Neveshir, Kayseri and Konya. In addition to seeing cultural sites, the group also met with local academic institutions and non-profits and enjoyed dinner in local homes (above).
"It was exciting to experience life in a country that has been at the crossroads of civilization for centuries," Anna Berry said. "I'm grateful to the Turkish Cultural Center for the incredible opportunity!"
See more photos of the trip below:
The group toured Mevlana University in Konya and learned about higher education in Turkey.
The group at a viewpoint overlooking Istanbul and the Bosphorus.
The group visits Ephesus.
The group enjoying traditional Turkish kebabs.
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Richard Cary, a retired architect who is living in Boston, recently traveled to Iran as part of the World Affairs Councils of America “Travel the World” program. Cary, currently a member of the World Affairs Council of NH, worked and lived abroad on four continents and has learned 3 languages. Living and traveling abroad has been an important part of both his and his late wife’s life for nearly 60 years.
Cary’s life as an architect peaked his interest in how people design and construct their living environment, historically and contemporary. The most interesting things he found while he was in Iran was the Persepolis, which is the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. He also found the citadel, and the traditional garden of Bagh-e Tarikhi very interesting.
Cary describes the openness and friendliness of the people as being surprising to him, and he believes that the present regime cannot suppress these people for long. He felt that the trip lacked a social and daily aspect of how the urban dwellers of Iran live. He wished he was able to see the daily life and experience school, home, worship, shopping, and community activity to see the way everyone on that side of the world is living in comparison to our everyday lives.
Cary has read extensively about Islam, and lived in the Arab part of the world, The many talks on the Persians and subsequent reading have certainly enriched his understanding and he is grateful for the experience to have been able to travel with the World Affairs Council on this trip to Iran.
His trip to Iran with the World Affairs Council was what he thought would be interesting as a member of the World Affairs Council of NH, but also to just be with the group of other members who would be going on the trip, of whom he thought would be interesting unto themselves. He wanted to “explore and ageless culture in a format I hoped I could tolerate. It worked. Consider this a bucket-list adventure.”
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At the Council's annual meeting in June, members elected four new trustees for three-year terms. Welcome! Read more about our new Board Members below.
Charles Davis Farmer, East Kingston
Davis Farmer is Founder and Chairman of MSM Protein Technologies based in Woburn, MA and Russia. MSM is the pre-eminent company for the discovery of antibodies to complex cell membrane proteins. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont. Davis is past Chair of Squamscott Community Commons and founding member of the board of the New Hampshire BioMedical Council. He also serves as NH Commercial Consul to Australia and New Zealand.
Thomas Hildreth, Hollis
Tom is Director and Chair of Immigration & Law Practice Group at McLane Law Firm. He has been counseling a diverse mix of closely-held business clients for nearly 20 years. In addition, Tom has substantial experience in real estate development, telecommunications, and franchise law. He has served as President of the Nashua Association for the Elderly; Trustee of the Beaver Brook Association; Member of the Board of Advisors at First Colebrook Bank; Founding Member of the Hollis-Brookline Rotary Club; and Selectman, Treasurer and Member of the Strategic Planning and Budget committees for the Town of Hollis.
Geoff Moody, Dunbarton
Geoff Moody is the Associate Vice President of International Programs at SNHU. Geoff's work revolves around international education and he has extensive experience living and working abroad. He spent over a decade in Europe, living for eight years in northern Italy with shorter stints in Barcelona, Paris, and Greece. Prior to his position at SNHU, Geoff was the Director of International Recruitment at Green River College in Washington State and Director of the International Center at Hawaii Pacific University. Geoff holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from New Mexico State University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Virginia Szymanowski, Bedford
Ginny Szymanowski graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in 1974, earned an MBA with distinction from Babson College in 1980 and an MS in taxation from Bentley College in 1991. Ginny is a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of CPAs. After beginning her career with the audit staff at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, & Co in Boston, she later entered the non-profit sector, serving as Director of Finance at the NH Historical Society and Families First of the Greater Seacoast Health Center; and Chief of Staff at US FIRST. Ginny, along with her husband Joe, has hosted many groups of foreign visitors through WACNH. Ginny and Joe are also supporters of the Currier Museum of Art, the NH Historical Society, US FIRST, Manchester Historic Association, the NH Institute of Art, the Manchester Community Music School and Canterbury Shaker Village.
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