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Weekly World News Update 12/10/14

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:29 AM | Anonymous



Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Views and analysis on Russia/Ukraine, the Middle East, and Europe. Plus, articles on the global energy market and global health. Scroll down for opinions on U.S. foreign policy and the changing of the guard at the Pentagon.


Later today, look out for our top book picks for 2014 - culled from many of the same publications that serve as sources for these weekly news digests.


What's Next on Russia's Agenda?

"It's Time for the West to Re-Evaluate Its Whole Approach to Russia," Matthew Sussex - The Interpreter, December 8, 2014

"The West's Containment Folly," Peter Harris - The National Interest, December 8, 2014

"Moldova is Next Battleground for Russia and EU," Judy Dempsey - The Moscow Times, December 4, 2014 



"The Greatest Challenge to U.S.-European Security Cooperation Today: The Ukraine Crisis," Ian Bond, Denis Corboy, William Courtney, Michael Haltzel, and Kenneth Yalowitz - The National Interest, December 8, 2014

"What Will Happen With Eastern Ukraine?" Kadri Liik and Andrew Wilson - European Council on Foreign Relations, December 2014 


Iran: Ally and Antagonist 

"U.S. Accuses Iran of Secretly Breaching U.N. Nuclear Sanctions," Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy, December 8, 2014

"A Nuclear Deal With Iran Will Require the West to Reevaluate its Presumptions," Eric Edelman, Dennis Ross, and Ray Takeyh - The Washington Post, December 4, 2014

"Iran: A Not So Unlikely Ally," Ibrahim Al-Marashi - Al Jazeera, December 8, 2014 



"In Syria, a Last Gasp Warning for U.S. Influence," Charles Lister - Brookings, December 5, 2014 


ISIS Update 

"The Vortex," Robin Wright - The New Yorker, December 8, 2014 


Israel/Palestine: A Conflict Without a Resolution? 

"The Power and Weakness of Inciting Violence," Shibley Telhami - The Washington Post, December 5, 2014

"Thinking Outside the Oslo Box," Mark LeVine and Mathias Mossberg - Al Jazeera America, December 6, 2014

"Five Reasons to Recognize a Palestinian State," Hugh Lovatt and Mattia Toaldo - European Council on Foreign Relations, December 8, 2014 


The New Europe? 

"Let the Next Generation Speak Up for Europe," Timothy Garton Ash - The Guardian, December 7, 2014 


Global Energy Market 

"South Stream, Russia and Turkey: What Does The Deal Mean?" Stephen Blank - The Turkey Analyst, December 3, 2014

"EU, U.S. Promote Alternative Projects, Following South Stream Failure," James Crisp EurActiv, December 4, 2014

"The Promise and Peril of Falling Oil Prices," Mark Kennedy - Foreign Policy, December 5, 2014 


Global Health 

"The Most Dangerous Emerging Disease is Drug Resistance," Katrin Elger, and Veronika Hackenbroch - Spiegel Online International, December 8, 2014


Views on U.S. Foreign Policy

"Debunking Retreat Argument Against Obama's Foreign Policy," Michael A. Cohen - The Boston Globe, December 4, 2014

"Why the Pacific Matters to the Rebalance," Gregory B. Poling and James Hurndell - Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 4, 2014

"The Obama Administration: From Ending Two Wars to Engagement in Five With the Risk of a Sixth," Anthony H. Cordesman - Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 3, 2014 

National Security

"Ash Carter vs. Barack Obama's Yogi Berra Foreign Policy," David Rothkopf - Foreign Policy, December 4, 2014

"Can Ash Carter Save the Pentagon?" Michael Auslin - National Review Online, December 8, 2014





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