Wednesday, January 14, 2015
This week's news digest focuses primarily on the events in Paris - their roots, reactions, and consequences. Scroll down for analysis and opinion concerning Greece and the euro zone, Russia and Ukraine, as well as Syria and ISIS.
The Attacks in Paris - Roots of Radicalization
"The Forgotten War That Spawned Paris's Attacks," Adam Baron - The Daily Beast, January 11, 2015
"Quelle Surprise? The Attacks in Paris Were Terrible. But We Should have Seen it Coming," Aaron David Miller - Foreign Policy, January 11, 2015
The Attacks in Paris - Reflection and Outrage
"France's 9/11," Dominique Moisi - San Francisco Chronicle, January 9, 2015
"This is No Time for Europe to Retreat," Judy Dempsey - Real Clear World, January 12, 2015
"To Call the Paris Attacks a 'War' Dignifies Pointless Slaughter," Janet Daley - The Telegraph, January 10, 2015
"A Win for the Jihadists," Jonah Goldberg - National Review Online, January 9, 2015
"Paris Killings Require More Than Mere Condemnation," H.A. Hellyer - Brookings, January 8, 2015
"Terrorist Acts, Not Cartoons Provoke Islamophobia," Hussein Ibish - The National, January 11, 2015
"Let's Talk About the Other Dead Journalists," Rafia Zakaria - Al Jazeera America, January 10, 2015
The Attacks in Paris - Consequences and Options
"The Battle From Algiers: Lessons from the Charlie Hebdo Attack," Robin Simcox - Foreign Affairs, January 12, 2015
"If Europe is to Overcome Islamist Terror, It Needs to Fight for the Values It Holds Dear," Paul Mason - The Guardian, January 11, 2015
"Tearing Up the Magna Carta: Fear Risks Trumping Civil Liberties in a Europe Rattled by Islamist Terrorism," Colum Lynch and Jamila Trindle - Foreign Policy, January 9, 2015
"Do Jews Have a Future in France?" James Kirchick - The Daily Beast, January 10, 2015
The Attacks in Paris - Playing Politics
"Le Pen's Moment," Philip Gourevitch - The New Yorker, January 10, 2015
"What Else was Paraded in Paris?" Michael Marder - Al Jazeera, January 12, 2015
"Abbas in Paris: Hypocrisy Isn't Progress," Jonathan S. Tobin - Commentary, January 11, 2015
"For Cameron and Miliband, Paris is Act One of the UK General Election," Matthew d'Ancona - The Guardian, January 11, 2015
Turmoil in the Eurozone as Threat of a "Grexit" Looms
"A Greek Euro Exit Would Hurt Europe - But Not as Much as It Would Hurt Greece," Katinka Barysch - The Guardian, January 9, 2015
"Weighing the Options the Greeks Face," Jacob Funk Kirkegaard - Newsweek, January 9, 2015
"The Greek Tragedy," Creston Davis - The European, January 10, 2015
"Europe's Lapse of Reason," Joseph E. Stiglitz - Project Syndicate, January 8, 2015
Ukraine/Russia - Assigning Blame and Assessing Options
"Who is to Blame?" Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and James Stavridis - Horizons, Winter 2015
"A New Policy to Rescue Ukraine," George Soros - The New York Review of Books, February 5, 2015
"Two Cheers for Obama's Ukraine Policy," David W. Kearn - The Huffington Post, January 9, 2015
"What to Do About - or With - Russia?" Walter C. Clemens, Jr. - The Diplomat, January 9, 2015
Syria/ISIS - New Threats and a New Solution?
"Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons," Erich Follath - Spiegel Online International, January 9, 2015
"Encouraging Regional Ownership of the Fight Against the Islamic State," Daniel Levy and Ellie Geranmayeh - European Council on Foreign Relations, January 12, 2015
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Former Board Member, Great Decisions teacher, and frequent Council speaker on 'Grand Strategy' William C. Martel passed away on Monday, January 12, 2015. Bill was an Associate Professor of International Security Studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a graduate of St. Anselm College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Read more about Bill in a remembrance published in The Daily Signal. His service to the World Affairs Council of NH will always be remembered.
The staff and board of the World Affairs Council have expressed our deepest condolences to Bill's family, including his wife, Diane, and his children William Martel, Jr. and Catherine Martel.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Opinion and analysis concerning North Korea, Cuba, Russia, the Middle East, as well as Greece and the Eurozone. Plus, reflections on 2014 and views on what to watch in 2015.
Dealing with North Korea
"Strategic Clarity on North Korea," Christopher R. Hill - Project Syndicate, December 30, 2014
"New Sanctions Let Pyongyang Play the Victim," Michael Auslin - The Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2015
"Better Than New Sanctions: Could Obama's Cuba Strategy Work on North Korea?" Ted Galen Carpenter - The National Interest, January 3, 2015
Cuba - What Happens Next?
"U.S.-Cuban Relations: Lessons from China and the Soviet Bloc," James Lockhart - War on the Rocks, December 31, 2014
"Lessons Cuba Can Learn from East Germany," Diana Villiers Negroponte - Newsweek, January 5, 2015
Cold War Redux?
"A New Cold War Order?" Mikhail Gorbachev - Project Syndicate, January 5, 2015
"US and Russia in Danger of Returning to Era of Nuclear Rivalry," Julian Borger - The Guardian, January 4, 2015
"Decoding Vladimir Putin's Plan," Joshua Kucera - U.S. News & World Report, January 5, 2015
"Remote Control: Can an Exiled Oligarch Persuade Russia that Putin Must Go?" Julia Ioffe - The New Yorker, January 12, 2015
"Hammer and Anvil: How to Defeat ISIS," Robert A. Pape, Keven Ruby, and Vincent Bauer - Foreign Affairs, January 2, 2015
"All is Not Lost in Afghanistan," James Stavridis - Foreign Policy, January 5, 2015
Middle East Round-Up
"Can the Middle East Navigate Democracy?" Mark P. Lagon and Zachary Laub - Council on Foreign Relations, December 30, 2014
"The UN, the PA, and the Peace Process," Paul R. Pillar - The National Interest, January 2, 2015
"Bad Choices: Why is the Netanyahu Government Freezing These Funds in the First Place?" JPost Editorial - The Jerusalem Post, January 4, 2015
"Islam Will Not Have its Own Reformation," Nick Danforth - Foreign Policy, January 2, 2015
Greece Threatens to Leave Euro Zone - Again
"Grexit Grumblings: Germany Open to Possible Greek Euro Zone Exit," Nikolaus Blome, Giorgos Christides, Christian Reiermann, and Gregor Peter Schmitz - Spiegel Online International, January 5, 2015
"Why Europe Still Can't Afford a Greek Exit," Carol Matlack - BloombergBusinessweek, January 5, 2015
"Germany Should Not Scoff at Greece," Marcel Michelson - Forbes, January 4, 2015
"The Odds of Greece Leaving the Euro Have Never Been Higher," Matt O'Brien - The Washington Post, December 29, 2014
"Berlin Insists it Expects Greece to Remain in Eurozone," Stefan Wagstyl - Financial Times, January 4, 2015
A look back at 2014...
"The Foreign Policy Story of the Year," David Rothkopf - Foreign Policy, December 31, 2014
"The Birth of a New Century," George Packer - Foreign Policy, December 2014
"Why 2014 Went Wrong for the Eurozone," Simon Nixon - The Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2015
...and, what to watch in 2015
"The World in 2015: Our Take on the Year Ahead," Roundtable Discussion with 10 Foreign Policy Experts - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
"Top Risks 2015," Ian Bremmer and Cliff Kupchan - Eurasia Group, January 5, 2015
"2015 Watch: The Seven Great Powers," Walter Russell Mead - The American Interest, January 4, 2015
"2015: Seven Global Summits That Deserve Your Attention," Stewart M. Patrick - Council of Councils, Dec 22, 2014
"Ten Elections to Watch in 2015," James M. Lindsay - Council on Foreign Relations, December 8, 2014
"10 Wars to Watch in 2015," Jean-Marie Guéhenno - Foreign Policy, January 2, 2015
"The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch," Joseph Bahout, et al. - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, December 29, 2014
"Africa in 2015: A New Year's Guide," Simon Allison - Daily Maverick, January 5, 2015
"Will 2015 be Africa's Year to Shine?" John Campbell - The National Interest, January 2, 2015
"2015: The Year of the Bear? 5 Ways Russia Can Regroup," Nikolas K. Gvosdev - The National Interest, January 4, 2015
"Why 2015 Might Well be Mankind's Happiest New Year," Fraser Nelson - The Spectator, December 26, 2014
"The World is Not Falling Apart," Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack - Slate, December 22, 2014
"Prospects for the Global Economy in 2015," Robert Kahn, et al. - Council on Foreign Relations, December 23, 2014
"Forget 2015 - 2050 Is The Year For Predictions," Zoë Schlanger - Newsweek, January 4, 2015
Best of the Best: The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh's Top Books of the Year
Each week, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh brings you the best analysis and opinion on current global issues. This week - as a special supplement to our Weekly World News Update - the Council has drawn on many of its regular sources to bring you a selection of the top books of 2014.
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Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Daniel P. Bolger
China's Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa, Howard W. French
No Good Men among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, Anand Gopal
Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite, Suki Kim
The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, Jenny Nordberg
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia,Peter Pomerantsev
The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age, Archie Brown
The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China - and How America Can Win, Geoff Dyer
Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy, Francis Fukuyama
World Order, Henry Kissinger
National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, David Rothkopf
Secrets and Betrayal
The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, Kai Bird
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, Glenn Greenwald
Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look Inside North Korea, Jang Jin-Sung
A Spy among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, Ben Macintyre
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, Karen Armstrong
Gaza: A History, Jean-Pierre Filiu
Congo: The Epic History of a People, David Van Reybrouck
The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century, David Reynolds
The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall, Mary Elise Sarotte
The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931, Adam Tooze
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Lawrence Wright
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert M. Gates
The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, Russell Gold
Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, James Risen
The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose
Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon, Kim Zetter
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October 16- Daniel Drezner on the global economy ("The System Worked")
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
"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
"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
"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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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Opinion and analysis of negotiations with Tehran, the global energy market, the Middle East, Asia, and Russia/Ukraine. Plus, views on U.S. foreign policy and the global economy.
Negotiating with Iran
"After Vienna: Obstacles to a Deal Can Be Overcome," Sir Richard Dalton - European Leadership Network, November 27, 2014
Geopolitical Implications of OPEC's Decision Not to Cut Production
"The Global Shakeout From Plunging Oil," Daniel Yergin - The Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2014
"Falling Oil Prices Offer the West a Great Chance to Refashion Itself. Let's Seize It," Will Hutton - The Guardian, November 30, 2014
"The Downside of Oil Independence," Jeff Rubin - The Globe and Mail, December 1, 2014
"Oil and OPEC: This Time is Not as Different as You Think It Is," Michael Levi - Council on Foreign Relations, December 1, 2014
"America, Don't Give Up on Afghanistan," Paul D. Miller - New Republic, November 30, 2014
"Profiling the Islamic State," Charles Lister - Brookings, December 1, 2014
Israel - Fact or Fiction?
"What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel," Matti Friedman - The Atlantic, November 30, 2014
Papal Visit to Turkey
"Catholic Geopolitics," Victor Gaetan - Foreign Affairs, November 28, 2014
Indian and Pakistani Tensions Rising
"India and Pakistan: A Debilitating Relationship," Saim Saeed - The Diplomat, November 29, 2014
"Hong Kong Crackdown Reveals China's Fear of Contagious Rebellion," Simon Tisdall - The Guardian, December 1, 2014
"China's Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution," Nina Lakhani - The Daily Beast, November 30, 2014
Russia/Ukraine: How Things Might Have Been - and Might Be in the Future
"What Else Could We Have Done? Ukraine After Vilnius," Kadri Liik - European Council on Foreign Relations, November 28, 2014
"Ukraine After Elections: Democracy and the Barrel of a Gun," Ian Bond - Centre for European Reform, November 27, 2014
U.S. Foreign Policy
"'America in Retreat': Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It," James Kirchick - The Daily Beast, December 1, 2014
"The American Global Stance as Chuck Hagel Departs," David Coates - The Huffington Post, December 1, 2014
"How to Keep Future Cold Wars Cold: Mind the Missiles," Gregory D. Koblentz - Los Angeles Times, November 28, 2014
"America's Next Big Challenge: Countering China's Diplomatic Blitzkrieg," Richard Javad Heydarian - The National Interest, November 30, 2014
The Global Economy
"TTIP: What are the Implications for Emerging Powers and the International Order?" Daniel Hamilton - International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, December 1, 2014
"The Return of Economic Nationalism: Shaping the Next Phase of Globalization A la Carte," Harald Malmgren - Second Line of Defense, November 29, 2014
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