September 12, 2018
Weekly World News Update
9/11 Anniversary; Syria Fights Over Idlib; Russian Vostok; Economic Catastrophe Globally; India Progresses; Far Right Gains in Sweden; Can Irexit Happen?
Quote of the Week
“If he acts like a 5-year-old…I want more 5-year-olds on the National Security Council.”
-- Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, defending Trump’s leadership on national security issues in an interview with Politico on Monday.
17th Anniversary of 9/11
"Beyond the Homeland: Protecting America from Extremism in Fragile States - Interim Report" Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States -- USIP, September 11, 2018
"NYC Subway Station Reopens 17 Years After It Was Destroyed During Sept. 11 Attacks” Cameron Jenkins -- NPR, September 9, 2018
“9/11 Anniversary: Rare Images Show the Aftermath of World Trade Center Attack That Killed 2,997” Will Worley -- Independent, September 11, 2018
“9/11 Heroes Honored with Wind Chime Memorial” Juliana Kracov -- CBS News, September 9, 2018
Syrian Offensive in Idlib
“The War in Syria: A Battle Looms in Idlib” Ashish Sen -- Atlantic Council, September 7, 2018
“The Battle of Syria’s Last Rebel Redoubt Looms” Editorial Board -- The Economist, September 6, 2018
“Russia Pounds Idlib, Accuses U.S. of Using White Phosphorus Bombs” Editorial Board -- Deutsche Welle, September 9, 2018
“High-Stakes Diplomacy as Battle for Syria’s Idlib Looms” Jon Gambrell and Nasser Karimi -- The Washington Post, September 7, 2018
Vostok 2018 Exercises Begin
“As Russia Launches the Biggest War Games Ever with China, the Pentagon Will Be Watching 'Very Closely'” Holly Ellyatt -- CNBC, September 11, 2018
“Russia Kicks Off Massive War Games, Hosts Putin-Xi Meeting” Mary Ilyushina, Ben Westcott, and Matt Rivers -- CNN, September 11, 2018
“Putin’s Big Bang in the Russian Far East” Andrew Salmon -- Asia Times, September 11, 2018
“Vostok 2018: Russia Lets the War Games with China Begin” Mikhail Bushuev -- Deutsche Welle, September 10, 2018
A New Global Economic Crisis
“Why Emerging Markets Are in Crisis Across the Globe” Ian Bremmer -- Eurasia Group, September 6, 2018
“Argentina Is Running Out of Tools to Lift Its Plunging Currency” Desmond Lachman -- The Hill, September 5, 2018
“South Africans Brace for Further Pain as Recession Bites” Gavin du Venage -- The National, September 11, 2018
“Rupee Is Asia's Worst Performance Currency...But Is It So Bleak for India?” T.N. Ninan -- This Week in Asia, September 10, 2018
Breakthroughs in India
"What Next for U.S.-India Military Ties?” Alyssa Ayres -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 7, 2018
“New India-U.S. Arms Agreement, Expanded Exercises Illustrate Growing Security Cooperation” John Grady -- USNI News, September 9, 2018
“India Unbans Gay Sex” Delhi -- The Economist, September 6, 2018
Sweden’s Political Deadlock
“Swedish Election: Main Blocs Neck and Neck as Nationalists Gain” -- BBC News, September 10, 2018
“Sweden’s Far Right Has Won the War of Ideas” Emily Schultheis -- Foreign Policy, September 10, 2018
“In Sweden, the Elite Lost Touch with the People” John Fund -- National Review, September 9, 2018
What Are the Chances of “Irexit?”
“Irexit Freedom to Prosper to Field Candidates in European Elections” Kitty Holland -- The Irish Times, September 8, 2018
“Why Brexit Makes an Irish Departure from the EU More Likely” Anthony Coughlan -- CAPX, September 6, 2018
September 11, 2018
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September 10, 2018
This Week: New Conference Scholarship Program; New Speakers; Cover to Cover with NYT's C.J. Chivers; Santa Fe Gala Features McFaul; plus, Council Jobs & Program News
WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order
The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC
Ten New Student Scholarships Announced!
WACA is pleased to offer 10 new scholarships to DC-area undergraduates to cover Conference registration fees. Funding for these scholarships has been generously provided by the Mr. and Mrs. Ray Rothrock Charitable Gift Fund. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 10.
Please use this Application Form and send your resume, a statement of interest, and a letter of reference to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected applicants will enjoy full access to the WACA 2018 National Conference: Braving the New World Order, November 7-9 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
The ten new scholarships are in addition to the 25 scholarships for undergraduate students that the WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, has traditionally provided. The purpose of both scholarship programs is the same: to advance WACA's and the Council Network's shared educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
The deadline for Council nominations of undergraduate students in their city or region for these 25 slots is Friday, September 21.
Conference speakers added!
Peter W. Singer
Strategist and Senior Fellow
Steven E. Sokol
American Council on Germany
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USIP's 2018 #PeaceDayChallenge
The United States Institute of Peace's Peace Day Challenge coincides with the International Day of Peace on September 21 to raise the profile of the day and affirm peace as a real alternative to the violence we see every day in the news.
It is all about inspiring a day of action, focused on building peace through real-life activities, and then sharing on social media at #PeaceDayChallenge.
This summer, USIP collaborated with Scholastic to create a new Poster Teaching Guide for the Peace Day Challenge in 2018. This is being distributed to 50,000 middle school classrooms across the U.S. to support educators and their students in taking action on the International Day of Peace and continuing their learning and engagement all year long.
Here is what Councils need to effectively participate in USIP's Peace Day Challenge this year:
· The website www.peacedaychallenge.org is the hub for information, action ideas, and other resources to support engagement in the Peace Day Challenge.
· For more on USIP's public education work, click here.
Personal contact information for Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education at USIP: email@example.com or 202-429-3894. We encourage you to contact her for action ideas, advice, or other suggestions to support your Council's engagement in the Peace Day Challenge.
South Dakota WAC Hosts Funsch for Oman 2018 Grant Series
South Dakota World Affairs Council will present Oman’s Role in Promoting Peace in the Middle East, featuring Dr. Linda Pappas Funsch (left) on Thursday, September 13. Dr. Funsch spoke last month at WAC Albuquerque.
SDWAC's program is the fourth of eight in WACA's Engage America: Oman 2018 program series, generously funded by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. Coming up soon, WAC Dallas/Fort Worth and Columbia WAC will host experts recommended by SQCC.
September 7, 2018
WACA 2018 National Conference:
Braving the New World Order
The Mayflower Hotel
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September 5, 2018
NAFTA Progress; China Interior Shocks and Strategic Exterior Moves; Swedish Election; Europe Talks Immigration; Argentina Currency Woes
“Canada will not be signing a deal unless it is in the interest of Canadian workers, the Canadian middle class, and Canadians in general…We’ve been very clear that there are a number of things that we absolutely must see.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a televised news conference in Vancouver on Tuesday.
Scramble for NAFTA
“NAFTA Breakthrough? Maybe.” Hilary Novik Sandberg -- Eurasia Group, August 30, 2018
“A NAFTA Deal Inches Closer” Inu Manak -- Cato Institute, September 4, 2018
“Canada Left Facing a Fait Accompli in NAFTA Negotiations” Claude Barfield -- American Enterprise Institute, August 30, 2018
“A New NAFTA Without Canada? Unions and Tech Push Back Against Trump's Mexico-Only Deal” David Meyer -- Fortune, September 3, 2018
“Where Things Stand on NAFTA” Victoria Guida -- Politico, September 4, 2018
Troubling Revelations in Xinjiang
“Trump Urged to Sanction China Over Crackdown on Muslims” -- CBS News, August 30, 2018
“China Bites Back at U.S. Suggestion of Sanctions Over Concentration Camps” Casey Michel -- ThinkProgress, August 31, 2018
“China's Jaw-Dropping Family Separation Policy” Sigal Samuel -- The Atlantic, September 4, 2018
“Detention of Uighurs Must End, UN Tells China, Amid Claims of Prison Camps” -- The Guardian, August 30, 2018
Charm Offensive in Africa
“China Is Doubling Down on Its “Win-Win” Strategy in Africa” Abdi Latif Dahir -- Quartz, September 4, 2018
“China Has Spent Billions in Africa, But Some Critics at Home Question Why” Robyn Dixon -- Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2018
“Theresa May’s Focus on UK–Africa Ties Is Long Overdue” Alex Vines -- The Telegraph, August 31, 2018
“Analysts: Africa Visits by Merkel and May Present Opportunities” Chika Oduah -- Voice of America, September 3, 2018
Crucial Election in Sweden
“Swedish Center-Left Holds Small Lead Ahead of September 9 Election” Daniel Dickson and Simon Johnson -- Reuters, September 4, 2018
“Sweden Democrats: How a Nationalist, Anti-Immigrant Party Took Root in a Liberal Nordic Haven” Ben Kelly -- Independent, August 31, 2018
“Sweden Struggles with ‘Country in Chaos’ Social Media Attacks” Rafaela Lindeberg -- Bloomberg, August 30, 2018
Immigration Debate Heats Up Across Europe
“Chemnitz Protests Show New Strength of Germany’s Far Right” Katrin Bennhold -- New York Times, August 30, 2018
“The Irish Times View on Germany’s Far-Right: A Warning from Chemnitz” Editorial Board -- The Irish Times, August 31, 2018
"Europe’s Liberals Fear Continent Facing End-of-Era Moment" Jamie Dettmer -- Voice of America, September 3, 2018
Another Currency Drop in Argentina
“Argentina Hikes Interest Rate To 60 Percent in Bid to Halt Currency's Fall” Colin Dwyer -- NPR, August 30, 2018
“Argentina's Macri Raises Taxes, Axes Ministries After Peso Plunge” Charlotte Mitchell -- Al Jazeera, September 3, 2018
September 4, 2018
President's Letter; Council of the Month: Santa Fe; Early-bird Conference Deadline; Cover to Cover; Engage America Grant Programs; New WACA Interns; Council Jobs, and News!
Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:
The stakes have rarely been higher for the news media. Fifteen to 20 years ago, a top concern of journalists was how the Internet and new technologies would change the ad-driven business model that supported news gathering and delivery, and whether their companies and jobs would continue to exist.
These days, as attacks from an American president on what he deems “fake news” increase and, more dangerously, morph into an authoritarian assault targeting journalists as “the enemy of the people,” the threat is far greater – to democracy itself. Globally, this worrisome trend emboldens those in power where protections for reporters were already weak; for established and emerging democracies, it erodes discourse, citizenship, and governance.
On Monday, a Myanmar judge found two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and jailed them for seven years. The Washington Post, in an editorial the day before, decried the imprisonment and killing of journalists “to smother vital truths."
When President Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says in a televised NBC interview that “Truth isn’t truth,” this is not a “business as usual” environment for the Fourth Estate. Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press and political director at NBC News, just penned a piece for the Atlantic, “It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining - And to Start Fighting Back.”
Meanwhile, New Yorker magazine is now caught up in controversy for inviting and suddenly disinviting Steve Bannon as a headline speaker for its eponymous Festival. Vox today carried a worthwhile take on this New Yorker-Bannon story and the double bind journalists find themselves in today. Councils could face similar perils when it comes to engaging certain speakers for their events.
The WACA National Office urges courage, and we commend the Santa Fe Council on International Relations – our Council of the Month – for putting together a timely and aptly-named conference in December: Journalism Under Fire.
Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO
Early-bird deadline is expiring in 3 days on Friday, September 7!
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Join our Cover to Cover conference call on Tuesday, September 11, at 2:00-2:30 pm ET, featuring C.J. Chivers, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, on his new book, The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare that parts from slogans. It does for these troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G.I.s of WWII and what Michael Herr did for the grunts in Vietnam. The Fighters presents a human side of the long arc of two wars, told with the empathy and understanding of an author who is himself an infantry veteran.
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Cover to Cover: American Soldiers and Endless War
WAC Atlanta Hosts WACA-Sasakawa USA Program on Japan
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta holds its Alliance Working in America Series program, co-sponsored by WACA and its grant funder Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, on September 5.
The TAWA program, “Japan and Georgia, Growing Together,” which will discuss contemporary U.S.-Japan relations and benefits to the State of Georgia. Speakers include: Admiral (Ret.) Dennis Blair, Dr. Satu Limaye, YKK America President Jim Reed, and Ambassador James Zumwalt. Learn more.
WAC Atlanta's event is the third in the Alliance Working in America Series. Previous programs have been held by WorldOregon and WAC Greater Houston. Stay tuned for a fourth edition in spring 2019!
Councils Host Engage America Grant Programs
World Affairs Councils around the country resume hosting Engage America Future of Korea 2018 and Oman 2018 programs. These series are co-sponsored by WACA and its grant funders Korea Economic Institute and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.
Future of Korea 2018
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will present a panel of experts for its Reception & Forum: The Future of Korea on Sept. 20. Details here.
World Affairs Council of Charlotte will host a panel of experts for History in the Making: The U.S. and the Korean Peninsula in 2018 on Sept. 26. Details here.
World Affairs Council of South Dakota will feature Dr. Linda Pappas Funsch for Oman’s Role in Promoting Peace in the Middle East on Sept. 13. Details here.
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth will present Dr. Anne Rasmussen for Music and The Omani Arts Economy on Sept. 29. Details here.
August 29, 2018
Early-bird deadline is expiring in 10 days on Friday, September 7!
New keynote speakers!
Remembering John McCain; Rohingya Crisis One Year On; Uganda's Crackdown; Land Reform in South Africa; Australia's New PM; Taiwan’s Allies Dwindle; Macron’s Call for European Defense; U.S. Foreign Aid Rollback?
Quotes of the Week
"We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been."
-- Sen. John McCain’s former presidential campaign manager and family spokesperson Rick Davis, reading aloud the text of the senator’s farewell statement at the Arizona State Capitol.
“At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance. Later on, when he became a U.S. Senator, he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Việt Nam-U.S. relations so I was very fond of him. When I learnt about his death early this morning, I feel very sad. I would like to send condolences to his family. I think it’s the same feeling for all Vietnamese people as he has greatly contributed to the development of Việt Nam-U.S. relations."
-- Colonel Trần Trọng Duyệt, the man in charge of the prison where John McCain was held as a POW, speaking with Viet Nam News having learned of Senator McCain's death on Saturday.
Remembering John McCain
“Obituary: John McCain” Editorial Board -- The Economist, August 26, 2018
“The Death of Political Courage” Richard Fontaine -- The Atlantic, August 26, 2018
"Great-Heart Is Gone" Eliot Cohen -- The Atlantic, August 26, 2018
"McCain Honored By Best Friend Graham In Emotional Senate Speech" Kelsey Snell -- NPR, August 28, 2018
The Rohingya Crisis, One Year Later
“Myanmar: Shameful Anniversary Highlights Lack of Accountability for Atrocities Against Rohingya” -- Human Rights Watch, August 23, 2018
“Rohingya: UN Calls for Myanmar Generals to Be Prosecuted for Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes Against Humanity” Adam Withnall and Jane Dalton -- The Independent, August 27, 2018
“Rohingya Crisis: 132 MPs Across Region Call for Myanmar to Be Referred to ICC” Hannah Ellis-Petersen -- The Guardian, August 24, 2018
“Aung San Suu Kyi Stripped of Edinburgh Honour” BBC, August 23, 2018
Crackdown in Uganda
“A Pop Star, a Protest, and a Likely Case of Torture in Uganda” Anonymous Author -- The Atlantic, August 25, 2018
“Ugandan Pop Star, Government Critic Bobi Wine Free on Bail” Rodney Muhumuza -- The Kansas City Star (AP), August 27, 2018
“Uganda: Who is Bobi Wine and Why Is He Creating Such a Fuss?” Editorial Board -- News24, August 27, 2018
Land Reform in South Africa
“Land Redistribution in South Africa, Trump’s Tweet, and U.S.-Africa Policy” Witney Schneidman and Landry Signé -- Brookings, August 27, 2018
“Trump Tweets About White Farmers While Indigenous Peoples Face Annihilation” Raj Patel -- The Guardian, August 26, 2018
“What's Behind Trump's Concern for White Farmers in South Africa?” Z. Byron Wolf -- CNN, August 23, 2018
Leadership Change in Australia
"The Rise and Rise of Scott Morrison" Deborah Snow -- The Sydney Morning Herald, August 25, 2018
“Meet Australia's New Prime Minster, One-Time Attack Dog Scott Morrison” Ruth Pollard -- Bloomberg, August 24, 2018
“Scott Morrison Is a New Kind of Australian Prime Minister: An Evangelical Christian” Rick Rojas -- The New York Times, August 27, 2018
“The Fall Out from Australia’s Leadership Shake Up” Anthony Fensom -- The Diplomat, August 28, 2018
Taiwan’s Allies Dwindle
“China Seeks Domination, U.S. Says, After El Salvador Dumps Taiwan" Steve Holland, Yimou Lee -- Reuters, August 23, 2018
“Taiwan Prepares for the Day When It May Have No More Friends” Asia Times Staff -- Asia Times, August 27, 2018
"Ikea Is the Latest Big Brand to Feel the Heat in China Over Taiwan" Daniel Shane -- CNN Money, August 29, 2018
Macron’s Call for European Defense
“France’s Macron Urges Europe to Take Charge of Own Defense” Sylvie Corbet -- AP News, August 27, 2018
“Macron Says Europe Can No Longer Rely on U.S. for Security” Editorial Board -- The Local France, August 27, 2018
“French President Emmanuel Macron Insists EU Can No Longer Rely on U.S. to Guarantee Its Security” Editorial Board -- South China Morning Post, August 27, 2018
Trump Flip Flops on Foreign Assistance
"U.S. Aid Community Braces for 'Rescission' Fight" Michael Igoe -- Devex, August 24, 2018
"Administration Decides Not to Roll Back Foreign Aid Funds" Carol Morello and Erica Werner -- The Washington Post, August 28, 2018
"Palestinians Blast Trump’s Aid Cut as Political Blackmail" Isabel Kershner -- The Sydney Morning Herald, August 26, 2018
August 27, 2018
This Week: Member Benefits: Conference Scholarships for Students and Stratfor Subscription Discount; WACDFW Focuses on Education; Wanted: Council CEOs; Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Visits Cover to Cover; plus, Program News
The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that WACA will offer 25 scholarships for undergraduate students from the Council network to attend our 2018 National Conference - Braving the New World Order - November 7-9 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
The WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, is offering these scholarships in order to fulfill our educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The Conference -- coming right after the midterm elections -- promises to be a special occasion for our network of Council leaders, members, friends, and students to engage with many leading policy makers and analysts about critical foreign and trade policy issues and America's role in the world.
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Council of the Month Sets Itself Apart with Education
The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is investing in the next generation with discounted educator and school memberships, free student tickets for speaker programs, International Career Day, internships, and the International Educator of the Year awards.
Additionally, the unique “20 Under 20” program was added in 2016 to shine a spotlight on young people who give back to their communities and exemplify what it means to be a global Texan. The driven group of students that make up the 20 Under 20 Class of 2018 participated in three days of the leadership program in June, meeting with leaders in various industries including the Dallas Business Journal, the City of Dallas’s Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs, Azteca America TV 55 Studios, the Canadian Consulate, UT Dallas Center for Brain Health, and Texas Central Partners.
The Council's investment in the students of Dallas-Fort Worth has paid off: Plano West Senior High School has won WACA's Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition two years in a row.
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Councils Seek Executives
Global Minnesota -- President
Global Minnesota seeks an outstanding and experienced international affairs and nonprofit sector leader to serve as its President. This role will develop the organization’s engagement throughout Minnesota using the 5-year Strategic Plan as a roadmap with the goal of deeper awareness and understanding of global economic, political, social, and cultural ideas and issues. Apply here.
Cleveland Council on World Affairs -- CEO
CCWA is seeking a Chief Executive Officer. The ideal candidate will bring proven strategic and hands-on leadership experience to fulfill CCWA’s mission to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures through education, citizen diplomacy, and public dialogue. Apply here.
Cover to Cover Author Chivers Discusses The Fighters
Global Minnesota hosts Kate Bauer, Blumenstein-Katz Family fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and a panel of experts for “Iran Sanctions and the U.S. Business Community.” Details
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Robert Jordan, former U.S. Ambassador, along with Professors Dina Alsowayel and Gregory Gause for “Reform in Saudi Arabia: Real Change or Consolidation of Power?” Details
World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California host Dr. Haroon Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer at Broadcasting Board of Governors, for “Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism.” Details Mr. Ullah was last December's Cover to Cover author.
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville host Dr. Madiha Afzal, author and adjunct assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, for “Quarterly Saloon – Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State.” Details Ms. Afzal was this past April's Cover to Cover author.
San Diego World Affairs Council host Dr. Haroon Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer at Broadcasting Board of Governors, for “Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism.” Details
August 22, 2018
Kofi Annan's Legacy; Europe's Risky Infrastructure; Merkel Meets Putin; Greece Exits Bailout; Venezuela's Currency Crisis; Key Elections in Paraguay and Brazil; Deadly Floods in India
"We are a global society, and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another."
-- First Lady Melania Trump, issuing a public statement Monday, in which she announced plans to travel to Africa without her husband in October.
Kofi Annan's Legacy
“Kofi Annan, Who Redefined the UN, Dies at 80” Alan Cowell -- New York Times, August 18, 2018
"Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Left a Legacy of a More Interventionist United Nations" Jason Daley -- Smithsonian.com, August 20, 2018
"Kofi Annan’s Unaccountable Legacy" Philip Gourevitch -- The New Yorker, August 18, 2018
“Kofi Annan, RIP” Frederic C. Hof -- Atlantic Council, August 20, 2018
Deadly State of Infrastructure in Europe
“Italy’s Crumbling Infrastructure Under Scrutiny After Bridge Collapse” Lorenzo Tondo -- The Guardian, August 17, 2018
“Cut in Two, Genoa Finds Its Political Paralysis Now Eclipsed by Shock” Gaia Pianigiani, Elisabetta Povoledo, and Richard Perez-Peña-- The New York Times, August 16, 2018
“Audit Warns 840 Bridges May Be at Risk of Collapse in France” Editorial Board -- Al Jazeera, August 19, 2018
Not at All "Helsinki"
“Merkel and Putin Talk Syria, Ukraine, and Nord Steam 2 – But Meeting Ends with No Agreements” Colin Drury -- Independent, August 19, 2018
“Nord Stream 2: Is Germany ‘Captive’ to Russian Energy?” James McBride -- Council on Foreign Relations, August 16, 2018
“A Breakthrough in Berlin? Not So Fast.” Jörn Fleck -- Atlantic Council, August 17, 2018
Greek Bailout Ends for Better or Worse
“Greece Exits Bailouts, But Difficult Path Ahead” Eric Maurice and Damiano Bacci -- EU Observer, August 20, 2018
“Greek Bailout: IMF and Europeans Diverge on Lessons Learnt” Matthew Oxenford and Dr. Angelos Chryssogelos -- Chatham House, August 16, 2018
“Greece’s Bailout Is Ending But the Pain Is Far from Over” Liz Alderman -- The Irish Times, August 20, 2018
Hyperinflating Venezuela's Currency
“Venezuela’s Red Friday: Maduro’s Destructive Plan” Moises Rendon -- Center for Strategic & International Studies, August 21, 2018
“Venezuela’s ‘Desperate’ Currency Devaluation Won’t Save Its Economy from Collapse” Benjamin J. Cohen -- The Conversation, August 22, 2018
“Venezuelans Skeptical of Maduro’s Latest Measures to Salvage Economy” Kejal Vyas, Maolis Castro, and Juan Forero -- The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2018
Paraguay's New President
“New Paraguayan President Abdo Benitez Sworn In” Editorial Board -- BBC, August 16, 2018
“New President Takes Over in Paraguay, Vows to Cut Poverty” Pedro Servin -- The Washington Post, August 15, 2018
“Paraguay’s New President: All Bark and No Bite?” Felipe Puerta -- Insight Crime, August 16, 2018
Controversial Vote Ahead in Brazil
“Brazil Readies for Contentious Presidential Campaign” David Wemer -- Atlantic Council, August 16, 2018
“Bots in Brazil: The Activity of Social Media Bots in Brazilian Elections” Andrew Allen -- Wilson Center, August 17, 2018
“Brazil Election: What to Expect from October’s Presidential Poll” Sam Cowie -- Al Jazeera, August 15, 2018
Catastrophic Floods in India
“Bodies Found as Floods Recede in India’s Kerala” Editorial Board -- Channel News Asia, August 20, 2018
“Officials Say Over 350 Dead, 800,000 Displaced in India Flood” Aijaz Rahi -- Time, August 19, 2018
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