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United States

Top News

July 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton told voters the U.S. presidential election is a "moment of reckoning", as she made history by accepting the Democratic nomination. Speaking on the final night of the party's convention in Philadelphia, the first U.S. woman nominated by a major party said there were huge challenges.

U.S. Drops Snark in Favor of Emotion to Undercut Extremists

By Helene Cooper | The New York Times

The Obama administration has revamped a program designed to lure foreign fighters away from extremist groups like the Islamic State, focusing on a series of new advertisements and social media posts that seek to appeal to emotion rather than logic.

Opinion

July 29, 2016

Why We Need a President Clinton

By Anne Applebaum | The Washington Post

A Trump White house would open doors to more of the world’s Putin-like authoritarians.

Why Alliances Matter For the U.S.

By Jim Talent | National Review

As regular readers know, I write mostly about the armed forces, but there are other tools of power and influence that America needs to protect its national security. Alliances are one of those tools, and Donald Trump has made the subject timely because of his recent comments regarding NATO.

The Americas

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July 29, 2016

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Europe

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July 29, 2016

Islamic State Threat in Europe Shifts

By Julian E. Barnes and Benoit Faucon | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The mushrooming of small-scale terror attacks in Europe has allowed Islamic State and its adherents to keep people here on edge without having to train and equip teams to pull off highly sophisticated operations.

Opinion

July 29, 2016

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Africa

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July 29, 2016

The U.N. should urgently improve its peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to protect civilians and help deliver aid to civilians affected by the country's civil war, said 10 relief organizations working in the country.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Japan's foreign minister says his country will spend $120 million to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts in Africa. Fumio Kishida told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that the money would be used to strengthen information and data collection in Africa, improve border controls with cutting-edge technology and improve criminal justice enforcement among other things.

Middle East & North Africa

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July 29, 2016

Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra Splits From al-Qaida and Changes Its Name

By Liz Sly and Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post

Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate split from its parent organization and changed its name Thursday in a move widely interpreted as a bid to head off a U.S.-Russian plan to launch joint airstrikes against the group.

U.N. Syria Envoy Tells Russia: Leave Aleppo Corridors 'To Us'

By Jamey Keaten and Philip Issa | Associated Press

The U.N. special envoy for Syria on Friday urged Russia to leave the creation of any humanitarian corridors around the embattled northern Syrian city of Aleppo to the United Nations and its partners.

With Army in Disarray, a Pillar of Modern Turkey Lies Broken

By Tim Arango and Ceylan Yeginsu | The New York Times

As a rebel faction of Turkey’s military began a violent attempt to topple the elected government, the country’s top officer, Gen. Hulusi Akar, was held at gunpoint in his office in the capital and told for the first time about what was happening.

Opinion

July 29, 2016

Avoiding al-Qaida's Syria Trap: Jabhat al Nusra's Rebranding

By Katherine Zimmerman and Jennifer Cafarella | American Enterprise Institute

The cancellation of Jabhat al Nusra’s operations and rebranding of Jabhat al Nusra fighters does not remove the group from the global Salafi-jihadi movement, which believes in the use of violence to establish shari’a-based governance.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said Friday that talks with Turkey have resumed on the Turkish Stream natural gas project. Novak said that Turkey wants to export 15.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia via the planned direct route.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif held talks this week with Malian officials of the chamber of commerce and industry, during which economic cooperation was discussed.

Asia-Pacific

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July 29, 2016

Britain had its Brexit. Now some in Hong Kong are dreaming of their own version. As the Asian financial center prepares for legislative elections in September, a new wave of radical political activists is planning to join the campaign, including some who advocate the once-unthinkable idea of independence from China.

Opinion

July 29, 2016

Xi’s China: Smothering Dissent

By Tom Mitchell | Financial Times

In one of his last interviews before he was detained by Chinese police, Meng Han appeared relaxed as he talked about his work as a labour activist.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Companies from China and Africa signed 39 deals worth around $ 17 Billion on Thursday.  More than 400 participants from government agencies, financial institutions, business associations and enterprises attended the Seminar on China-Africa Business Cooperation and Signing Ceremony in Beijing.

United States

Top News

July 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton told voters the U.S. presidential election is a "moment of reckoning", as she made history by accepting the Democratic nomination. Speaking on the final night of the party's convention in Philadelphia, the first U.S. woman nominated by a major party said there were huge challenges.

U.S. Drops Snark in Favor of Emotion to Undercut Extremists

By Helene Cooper | The New York Times

The Obama administration has revamped a program designed to lure foreign fighters away from extremist groups like the Islamic State, focusing on a series of new advertisements and social media posts that seek to appeal to emotion rather than logic.

Opinion

July 29, 2016

Why We Need a President Clinton

By Anne Applebaum | The Washington Post

A Trump White house would open doors to more of the world’s Putin-like authoritarians.

Why Alliances Matter For the U.S.

By Jim Talent | National Review

As regular readers know, I write mostly about the armed forces, but there are other tools of power and influence that America needs to protect its national security. Alliances are one of those tools, and Donald Trump has made the subject timely because of his recent comments regarding NATO.

The Americas

Top News

July 29, 2016

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Europe

Top News

July 29, 2016

Islamic State Threat in Europe Shifts

By Julian E. Barnes and Benoit Faucon | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The mushrooming of small-scale terror attacks in Europe has allowed Islamic State and its adherents to keep people here on edge without having to train and equip teams to pull off highly sophisticated operations.

Opinion

July 29, 2016

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Africa

Top News

July 29, 2016

The U.N. should urgently improve its peacekeeping mission in South Sudan to protect civilians and help deliver aid to civilians affected by the country's civil war, said 10 relief organizations working in the country.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Japan's foreign minister says his country will spend $120 million to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts in Africa. Fumio Kishida told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that the money would be used to strengthen information and data collection in Africa, improve border controls with cutting-edge technology and improve criminal justice enforcement among other things.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

July 29, 2016

Syria's Jabhat al-Nusra Splits From al-Qaida and Changes Its Name

By Liz Sly and Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post

Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate split from its parent organization and changed its name Thursday in a move widely interpreted as a bid to head off a U.S.-Russian plan to launch joint airstrikes against the group.

U.N. Syria Envoy Tells Russia: Leave Aleppo Corridors 'To Us'

By Jamey Keaten and Philip Issa | Associated Press

The U.N. special envoy for Syria on Friday urged Russia to leave the creation of any humanitarian corridors around the embattled northern Syrian city of Aleppo to the United Nations and its partners.

With Army in Disarray, a Pillar of Modern Turkey Lies Broken

By Tim Arango and Ceylan Yeginsu | The New York Times

As a rebel faction of Turkey’s military began a violent attempt to topple the elected government, the country’s top officer, Gen. Hulusi Akar, was held at gunpoint in his office in the capital and told for the first time about what was happening.

Opinion

July 29, 2016

Avoiding al-Qaida's Syria Trap: Jabhat al Nusra's Rebranding

By Katherine Zimmerman and Jennifer Cafarella | American Enterprise Institute

The cancellation of Jabhat al Nusra’s operations and rebranding of Jabhat al Nusra fighters does not remove the group from the global Salafi-jihadi movement, which believes in the use of violence to establish shari’a-based governance.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said Friday that talks with Turkey have resumed on the Turkish Stream natural gas project. Novak said that Turkey wants to export 15.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia via the planned direct route.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif held talks this week with Malian officials of the chamber of commerce and industry, during which economic cooperation was discussed.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

July 29, 2016

Britain had its Brexit. Now some in Hong Kong are dreaming of their own version. As the Asian financial center prepares for legislative elections in September, a new wave of radical political activists is planning to join the campaign, including some who advocate the once-unthinkable idea of independence from China.

Opinion

July 29, 2016

Xi’s China: Smothering Dissent

By Tom Mitchell | Financial Times

In one of his last interviews before he was detained by Chinese police, Meng Han appeared relaxed as he talked about his work as a labour activist.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2016

Companies from China and Africa signed 39 deals worth around $ 17 Billion on Thursday.  More than 400 participants from government agencies, financial institutions, business associations and enterprises attended the Seminar on China-Africa Business Cooperation and Signing Ceremony in Beijing.

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