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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

The War Powers of President Trump

By Jeffrey Frank | The New Yorker

No one doubts that the United States has the capacity to obliterate North Korea, but under whose authority?

America’s Innovation Edge Is at Risk

By Peter Engelke & Robert Manning | The National Interest

Only the government has the resources and long-term interest to accept the risks inherent in funding basic science.

The Americas

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April 26, 2017

Venezuela threatened late on Tuesday to withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS) if the regional body holds a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday to discuss an ongoing political crisis that has claimed 26 lives in protests in recent weeks.

April 25, 2017

Europe

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April 26, 2017

The European Union has launched legal action against Hungary over a new higher education law that critics say is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Opinion

April 26, 2017

Who Really Influences Policy in Moscow?

By Nikolas K. Gvosdev | The National Interest

With thousands of Russians being branded as close associates of Vladimir Putin, it is difficult to tell who actually has a voice in the Kremlin.

Investors have been relieved that Emmanuel Macron looks set to be the next French President. But that doesn’t mean the threat of economic nationalism is over.

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April 25, 2017

Africa

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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

Middle East & North Africa

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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

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April 25, 2017

Asia-Pacific

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April 26, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Moscow on Thursday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and pursue talks on joint economic projects aimed at a possible breakthrough in their decades-old island dispute.

Opinion

April 26, 2017

Asia’s American Menace

By Brahma Chellaney | Project Syndicate

U.S. President Donald Trump’s transactional approach to foreign policy has produced a series of dazzling flip-flops. Lacking any guiding convictions, much less clear strategic priorities, Trump has confounded America’s allies and strategic partners, particularly in Asia – jeopardizing regional security in the process.

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April 25, 2017

Southeast Asian leaders will express serious concern over territorial disputes in the South China Sea when they gather in an annual summit in Manila this week, but a draft of a communique to be issued at the end of the meeting indicates they will adopt subdued language on a conflict that has increasingly alarmed Asian and Western governments.

More from WPR: Can Cooler Heads Prevail in the South China Sea?

United States

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April 26, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them - part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development.

Opinion

April 26, 2017

The War Powers of President Trump

By Jeffrey Frank | The New Yorker

No one doubts that the United States has the capacity to obliterate North Korea, but under whose authority?

America’s Innovation Edge Is at Risk

By Peter Engelke & Robert Manning | The National Interest

Only the government has the resources and long-term interest to accept the risks inherent in funding basic science.

Asia’s American Menace

By Brahma Chellaney | Project Syndicate

U.S. President Donald Trump’s transactional approach to foreign policy has produced a series of dazzling flip-flops. Lacking any guiding convictions, much less clear strategic priorities, Trump has confounded America’s allies and strategic partners, particularly in Asia – jeopardizing regional security in the process.

News

April 25, 2017

White House ‘Confident’ of Averting Shutdown as Trump Shows Flexibility on Wall

By Philip Rucker, Robert Costa & David Weigel | The Washington Post

The White House sought Monday to calm a jittery Washington ahead of a showdown with Congress over spending, and President Trump softened his demand that a deal to keep the federal government open include money to begin construction on his long-promised border wall.

Indonesia Open to Bilateral Trade Deal With U.S., Says President

By Ben Otto & Anita Rachman | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

President Joko Widodo said in an interview that he’s studying options for a bilateral trade deal with the U.S., weeks after the Trump administration said it was scrutinizing trade with Southeast Asia’s largest economy for anticompetitive practices.

Opinion

April 25, 2017

How to Renegotiate NAFTA

By Jeffrey Frankel | Project Syndicate

In truth, the best way to improve NAFTA would be to return to what was agreed to in the TPP.

News

April 24, 2017

The Americas

News

April 26, 2017

Venezuela threatened late on Tuesday to withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS) if the regional body holds a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday to discuss an ongoing political crisis that has claimed 26 lives in protests in recent weeks.

Two people missing, 14,796 displaced and more than 2,900 homes damaged or destroyed is the total to date from the intense rains and flooding over the past week in the Dominican Republic, where 25 of the country’s 32 provinces have been placed on alert, authorities said on Tuesday.

April 25, 2017

Colombia’s President Visits Paraguay

Latin American Herald Tribune

President Horacio Cartes welcomed his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, on Monday to Paraguay for a one-day visit focusing on political, trade and security issues.

Opinion

April 25, 2017

How to Renegotiate NAFTA

By Jeffrey Frankel | Project Syndicate

In truth, the best way to improve NAFTA would be to return to what was agreed to in the TPP.

Europe

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April 26, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Moscow on Thursday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and pursue talks on joint economic projects aimed at a possible breakthrough in their decades-old island dispute.

The European Union has launched legal action against Hungary over a new higher education law that critics say is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports.

Opinion

April 26, 2017

Who Really Influences Policy in Moscow?

By Nikolas K. Gvosdev | The National Interest

With thousands of Russians being branded as close associates of Vladimir Putin, it is difficult to tell who actually has a voice in the Kremlin.

Investors have been relieved that Emmanuel Macron looks set to be the next French President. But that doesn’t mean the threat of economic nationalism is over.

News

April 25, 2017

The campaign of the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by what appear to be the same Russian operatives responsible for hacks of Democratic campaign officials before last year’s American presidential election, a cybersecurity firm warns in a new report.

Le Pen Calls Parties in France ‘Completely Rotten’ as They Unite to Fend Her Off

By Aurelien Breeden & Adam Nossiter | The New York Times

A day after mainstream parties were dealt a heavy defeat in the French presidential election, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, one of the two candidates to advance to a runoff, condemned the parties’ calls to unite against her and support her rival, the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron.

Ten countries formed a new group Monday aimed at protecting ancient heritage from extremism of the kind that saw ISIS lay waste to Syria’s historic Palmyra. Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Greece, Italy, China, India, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru – all home to some of the world’s most cherished archaeological sites – have signed up to the “forum” launched in Athens.

More from WPR: The Limits of the ICC Ruling on Cultural Destruction as a War Crime

Opinion

April 25, 2017

France and the Left’s Global Slump

By David Leonhardt | The New York Times

The details are different in every country, but a theme cuts across much of the industrialized world. In France, Britain, Germany, Japan and the United States, the political left is struggling. It is struggling, in particular, to win over many working-class voters who were once its loyal supporters.

Africa

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April 26, 2017

A South African court has ruled that the government plans to increase the country's reliance on nuclear power with help from Russia and other countries are unlawful.

Sudan’s parliament on Tuesday approved a number of constitutional amendments ostensibly intended to guarantee public freedoms. The so-called “Freedoms Bill,” however, ended up dropping several amendments proposed by the opposition that would have seen the power of the country’s security organs drastically reduced.

Opinion

April 26, 2017

News

April 25, 2017

The premise is simple and extraordinary in its efficient enforcement: Every able-bodied Rwandan citizen between the ages of 18 and 65 must take part in community service for three hours once a month. This compulsory work is emblematic of a broader culture of reconciliation, development and social control asserted by the government.

Opinion

April 25, 2017

Uniting Against Malaria

By Julie Essiam & Joy Phumaphi | Project Syndicate

The goal of eradicating malaria in our lifetime may sound ambitious, but it is achievable. Together, Africa’s governments and private sector can produce the investment and action needed to stop the disease for good – and ensure greater prosperity across the continent.

Middle East & North Africa

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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

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April 25, 2017

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Tuesday received Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia. During the meeting, Shaikh Mohammad and Turnbull discussed relations between UAE and Australia in various fields such as trade, economy, investments and energy.

Ten countries formed a new group Monday aimed at protecting ancient heritage from extremism of the kind that saw ISIS lay waste to Syria’s historic Palmyra. Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Greece, Italy, China, India, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru – all home to some of the world’s most cherished archaeological sites – have signed up to the “forum” launched in Athens.

More from WPR: The Limits of the ICC Ruling on Cultural Destruction as a War Crime

Opinion

April 25, 2017

Asia-Pacific

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April 26, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Moscow on Thursday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and pursue talks on joint economic projects aimed at a possible breakthrough in their decades-old island dispute.

New Zealand Has a New Defense Minister

By Nick Lee-Frampton | Defense News

Beginning May 2, New Zealand’s minister of defense will be Mark Mitchell, a former farmer, policeman and private security contractor. Mitchell replaces Gerry Brownlee, who will be the new foreign affairs minister.

Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports.

Opinion

April 26, 2017

Asia’s American Menace

By Brahma Chellaney | Project Syndicate

U.S. President Donald Trump’s transactional approach to foreign policy has produced a series of dazzling flip-flops. Lacking any guiding convictions, much less clear strategic priorities, Trump has confounded America’s allies and strategic partners, particularly in Asia – jeopardizing regional security in the process.

News

April 25, 2017

Southeast Asian leaders will express serious concern over territorial disputes in the South China Sea when they gather in an annual summit in Manila this week, but a draft of a communique to be issued at the end of the meeting indicates they will adopt subdued language on a conflict that has increasingly alarmed Asian and Western governments.

More from WPR: Can Cooler Heads Prevail in the South China Sea?

Indonesia Open to Bilateral Trade Deal With U.S., Says President

By Ben Otto & Anita Rachman | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

President Joko Widodo said in an interview that he’s studying options for a bilateral trade deal with the U.S., weeks after the Trump administration said it was scrutinizing trade with Southeast Asia’s largest economy for anticompetitive practices.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Tuesday received Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia. During the meeting, Shaikh Mohammad and Turnbull discussed relations between UAE and Australia in various fields such as trade, economy, investments and energy.

Opinion

April 25, 2017

A Cruel April in Kashmir

By Mirza Waheed | The New York Times

Every year, or at the least every other year, there arrive seasons of killing and mourning in the valley of Kashmir.

News

April 24, 2017

Maoist rebels killed at least 25 Indian paramilitary soldiers and injured six others in their stronghold in central India on Monday in one of the worst attacks on the country's security forces in recent years, police said.

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