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Michele Flournoy Tops Short List to Replace Chuck Hagel

By Austin Wright, Jeremy Herb and Jen Judson | Politico

Among a long list of would-be successors to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, two names have bubbled to the top: Michele Flournoy and Ash Carter, both former senior Pentagon officials.

Iran Talks Extensions Opens Way for Fight in Washington Over Sanctions

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

President Obama’s willingness to extend by seven months the talks on ending Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions thrusts any final decision on the matter into a new year when Republicans will have control of both chambers of Congress and be able to press their own efforts at increasing sanctions or other pressures on Tehran.

Opinion

Rethinking the Cost of Western Intervention in Ukraine

By Katrina vanden Heuvel | The Washington Post

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, recently cautioned Americans against intervention fatigue: “I think there is too much of ‘Oh, look, this is what intervention has wrought’ . . . one has to be careful about overdrawing lessons.” Say what?

The Iran Nuke Extension Is a Death Sentence

By Jeffrey Lewis | Foreign Policy

With an angry GOP Congress ready to levy new sanctions and a new generation of Iranian centrifuges spinning up, we can’t wait another four months.

Chuck Hagel’s Firing Won't Help U.S. Foreign Policy

By Max Boot | Los Angeles Times

With 54 percent of the public disapproving of the president’s foreign policy, which has produced disasters in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, among other places, someone had to pay the price.

Latin America

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Colombian President and Senior Chinese Official Discuss Ties

Latin American Herald Tribune

Visiting Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee chairman Zhang Dejiang and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have met to discuss boosting ties in the fields of trade, investment, education and transport, diplomatic sources said.

Guatemala Congress Chief Swears in High Court Justices

Latin American Herald Tribune

The head of the Guatemalan Congress on Monday swore in the 13 new magistrates of the country’s Supreme Court for the 2014-2019 period after they were elected in a process questioned by civil society and international human rights organizations.

Europe

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France Senses Momentum In Iran Nuclear Talks

The Wall Street Journal

France’s top diplomat said the latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear activities made progress on the delicate issue of how much enriched uranium Tehran should be allowed to produce.

France Suspends Delivery of Warship to Russia

By Sylvie Corbet and Lori Hinnant | The Associated Press

France suspended the planned delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of growing speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.

Opinion

Africa

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Nigeria: 2 Female Bombers Kill 30 in Maiduguri

By Haruna Umar | The Associated Press

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowded market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, said witnesses and a security official.

Off the Radar

Madagascar Working to Contain Plague

News24

Madagascar said Monday it is trying to contain an outbreak of plague—similar to the Black Death that swept Medieval Europe—that has killed 40 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.

Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister in Cuba

ACN

Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez received Monday morning the Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, who is in Cuba on an official visit.

Middle East

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Egypt in Talks to Import Cypriot Natural Gas

By Menelaos Hadjicostis | The Associated Press

Egypt is speeding up talks with neighboring Cyprus to import natural gas for its domestic use and for possible re-export to other countries, the Egyptian petroleum minister said Tuesday.

Opinion

Keep Pushing for an Iran Deal

By Roger Cohen | The New York Times

If you don’t like the idea of America at war with Islamic State and with Islamic State’s sworn enemy, Iran, double down on diplomacy.

Long View on Iran

By Peter D. Feaver and Eric Lorber | Foreign Affairs

As the deadline for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran is pushed once again, observers remain focused on the agreement itself. But the signing would be just the first step on a long road toward ensuring that any accord actually survives.

Off the Radar

Asia / Pacific

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Thousands Vote in Indian Kashmir Amid Boycott Call

By Aijaz Hussain | The Associated Press

Thousands of Kashmiris cast votes in state elections Tuesday despite a boycott call by Muslim separatist groups that reject India’s sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region.

Opinion

Why Summits Matter

By Gareth Evans | Project Syndicate

It is easy to be skeptical about the kind of meetings that a small army of global and regional leaders swept through this month. But November’s three summits—the APEC summit in Beijing, the East Asian Summit in Naypyidaw, and the G-20 meeting in Brisbane—should have the skeptics eating their words.

Off the Radar

Nepal Signs Indian Power Deal During Modi Visit

By Binaj Gurubacharya | Associated Press

Nepal signed an agreement Tuesday for an Indian company to build a $1 billion hydroelectric plant to boost supplies in the energy-starved Himalayan nation and export power to India.

South Asian Foreign Ministers Meet in Nepal

Associated Press

Foreign Ministers from eight South Asian nations met Tuesday in the Nepalese capital to prepare for a summit of regional leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan.

Top News

Michele Flournoy Tops Short List to Replace Chuck Hagel

By Austin Wright, Jeremy Herb and Jen Judson | Politico

Among a long list of would-be successors to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, two names have bubbled to the top: Michele Flournoy and Ash Carter, both former senior Pentagon officials.

Iran Talks Extensions Opens Way for Fight in Washington Over Sanctions

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

President Obama’s willingness to extend by seven months the talks on ending Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions thrusts any final decision on the matter into a new year when Republicans will have control of both chambers of Congress and be able to press their own efforts at increasing sanctions or other pressures on Tehran.

Opinion

Rethinking the Cost of Western Intervention in Ukraine

By Katrina vanden Heuvel | The Washington Post

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, recently cautioned Americans against intervention fatigue: “I think there is too much of ‘Oh, look, this is what intervention has wrought’ . . . one has to be careful about overdrawing lessons.” Say what?

The Iran Nuke Extension Is a Death Sentence

By Jeffrey Lewis | Foreign Policy

With an angry GOP Congress ready to levy new sanctions and a new generation of Iranian centrifuges spinning up, we can’t wait another four months.

Chuck Hagel’s Firing Won't Help U.S. Foreign Policy

By Max Boot | Los Angeles Times

With 54 percent of the public disapproving of the president’s foreign policy, which has produced disasters in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine, among other places, someone had to pay the price.

Top News

Off the Radar

Colombian President and Senior Chinese Official Discuss Ties

Latin American Herald Tribune

Visiting Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee chairman Zhang Dejiang and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have met to discuss boosting ties in the fields of trade, investment, education and transport, diplomatic sources said.

Guatemala Congress Chief Swears in High Court Justices

Latin American Herald Tribune

The head of the Guatemalan Congress on Monday swore in the 13 new magistrates of the country’s Supreme Court for the 2014-2019 period after they were elected in a process questioned by civil society and international human rights organizations.

Top News

France Senses Momentum In Iran Nuclear Talks

The Wall Street Journal

France’s top diplomat said the latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear activities made progress on the delicate issue of how much enriched uranium Tehran should be allowed to produce.

France Suspends Delivery of Warship to Russia

By Sylvie Corbet and Lori Hinnant | The Associated Press

France suspended the planned delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of growing speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin.

Opinion

Top News

Nigeria: 2 Female Bombers Kill 30 in Maiduguri

By Haruna Umar | The Associated Press

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowded market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people, said witnesses and a security official.

Off the Radar

Madagascar Working to Contain Plague

News24

Madagascar said Monday it is trying to contain an outbreak of plague—similar to the Black Death that swept Medieval Europe—that has killed 40 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.

Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister in Cuba

ACN

Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez received Monday morning the Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, who is in Cuba on an official visit.

Top News

Egypt in Talks to Import Cypriot Natural Gas

By Menelaos Hadjicostis | The Associated Press

Egypt is speeding up talks with neighboring Cyprus to import natural gas for its domestic use and for possible re-export to other countries, the Egyptian petroleum minister said Tuesday.

Opinion

Keep Pushing for an Iran Deal

By Roger Cohen | The New York Times

If you don’t like the idea of America at war with Islamic State and with Islamic State’s sworn enemy, Iran, double down on diplomacy.

Long View on Iran

By Peter D. Feaver and Eric Lorber | Foreign Affairs

As the deadline for reaching a nuclear deal with Iran is pushed once again, observers remain focused on the agreement itself. But the signing would be just the first step on a long road toward ensuring that any accord actually survives.

Off the Radar

Top News

Thousands Vote in Indian Kashmir Amid Boycott Call

By Aijaz Hussain | The Associated Press

Thousands of Kashmiris cast votes in state elections Tuesday despite a boycott call by Muslim separatist groups that reject India’s sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region.

Opinion

Why Summits Matter

By Gareth Evans | Project Syndicate

It is easy to be skeptical about the kind of meetings that a small army of global and regional leaders swept through this month. But November’s three summits—the APEC summit in Beijing, the East Asian Summit in Naypyidaw, and the G-20 meeting in Brisbane—should have the skeptics eating their words.

Off the Radar

Nepal Signs Indian Power Deal During Modi Visit

By Binaj Gurubacharya | Associated Press

Nepal signed an agreement Tuesday for an Indian company to build a $1 billion hydroelectric plant to boost supplies in the energy-starved Himalayan nation and export power to India.

South Asian Foreign Ministers Meet in Nepal

Associated Press

Foreign Ministers from eight South Asian nations met Tuesday in the Nepalese capital to prepare for a summit of regional leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan.