Media Roundup

United States

Opinion

Special Guest Star: Bibi!

By John Feffer | Foreign Policy in Focus

Congressional hawks are putting on a show in Washington, and they’ve invited the Israeli prime minister to guest star. Who else might fit the bill?

New Phase in India-U.S. Ties

By Harsh V. Pant | The Japan Times

What India’s prime minister and a lame-duck U.S. president have just accomplished again underscores how well Narendra Modi understands the workings of modern-day diplomacy and how far ahead he is of his political critics.

Off the Radar

U.S.-China Defense Talks Next Week

RTT News

U.S. and Chinese defense officials will meet at the Pentagon on February 5 for the Defense Policy Coordination Talks, according to a Pentagon official.

The Americas

Top News

Oil Cash Waning, Venezuelan Shelves Lie Bare

By William Neuman | The New York Times

Because Venezuela is so dependent on oil sales to buy imports of food, medicine and many other basics, the drop in oil prices means that there is even less hard currency to buy what the country needs.

Opinion

A Plan for Central America

By Joseph R. Biden Jr. | The New York Times

If we don’t act, the region’s problems will arrive at our door.

Off the Radar

Europe

Top News

Greece’s Leftist Government Sparks Fears of a Russian Beachhead in Europe

By Griff Witte and Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post

Just days after shaking European economic policy to its core with a sweeping win in Greek elections, the radical leftist party Syriza is challenging a fundamental tenet of the continent’s foreign policy by seeking a softer stance on Russia.

Opinion

Greece’s Gamble

By Nicholas Burns | The Boston Globe

The new government risks undercutting ties with Europe and the United States.

Off the Radar

Merkel to Visit Hungary at Time of Huge Political Challenges

By Pablo Gorondi | The Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is traveling to Budapest next week for talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that come at a time of strain between the two nations, with Orban moving closer to Russia and imposing higher taxes and other burdens on German and other foreign companies operating in the country.

Africa

Top News

Chad Fights Boko Haram in Nigeria

By Drew Hinshaw and Matina Stevis | The Wall Street Journal

Chadian military forces liberated a Nigerian town from Boko Haram militants, hours after the African Union’s top official called on Nigeria’s neighbors to contribute to a multinational force to combat the Islamist insurgents.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Sudan Signs Six-Year Oil Exploration Deal With China

Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese government announced on Thursday that it signed a six-year agreement with the Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) to increase oil production in fields north of Heglig and parts of the disputed border area of Abyei.

Middle East

Top News

Simultaneous Attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Kill 26

By Ashraf Sweilam | The Associated Press

Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 26 security officers.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

Beijing Seeks to Contain its Population, and With it, Problems

By Sean Silbert | Los Angeles Times

As closing time approaches, the 20-story wholesale clothing emporium called Shiji Tianhe Market is madness. All day, local bargain hunters and retailers from outside Beijing have been sifting through apparel varying from faux fur coats to the latest South Korean fashions.

Opinion

The Grand Strategy of Xi Jinping

By Yoon Young-kwan | Project Syndicate

China spent much of 2014 seeking to revive the concept of “Asia for the Asians” that Japan proclaimed seven decades ago, when it was an imperial power seeking to impose its will on the region. But that effort may not end as badly for China as it did for Japan.

Abenomics Meets Womenomics: Transforming the Japanese Workplace

By Devin Stewart | Foreign Affairs

Working women have long struggled to make their way in Japan, even in comparison to their counterparts in other advanced countries. But now many Japanese companies are acting to change that on their own—a shift that could provide a much-needed boost to the country’s economy.

Off the Radar

Japan to Invest $3.8 Billion in Uzbekistan

AKIpress

Uzbek Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov was in Tokyo this week for the 12th session of the Uzbek-Japanese Committee on Economic Cooperation, where Uzbekistan and Japan signed a package of investment deals worth $3.8 billion in electricity, oil and gas, chemical, tourism, transport and other sectors.

Vietnam, Japan Hold Third Defense Policy Dialogue

Viet Nam News

The third Vietnam-Japan defense policy dialogue took place in Hanoi on Jan. 29, covering world and regional issues of mutual interest and assessing bilateral defence cooperation over the recent past.

Opinion

Special Guest Star: Bibi!

By John Feffer | Foreign Policy in Focus

Congressional hawks are putting on a show in Washington, and they’ve invited the Israeli prime minister to guest star. Who else might fit the bill?

New Phase in India-U.S. Ties

By Harsh V. Pant | The Japan Times

What India’s prime minister and a lame-duck U.S. president have just accomplished again underscores how well Narendra Modi understands the workings of modern-day diplomacy and how far ahead he is of his political critics.

Off the Radar

U.S.-China Defense Talks Next Week

RTT News

U.S. and Chinese defense officials will meet at the Pentagon on February 5 for the Defense Policy Coordination Talks, according to a Pentagon official.

Top News

Oil Cash Waning, Venezuelan Shelves Lie Bare

By William Neuman | The New York Times

Because Venezuela is so dependent on oil sales to buy imports of food, medicine and many other basics, the drop in oil prices means that there is even less hard currency to buy what the country needs.

Opinion

A Plan for Central America

By Joseph R. Biden Jr. | The New York Times

If we don’t act, the region’s problems will arrive at our door.

Off the Radar

Top News

Greece’s Leftist Government Sparks Fears of a Russian Beachhead in Europe

By Griff Witte and Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post

Just days after shaking European economic policy to its core with a sweeping win in Greek elections, the radical leftist party Syriza is challenging a fundamental tenet of the continent’s foreign policy by seeking a softer stance on Russia.

Opinion

Greece’s Gamble

By Nicholas Burns | The Boston Globe

The new government risks undercutting ties with Europe and the United States.

Off the Radar

Merkel to Visit Hungary at Time of Huge Political Challenges

By Pablo Gorondi | The Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is traveling to Budapest next week for talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that come at a time of strain between the two nations, with Orban moving closer to Russia and imposing higher taxes and other burdens on German and other foreign companies operating in the country.

Top News

Chad Fights Boko Haram in Nigeria

By Drew Hinshaw and Matina Stevis | The Wall Street Journal

Chadian military forces liberated a Nigerian town from Boko Haram militants, hours after the African Union’s top official called on Nigeria’s neighbors to contribute to a multinational force to combat the Islamist insurgents.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Sudan Signs Six-Year Oil Exploration Deal With China

Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese government announced on Thursday that it signed a six-year agreement with the Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) to increase oil production in fields north of Heglig and parts of the disputed border area of Abyei.

Top News

Simultaneous Attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Kill 26

By Ashraf Sweilam | The Associated Press

Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 26 security officers.

Top News

Beijing Seeks to Contain its Population, and With it, Problems

By Sean Silbert | Los Angeles Times

As closing time approaches, the 20-story wholesale clothing emporium called Shiji Tianhe Market is madness. All day, local bargain hunters and retailers from outside Beijing have been sifting through apparel varying from faux fur coats to the latest South Korean fashions.

Opinion

The Grand Strategy of Xi Jinping

By Yoon Young-kwan | Project Syndicate

China spent much of 2014 seeking to revive the concept of “Asia for the Asians” that Japan proclaimed seven decades ago, when it was an imperial power seeking to impose its will on the region. But that effort may not end as badly for China as it did for Japan.

Abenomics Meets Womenomics: Transforming the Japanese Workplace

By Devin Stewart | Foreign Affairs

Working women have long struggled to make their way in Japan, even in comparison to their counterparts in other advanced countries. But now many Japanese companies are acting to change that on their own—a shift that could provide a much-needed boost to the country’s economy.

Off the Radar

Japan to Invest $3.8 Billion in Uzbekistan

AKIpress

Uzbek Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov was in Tokyo this week for the 12th session of the Uzbek-Japanese Committee on Economic Cooperation, where Uzbekistan and Japan signed a package of investment deals worth $3.8 billion in electricity, oil and gas, chemical, tourism, transport and other sectors.

Vietnam, Japan Hold Third Defense Policy Dialogue

Viet Nam News

The third Vietnam-Japan defense policy dialogue took place in Hanoi on Jan. 29, covering world and regional issues of mutual interest and assessing bilateral defence cooperation over the recent past.