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United States

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April 29, 2016

Vice President Biden returned to Iraq for the first time in five years Thursday, determined to help calm the country’s increasingly chaotic politics and ensure that the fight against the Islamic State was not thrown off course by Iraqi infighting.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Fails to Address Realities, Says Diplomat

By Anton Troianovski | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Germany’s top diplomat said Donald Trump’s foreign policy platform was contradictory and failed to address global realities, highlighting rising international uncertainty about America’s future engagement abroad amid the tumultuous presidential campaign.

Opinion

April 29, 2016

‘Sanctions Are a Failure...Let’s Admit That’

By David Francis and Lara Jakes | Foreign Policy

From Iran to Russia, Africa, and North Korea, the Obama administration has long relied on financial sanctions as a preferred weapon against U.S. adversaries. But over the past year, it’s America’s allies that are increasingly feeling the pinch, leading Washington to wonder whether its favorite economic power tool has been so overused it’s becoming ineffective and, in some cases, even counterproductive.

The Americas

Opinion

April 29, 2016

Maduro Cracks Down: Venezuela's Human Rights Crisis

By Rafael Uzcátegui and José Miguel Vivanco | Foreign Affairs

Washington, along with a handful of Latin American capitals and several former heads of state, has criticized the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for using excessive force against antigovernment protesters, prosecuting its critics, and jailing political opposition leaders. Maduro’s crackdown, though, is worse than even his critics realize.

Off the Radar

April 29, 2016

Europe

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April 29, 2016

Opinion

April 29, 2016

Africa

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April 29, 2016

Off the Radar

April 29, 2016

Middle East

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April 29, 2016

Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, state media reported, a key polling that is expected to decide exactly how much power moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature.

Opinion

April 29, 2016

The Battle For Strategic Palmyra

By Tom Westcott | The Daily Star

The Syrian Arab army finally retook the historic city of Palmyra on March 27, after 10 months under control of the Daesh (ISIS). Though much international press coverage focused on the destruction that Daesh militants had wreaked upon the city’s famous ancient ruins, a more important story was the SAA’s military success in an operation that involved more than six months of desert combat.

Who Sent Iranian Army Green Berets to Syria?

By Abbas Qaidaari | Al-Monitor

Earlier this month, Brig. Gen. Ali Arasteh, deputy chief liaison of the Iranian army's ground force, for the first time publicly spoke about Iran’s military operations against the Islamic State in Syria. He told Iranian reporters, “Brigade 65 is a part of our army’s ground force and we are dispatching soldiers from Brigade 65, as well as other units, as advisers to Syria.

Asia / Pacific

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April 29, 2016

Canberra is poised to block a Chinese consortium from buying a historic Australian company that owns more than 1 per cent of the country’s vast landmass, highlighting growing unease over Beijing’s voracious appetite for foreign agricultural assets.

North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.

Opinion

April 29, 2016

Is Cheap Oil Easing China's Energy Fears?

By Lyle J. Goldstein | The National Interest

A variety of hypotheses have been offered to explain Beijing’s rapid buildup of several large runways on reefs in the southern part of the South China Sea.

Afghan Women: What the West Gets Wrong

By Bina Shah | The New York Times

In January a horrifying story emerged from Afghanistan, about the mutilation of a 20-year-old woman named Reza Gul. She had objected to her husband’s taking a 6- or 7-year-old niece as his second wife; the husband retaliated by cutting off her nose with a pocketknife, then fled.

Off the Radar

April 29, 2016

Seeking to strengthen bilateral ties and ensure energy security, India on Friday offered a $100 million line of credit for development of infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and agreed to jointly develop new avenues of cooperation to explore and develop the Pacific nation’s vast oil and gas resources.

United States

Top News

April 29, 2016

Vice President Biden returned to Iraq for the first time in five years Thursday, determined to help calm the country’s increasingly chaotic politics and ensure that the fight against the Islamic State was not thrown off course by Iraqi infighting.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Fails to Address Realities, Says Diplomat

By Anton Troianovski | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Germany’s top diplomat said Donald Trump’s foreign policy platform was contradictory and failed to address global realities, highlighting rising international uncertainty about America’s future engagement abroad amid the tumultuous presidential campaign.

Opinion

April 29, 2016

‘Sanctions Are a Failure...Let’s Admit That’

By David Francis and Lara Jakes | Foreign Policy

From Iran to Russia, Africa, and North Korea, the Obama administration has long relied on financial sanctions as a preferred weapon against U.S. adversaries. But over the past year, it’s America’s allies that are increasingly feeling the pinch, leading Washington to wonder whether its favorite economic power tool has been so overused it’s becoming ineffective and, in some cases, even counterproductive.

The Americas

Opinion

April 29, 2016

Maduro Cracks Down: Venezuela's Human Rights Crisis

By Rafael Uzcátegui and José Miguel Vivanco | Foreign Affairs

Washington, along with a handful of Latin American capitals and several former heads of state, has criticized the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for using excessive force against antigovernment protesters, prosecuting its critics, and jailing political opposition leaders. Maduro’s crackdown, though, is worse than even his critics realize.

Off the Radar

April 29, 2016

Europe

Top News

April 29, 2016

Opinion

April 29, 2016

Africa

Top News

April 29, 2016

Off the Radar

April 29, 2016

Middle East

Top News

April 29, 2016

Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, state media reported, a key polling that is expected to decide exactly how much power moderate forces backing President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature.

Opinion

April 29, 2016

The Battle For Strategic Palmyra

By Tom Westcott | The Daily Star

The Syrian Arab army finally retook the historic city of Palmyra on March 27, after 10 months under control of the Daesh (ISIS). Though much international press coverage focused on the destruction that Daesh militants had wreaked upon the city’s famous ancient ruins, a more important story was the SAA’s military success in an operation that involved more than six months of desert combat.

Who Sent Iranian Army Green Berets to Syria?

By Abbas Qaidaari | Al-Monitor

Earlier this month, Brig. Gen. Ali Arasteh, deputy chief liaison of the Iranian army's ground force, for the first time publicly spoke about Iran’s military operations against the Islamic State in Syria. He told Iranian reporters, “Brigade 65 is a part of our army’s ground force and we are dispatching soldiers from Brigade 65, as well as other units, as advisers to Syria.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

April 29, 2016

Canberra is poised to block a Chinese consortium from buying a historic Australian company that owns more than 1 per cent of the country’s vast landmass, highlighting growing unease over Beijing’s voracious appetite for foreign agricultural assets.

North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.

Opinion

April 29, 2016

Is Cheap Oil Easing China's Energy Fears?

By Lyle J. Goldstein | The National Interest

A variety of hypotheses have been offered to explain Beijing’s rapid buildup of several large runways on reefs in the southern part of the South China Sea.

Afghan Women: What the West Gets Wrong

By Bina Shah | The New York Times

In January a horrifying story emerged from Afghanistan, about the mutilation of a 20-year-old woman named Reza Gul. She had objected to her husband’s taking a 6- or 7-year-old niece as his second wife; the husband retaliated by cutting off her nose with a pocketknife, then fled.

Off the Radar

April 29, 2016

Seeking to strengthen bilateral ties and ensure energy security, India on Friday offered a $100 million line of credit for development of infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and agreed to jointly develop new avenues of cooperation to explore and develop the Pacific nation’s vast oil and gas resources.

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