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August 31, 2015

U.S. Diplomacy Strategy Doubted as Myanmar Backslides

By Paul Richter | Los Angeles Times

The State Department's second-ranking diplomat flew to Myanmar in May to urge the country's leaders not to adopt a tough "population-control" law apparently aimed at halting growth of persecuted ethnic minorities.

Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power Ahead of U.S. visit

By Jeremy Page and Lingling Wei | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Before a planned visit to the U.S., the Chinese president’s image as a bold leader is being undermined by his botched handling of the stock market rout and the country’s economic slowdown.

U.S. Sees 'Opening' With Russia Toward Syria Peace Plan

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

Moscow is increasingly emerging as a center of diplomacy on Syria's four-year-old civil war, with the Obama administration sending a key emissary to the Russian capital to discuss the conflict on Friday, following recent visits by high-level Saudi, Jordanian and Iranian officials — as well as key members of the Syrian political opposition.

Opinion

August 31, 2015

The U.S. Still Runs the World

By Simon Johnson | Project Syndicate

China does not run the world; and, with doubts about its economy's long-term prospects now rattling stock markets worldwide, it appears unlikely to do so anytime soon. From trade to monetary policy, the potential for global leadership still rests with the US.

The Republicans' Misguided Beijing-Bashing

By Paula Dwyer | Bloomberg View

Provoked by the China-themed market turmoil, Republicans have been trying to one-up each other with yet-more-aggressive approaches to China. They seem to agree on at least one thing: China-bashing is a vote-getter.

The Americas

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August 31, 2015

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

Europe

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August 31, 2015

Greece's coast guard picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea in dozens of search and rescue operations over the weekend, part of a relentless flow of people seeking the safety of Europe after facing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Opinion

August 31, 2015

Russians Are Facing a Stark Choice

By Mark Adomanis | The Moscow Times

It is obvious for all to see that Russia is in for a much rougher ride than initially expected. Pretty much all of the trends that, in the spring, served as the basis of cautious optimism have reversed.

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

German FM Visits Pakistan

By Mateen Haider | Dawn

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was given assurances by Pakistani national security adviser Sartaj Aziz that the ongoing military action in North Waziristan was against all terrorist organizations, including the Haqqani Network.

Africa

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August 31, 2015

South Sudan Rebels: Clashes Continue After Cease-Fire

By Jason Patinkin | Associated Press

Government troops on Sunday attacked a village in South Sudan's volatile Unity state on the first day of a cease-fire that both sides have pledged to implement, according to a rebel-appointed official in the state.

Governor: Boko Haram Kills 56 in Remote Part of Borno State

By Haruna Umar and Bashir Adigun | Associated Press

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region said Sunday, as the government warned that the extremists are trying to extend their violent campaign.

Opinion

August 31, 2015

How the West Lost Burundi

By Cara Jones and Orion Donavan-Smith | Foreign Policy

While Western powers were making threats, Russia and China were wooing the country's defiant government. And that should be a wake-up call for countries like the United States.

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

Mali Militia Agrees to Leave Occupied Northern Town

By Baba Ahmed | Associated Press

A government-allied militia has agreed to leave a northern Mali town it occupied earlier this month following clashes with Tuareg separatists, a move praised by the country's United Nations peacekeeping mission as helpful for preserving a fragile peace accord.

Middle East

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August 31, 2015

Iran’s Post-Sanctions Windfall May Not Benefit Hamas

By William Booth | The Washington Post

In the congressional battle being waged over the Iran nuclear deal, critics point to a likely windfall of cash and weapons that could flow from Tehran to terror groups, including the Islamist militant movement Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel.

200 Residents of Iraqi Town Held by Islamic State Group

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Associated Press

The mayor of a remote, Islamic State-held town in western Iraq said on Monday that some 200 residents have been detained by the group at an unknown location following clashes there.

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has set off for Tunisia on the first leg of the third round of his regional tours following a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Saturday received Somali President Hassan Shaikh Mahmoud who is on a visit to the country.

Asia / Pacific

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August 31, 2015

Caste Quotas in India Come Under Attack

By David Barstow and Suhasini Raj | The New York Times

Resentment has gelled into opposition to India’s version of affirmative action, a system of strict quotas that reserves nearly half of jobs for those from disadvantaged castes or tribes.

Thai Police Seek 2 New Suspects in Bangkok Bombing Probe

By Nattasuda Anusondisai and Joscelyn Gecker | Associated Press

Thai police issued arrest warrants Monday for two more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality, and released their images in the widening investigation into Bangkok's deadly bombing two weeks ago that yielded its first arrest over the weekend.

Opinion

August 31, 2015

China's Currency Ambitions: Beijing's Push for a Global Yuan

By Joshua P. Zoffer | Foreign Affairs

China’s push to expand the yuan’s global role may be hampered by its current market troubles. Although China recently announced that it would liberalize its exchange rate, that reform must be balanced against heavy-handed interventions to freeze its stock market and manage broader turbulence.

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

More than 150,000 people across Japan joined rallies Sunday against security legislation that would allow its Self-Defense Forces to fight overseas for the first time since the end of World War II.

United States

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August 31, 2015

U.S. Diplomacy Strategy Doubted as Myanmar Backslides

By Paul Richter | Los Angeles Times

The State Department's second-ranking diplomat flew to Myanmar in May to urge the country's leaders not to adopt a tough "population-control" law apparently aimed at halting growth of persecuted ethnic minorities.

Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power Ahead of U.S. visit

By Jeremy Page and Lingling Wei | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Before a planned visit to the U.S., the Chinese president’s image as a bold leader is being undermined by his botched handling of the stock market rout and the country’s economic slowdown.

U.S. Sees 'Opening' With Russia Toward Syria Peace Plan

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

Moscow is increasingly emerging as a center of diplomacy on Syria's four-year-old civil war, with the Obama administration sending a key emissary to the Russian capital to discuss the conflict on Friday, following recent visits by high-level Saudi, Jordanian and Iranian officials — as well as key members of the Syrian political opposition.

Opinion

August 31, 2015

The U.S. Still Runs the World

By Simon Johnson | Project Syndicate

China does not run the world; and, with doubts about its economy's long-term prospects now rattling stock markets worldwide, it appears unlikely to do so anytime soon. From trade to monetary policy, the potential for global leadership still rests with the US.

The Republicans' Misguided Beijing-Bashing

By Paula Dwyer | Bloomberg View

Provoked by the China-themed market turmoil, Republicans have been trying to one-up each other with yet-more-aggressive approaches to China. They seem to agree on at least one thing: China-bashing is a vote-getter.

The Americas

Top News

August 31, 2015

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

Europe

Top News

August 31, 2015

Greece's coast guard picked up nearly 2,500 migrants from the sea in dozens of search and rescue operations over the weekend, part of a relentless flow of people seeking the safety of Europe after facing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Opinion

August 31, 2015

Russians Are Facing a Stark Choice

By Mark Adomanis | The Moscow Times

It is obvious for all to see that Russia is in for a much rougher ride than initially expected. Pretty much all of the trends that, in the spring, served as the basis of cautious optimism have reversed.

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

German FM Visits Pakistan

By Mateen Haider | Dawn

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was given assurances by Pakistani national security adviser Sartaj Aziz that the ongoing military action in North Waziristan was against all terrorist organizations, including the Haqqani Network.

Africa

Top News

August 31, 2015

South Sudan Rebels: Clashes Continue After Cease-Fire

By Jason Patinkin | Associated Press

Government troops on Sunday attacked a village in South Sudan's volatile Unity state on the first day of a cease-fire that both sides have pledged to implement, according to a rebel-appointed official in the state.

Governor: Boko Haram Kills 56 in Remote Part of Borno State

By Haruna Umar and Bashir Adigun | Associated Press

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region said Sunday, as the government warned that the extremists are trying to extend their violent campaign.

Opinion

August 31, 2015

How the West Lost Burundi

By Cara Jones and Orion Donavan-Smith | Foreign Policy

While Western powers were making threats, Russia and China were wooing the country's defiant government. And that should be a wake-up call for countries like the United States.

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

Mali Militia Agrees to Leave Occupied Northern Town

By Baba Ahmed | Associated Press

A government-allied militia has agreed to leave a northern Mali town it occupied earlier this month following clashes with Tuareg separatists, a move praised by the country's United Nations peacekeeping mission as helpful for preserving a fragile peace accord.

Middle East

Top News

August 31, 2015

Iran’s Post-Sanctions Windfall May Not Benefit Hamas

By William Booth | The Washington Post

In the congressional battle being waged over the Iran nuclear deal, critics point to a likely windfall of cash and weapons that could flow from Tehran to terror groups, including the Islamist militant movement Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel.

200 Residents of Iraqi Town Held by Islamic State Group

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Associated Press

The mayor of a remote, Islamic State-held town in western Iraq said on Monday that some 200 residents have been detained by the group at an unknown location following clashes there.

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has set off for Tunisia on the first leg of the third round of his regional tours following a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Saturday received Somali President Hassan Shaikh Mahmoud who is on a visit to the country.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

August 31, 2015

Caste Quotas in India Come Under Attack

By David Barstow and Suhasini Raj | The New York Times

Resentment has gelled into opposition to India’s version of affirmative action, a system of strict quotas that reserves nearly half of jobs for those from disadvantaged castes or tribes.

Thai Police Seek 2 New Suspects in Bangkok Bombing Probe

By Nattasuda Anusondisai and Joscelyn Gecker | Associated Press

Thai police issued arrest warrants Monday for two more suspects, a Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality, and released their images in the widening investigation into Bangkok's deadly bombing two weeks ago that yielded its first arrest over the weekend.

Opinion

August 31, 2015

China's Currency Ambitions: Beijing's Push for a Global Yuan

By Joshua P. Zoffer | Foreign Affairs

China’s push to expand the yuan’s global role may be hampered by its current market troubles. Although China recently announced that it would liberalize its exchange rate, that reform must be balanced against heavy-handed interventions to freeze its stock market and manage broader turbulence.

Off the Radar

August 31, 2015

More than 150,000 people across Japan joined rallies Sunday against security legislation that would allow its Self-Defense Forces to fight overseas for the first time since the end of World War II.

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