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February 11, 2016

U.S. Moves to Boost Ties on China’s Doorstep

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

Obama will meet with 10 Southeast Asian leaders in California to coordinate U.S. interests in region where China is the dominant power.

For months now the United States has insisted there can be no military solution to the Syrian civil war, only a political accord between President Bashar al-Assad and the fractured, divided opposition groups that have been trying to topple him. But after days of intense bombing that could soon put the critical city of Aleppo back into the hands of Mr. Assad’s forces, the Russians may be proving the United States wrong.

The latest high-stakes effort to cobble together common ground on Syria comes as the United States faced growing criticism from European and regional allies about its perceived shirking of leadership on Syria to stem the violence and slow the exodus of millions of refugees that could further destabilize the region and that increasingly risks fracturing European political unity.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

Putin is No Ally Against ISIS

By George Soros | Project Syndicate

The leaders of the US and the EU are making a grievous error in thinking that President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a potential ally in the fight against the Islamic State. Putin’s aim is to foster the hollowing out — and eventual disintegration — of the EU, and he may succeed if the West continues to ignore reality.

Let’s End the Peril of a Nuclear Winter

By Alan Robock and Owen Toon | The New York Times

More than 30 years after the perils of a nuclear winter were first described by scientists, we still have enough nuclear weapons to alter the climate.

Asia on Losing End as Trump and Sanders Advance in White House Race

By Keith B. Richburg | Nikkei Asian Review

Both Trump and Sanders have been sharply critical of China, both have denounced trade deals as unfair to American workers, and both have loudly denounced the recently-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership, the giant trade pact considered a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's "pivot" to Asia.

The Americas

Top News

February 11, 2016

The late Hugo Chavez kept his "Bolivarian Revolution" alive by picking fights — mostly with the United States and Venezuela's traditional elites — while sailing on a sea of oil. But with energy prices plummeting and the economy cratering, Venezuelans aren't buying the old formula anymore under Chavez's handpicked successor.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

Off the Radar

February 10, 2016

Europe

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February 11, 2016

NATO Ships to Combat Migrant-Smuggling Networks in Aegean

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Griff Witte | The Washington Post

NATO dispatched warships to the Aegean Sea on Thursday to target people-smuggling operations, marking the most direct intervention by the NATO alliance to cope with the huge wave of migrants seeking to reach Europe’s shores.

Migrant Crisis May Cost Greece $678 Million This Year

By Nektaria Stamouli | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Greece will have to spend some 0.3% of its gross domestic product, or €600 million ($677.82 million) to deal with the refugee crisis this year, according to a report conducted by the Bank of Greece. The cost could rise further if many migrants end up stuck in Greece because of Balkan border closures.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

Moscow Demolition: A Primer in Russian Propaganda

By Michele A. Berdy | The Moscow Times

If you've been on a 36-hour flight or locked in a cabin in the woods, you might have missed the news that almost 100 buildings were destroyed in Moscow overnight. But it wasn't a war or terrorist attack. It was the Moscow government putting your tax rubles to work.

Off the Radar

February 10, 2016

Belarus To Acquire Su-30SM Fighters, Increase Strike Range

By Jaroslaw Adamowski | Defense News

Belarus has signed a preliminary deal with Russian state-owned aircraft maker Irkut to purchase new Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets for the country’s Air Force, reports local pro-government daily Sovetskaya Belorussiya — Belarus Segodnya. The new aircraft will replace the outdated Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters.

Africa

Top News

February 11, 2016

Central African Republic's long awaited presidential runoff vote will go forward Sunday alongside a second attempt at credible legislative elections, election authorities said as the two top candidates campaigned outside the capital Wednesday.

Off the Radar

February 10, 2016

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir replaced the head of his joint chiefs of staff on Tuesday with a loyal general who has played a leading role in negotiations with anti-government rebels.

The government of Equatorial Guinea acquired two Airbus C-295 aircraft with one ear-marked for deployment in troop transportation while the other is set to fly maritime surveillance missions over the Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Guinea island nation.

Morocco and Chad signed on Wednesday an agreement aimed at combating religious extremism. Inked by Moroccan Islamic Affairs Minister Ahmed Toufiq and the President of the High Council for Islamic Affairs in Chad Hussein Hassan Abakar, the agreement provides for training of 200 Chadian imams in the Mohammed VI Institute for Training Imams, Murshidins and Murshidats (religious preachers).

Middle East

Top News

February 11, 2016

Kurdish fighters and their allies captured a military air base in northern Syria under the cover of airstrikes as Russia announced on Thursday that its air force carried out more than 500 combat missions in Syria over the past week.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

The World After Mubarak

By Danielle Pletka | American Enterprise Institute

Without rehearsing the sad course of events in Egypt, including the failure of secular liberals to capitalize on the popular movement unleashed in Tahrir Square just over half a decade ago, it is nonetheless not too soon to ask whether overthrowing Mubarak (not to speak of Qaddafi, Assad, Saleh et al.) was the best choice.

Stabilizing Iraq

By Bennett Seftel | The Cipher Brief

The alarming spread of ISIS, coupled with competition amongst Iraq’s sectarian groups, has accelerated the Iraqi government’s disintegration.

Off the Radar

February 10, 2016

Asia / Pacific

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February 11, 2016

North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a "dangerous declaration of war."

A Bangladesh appeals court on Thursday confirmed the death sentences handed to the head of a banned Islamist group and two of his associates for a 2004 grenade attack on a former British diplomat at a prominent Islamic shrine.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

United States

Top News

February 11, 2016

U.S. Moves to Boost Ties on China’s Doorstep

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

Obama will meet with 10 Southeast Asian leaders in California to coordinate U.S. interests in region where China is the dominant power.

For months now the United States has insisted there can be no military solution to the Syrian civil war, only a political accord between President Bashar al-Assad and the fractured, divided opposition groups that have been trying to topple him. But after days of intense bombing that could soon put the critical city of Aleppo back into the hands of Mr. Assad’s forces, the Russians may be proving the United States wrong.

The latest high-stakes effort to cobble together common ground on Syria comes as the United States faced growing criticism from European and regional allies about its perceived shirking of leadership on Syria to stem the violence and slow the exodus of millions of refugees that could further destabilize the region and that increasingly risks fracturing European political unity.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

Putin is No Ally Against ISIS

By George Soros | Project Syndicate

The leaders of the US and the EU are making a grievous error in thinking that President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a potential ally in the fight against the Islamic State. Putin’s aim is to foster the hollowing out — and eventual disintegration — of the EU, and he may succeed if the West continues to ignore reality.

Let’s End the Peril of a Nuclear Winter

By Alan Robock and Owen Toon | The New York Times

More than 30 years after the perils of a nuclear winter were first described by scientists, we still have enough nuclear weapons to alter the climate.

Asia on Losing End as Trump and Sanders Advance in White House Race

By Keith B. Richburg | Nikkei Asian Review

Both Trump and Sanders have been sharply critical of China, both have denounced trade deals as unfair to American workers, and both have loudly denounced the recently-concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership, the giant trade pact considered a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's "pivot" to Asia.

The Americas

Top News

February 11, 2016

The late Hugo Chavez kept his "Bolivarian Revolution" alive by picking fights — mostly with the United States and Venezuela's traditional elites — while sailing on a sea of oil. But with energy prices plummeting and the economy cratering, Venezuelans aren't buying the old formula anymore under Chavez's handpicked successor.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

Off the Radar

February 10, 2016

Europe

Top News

February 11, 2016

NATO Ships to Combat Migrant-Smuggling Networks in Aegean

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Griff Witte | The Washington Post

NATO dispatched warships to the Aegean Sea on Thursday to target people-smuggling operations, marking the most direct intervention by the NATO alliance to cope with the huge wave of migrants seeking to reach Europe’s shores.

Migrant Crisis May Cost Greece $678 Million This Year

By Nektaria Stamouli | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Greece will have to spend some 0.3% of its gross domestic product, or €600 million ($677.82 million) to deal with the refugee crisis this year, according to a report conducted by the Bank of Greece. The cost could rise further if many migrants end up stuck in Greece because of Balkan border closures.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

Moscow Demolition: A Primer in Russian Propaganda

By Michele A. Berdy | The Moscow Times

If you've been on a 36-hour flight or locked in a cabin in the woods, you might have missed the news that almost 100 buildings were destroyed in Moscow overnight. But it wasn't a war or terrorist attack. It was the Moscow government putting your tax rubles to work.

Off the Radar

February 10, 2016

Belarus To Acquire Su-30SM Fighters, Increase Strike Range

By Jaroslaw Adamowski | Defense News

Belarus has signed a preliminary deal with Russian state-owned aircraft maker Irkut to purchase new Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets for the country’s Air Force, reports local pro-government daily Sovetskaya Belorussiya — Belarus Segodnya. The new aircraft will replace the outdated Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters.

Africa

Top News

February 11, 2016

Central African Republic's long awaited presidential runoff vote will go forward Sunday alongside a second attempt at credible legislative elections, election authorities said as the two top candidates campaigned outside the capital Wednesday.

Off the Radar

February 10, 2016

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir replaced the head of his joint chiefs of staff on Tuesday with a loyal general who has played a leading role in negotiations with anti-government rebels.

The government of Equatorial Guinea acquired two Airbus C-295 aircraft with one ear-marked for deployment in troop transportation while the other is set to fly maritime surveillance missions over the Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Guinea island nation.

Morocco and Chad signed on Wednesday an agreement aimed at combating religious extremism. Inked by Moroccan Islamic Affairs Minister Ahmed Toufiq and the President of the High Council for Islamic Affairs in Chad Hussein Hassan Abakar, the agreement provides for training of 200 Chadian imams in the Mohammed VI Institute for Training Imams, Murshidins and Murshidats (religious preachers).

Middle East

Top News

February 11, 2016

Kurdish fighters and their allies captured a military air base in northern Syria under the cover of airstrikes as Russia announced on Thursday that its air force carried out more than 500 combat missions in Syria over the past week.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

The World After Mubarak

By Danielle Pletka | American Enterprise Institute

Without rehearsing the sad course of events in Egypt, including the failure of secular liberals to capitalize on the popular movement unleashed in Tahrir Square just over half a decade ago, it is nonetheless not too soon to ask whether overthrowing Mubarak (not to speak of Qaddafi, Assad, Saleh et al.) was the best choice.

Stabilizing Iraq

By Bennett Seftel | The Cipher Brief

The alarming spread of ISIS, coupled with competition amongst Iraq’s sectarian groups, has accelerated the Iraqi government’s disintegration.

Off the Radar

February 10, 2016

Asia / Pacific

Top News

February 11, 2016

North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a "dangerous declaration of war."

A Bangladesh appeals court on Thursday confirmed the death sentences handed to the head of a banned Islamist group and two of his associates for a 2004 grenade attack on a former British diplomat at a prominent Islamic shrine.

Opinion

February 11, 2016

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