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United States

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January 18, 2017

White House Concedes It Won't Close Guantanamo After All

By Josh Lederman & Ben Fox | Associated Press

The White House said Tuesday that the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba will still be open when President Barack Obama leaves office, conceding that a core campaign promise will go unfulfilled.

Obama Shortens Sentence of Manning, Who Gave Secrets to WikiLeaks

By Roberta Rampton & Ayesha Rascoe | Reuters

President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in U.S. history.

Opinion

January 18, 2017

Is Trump Ready for a National Security Crisis?

By Michael Crowley | Politico

The abrupt withdrawal of a top Trump National Security Council appointee and the dozens of high-level personnel holes across key foreign policy and defense agencies have national security experts posing a dark question: Will Donald Trump be ready to manage a national security crisis from Day One?

Trump Should Listen to Mattis on NATO

By William A. Galston | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

A new struggle for Europe is under way and the U.S. may well end up on the wrong side. Many of us hoped that as Donald Trump approached his inauguration, his campaign rhetoric would give way to more considered judgments. His Jan. 15 interview with the Times of London dashed that hope.

The Americas

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January 18, 2017

Back-to-Back Shootings Shake Mexico's Tourism Jewels

By Christopher Sherman | Associated Press

Two consecutive days of shooting attacks that left a total of nine dead have put two of the jewels of Mexico's Caribbean coast on edge and spurred a warning to tourists by the U.S. government.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Europe

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January 18, 2017

Tajani Elected President of European Parliament

By Raf Casert | Associated Press

Antonio Tajani of the EPP Christian Democrat group was elected president of the European Parliament on Tuesday in a daylong polling series during which he defeated his socialist opponent.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's promise of a clean but friendly exit from the European Union drew strikingly different responses Wednesday: optimism in Britain, skepticism on the other side of the English Channel.

Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum

By Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times

A day after President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Russian government clarified on Wednesday the fate of Edward J. Snowden, the other main source of secrets about United States surveillance in recent years.

Opinion

January 18, 2017

Europe After Brexit

By Matthias Matthijs | Foreign Affairs (subscription required)

When the United Kingdom leaves, the EU will lose its largest military power, one of its two nuclear weapons states, one of its two veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, its second-largest economy (representing 18 percent of its GDP and 13 percent of its population), and its only truly global financial center. The United Kingdom stands to lose even more.

Russia Is Already Winning

By Molly K. McKew | Politico

What's happening isn't about hacking, or cybersecurity, or fake news. It isn’t about BuzzFeed, or everyone’s new favorite buzzword, kompromat. In the most important sense, it isn’t really even about Donald Trump. The leaders in the Kremlin don’t care about any individual American winning or losing. They care about America as a nation losing.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Africa

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January 18, 2017

Gambia Shudders as Defeated Leader Tightens Grip Before Inauguration

By Jaime Yaya Barry & Dionne Searcey | The New York Times

President Yahya Jammeh once predicted that his rule could last a billion years. Now, the fate of his nation is hanging on one more anxiety-filled day. After acknowledging defeat in an election last month, Jammeh abruptly changed his mind, refusing to step aside for the inauguration of the new president scheduled for Thursday and threatening to drag the nation into a bloody standoff.

More from WPR: What’s Behind Jammeh’s Perplexing Decision to Accept Gambia’s Election Results?

Nigerian Air Force Bombs Refugee Camp, More Than 100 Dead

By Haruna Umar & Bashir Adigun | Associated Press

A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers and wounding 200, a government official and doctors said.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and visiting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday signed a friendship and cooperation agreement between the two countries.

Middle East & North Africa

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January 18, 2017

Opinion

January 18, 2017

One year ago this week, the European Union, China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K., the U.S. and Iran began to implement the joint comprehensive plan of action on Iran’s nuclear program. This agreement was the result of brave choices, political leadership, collective determination and hard work. A year on, we can clearly say that the Iran deal is working and we need to maintain it.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Djibouti Finalizing Deal for Saudi Arabian Military Base

By John Aglionby & Simeon Kerr | Financial Times (subscription required)

Djibouti is finalizing an agreement with Saudi Arabia to allow the Gulf state to build a military base in the Horn of Africa nation, as Riyadh takes a more assertive approach to regional security.

Asia-Pacific

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January 18, 2017

Opinion

January 18, 2017

On Friday, Donald Trump will take the oath of office and become the 45th U.S. president. How will he handle the bilateral relationship with China, which has hitherto provided critical steam for both economies?

The Strongman Problem, from Modi to Trump

By Steve Coll | The New Yorker

In the cases of Modi and Trump, two recently empowered strongmen presiding over relatively robust democratic systems, the question is whether their populism and authoritarian instincts will allow them to alter the laws of democratic accountability.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Indonesia to Secure Ownership of 111 Islets

By Moses Ompusunggu | The Jakarta Post

Indonesia's government is expediting the finalization of land registration for 111 small islands in border areas, as part of its efforts to defend national sovereignty in outer areas while strengthening defense and security.

United States

Top News

January 18, 2017

White House Concedes It Won't Close Guantanamo After All

By Josh Lederman & Ben Fox | Associated Press

The White House said Tuesday that the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba will still be open when President Barack Obama leaves office, conceding that a core campaign promise will go unfulfilled.

Obama Shortens Sentence of Manning, Who Gave Secrets to WikiLeaks

By Roberta Rampton & Ayesha Rascoe | Reuters

President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence analyst who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in U.S. history.

Opinion

January 18, 2017

Is Trump Ready for a National Security Crisis?

By Michael Crowley | Politico

The abrupt withdrawal of a top Trump National Security Council appointee and the dozens of high-level personnel holes across key foreign policy and defense agencies have national security experts posing a dark question: Will Donald Trump be ready to manage a national security crisis from Day One?

Trump Should Listen to Mattis on NATO

By William A. Galston | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

A new struggle for Europe is under way and the U.S. may well end up on the wrong side. Many of us hoped that as Donald Trump approached his inauguration, his campaign rhetoric would give way to more considered judgments. His Jan. 15 interview with the Times of London dashed that hope.

The Americas

Top News

January 18, 2017

Back-to-Back Shootings Shake Mexico's Tourism Jewels

By Christopher Sherman | Associated Press

Two consecutive days of shooting attacks that left a total of nine dead have put two of the jewels of Mexico's Caribbean coast on edge and spurred a warning to tourists by the U.S. government.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Europe

Top News

January 18, 2017

Tajani Elected President of European Parliament

By Raf Casert | Associated Press

Antonio Tajani of the EPP Christian Democrat group was elected president of the European Parliament on Tuesday in a daylong polling series during which he defeated his socialist opponent.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's promise of a clean but friendly exit from the European Union drew strikingly different responses Wednesday: optimism in Britain, skepticism on the other side of the English Channel.

Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum

By Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times

A day after President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Russian government clarified on Wednesday the fate of Edward J. Snowden, the other main source of secrets about United States surveillance in recent years.

Opinion

January 18, 2017

Europe After Brexit

By Matthias Matthijs | Foreign Affairs (subscription required)

When the United Kingdom leaves, the EU will lose its largest military power, one of its two nuclear weapons states, one of its two veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, its second-largest economy (representing 18 percent of its GDP and 13 percent of its population), and its only truly global financial center. The United Kingdom stands to lose even more.

Russia Is Already Winning

By Molly K. McKew | Politico

What's happening isn't about hacking, or cybersecurity, or fake news. It isn’t about BuzzFeed, or everyone’s new favorite buzzword, kompromat. In the most important sense, it isn’t really even about Donald Trump. The leaders in the Kremlin don’t care about any individual American winning or losing. They care about America as a nation losing.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Africa

Top News

January 18, 2017

Gambia Shudders as Defeated Leader Tightens Grip Before Inauguration

By Jaime Yaya Barry & Dionne Searcey | The New York Times

President Yahya Jammeh once predicted that his rule could last a billion years. Now, the fate of his nation is hanging on one more anxiety-filled day. After acknowledging defeat in an election last month, Jammeh abruptly changed his mind, refusing to step aside for the inauguration of the new president scheduled for Thursday and threatening to drag the nation into a bloody standoff.

More from WPR: What’s Behind Jammeh’s Perplexing Decision to Accept Gambia’s Election Results?

Nigerian Air Force Bombs Refugee Camp, More Than 100 Dead

By Haruna Umar & Bashir Adigun | Associated Press

A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers and wounding 200, a government official and doctors said.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir and visiting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday signed a friendship and cooperation agreement between the two countries.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

January 18, 2017

Opinion

January 18, 2017

One year ago this week, the European Union, China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K., the U.S. and Iran began to implement the joint comprehensive plan of action on Iran’s nuclear program. This agreement was the result of brave choices, political leadership, collective determination and hard work. A year on, we can clearly say that the Iran deal is working and we need to maintain it.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Djibouti Finalizing Deal for Saudi Arabian Military Base

By John Aglionby & Simeon Kerr | Financial Times (subscription required)

Djibouti is finalizing an agreement with Saudi Arabia to allow the Gulf state to build a military base in the Horn of Africa nation, as Riyadh takes a more assertive approach to regional security.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

January 18, 2017

Opinion

January 18, 2017

On Friday, Donald Trump will take the oath of office and become the 45th U.S. president. How will he handle the bilateral relationship with China, which has hitherto provided critical steam for both economies?

The Strongman Problem, from Modi to Trump

By Steve Coll | The New Yorker

In the cases of Modi and Trump, two recently empowered strongmen presiding over relatively robust democratic systems, the question is whether their populism and authoritarian instincts will allow them to alter the laws of democratic accountability.

Off the Radar

January 18, 2017

Indonesia to Secure Ownership of 111 Islets

By Moses Ompusunggu | The Jakarta Post

Indonesia's government is expediting the finalization of land registration for 111 small islands in border areas, as part of its efforts to defend national sovereignty in outer areas while strengthening defense and security.

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