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United States

Top News

June 24, 2016

While the Obama administration has promised new arms sales to bolster Sunni Gulf allies against their Shiite rival Iran, the White House has yet to seek congressional approval for fighter jets requested by Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain as long ago as 2013.

U.S. Seeks to Use Business to Lock In Iran Deal

By Carol E. Lee and Jay Solomon | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The White House is pushing to ease the way for companies to complete deals with Iran, aiming to cement the landmark nuclear agreement reached last year and make it difficult for future administrations to undo it, senior U.S. officials said.

Opinion

June 24, 2016

Reviving the Non-proliferation Agenda

By Javier Solana | Project Syndicate

U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima was no typical diplomatic stop. Not only did it mark the first visit by a sitting US president to that city, which was destroyed by an American nuclear bomb in 1945; it also drew attention to Obama’s record on non-proliferation.

The Americas

Off the Radar

June 24, 2016

Europe

Top News

June 24, 2016

The UK votes to leave the European Union, prompting David Cameron to announce he is to step down as prime minister - and UKIP leader Nigel Farage to declare it "independence day."

Stocks Crash as U.K. Vote to Quit EU Shocks Investors

By Danica Kirka and Youkyung Lee | Associated Press

Stock markets crashed, oil prices tumbled and the pound fell to a 31-year low on Friday as Britain's unprecedented vote to leave the European Union shocked investors and dragged the region, the world's largest economic bloc, into a new era of uncertainty.

Assailant Shot Dead in German Movie Theater

By Anthony Faiola and Stephanie Kirchner | The Washington Post

Police in southwestern Germany fatally shot a masked assailant who entered a movie theater on Thursday and tried to take hostages.

Opinion

June 24, 2016

The Isolationist Catastrophe of 'Brexit'

By Brian Klaas and Marcel Dirsus | Los Angeles Times

The European Union just lost a sixth of its economy, roughly akin to Florida and California seceding from the United States. The impact on the British economy could be catastrophic. Europe’s unified stance against a reemerging and aggressive Russia will be splintered.

Britain Escapes the Brussels Bureaucracy

By James Freeman | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

U.S. markets are in for a rough ride today following the British vote for freedom from the European Union and its anti-democratic Brussels bureaucracy. Investors should look beyond the short-term uncertainty and transition costs and consider the significant competitive edge the U.K. gains with this massive de-regulatory stimulus.

Brexit and the Weakness of the West

By Walter Russell Mead | The American Interest

When Americans walk away, Europe tends to fail. The Americans walked away during the Bush and Obama years, and the consequences of that withdrawal are becoming apparent.

The Long Road to Brexit

By Robert Tombs | Foreign Policy

Markets are stunned. Commenters are shocked. But future historians may view this moment as inevitable.

Africa

Top News

June 24, 2016

Uganda's military chief says the country plans to withdraw its troops from Somalia by December 2017. Gen. Katumba Wamala told The Associated Press Friday that the Ugandan government believes it has achieved its goal of helping to stabilize Somalia.

Off the Radar

June 24, 2016

Djibouti has recently inked an agreement with China to streamline the East African country’s customs systems, in a bid to consolidate its position as a logistics and trade center for the region.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

June 24, 2016

Hundreds of Bahraini protesters kept up their rally Thursday outside the home of a Shiite cleric, a day after they chanted a promise to "give our soul and blood as a sacrifice" to protect him following the government's move that revoked his citizenship this week.

Opinion

June 24, 2016

The Myth of a Tripartite Iraq

By Denise Natali | Al-Monitor

Sunni Arab, Shiite Arab and Kurdish communities may be religiously and ethnically distinct and concentrated in particular regions, but they have also been dispersed across territories since the IS onslaught and are deeply fragmented.

Off the Radar

June 24, 2016

Turkey's parliament has granted immunity from prosecution to members of the armed forces conducting counter-terrorism operations, as security forces battle Kurdish militants in fighting that has killed thousands in the past year.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

June 24, 2016

The top North Korean official for U.S. relations told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departed Friday on her first overseas trip since taking office last month, amid speculation that China may seek to tighten its diplomatic stranglehold on the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.

First Picture Of China's Secretive New Submarine

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer | Popular Science

In June 2016, China's navy released a clear photo of its newest, stealthiest nuclear attack submarine (SSN) being loaded with missiles. China's nuclear submarines are among the most secretive Chinese military platforms--it's a rare event to have even a photo of a 40-year-old Type 091 Han submarine, or the Type 092 Xia nuclear ballistic missile submarine.

Opinion

June 24, 2016

Genocide in Burma

By Joshua Kurlantzick | Council on Foreign Relations

Of all the ethnic, racial, and religious minorities in the world, wrote the Economist last year, the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group, may well be the most persecuted people on the planet.

Off the Radar

June 24, 2016

United States

Top News

June 24, 2016

While the Obama administration has promised new arms sales to bolster Sunni Gulf allies against their Shiite rival Iran, the White House has yet to seek congressional approval for fighter jets requested by Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain as long ago as 2013.

U.S. Seeks to Use Business to Lock In Iran Deal

By Carol E. Lee and Jay Solomon | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The White House is pushing to ease the way for companies to complete deals with Iran, aiming to cement the landmark nuclear agreement reached last year and make it difficult for future administrations to undo it, senior U.S. officials said.

Opinion

June 24, 2016

Reviving the Non-proliferation Agenda

By Javier Solana | Project Syndicate

U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima was no typical diplomatic stop. Not only did it mark the first visit by a sitting US president to that city, which was destroyed by an American nuclear bomb in 1945; it also drew attention to Obama’s record on non-proliferation.

The Americas

Off the Radar

June 24, 2016

Europe

Top News

June 24, 2016

The UK votes to leave the European Union, prompting David Cameron to announce he is to step down as prime minister - and UKIP leader Nigel Farage to declare it "independence day."

Stocks Crash as U.K. Vote to Quit EU Shocks Investors

By Danica Kirka and Youkyung Lee | Associated Press

Stock markets crashed, oil prices tumbled and the pound fell to a 31-year low on Friday as Britain's unprecedented vote to leave the European Union shocked investors and dragged the region, the world's largest economic bloc, into a new era of uncertainty.

Assailant Shot Dead in German Movie Theater

By Anthony Faiola and Stephanie Kirchner | The Washington Post

Police in southwestern Germany fatally shot a masked assailant who entered a movie theater on Thursday and tried to take hostages.

Opinion

June 24, 2016

The Isolationist Catastrophe of 'Brexit'

By Brian Klaas and Marcel Dirsus | Los Angeles Times

The European Union just lost a sixth of its economy, roughly akin to Florida and California seceding from the United States. The impact on the British economy could be catastrophic. Europe’s unified stance against a reemerging and aggressive Russia will be splintered.

Britain Escapes the Brussels Bureaucracy

By James Freeman | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

U.S. markets are in for a rough ride today following the British vote for freedom from the European Union and its anti-democratic Brussels bureaucracy. Investors should look beyond the short-term uncertainty and transition costs and consider the significant competitive edge the U.K. gains with this massive de-regulatory stimulus.

Brexit and the Weakness of the West

By Walter Russell Mead | The American Interest

When Americans walk away, Europe tends to fail. The Americans walked away during the Bush and Obama years, and the consequences of that withdrawal are becoming apparent.

The Long Road to Brexit

By Robert Tombs | Foreign Policy

Markets are stunned. Commenters are shocked. But future historians may view this moment as inevitable.

Africa

Top News

June 24, 2016

Uganda's military chief says the country plans to withdraw its troops from Somalia by December 2017. Gen. Katumba Wamala told The Associated Press Friday that the Ugandan government believes it has achieved its goal of helping to stabilize Somalia.

Off the Radar

June 24, 2016

Djibouti has recently inked an agreement with China to streamline the East African country’s customs systems, in a bid to consolidate its position as a logistics and trade center for the region.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

June 24, 2016

Hundreds of Bahraini protesters kept up their rally Thursday outside the home of a Shiite cleric, a day after they chanted a promise to "give our soul and blood as a sacrifice" to protect him following the government's move that revoked his citizenship this week.

Opinion

June 24, 2016

The Myth of a Tripartite Iraq

By Denise Natali | Al-Monitor

Sunni Arab, Shiite Arab and Kurdish communities may be religiously and ethnically distinct and concentrated in particular regions, but they have also been dispersed across territories since the IS onslaught and are deeply fragmented.

Off the Radar

June 24, 2016

Turkey's parliament has granted immunity from prosecution to members of the armed forces conducting counter-terrorism operations, as security forces battle Kurdish militants in fighting that has killed thousands in the past year.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

June 24, 2016

The top North Korean official for U.S. relations told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen departed Friday on her first overseas trip since taking office last month, amid speculation that China may seek to tighten its diplomatic stranglehold on the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.

First Picture Of China's Secretive New Submarine

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer | Popular Science

In June 2016, China's navy released a clear photo of its newest, stealthiest nuclear attack submarine (SSN) being loaded with missiles. China's nuclear submarines are among the most secretive Chinese military platforms--it's a rare event to have even a photo of a 40-year-old Type 091 Han submarine, or the Type 092 Xia nuclear ballistic missile submarine.

Opinion

June 24, 2016

Genocide in Burma

By Joshua Kurlantzick | Council on Foreign Relations

Of all the ethnic, racial, and religious minorities in the world, wrote the Economist last year, the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group, may well be the most persecuted people on the planet.

Off the Radar

June 24, 2016

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