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March 22, 2017

Trump to Attend NATO Summit in May, White House Says

By David Nakamura | The Washington Post

The White House on Tuesday night confirmed that President Trump will attend a gathering of NATO leaders in Brussels in May, a move that could help reassure U.S. allies about his administration's commitment to Europe's security.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

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March 21, 2017

The Americas

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March 22, 2017

Mexico's government on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best "interests" to participate in the construction of U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, though there will be no legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried.

Europe

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March 22, 2017

Four people were killed and at least 20 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman close to the British parliament in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack."

Several hundred Bulgarian nationalists have blocked the three main checkpoints at the Bulgarian-Turkish border for a few hours Tuesday to prevent what they called "electoral tourism" by Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

Keeping the Balkan Ghosts at Bay

By Carl Bildt | Project Syndicate

European leaders, having suddenly awoken to new realities in the Balkans, are calling for increased engagement in the region to maintain stability and push back against Russian influence. But it is now clear that the only way forward for the EU is to accelerate the remaining Balkan countries' integration into the bloc.

History’s Guide to Contested Liberalism

By A. Bradley Potter | War on the Rocks

Through a careful study of history, not as a toolbox of old approaches or as a mechanism for simple diagnostics, but as a means of refining our judgment and developing contingent generalizations about the world, wise policymakers may prepare themselves to discover sustainable and liberal alternatives to the powerful forces of populism, nationalism, and autocracy at work today.

News

March 21, 2017

Africa

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March 22, 2017

African Governments Urged to Spend More on Clean Water

By Rodney Muhumuza | Associated Press

Nearly a third of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water, the World Water Council said Wednesday, urging governments to contribute adequate amounts of their budgets toward projects aimed at making safe water widely available.

France’s Le Pen Focuses on Terrorism in Chad Leader Visit

By Madjiasra Nako & John Irish | Reuters

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen met Chad's President Idriss Deby on Tuesday to discuss the two allies' cooperation in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa. Le Pen, among the frontrunners in the French presidential election, arrived in Chad on Tuesday and is using the two-day visit to meet French troops stationed in Chad and to outline her policies for the continent.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

Cameroon Continues Its Oppression of English Speakers

By Denis Foretia | The Washington Post

What began as occasional protests in Cameroon by Anglophone lawyers and teachers’ trade unions in November 2016 has now transformed into full-scale civil disobedience. Cameroon’s English-speaking citizens constitute 20 percent of the total population. The oppressive response from the government has brought the country to a state of complete political paralysis.

News

March 21, 2017

Car Bomb Kills Six Near Somalia Presidential Palace

By Abdi Guled | Associated Press

A car bomb exploded Tuesday at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential palace in the capital, killing at least six people, the spokesman for Mogadishu's mayor said.

Middle East & North Africa

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March 22, 2017

U.S. Forces Ferry Syrian-Kurdish Fighters Behind IS Lines

By Philip Issa & Robert Burns | Associated Press

U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines on Wednesday to spearhead a major ground assault on a strategic town held by the extremist group outside its self-declared capital, Raqqa, the Pentagon said, marking the first time U.S. forces have provided airlift for local forces on a combat operation in Syria.

More from WPR: Trump’s Real Challenge in the Middle East: Don’t Follow Russia and Iran

Russia Strengthens Presence in Kurdish-Held Syria

By Erika Solomon | Financial Times (subscription required)

Russia is building up its presence in Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria in a move likely to alarm neighbouring Turkey. A Kurdish militia known as the YPG said Moscow had set up a base in the Afrin area to train the Kurdish forces and establish a point of direct contact.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

The Race to Raqqa Could Cost Trump Turkey

By David Kenner, Molly O'Toole | Foreign Policy

The anti-Islamic State fight could devolve into a war between the Kurds and Ankara and disrupt the plan to take back the terrorist group’s de facto capital.

News

March 21, 2017

Asia-Pacific

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March 22, 2017

China is not building an environmental monitoring station on a disputed South China Sea shoal, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, apparently denying remarks made by a local official last week.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

The Sino-Korean Trade War Must End

By Lee Jong-Wha | Project Syndicate

Since South Korea decided to deploy a U.S. missile-defense system, China has been attempting to use economic pressure to compel the South to reverse course. But, as long as North Korea poses such an acute threat, China’s opposition to it is pointless – and highly destructive.

News

March 21, 2017

United States

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March 22, 2017

U.S. Forces Ferry Syrian-Kurdish Fighters Behind IS Lines

By Philip Issa & Robert Burns | Associated Press

U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines on Wednesday to spearhead a major ground assault on a strategic town held by the extremist group outside its self-declared capital, Raqqa, the Pentagon said, marking the first time U.S. forces have provided airlift for local forces on a combat operation in Syria.

More from WPR: Trump’s Real Challenge in the Middle East: Don’t Follow Russia and Iran

Trump to Attend NATO Summit in May, White House Says

By David Nakamura | The Washington Post

The White House on Tuesday night confirmed that President Trump will attend a gathering of NATO leaders in Brussels in May, a move that could help reassure U.S. allies about his administration's commitment to Europe's security.

Mexico's government on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best "interests" to participate in the construction of U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, though there will be no legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried.

The United States military has begun formally investigating an American airstrike in Syria that officials said targeted dozens of Qaeda operatives at a meeting place that activists and local residents maintain was part of a religious complex where 49 civilians were killed.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

The Race to Raqqa Could Cost Trump Turkey

By David Kenner, Molly O'Toole | Foreign Policy

The anti-Islamic State fight could devolve into a war between the Kurds and Ankara and disrupt the plan to take back the terrorist group’s de facto capital.

News

March 21, 2017

The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the United States from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terrorism threats.

Tillerson Plans to Skip NATO Meeting, Visit Russia in April

By Arshad Mohammed & John Walcott | Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip a meeting with NATO foreign ministers next month in order to stay home for a visit by China's president and will go to Russia later in April, U.S. officials said on Monday, disclosing an itinerary that allies may see as giving Moscow priority over them.

Opinion

March 21, 2017

What Trump’s Budget Reveals About His Military Strategy

By Christopher A. Preble | The National Interest

As the saying goes: the White House proposes and the Congress disposes. This budget will not become law. It is hardly a worthless exercise, however, it provides yet another window into the president’s thinking, especially with respect to how he intends to conduct foreign policy.

Rex Tillerson Is Still Acting Like a C.E.O.

By Steve Coll | The New Yorker

Tillerson’s remarks suggest that his problem is not that he can’t handle the press but that he is too hubristic or too set in his ways to accept the challenge—and the fundamental responsibility of holding high public office in a democratic country.

The Coming Iran-U.S. Confrontation in Iraq

By Zakiyeh Yazdanshenas | Al-Monitor

With the operation to seize Mosul from the Islamic State coming to an end, it appears that Iran and the United States are on the path to a showdown in Iraq.

News

March 20, 2017

The Americas

News

March 22, 2017

Mexico's government on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best "interests" to participate in the construction of U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, though there will be no legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried.

New Prime Minister Urges Haitians to Heal Deep Divisions

By David McFadden | Associated Press

Haiti's new prime minister on Tuesday urged this deeply polarized country to bridge divisions, and he vowed to bring steady advances even while acknowledging that the struggling nation has no shortage of accelerating problems.

March 21, 2017

Brazil Meat Scandal Deepens as China, EU, Chile Bar Imports

By Peter Prengaman | Associated Press

A scandal over allegations of bribery in Brazil's meat-packing industry to allow the sale of expired meat deepened as the European Union, China and Chile decided to halt some meat imports from Latin America's largest nation.

The Argentine government and the United Kingdom on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to “increase, promote and develop trade and investment” and an agreement designed to improve air connections between the two nations, officials said.

The goal of what Maduro has taken to calling the "bread war" is to enforce price controls that have become increasingly unwieldy amid triple-digit inflation and widespread shortages. As part of spot checks targeting some 700 bakeries, authorities even announced the arrest of two people for illegally making brownies.

A court in the northern Chilean town of Pozo Almonte ruled on Monday that the arrest of nine Bolivian government personnel during a border incident was legal and ordered the foreigners held for at least two additional days pending an investigation.

Uruguay will soon pull its soldiers out of a United Nations stabilization mission in Haiti that began operations in 2004 and is facing sharp cutbacks, the leader of the South American country announced Monday.

March 20, 2017

Europe

News

March 22, 2017

Four people were killed and at least 20 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman close to the British parliament in what police called a "marauding terrorist attack."

Russia Strengthens Presence in Kurdish-Held Syria

By Erika Solomon | Financial Times (subscription required)

Russia is building up its presence in Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria in a move likely to alarm neighbouring Turkey. A Kurdish militia known as the YPG said Moscow had set up a base in the Afrin area to train the Kurdish forces and establish a point of direct contact.

Several hundred Bulgarian nationalists have blocked the three main checkpoints at the Bulgarian-Turkish border for a few hours Tuesday to prevent what they called "electoral tourism" by Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey.

France’s Le Pen Focuses on Terrorism in Chad Leader Visit

By Madjiasra Nako & John Irish | Reuters

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen met Chad's President Idriss Deby on Tuesday to discuss the two allies' cooperation in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa. Le Pen, among the frontrunners in the French presidential election, arrived in Chad on Tuesday and is using the two-day visit to meet French troops stationed in Chad and to outline her policies for the continent.

Calls for Eurozone Chief to Quit for 'Liquor and Women' Quip

By Raf Casert & Barry Hatton | Associated Press

Portugal led calls on Wednesday for the head of the eurozone to resign for what many considered derogatory comments about southern debt-ridden nations spending foolishly before seeking outside help to emerge from the financial crisis.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

Keeping the Balkan Ghosts at Bay

By Carl Bildt | Project Syndicate

European leaders, having suddenly awoken to new realities in the Balkans, are calling for increased engagement in the region to maintain stability and push back against Russian influence. But it is now clear that the only way forward for the EU is to accelerate the remaining Balkan countries' integration into the bloc.

History’s Guide to Contested Liberalism

By A. Bradley Potter | War on the Rocks

Through a careful study of history, not as a toolbox of old approaches or as a mechanism for simple diagnostics, but as a means of refining our judgment and developing contingent generalizations about the world, wise policymakers may prepare themselves to discover sustainable and liberal alternatives to the powerful forces of populism, nationalism, and autocracy at work today.

News

March 21, 2017

Martin McGuinness, an I.R.A. Leader Turned Peacemaker, Dies at 66

By Robert D. McFadden | The New York Times

Martin McGuinness, a former Irish Republican Army commander and Sinn Fein political leader who helped negotiate peace in Northern Ireland after decades of sectarian violence, and became a senior official in its power-sharing government, died on Tuesday in Derry. He was 66.

EU to Hold Brexit Summit for 27 Members on April 29

By Raf Casert | Associated Press

Once Britain decides to trigger divorce proceedings next week, the 27 other European Union nations will be taking a month to decide on the negotiating framework to achieve the best-possible split-up for the bloc.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Tuesday to seal a EU-Japan trade deal as early as possible in order to make an important stand against protectionism.

Opinion

March 21, 2017

News

March 20, 2017

Africa

News

March 22, 2017

African Governments Urged to Spend More on Clean Water

By Rodney Muhumuza | Associated Press

Nearly a third of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water, the World Water Council said Wednesday, urging governments to contribute adequate amounts of their budgets toward projects aimed at making safe water widely available.

France’s Le Pen Focuses on Terrorism in Chad Leader Visit

By Madjiasra Nako & John Irish | Reuters

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen met Chad's President Idriss Deby on Tuesday to discuss the two allies' cooperation in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa. Le Pen, among the frontrunners in the French presidential election, arrived in Chad on Tuesday and is using the two-day visit to meet French troops stationed in Chad and to outline her policies for the continent.

UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, is concerned by continuing forced return of hundreds of refugees from Cameroon’s far north region to north-eastern Nigeria despite the recent signing of the tripartite agreement aimed at, among other things, ensuring the voluntary nature of returns.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

Cameroon Continues Its Oppression of English Speakers

By Denis Foretia | The Washington Post

What began as occasional protests in Cameroon by Anglophone lawyers and teachers’ trade unions in November 2016 has now transformed into full-scale civil disobedience. Cameroon’s English-speaking citizens constitute 20 percent of the total population. The oppressive response from the government has brought the country to a state of complete political paralysis.

News

March 21, 2017

Car Bomb Kills Six Near Somalia Presidential Palace

By Abdi Guled | Associated Press

A car bomb exploded Tuesday at a military checkpoint near Somalia's presidential palace in the capital, killing at least six people, the spokesman for Mogadishu's mayor said.

Middle East & North Africa

News

March 22, 2017

U.S. Forces Ferry Syrian-Kurdish Fighters Behind IS Lines

By Philip Issa & Robert Burns | Associated Press

U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines on Wednesday to spearhead a major ground assault on a strategic town held by the extremist group outside its self-declared capital, Raqqa, the Pentagon said, marking the first time U.S. forces have provided airlift for local forces on a combat operation in Syria.

More from WPR: Trump’s Real Challenge in the Middle East: Don’t Follow Russia and Iran

Russia Strengthens Presence in Kurdish-Held Syria

By Erika Solomon | Financial Times (subscription required)

Russia is building up its presence in Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria in a move likely to alarm neighbouring Turkey. A Kurdish militia known as the YPG said Moscow had set up a base in the Afrin area to train the Kurdish forces and establish a point of direct contact.

The U.N. on Tuesday urged those attending this week’s Syria peace talks to engage “substantively and proactively.” The next round of the negotiations will be staged in Geneva on Thursday.

India Tries to Fix Iran Trade Payments as Trump Hardens Line

By Nidhi Verma & Manoj Kumar | Reuters

India is exploring setting up a new payments mechanism for trade with Iran, after its old sanctions workaround broke down, as state banks remain fearful of handling payments from Tehran in case the United States imposes a fresh financial embargo.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

The Race to Raqqa Could Cost Trump Turkey

By David Kenner, Molly O'Toole | Foreign Policy

The anti-Islamic State fight could devolve into a war between the Kurds and Ankara and disrupt the plan to take back the terrorist group’s de facto capital.

News

March 21, 2017

The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming to the United States from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terrorism threats.

Syrian rebels stormed a government-held area in northeastern Damascus on Tuesday for the second time in three days, sources on both sides said, pressing the boldest assault on the capital by opposition fighters in several years.

Opinion

March 21, 2017

The Coming Iran-U.S. Confrontation in Iraq

By Zakiyeh Yazdanshenas | Al-Monitor

With the operation to seize Mosul from the Islamic State coming to an end, it appears that Iran and the United States are on the path to a showdown in Iraq.

Why Economists Missed the Arab Spring

By Hassan Hakimian | Project Syndicate

The Arab Spring suggests that improved economic performance cannot be viewed as an insurance policy against political instability. Learning that lesson that may help us avoid being blindsided by future political upheaval. It might even enable us to avoid the kind of disappointment and despair that the Arab Spring has brought.

News

March 20, 2017

Asia-Pacific

News

March 22, 2017

China is not building an environmental monitoring station on a disputed South China Sea shoal, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, apparently denying remarks made by a local official last week.

India Tries to Fix Iran Trade Payments as Trump Hardens Line

By Nidhi Verma & Manoj Kumar | Reuters

India is exploring setting up a new payments mechanism for trade with Iran, after its old sanctions workaround broke down, as state banks remain fearful of handling payments from Tehran in case the United States imposes a fresh financial embargo.

Opinion

March 22, 2017

The Sino-Korean Trade War Must End

By Lee Jong-Wha | Project Syndicate

Since South Korea decided to deploy a U.S. missile-defense system, China has been attempting to use economic pressure to compel the South to reverse course. But, as long as North Korea poses such an acute threat, China’s opposition to it is pointless – and highly destructive.

News

March 21, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Tuesday to seal a EU-Japan trade deal as early as possible in order to make an important stand against protectionism.

China and Sri Lanka will continue to promote development in each other's country and deepen cooperation in all fields, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and visiting Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan have agreed.

China to Talk New Silk Road in Australia, No Deal Expected Yet

By Philip Wen & Ben Blanchard | Reuters

China expects positive moves to signing up Australia for its New Silk Road initiative when Premier Li Keqiang visits this week, but two sources familiar with the issues said the Australian government is likely to bide its time before committing.

Taiwan will build its own submarines to get around Beijing's efforts to prevent it from purchasing such craft from overseas and ensure an adequate defense against Chinese threats, President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday.

Opinion

March 21, 2017

Can China Save the Global Order?

By Yong Deng | Project Syndicate

At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos in January, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke in defense of globalization and offered a vision of inclusive, sustainable development. But can China really provide the leadership and solutions needed to keep the engines of globalization running?

China’s Digital Economy Is a Global Trailblazer

By John Thornhill | Financial Times (subscription required)

Anyone who reckons that China is only ever going to play technology catch-up with the West should look around a Shanghai metro carriage and think again.

News

March 20, 2017

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