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February 20, 2018

Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia.

Opinion

February 20, 2018

The War America Isn’t Fighting

By Susan B. Glasser | Politico

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells us about his Pentagon plan to counter Russia—and why both Obama and Trump have failed to execute it.

The Americas

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February 20, 2018

Opinion

February 20, 2018

Europe

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February 20, 2018

New British Party Inspired by Macron Seeks to Overturn Brexit

By Andrew MacAskill & Guy Faulconbridge | Reuters

A new British party inspired by French President Emmanuel Macron’s movement launched a campaign on Monday to thwart Brexit by convincing lawmakers to block any EU withdrawal deal Prime Minister Theresa May can strike.

Latvia Central Bank Chief Rejects Calls to Quit Over Bribery Claims

By Claire Jones, Laura Noonan & Jim Brunsden | Financial Times (subscription required)

Latvia’s central bank governor has responded to bribery allegations by denouncing the accusations against him as false and claiming that he has been subjected to death threats.

Italy holds national elections on March 4 and while much campaigning has focused on the divisive issue of immigration, pollsters say voters are most concerned about the economy, which has still not recovered from the 2008 financial crisis.

Opinion

February 20, 2018

Building a New Ukraine

By Volodymyr Groysman | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, we’ve made great progress. But much remains to be done.

The Right Kind of Grexit

By Paul Taylor | Politico

After eight years under creditors’ tutelage, Greece needs a chance to stand on its own feet.

Africa

News

February 20, 2018

Opinion

February 20, 2018

A Placeholder Prime Minister Departs. What Comes Next?

By Mohammed Ademo | The New York Times

The country’s next leader must chart an inclusive transition that encompasses good-faith negotiation with the opposition. Otherwise Ethiopia is staring at years of instability.

Middle East & North Africa

News

February 20, 2018

Islamic State militants ambushed a convoy of pro-government militia fighters near the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk late on Sunday, killing at least 27 of them, the government-backed Popular Mobilization Forces said on Monday.

Opinion

February 20, 2018

A Crackdown by Egypt’s Sissi Is Devouring His Own Regime

By Aya Hijazi & Mohamed Soltan | The Washington Post

As survivors of Sissi’s crackdown and the world’s most notorious prisons, we believe that we share a responsibility to call for more nuanced policies towards Egypt and the region.

The Dangers of Ignoring Yemen

By Matthew Reisener | The National Interest

The Saudi military risks inspiring future generations of extremists dedicated to disrupting the established order in the Arabian Peninsula.

Asia-Pacific

News

February 20, 2018

Opinion

February 20, 2018

The Chinese Century?

By Hal Brands | The National Interest

Regardless of how America responds to the Chinese challenge, its policy must be rooted in reality.

India’s War on Science

By Shashi Tharoor | Project Syndicate

For India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, religion is not a matter of personal belief, but a key feature of traditional identity politics and crucial to maintaining social order, ensuring discipline and conformity, and preventing radical change. Science and rationality threaten all of the party's goals.

Vietnam’s Internet Is in Trouble

By Dien Luong | The Washington Post

Vietnamese authorities have harped of late on the urgency of fighting cybersecurity threats and “bad and dangerous content.”

United States

News

February 20, 2018

Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia.

American officials have rebuffed repeated requests from Mexico to help investigate the use of government spying technology against innocent civilians, wary that Mexico wants to use the United States as cover in a sham inquiry, senior American officials say.

Opinion

February 20, 2018

The War America Isn’t Fighting

By Susan B. Glasser | Politico

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells us about his Pentagon plan to counter Russia—and why both Obama and Trump have failed to execute it.

The Americas

News

February 20, 2018

Brazil Shelves Vital Pensions Reform

By Andres Schipani | Financial Times (subscription required)

Brazil has shelved plans to overhaul its pension system, a measure economists and investors see as key to long-term fiscal prosperity.

The governments of Colombia and Ecuador have agreed to ramp up security cooperation along their shared border as criminal violence related to shifting underworld dynamics in Colombia spills over into the country’s Andean neighbor.

American officials have rebuffed repeated requests from Mexico to help investigate the use of government spying technology against innocent civilians, wary that Mexico wants to use the United States as cover in a sham inquiry, senior American officials say.

Opinion

February 20, 2018

Europe

News

February 20, 2018

Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia.

New British Party Inspired by Macron Seeks to Overturn Brexit

By Andrew MacAskill & Guy Faulconbridge | Reuters

A new British party inspired by French President Emmanuel Macron’s movement launched a campaign on Monday to thwart Brexit by convincing lawmakers to block any EU withdrawal deal Prime Minister Theresa May can strike.

Latvia Central Bank Chief Rejects Calls to Quit Over Bribery Claims

By Claire Jones, Laura Noonan & Jim Brunsden | Financial Times (subscription required)

Latvia’s central bank governor has responded to bribery allegations by denouncing the accusations against him as false and claiming that he has been subjected to death threats.

Italy holds national elections on March 4 and while much campaigning has focused on the divisive issue of immigration, pollsters say voters are most concerned about the economy, which has still not recovered from the 2008 financial crisis.

Macron Law Jolts French Labor Market

By William Horobin & Nick Kostov | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Some of France’s largest employers are seizing on President Emmanuel Macron’s labor-system overhaul to undertake mass layoffs, heralding a sea change for a country that has long coddled its workforce.

South Korea, Slovenia to Expand Ties

By Lee Min-hyung | The Korea Times

South Korean President Moon Jae-in pledged to build a broad range of partnerships with Slovenia, with a strong focus on economic factors and politics, Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

Opinion

February 20, 2018

Building a New Ukraine

By Volodymyr Groysman | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, we’ve made great progress. But much remains to be done.

The Right Kind of Grexit

By Paul Taylor | Politico

After eight years under creditors’ tutelage, Greece needs a chance to stand on its own feet.

Africa

News

February 20, 2018

Opinion

February 20, 2018

A Placeholder Prime Minister Departs. What Comes Next?

By Mohammed Ademo | The New York Times

The country’s next leader must chart an inclusive transition that encompasses good-faith negotiation with the opposition. Otherwise Ethiopia is staring at years of instability.

Middle East & North Africa

News

February 20, 2018

Islamic State militants ambushed a convoy of pro-government militia fighters near the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk late on Sunday, killing at least 27 of them, the government-backed Popular Mobilization Forces said on Monday.

Israel Bolsters Egypt Ties With $15 Billion Gas Deal

By Heba Saleh, Mehul Srivastava & Andrew Ward | Financial Times (subscription required)

An Israeli energy company has announced a $15 billion deal to export natural gas to Egypt, highlighting the deepening strategic ties between the two countries as well as Cairo’s ambitions to become a regional energy hub.

Lebanon President Arrives in Iraq for Talks

By Ibrahim Salih | Anadolu Agency

Lebanese President Michel Aoun arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday for talks with Iraqi officials, for his first visit to Iraq since he was elected Lebanon’s president in October 2016.

Opinion

February 20, 2018

A Crackdown by Egypt’s Sissi Is Devouring His Own Regime

By Aya Hijazi & Mohamed Soltan | The Washington Post

As survivors of Sissi’s crackdown and the world’s most notorious prisons, we believe that we share a responsibility to call for more nuanced policies towards Egypt and the region.

The Dangers of Ignoring Yemen

By Matthew Reisener | The National Interest

The Saudi military risks inspiring future generations of extremists dedicated to disrupting the established order in the Arabian Peninsula.

Asia-Pacific

News

February 20, 2018

South Korea, Slovenia to Expand Ties

By Lee Min-hyung | The Korea Times

South Korean President Moon Jae-in pledged to build a broad range of partnerships with Slovenia, with a strong focus on economic factors and politics, Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

Opinion

February 20, 2018

The Chinese Century?

By Hal Brands | The National Interest

Regardless of how America responds to the Chinese challenge, its policy must be rooted in reality.

India’s War on Science

By Shashi Tharoor | Project Syndicate

For India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, religion is not a matter of personal belief, but a key feature of traditional identity politics and crucial to maintaining social order, ensuring discipline and conformity, and preventing radical change. Science and rationality threaten all of the party's goals.

Vietnam’s Internet Is in Trouble

By Dien Luong | The Washington Post

Vietnamese authorities have harped of late on the urgency of fighting cybersecurity threats and “bad and dangerous content.”

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