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July 17, 2018

U.S. Arrests Russian Woman on Spy Charges

By DW Editors | Deutsche Welle

A 29-year-old Russian woman was arrested in Washington and charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered Russian agent, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday.

Opinion

July 17, 2018

U.S.-Russia Relations Are Stuck on Repeat

By Nikolas K. Gvosdev | The National Interest

Both Trump and Putin are now locked into narratives about what did (or did not) happen that prevent this issue from being dealt with—and this holds the entire rest of the bilateral agenda hostage.

News

July 16, 2018

Trump Questions U.S. Intel, Not Putin, on Russia 2016 Meddling

By Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin & Vladimir Isachenkov | Associated Press

Standing next to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump’s benefit and seemed to accept Putin’s insistence that Russia’s hands were clean.

The Americas

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July 17, 2018

Opinion

July 17, 2018

How Venezuela Struck It Poor

By Keith Johnson | Foreign Policy

The tragic—and totally avoidable—self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.

Europe

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July 17, 2018

France Expels High-Profile Terror Convict to Algeria

By AP Editors | Associated Press

An Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on terror charges and for years a high-profile figure in the underground world of terrorism has been expelled to stand trial in his homeland.

Opinion

July 17, 2018

Denmark in NATO: Paying for Protection, Bleeding for Prestige

By Gary Schaub Jr. & Andre Ken Jakobsson | War On The Rocks

Denmark has become the poster child for analysts arguing that America’s favored metric of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense is ill-considered, and what matters is contributing effectively to coalition operations when asked.

Africa

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July 17, 2018

About 20 Nigerian soldiers are missing after a clash with Boko Haram militants in the northeast of the country, security sources said on Monday, though the military denied reports that some troops could not be found.

Obama to Deliver Mandela Address in Likely Rebuke to Trump

By Andrew Meldrum | Associated Press

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is set to make his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat in an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth.

Liberian President George Weah said on Monday he would take measures to tackle rampant inflation and poverty, including injecting $25 million into the forex market and taking steps to bring more local cash into the formal banking system.

Opinion

July 17, 2018

How Ethiopia and Eritrea Made Peace

By The Editors | The Economist

The cold war between Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea once seemed irresolvable. An uneasy stalemate had endured since 2000, when a U.N.-brokered peace agreement ended two years of trench warfare that claimed about 80,000 lives and displaced more than half a million. So why, on July 8, did the two sides make peace?

Middle East & North Africa

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July 17, 2018

Israel placed new restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of intense fighting.

Opinion

July 17, 2018

Asia-Pacific

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July 17, 2018

Opinion

July 17, 2018

A New Military Strategy for Japan

By Eric Heginbotham & Richard Samuels | Foreign Affairs

A rethink of military strategy, one that looks to buttress deterrence even in the absence of military dominance, is urgently required.

United States

News

July 17, 2018

U.S. Arrests Russian Woman on Spy Charges

By DW Editors | Deutsche Welle

A 29-year-old Russian woman was arrested in Washington and charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered Russian agent, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday.

Iran Sues U.S. at World Court for Leaving Nuclear Deal

By The Editors | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

The International Court of Justice has confirmed that Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States over the reimposition of sanctions against Tehran by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, claiming the move violates the nuclear treaty Tehran signed with the United States and five other world powers.

More from WPR: The Dangerous Assumptions Behind Trump’s Iran Deal Withdrawal

Opinion

July 17, 2018

U.S.-Russia Relations Are Stuck on Repeat

By Nikolas K. Gvosdev | The National Interest

Both Trump and Putin are now locked into narratives about what did (or did not) happen that prevent this issue from being dealt with—and this holds the entire rest of the bilateral agenda hostage.

News

July 16, 2018

Trump Questions U.S. Intel, Not Putin, on Russia 2016 Meddling

By Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin & Vladimir Isachenkov | Associated Press

Standing next to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump’s benefit and seemed to accept Putin’s insistence that Russia’s hands were clean.

Trump, on Eve of Putin Meeting, Calls E.U. a Trade ‘Foe’

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis & Katie Rogers | The New York Times

President Trump on Sunday spent the eve of his first summit meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia finding fault with allies, Barack Obama and the news media while refraining from condemning Moscow for its meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Opinion

July 16, 2018

The Trump Doctrine—Coherent, Radical and Wrong

By Gideon Rachman | Financial Times (subscription required)

The U.S. president’s departure from the established principles of American foreign policy is so radical that many of his critics dismiss his ideas as simply the product of a disordered mind. But that is a mistake. There is an emerging Trump doctrine that makes internal sense. There are four broad principles underpinning this approach.

The Americas

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July 17, 2018

Shooting Erupts as Nicaraguan Forces Move Into Symbolic City

By Luis Manuel Galeano & Christopher Sherman | Associated Press

Nicaraguan national police and armed pro-government civilians laid siege Tuesday to a symbolically important neighborhood that has recently become a center of resistance to President Daniel Ortega’s government.

Opinion

July 17, 2018

How Venezuela Struck It Poor

By Keith Johnson | Foreign Policy

The tragic—and totally avoidable—self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.

News

July 16, 2018

Haiti’s Prime Minister Resigns Amid Fuel Price Hike Fallout

By Ezequiel Abui Lopez & Evens Sanon | Associated Press

Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday amid calls for him to step down over his handling of a failed plan to raise fuel prices that set off a wave of deadly protests.

Opinion

July 16, 2018

Strongmen Have the Edge With Trump. Why Not Maduro?

By Michael Shifter & David Toppelberg | The New York Times

Since President Trump took office almost 18 months ago, commentators have remarked on his apparent affinity for strongmen. There is, however, one glaring exception to this troubling pattern: Mr. Trump cannot seem to abide strongmen when it comes to Latin America.

Europe

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July 17, 2018

France Expels High-Profile Terror Convict to Algeria

By AP Editors | Associated Press

An Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on terror charges and for years a high-profile figure in the underground world of terrorism has been expelled to stand trial in his homeland.

U.S.-based defense contractor Raytheon says it remains committed to its operations in Britain, even as other manufacturers warn that they may curtail investment because of delays in negotiations over the country’s departure from the European Union.

Opinion

July 17, 2018

Denmark in NATO: Paying for Protection, Bleeding for Prestige

By Gary Schaub Jr. & Andre Ken Jakobsson | War On The Rocks

Denmark has become the poster child for analysts arguing that America’s favored metric of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense is ill-considered, and what matters is contributing effectively to coalition operations when asked.

News

July 16, 2018

The homes of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and another prominent member of the Northern Ireland party were attacked with explosive devices, officials said Saturday. No one was injured.

Britain unveiled a model of a sleek proposed fighter jet named Tempest on Monday, raising questions about the future of European defense cooperation, given that Germany and France launched their own fighter jet program a year ago.

Opinion

July 16, 2018

Ukraine Is Ground Zero for the U.S.-Russia Conflict

By Robert Malley | The Atlantic

To land in Kiev is to reach ground zero of today’s confrontation between Russia and the West. The start of the Ukraine conflict is, depending on one’s chronology, the defining moment of their crisis.

Africa

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July 17, 2018

About 20 Nigerian soldiers are missing after a clash with Boko Haram militants in the northeast of the country, security sources said on Monday, though the military denied reports that some troops could not be found.

Obama to Deliver Mandela Address in Likely Rebuke to Trump

By Andrew Meldrum | Associated Press

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is set to make his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat in an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s birth.

Liberian President George Weah said on Monday he would take measures to tackle rampant inflation and poverty, including injecting $25 million into the forex market and taking steps to bring more local cash into the formal banking system.

Rescue Group: Libya Left Migrants to Die in Mediterranean

By Aritz Parra & Sam Magdy | Associated Press

A migrant aid group has accused Libya’s coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including a woman and a toddler who died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants near the shores of the North African nation.

Nearly 300 Malian civilians have been killed in fighting between rival militias this year, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday, as surging inter-communal violence across the country threatens a presidential election due later this month.

Opinion

July 17, 2018

How Ethiopia and Eritrea Made Peace

By The Editors | The Economist

The cold war between Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea once seemed irresolvable. An uneasy stalemate had endured since 2000, when a U.N.-brokered peace agreement ended two years of trench warfare that claimed about 80,000 lives and displaced more than half a million. So why, on July 8, did the two sides make peace?

News

July 16, 2018

While observers have avoided saying outright that the campaign season has not been “free and fair,” human rights organizations and opposition groups are compiling an ever-growing number of reports of electoral malpractice, including death threats to opposition candidates, forced attendance at rallies and the distribution of government handouts to Mnangagwa supporters.

More from WPR: The Race Is On to Rule the New Zimbabwe

Algeria has deported nearly 400 African migrants trying to reach Europe, sending them back over the Sahara desert into neighboring Niger, the U.N. migration agency and Niger said on Sunday.

Tunisia’s president called on Sunday for Prime Minister Youssef Chahed to step down or seek a confidence quote if the country’s political and economic crisis continues, withdrawing his support for the premier, who has clashed with the president’s son.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama urged Kenya’s leaders on Monday to turn their backs on the divisive ethnic politics that have frequently spilled over into violence and to stamp down on corruption.

Opinion

July 16, 2018

Why Congo’s Decision to Open National Parks to Drilling Isn’t Really About Oil

By Patrick Edmond & Kristof Titeca | African Arguments

Last month, the Democratic Republic of the Congo triggered international outrage when it confirmed that it was considering opening up two of its national parks to oil exploration. It said a committee would put together plans to declassify parts of Salonga and Virunga in a bid to increase oil production.

Middle East & North Africa

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July 17, 2018

Israel placed new restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of intense fighting.

Russia’s Defense Ministry says it’s ready to boost cooperation with the U.S. military in Syria, following talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Opinion

July 17, 2018

News

July 16, 2018

Egypt’s parliament has passed three controversial draft bills regulating the press and media. The draft bills, which won the parliament’s approval on Monday, will also regulate the Supreme Media Regulatory Council, the National Press Authority and the National Media Authority.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a southern Israeli town bordering Gaza on Monday that was pummeled with rockets from the strip over the weekend and told community leaders there that Israel is engaged in a “lengthy battle.”

Opinion

July 16, 2018

For many months, Saudi Arabia’s young tyro Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has given the impression he is a very different kind of Saudi leader: more dynamic, more decisive, and, most importantly of all, more transformative than his predecessors. But what if the great Saudi reform push he leads is coming to a grinding, stuttering halt?

Asia-Pacific

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July 17, 2018

India’s highest court on Tuesday asked the federal government to consider enacting a law to deal with an increase in lynchings and mob violence fueled mostly by rumors that the victims either belonged to members of child kidnapping gangs or were beef eaters and cow slaughterers.

Opinion

July 17, 2018

A New Military Strategy for Japan

By Eric Heginbotham & Richard Samuels | Foreign Affairs

A rethink of military strategy, one that looks to buttress deterrence even in the absence of military dominance, is urgently required.

News

July 16, 2018

Malaysian lawmakers took their oath in Parliament on Monday, including former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has been charged in a massive corruption scandal that led to his coalition’s electoral defeat.

A committee set up by South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited one of Pyongyang’s special economic zones over the weekend to examine opportunities for economic cooperation with North Korea.

Opinion

July 16, 2018

Duterte vs. God

By Emily Schultheis | Foreign Policy

Outspoken and profane rhetoric is a hallmark of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. But when he called God “stupid” and a “son of a bitch” in a speech last month, that was a step too far for many in the devout Catholic country.

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