Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Starting today, the World Affairs Councils of America's National Office is pleased to share with you Weekly World News Update every Wednesday.


An initiative of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, this weekly digest of thought-provoking pieces from respected global sources has become very popular with the Pittsburgh Council's members, as well as colleagues across our network, since its launch over 18 months ago. We believe that all 92 World Affairs Councils will find value in this free weekly service.  


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Insights and analysis of news from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Sudan, and China. Articles on big data in the 21st century.  


Plus, some reflections on 2013 and trends to watch in the year ahead...


"Washington and Moscow: Brothers in Arms?" Dov S. Zakheim - The National Interest, January 3, 2014 


"A Good Week for Some Political Prisoners in Russia... a Bad One for Russian Democracy," Andr�s Simonyi - Huffington Post, December 26, 2013



"Why Did Ukraine's Eurolution Fail?" Vijai Maheshwari - The Daily Beast, January 5, 2014



"Erdogan's Economic Model for Turkey Comes Under Pressure," Daniel Dombey - Financial Times, January 5, 2014 


"Icarus and Erdogan's Corruption Scandal," Henri J. Barkey - Foreign Policy, December 27, 2013


South Sudan

"The Way Forward for South Sudan," Mahmood Mamdani - Al Jazeera, January 6, 2014



"Why a U.S.-China 'G-2' Won't Work," James Jay Carafano - The National Interest, January 6, 2014 


"The One-Year Plan," Damien Ma - Foreign Policy, January 3, 2014


Big Data and the Global Zeitgeist

"Half a Billion Clicks Can't be Wrong," Kalev Leetaru - Foreign Policy, January 4, 2014


"Mass Culture for Profit," Thibault Henneton - Le Monde diplomatique, January 2014 



Reflecting on 2013...

"Northeast Asia: Top 5 Security Stories of 2013," Robert E. Kelly - The Diplomat, January 2, 2014


Looking forward...

"Calm Seas in Europe in 2014?" Jacob Funk Kirkegaard - The Peterson Institute for International Economics, January 3, 2014


"What's Ahead in Politics in 2014," Molly Ball - The Atlantic, January 3, 2014

"The Year of the Voter in South Asia," Frederic Grare and Milan Vaishnav - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, December 16, 2013

"365 Days of Unequal Growth," Uri Dadush - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, December 18, 2013


"9 Economic Trends to Watch in 2014," Daniel Altman - Foreign Policy, January 4, 2014


"Energy Expectations for 2014," Michael Lynch - Forbes, January 2, 2014


"The MINT Countries: Next Economic Giants?" BBC News, January 5, 2014


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