Wednesday, April 19 , 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy; U.S.-North Korea Tensions; Erdoğan's Turkey; Middle East Conflict; NATO; Post Brexit; French Elections; Desire for Permanent Change in Africa; Political Crisis in Venezuela.
Quote of the Week:
"The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready." 
--  Vice President Mike Pence  delivered a  warning  to North Korea, as he spoke to U.S. servicemen and Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel on the flight deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka naval base.
U.S. Foreign Policy
" The President Doesn't Need a Trump Doctrine " Richard Fontaine -- POLITICO Magazine, April 14, 2017

"The Plot Against American Foreign Policy" G. John Ikenberry -- Foreign Affairs, May-June 2017 Issue

" A Caribbean Policy for the Trump Administration " Richard Bernal -- CSIS, April 13, 2017
U.S.-North Korea Tensions
" What Might a Conflict with North Korea Look Like? " Peter Ford -- The Christian Science Monitor, April 14, 2017

" World 'on the Brink of Thermonuclear War' as North Korea Mulls Test " David Millward -- The Telegraph, April 14, 2017

" The EC-121 Shoot Down and North Korea's Coercive Theory of Victory " Van Jackson -- Wilson Center, April 13, 2017
Erdoğan's Turkey
" The Turkish Constitutional Referendum, Explained " Sinan Ekim and Kemal Kirisci -- Brookings Institution, April 13, 2017

" Erdogan Claims Victory in Turkey's Referendum " -- The Economist, April 17, 2017

"Turkey and the Kurds: A Chance for Peace?" Jonathan Steele -- The New York Review of Books, April 20, 2017 Issue

" Turkey's Vote Could Mean the End of a Courtship to Join the EU " Alison Smale -- The New York Times, April 17, 2017
Middle East Conflict
" Bombs, Bullets, and Leverage " Jon B. Alterman -- CSIS, April 13, 2017

" Tillerson: Russia has 'Best Means' to Convince Assad to Go " Laura Rozen -- Al-Monitor, April 12, 2017

"After the Airstrike, What Washington Should Do Next in Syria" Itamar Rabinovich -- Brookings Institution, April 17, 2017

"How Donald Trump Came to Love NATO" Ryan Browne -- CNN, April 13, 2017

"NATO Funding Frustration Could Cause Friction in Europe" Edoardo Saraville -- The National Interest, April 16, 2017

"Russia and NATO: Drama Redux" Dimitar Bechev -- Al Jazeera, April 14, 2017

Post Brexit
"Brussels' Brexit Plan: Treat the UK like Norway" Simon Marks and Hans Von Der Burchard -- Politico EU, April 13, 2017

"Theresa May Shocks Britain by Calling for Snap Election" Dan Stewart -- TIME Magazine, April 18, 2017

"Multilateralism in One Country: The Isolation of Merkel's Germany" Gideon Rachman -- The German Marshall Fund of the U.S., April 18, 2017

"Letter From Canberra" Geoff Kitney -- Carnegie Europe, April 14, 2017
French Elections
" A Far-Left Politician is Shaking Up France's Presidential Race " Sarah Wildman -- Vox, April 17, 2017

"Le Pen and Macron Woo Paris as French Election Enters Final Stretch" Jon Henley -- The Guardian, April 18, 2017
Desire for Permanent Change in Africa
" Africa's 'Leaders for Life' Syndrome " Claire Felter -- Council on Foreign Relations, April 10, 2017

" Cameroonians Stage 'Silent Protest' to Demand Internet " Moki Kindzeka -- Deutsche Welle, April 17, 2017

"Fight Against Terror Near Key Africa Strait Is Stymied by Pay Feud" Nizar Manek -- Bloomberg Politics, April 18, 2017

Political Crisis in Venezuela
" In Venezuela, a Rebellion Is Taking Shape, but Where Can It End? " Raul Stolk -- The Daily Beast, April 17, 2017

" Venezuela and the Eclipse of American Leadership " Jackson Diehl -- The Washington Post, April 16, 2017

"Meet the Charismatic Opposition Leader the Venezuelan Government Just Can't Silence" Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon -- Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2017
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