Wednesday, December 16, 2015
World leaders agree on a climate deal; UK in a changing Europe; China's power; Putin showcasing military might in Syria; plus, Understanding the conflict in Eastern Congo 
Climate Deal
"Why the Paris Climate Agreement Is a Big, Big Deal" William R.L. Anderegg -- The Week, December 14, 2015 
"The Climate Deal Is President Obama's Biggest Accomplishment" Jonathan Chait -- The New York Magazine, December 14, 2015

"A Brief Guide to India's Gains and Losses at the Paris climate Talks" Chaitanya Kumar -- Quartz, December 14, 2015
EU Exit? Britain and France's National Front
"France Fears Brexit Debate Will Boost Le Pen" Tara Palmeri and Nicholas Vinocur -- POLITICO, December 10, 2015

"Britain, the EU, and the Referendum: What Drives Euroscepticism?" Matthew Goodwin and Caitlin Milazzo -- Chatham House, December 9, 2015
The China Challenge
"China Remains Biggest Challenge for U.S." Kim Ghattas -- BBC, December 11, 2015 
"U.S. Warships Dangerously Outgunned by Russia and China" Dave Majumdar -- The National Interest, December 11, 2015

"The Chinese Submarine Threat" Ben Ho Wan Beng -- The Diplomat, December 10, 2015
Russia's Military Strength
"Russia Sends Warning to West with Show of Strength in Syria" David Blair -- The Telegraph, December 13, 2015
"Russia's Military Is Catching Up to the West by Fighting in Syria" Blake Franco -- The National Interest, December 10, 2015

"Russia Could Block Access to Baltic Sea" Marcus Weisgerber -- Defence One, December 9, 2015

"Will Russia's Economic Restrictions on Turkey Backfire?" Mehmet Cetingulec -- Al-Monitor, December 13, 2015 
Syrian War Implications
"How Have Ordinary Syrians Been Affected by the Conflict?" David Butter -- BBC, December 11, 2015
"Syrian War Redraws Country's Economic Map" Mona Alami -- Al-Monitor, December 10, 2015

"The Islamic Dilemma" Ross Douthat -- The New York Times, December 12, 2015
War against Islamic State
"Unfriended" The Economist (print edition), December 12, 2015
"How to Beat Islamic State" Maajid Nawaz -- The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2015

"U.S. Details Financial War against ISIS" Alanna Petroff and Jose Pagliery -- CNN Money, December 11, 2015
Afghanistan: An Update
"Afghanistan and Failed State Wars"  Anthony H. Cordesman -- CSIS, December 10, 2015 
"Regional Implications of Afghanistan's Transitions: Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan" Annette Bohr and Gareth Price -- Chatham House, December 14, 2015
Understanding the Democratic Republic of Congo Conflict
"The Eastern Congo: A CFR InfoGuide Presentation" Council on Foreign Relations, 2015 


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