Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Obama addresses the terror threat; Iran nuclear deal's next test; Venezuelan opposition deals electoral blow to Chavismo; China's strategy in Africa; plus, Terrorism stokes gun debate. 
 

Obama, ISIS, and the Middle East  
"Why Obama Isn't Afraid of ISIS" Peter Beinart -- National Journal, December 7, 2015

"No New Strategies Delivered in Obama's Address on ISIS" Mike Gonzalez -- The National Interest, December 7, 2015

"Obama Says of Terrorist Threat: 'We Will Overcome It'" Gardiner Harris and Michael D. Shear -- The New York Times, December 6, 2015

"More Special Forces for Iraq and Syria: Tactical Asset or Strategic Tokenism" Anthony H. Cordesman -- CSIS, December 3, 2015

"We Were Wrong about ISIS" Jennifer R. Williams -- Brookings Institution, December 2, 2015

"Will an al Qaeda Ally Be a Peacemaker in Syria?" Colum Lynch and John Hudson -- Foreign Policy,  December 4, 2015

"Iraq Has Fragmented: Can It be Put Back Together?" Marina Ottaway -- Wilson Center publication, December 2, 2015

"Refugees and the Islamic State's Colonization Strategy" Jeffrey Bristol -- War on the Rocks, December 7, 2015
 
Iran's Nuclear Weapons  
"The Iran Nuclear Deal's Next Test" Mark Hibbs -- Carnegie Endowment, December 2, 2015  

"New Report Confirms Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program" Barbara Slavin -- Al-Monitor, December 2, 2015

" Three Goals to Accomplish before the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit" Leore Ben-Chorin and Steven Pifer -- Brookings Institution, December 3, 2015

Venezuela'z Elections    

"Venezuela's Opposition Wins Big, but Maduro's Still There" Jeremy Kryt -- The Daily Beast, December 7, 2015

"The Slow Death of Chavismo" Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez -- Foreign Policy, December 6, 2015

China in Africa  
"The New China-Africa Relations: 4 Trends to Watch" Shannon Tiezzi -- The Diplomat, December 6, 2015   

"Xi Jinping Pledges $60 Billion to Help Africa Solve Its Problems" Lily Kuo -- Quartz, December 4, 2015

"China-Africa: Commitment and Opportunity" Thembinkosi Gcoyi -- The Daily Maverick, December 7, 2015 

Terror Brings on Gun Control Debate 
"Terrorism Recasts Gun Debate" Tim Devaney -- The Hill, December 5, 2015

"The U.S. Infatuation with Guns Is Bordering on a Society-wide Suicidal Impulse" Editorial Board -- Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2015 

"How a Conservative-Led Australia Ended Mass Killings" Austin Ramzy, Michelle Innis, and Patrick Boehlerdec -- The New York Times, December 4, 2015 
 
    

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