Wednesday, November 1,  2017

Foreign Agents; North Korea Challenge; Taliban's Comeback; Too Soon for Catalan and Kurdish Sovereignty; Asylum-Seekers on Manus
Quote of the Week:

" Today's announcement [by special counsel Mueller] has nothing to do with the President, has nothing to do with the President's campaign or campaign activity... We have been saying from day one there is no evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all."
-- Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in a Monday White House Press Briefing.
Foreign Agents in U.S. Politics?
"Paul Manafort's Ukraine Connection" Ashish Kumar Sen -- Atlantic Council, October 30, 2017

"The Manafort Indictment: Not Much There, and a Boon for Trump" Andrew C. McCarthy -- National Review, October 30, 2017

"Paul Manafort and the Case of the $250,000 Antique-Rug-Store Bill" Adam Davidson -- The New Yorker, October 31, 2017
The North Korea Challenge Continues
" The North Korean Threat: War, Deterrence, and Diplomacy " Robert L. Gallucci -- The National Interest, October 31, 2017

"All's Well THAAD Ends Well? What the China-South Korea Detente Means" Ankit Panda -- The Diplomat, November 1, 2017

"Korean Defense Reform: History and Challenges" In-Bum Chun -- Brookings, October 31, 2017
The Taliban's Comeback
"Afghanistan Keeps Losing Territory to the Taliban" Editorial Board -- Vice News, October 31, 2017

"A Look at the State of Diplomatic Efforts in Afghanistan" Tom Bowman -- NPR, October 31, 2017 [Podcast]

"Afghan Taliban Awash in Heroin Cash, a Troubling Turn for War" Mujib Mashal -- The New York Times, October 29, 2017

"UN Secretary General Speaks Out on Afghanistan" Javier Delgado Rivera -- Asia Times, November 1, 2017
Catalonia and Kurdistan: Too Soon for Sovereignty?
"The Roots of the Catalan Independence Crisis " R. Joseph Huddleston -- Foreign Affairs, October 31, 2017

"Madrid on Catalonia: We Got This" Diego Torres -- Politico, November 1, 2017

"How Catalonia's Crisis Is Turning into a European Problem" Ishaan Tharoor -- The Washington Post, November 1, 2017

"Iraqi Kurdistan Was Never Ready for Statehood" Denise Natali -- Foreign Policy, October 31, 2017

"The Kurds Are Right Back Where They Started" Joost Hiltermann -- The Atlantic, October 31, 2017
The Plight of Asylum-Seekers on Manus Island
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