Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Analysis of U.S. foreign policy; opinion on Obama's engagement in Iraq and overtures to Iran; and views on Israel, Libya, Asia, and Europe. Plus, reflections on Germany 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the potential for a new Cold War.


Foreign Policy and the New Congress

"Let's Get Together, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: What Obama and a GOP Congress Can Do on Foreign Policy," James Carafano - The Daily Signal, November 9, 2014

"Election Losses Give Obama Weaker Hand Overseas," Terry Atlas - Bloomberg, November 7, 2014

"Will Obama and Republicans Get Along on Iran, Syria and Russia?" Elise Labott - CNN, November 7, 2014

"What Do the U.S. Midterms Mean for Foreign Policy Toward the Americas?" Carl Meacham - Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 6, 2014 

D�j� vu as U.S. Troops Return to Iraq 

"Barack Obama Doubles U.S. Troop Levels for War Against ISIS in Iraq," Spencer Ackerman and Tom McCarthy - The Guardian, November 8, 2014


"Double or Nothing on the Islamic State," James Traub - Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014


"The Spy Who Told Me: Can We Handle the Truth About the Islamic State?," John McLaughlin - OZY, November 10, 2014


"The Ultimate Fatal Attraction: 5 Reasons People Join ISIS," Maha Yahya - The National Interest, November 7, 2014 

Obama Reaches Out to Iran 

"Letters to the Ayatollah: Why Obama's Latest Outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Was a Mistake," Suzanne Maloney - Brookings, November 7, 2014


"Pen-Palling with the Ayatollah," Trita Parsi - Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014


"A Troubling Letter to an Unbending Ayatollah," Jeffrey Goldberg - The Atlantic, November 7, 2014

"Obama's Bet on Iran," Jackson Diehl - The Washington Post, November 9, 2014 


"Netanyahu is Losing Europe's Goodwill, Even Germany's," David Gardner - Financial Times, November 10, 2014 


"The U.S. Ruined Libya," Stephen Kinzer - The Boston Globe, November 7, 2014 

China, the U.S., and Russia 

"China's Russia Power Play," Tom Risen - U.S. News & World Report, November 10, 2014


"A New Model for China-U.S. Relations?," Wei Zongyou - The Diplomat, November 10, 2014 

North Korea

"Why North Korea Released Two Americans," Gordon G. Chang - The Daily Beast, November 8, 2014 

Catalan Independence

"Catalan Leader to Step Up Independence Push as 80% Vote to Split From Spain," Ashifa Kassam -The Guardian, November 10, 2014


"What Catalonia's Independence Vote Means," Matthew Moffett - The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2014 


"The Lost Children: France Takes Stock of a Growing Jihadist Problem," Julia Amalia Heyer - Spiegel Online International, November 6, 2014 

Reflections on the Fall of the Wall - 25 Years Ago

"The Day the Wall Came Down," Fred Kaplan - Slate, November 7, 2014


"The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall," Melvyn P. Leffler - Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014


"Germany Then and Now," Josef Janning - European Council on Foreign Relations, November 8, 2014


"8 Things That Were Better in East Germany" Paul Hockenos - Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014 

Amidst Celebrations, Warnings of a New Cold War 

"Gorbachev Warns World on the Brink of a New Cold War," Stefan Wagstyl - Financial Times, November 8, 2014


"Close Military Encounters Between Russia and the West 'at Cold War Levels,'" Ewen MacAskill - The Guardian, November 9, 2014





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