Wednesday, October 18,  2017

Elections Around the World; Terror in Somalia; ISIS Falling; Iraq and Kurds Clash; Catalonia Defies Spain
Quote of the Week:

"To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope on Earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by some people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history."
-- Senator John McCain (R-AZ), accepting the Liberty Medal award from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Elections Around the World
"A New Right-Wing Movement Rises in Austria" Emily Schultheis -- The Atlantic, October 16, 2017

"The Death of Liberalism in Japan" Koichi Nakano -- The New York Times, October 15, 2017

" Stakes in Presidential Elections Extend Beyond Kyrgyzstan " M. Reyaz -- The Wire, October 13, 2017
Monumental Terror in Somalia

"Why the Somalia Truck Bomb Matters for President Trump" Conor Gaffey -- Newsweek, October 17, 2017

"Intel Official Says Turkish Military Base Was 'Target' of Somalia Truck Bomb" Harun Maruf -- Voice of America, October 17, 2017
ISIS Falling - What Comes Next?
"After the Caliphate, What's Next for ISIS? ISIS 2.0, Experts Say" Margaret Coker; Eric Schmitt; Rukmini Callimachi -- The New York Times, October 18, 2017

"Victory Over Islamic State Is Near. Then What?" Editorial Board -- Chicago Tribune, October 17, 2017

"The Defeat of ISIS in Raqqa Tests U.S. Commitment to Syrian Kurds" Louisa Loveluck and Liz Sly -- The Washington Post, October 17, 2017

"America's Opportunity in Iraq Is Ready to Be Seized" Douglas A. Ollivant -- War on the Rocks, October 18, 2017
Iraq and Kurds Clash
"Iraqi-Kurdish Clash in Kirkuk Opens the Door to More Iranian Influence " Robbie Gramer and Paul Mcleary -- Foreign Policy, October 16, 2017

"Kirkuk: The City that Highlights Iraq's War Within a War" Michael Knights -- BBC, October 17, 2017

"Iraqi Operation Will Deepen Rift Among the Kurds" Ashish Kumar Sen -- Atlantic Council, October 16, 2017
Catalonia Continues to Defy Spain  
"The Catalan Independence Movement's Shifting Fortunes" Omar G. Encarnacion -- Foreign Affairs, October 16, 2017
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