Wednesday, October 25,  2017

American Foreign Policy; Xi Jinping Elevated; Shinzo Abe's Victory; Kenyan Democratic Crisis; Uncertainty in the Middle East
Quote of the Week:

"Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as 'telling it like it is,' when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified."
-- Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), in a Tuesday statement on the Senate floor.
The Precarious Future of American Foreign Policy
"'I Will Not Be Complicit.' Jeff Flake's Retirement Speech, Annotated" Amber Phillips -- The Washington Post, October 24, 2017

"Permanent Warfare as Normality" Paul Pillar -- The National Interest, October 20, 2017

"A Space Policy for the Trump Administration" Jerry Hendrix and Adam Routh -- Center for a New American Security, October 23, 2017

"'America First' Is a Losing Strategy on Trade" Mireya Solis -- Brookings Institution, October 24, 2017
Xi Jinping Cements His Legacy
"China Enshrines 'Xi Jinping Thought', Elevating Leader to Mao-Like Status" Chris Buckley -- The New York Times, October 24, 2017

"China's Xi Elevated in Party Constitution, Joining Mao, Deng" Ting Shi -- Bloomberg Politics, October 24, 2017

"Xi Jinping Just Made It Clear Where China's Foreign Policy Is Headed" Rush Doshi -- The Washington Post, October 25, 2017

"Empowering China's New Miracle Workers" A. Michael Spence -- CFR, October 24, 2017
Landslide Victory for Shinzo Abe

"Abe After the Election: What Comes Next?" Daniel Sneider -- Asia Times, October 25, 2017

"The Bright Side of Japan's Bleak Election" Tobias Harris -- New Republic, October 25, 2017
Kenya's Electoral Circus
"Kenya's Electoral Impasse " Nic Cheeseman; Gabrielle Lynch; Justin Willis -- Foreign Affairs, October 25, 2017

"Kenya Election: From 'Fair and Peaceful' to Democratic Crisis" Bruce Konviser -- Deutsche Welle, October 25, 2017

"Kenya Opposition Leader Urges Vote Boycott, Civil Disobedience" George Obulutsa and Katharine Houreld -- Reuters, October 25, 2017

"Kenyan Election Rerun to Go Ahead Despite Effort to Block It" Matina Stevis-Gridneff -- The Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2017
Middle East Advances and Uncertainty
"We Need a Strategy for the Middle East" John McCain -- The New York Times, October 24, 2017

"What the End of ISIS Means" Stephen M. Walt -- Foreign Policy, October 23, 2017

"Iraq May Have just Turned the Corner from Chaos to Stability" Michael Rubin -- Washington Examiner, October 24, 2017
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