Wednesday, September 20,  2017

President Trump at the UN; Kurdistan Referendum; Catalonia Fights for Independence; Germany Heads to the Polls; Russia Plays War
Quote of the Week:

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime."
-- President Donald Trump,  in a Tuesday speech at the UN General Assembly.
President Trump Introduces "America First" to the UN
"Why Trump Has Made 'Sovereignty and Accountability' the Focus of UN Reform" Stewart M. Patrick -- CFR, September 15, 2017

"Trump at the UN" Editorial Board -- National Review, September 19, 2017

"Donald Trump's War Doctrine Debuts at the UN" Robin Wright -- The New Yorker, September 19, 2017

"The Fatal Flaw in Trump's UN Speech Could Be Disastrous for American Power" Kori Schake -- Foreign Policy, September 19, 2017

"President Trump's UN Speech Is Exactly What Kim Jong-Un Wanted to Hear" Charlie Campbell -- Time, September 20, 2017
A Sovereign Kurdistan?
"A Kurdish Referendum on Independence Risks Backfiring" -- The Economist, September 15, 2017

"What Is at Stake in Iraqi Kurdish Vote for Independence?" Michael Knights -- BBC, September 18, 2017

" The Genie of Kurdish Independence Will Be Hard to Put Back in the Bottle " Faisal Al Yafai -- The National, September 19, 2017

"A New State in the Middle East? From the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to the Republic of Kurdistan" Gareth Stansfield -- Royal United Services Institute, September 19, 2017
And Independence for Catalonia? 
"A Referendum in Catalonia? Yes, but Not Like This" Inigo Dominguez -- El Pais, September 19, 2017

"Catalan Separatists Are on a Path to Failure" Leonid Bershidsky -- Bloomberg, September 20, 2017

" Catalan Independence's Agitator-in-Chief " Diego Torres -- Politico, September 20, 2017
Germany to Head to the Polls
"Looking Ahead to the German Elections" GMF Experts -- German Marshall Fund, September 13, 2017

"The Whole World Needs Angela Merkel" Kiran Nagarkar -- Deutsche Welle, September 20, 2017
Russia Plays War
"Russia Unveils Massive Military Force: 'The Enemy Has No Chance'" David Axe -- The Daily Beast, September 15, 2017

" Do Russia's Western War Games Deliver a Threat, or Just a Message? " Jason Thomson -- The Christian Science Monitor, September 19, 2017

"What Can We Learn from Russia's Military Drills?" Larisa Epatko -- PBS Newshour, September 14, 2017
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