August 21, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Greenland for Sale?; Terror and Tragedy; America and War: A Complicated Relationship; China's Choices; Shaping Global Fate; Chaos in Italy; World Watch; and Timor-Leste's Anniversary
Quotes of the Week
" As a Dane it is very hard to believe. For no reason Trump assumes that an autonomous part of our country is for sale. Then insultingly cancels a visit that everybody was preparing for. Are parts of the U.S. for sale? Alaska? Please show more respect."
-- Danish Folketing (Parliament) member Rasmus Jarlov in a tweet about President Trump's canceled visit to Denmark following the Danish PM's comments regarding Greenland.

" We will take revenge for every civilian drop of blood. Our struggle will continue against ISIS, we will take revenge and will root them out."
-- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a statement urging the global community to assist in the fight against terror following the ISIS attack that killed 63 and injured 182 during a wedding in Kabul.
Greenland for Sale?
" Trump Cancellation a Huge Cost to Denmark" Edward Owen -- Copenhagen Post, August 21, 2019

" What Greenland Might Have Taught Trump About Warming" Chelsea Harvey -- Scientific American, August 19, 2019
Terror and Tragedy
ISIS Is Regaining Strength in Iraq and Syria” Eric Schmitt; Alissa Rubin; Thomas Gibbons-Neff -- New York Times, August 19, 2019

The Age of Miscalculation” Kevin Williamson -- National Review, August 19, 2019

The Afghan Taliban's War Against ISIS Is Just Beginning” Ali Latifi -- National Interest, August 21, 2019
America and War: A Complicated Relationship
The U.S. Can’t Seem to Live Without Afghanistan” Aaron David Miller -- The Hill, August 15, 2019
 
There Once Was a President Who Hated War” Stephen Walt -- Foreign Policy, August 18, 2019

Sea Power: The U.S. Navy and Foreign Policy” Jonathan Masters -- Council on Foreign Relations, August 19, 2019

The Myth of American Military Dominance” Justin Lynch -- War on the Rocks, August 15, 2019
China's Choices
Hong Kong, America, and Liberty” Mark Tooley -- Providence, August 16, 2019 

China and the Rule of Law” Eric Li -- American Affairs, Fall 2019

China's World Order Doesn't Play Well With Democracy” Chris Walsh -- RealClear World, August 20, 2019

Can China Be a Responsible Power in a New Era?” Frank Ching -- The Globe and Mail, August 20, 2019
Shaping Global Fate
The Population Bust” Zachary Karabell -- Foreign Affairs, September/October 2019

When Populist Nationalists Tempt Geopolitical Fate” Reva Goujon -- Stratfor, August 15, 2019

The Weaponization of Information Is Mutating at Alarming Speed” Sophia Ignatidou -- The Guardian, August 19, 2019
Chaos in Italy


Matteo Salvini’s Risky Call” Jacopo Barigazzi -- Politico, August 20, 2019

Why Italian Governments So Often End in Collapse” Adam Taylor -- The Washington Post, August 20, 2019
World Watch
Eric Hobsbawm: Peering Darkly Into the Future” Richard Evans -- New Statesman, August 14, 2019

The Future of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces” Philippe Atallah -- Foreign Policy Research Institute, August 19, 2019

Trouble in Sri Lanka” Taylor Dibbert -- The Washington Times, August 19, 2019


Why Is Zimbabwe Starving” Claire Felter and Sabine Baumgartner -- Council on Foreign Relations, August 15, 2019

Cameroon’s Three Deepening Divides All Have One Thing in Common” Yuhniwo Ngenge -- African Arguments, August 13, 2019
Timor-Leste Independence Day
Timor-Leste, 20 Years On” Mica Barreto Soares -- Lowy Institute, August 16, 2019