December 11, 2019
Afghan Papers Published; New NAFTA Victory; Political Chaos in the Americas; France Strikes; UK Elects; The World's Youngest Prime Minister: Sanna Marin; China's Uighur Trials; North Korea's Warnings; New Zealand Erupts; and Russia's International Sports Ban
" The American people have constantly been lied to."
-- John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, in a comment to The Washington Post ( as quoted in The Atlantic) regarding the Afghanistan war documents.
A Long Time Coming: Afghanistan Revelations
The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War” Craig Whitlock; Leslie Shapiro; Armand Emamdjomeh -- The Washington Post, December 9, 2019

'Nobody Wants to Talk About It’: Senate Remains Idle as Afghan War Lurches On” Marianne Levine and Connor O’Brien -- Politico, December 11, 2019

Everyone Knew We Were Losing in Afghanistan” David Graham -- The Atlantic, December 9, 2019

America’s Longest War Finally Has Its Pentagon Papers Moment” Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman -- Politico, December 9, 2019

Senior Enlisted Leaders React to Afghanistan Papers: ‘I’ve Never Been Lied to’” Meghann Myers -- Military Times, December 9, 2019
New NAFTA Victory
Trump Has His New NAFTA. But Is It Any Better Than the Original?" Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2019

The New, New NAFTA Is Good for Canada, and It Just Got Better” The Globe and Mail, December 10, 2019

Border Leaders Thrilled With USMCA Breakthrough” Luis Montoya -- Rio Grande Guardian, December 10, 2019
Political Chaos in the Americas
As Protests Rock Chile, the People Consider Rewriting Pinochet’s Constitution” Camila Osorio -- The New Yorker, December 10, 2019

In a Season of Discontent, Are Latin American Democracies at Risk?” Eric Farnsworth -- World Politics Review, December 6, 2019
France Strikes
UK Election Looms
How the Brexit Election Was Reduced to Trivia” Steve Bloomfield -- Foreign Affairs, December 9, 2019

The Arrogance of the UK’s Political Class Is Ever Less Justified” Jeremy Cliffe -- New Statesman America, December 9, 2019

UK Election: Issues of Identity and Culture All Battle Under the Banner of Brexit” Michael Clifford -- Irish Examiner, December 11, 2019
Sanna Marin: The World's Youngest Prime Minister
At 34, Sanna Marin Is the World’s Youngest Sitting Head of Government” Jan Olsen and Vanessa Gera -- Time, December 10, 2019

How Will a 34 Year Old Woman Prime Minister in Finland Change the World?” Tulikukka de Fresnes -- The Irish Times, December 11, 2019

Who Is Sanna Marin, Finland’s 34-Year-Old Prime Minister?” Megan Specia -- New York Times, December 10, 2019
China's Uighur Trials

'I Have Told Everything,’ Says Whistle-Blower in China Crackdown” Elian Peltier; Claire Moses; Edward Wong -- New York Times, December 7, 2019

As Xinjiang Makes International News, China’s Counterattacks Against the U.S. Miss the Mark” Robert Delaney -- South China Morning Post, December 10, 2019
North Korea's Warnings
N. Korea Conducts 'Important Test' at Once-Dismantled Site” Hyung-Jin Kim -- Associated Press, December 8, 2019

Is War With North Korea Unavoidable?” Crispin Rovere -- National Interest, December 8, 2019
New Zealand Erupts
Five Dead, Many Missing, and ‘No Signs of Life’ After Volcanic Eruption on Popular New Zealand Island” Allyson Chiu and Lateshia Beachum -- The Washington Post, December 9, 2019 

Should Tourists Have Been on New Zealand’s Volcanic White Island?” Julia Hollingsworth -- CNN, December 10, 2019

Why Did White Island Erupt?” Liam Mannix -- The Sydney Morning Herald, December 10, 2019
Russian Sports Banned
Explained: Why Russia Can’t Participate in Tokyo Olympics, FIFA World Cup” Mihir Vasavda -- Indian Express, December 9, 2019