December 18, 2019
A Historic Time in America; Afghanistan: The U.S. & War-making; Johnson Wins in the UK; Global Trends; Russian Roundup; U.S.-Asia: Uneasy Alliances and Trade; and International Protests Persist
" This effort transcends partisanship and is dedicated to nothing less than preservation of the principles that so many have fought for, on battlefields far from home and within their own communities."
-- George T. Conway III, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver and Rick Wilson, conservative organizers of the Lincoln Project, a political action committee aimed at stopping President Trump's reelection, as quoted in their New York Times' op-ed.
A Historic Time in America
" George Conway, Other Conservatives Launch Effort to Block Trump's Reelection" Owen Daugherty -- The Hill, December 17, 2019

" House Debates Historic Vote on Impeaching President Trump" Benjamin Siegel and Stephanie Ebbs -- ABC News, December 18, 2019

Afghanistan: The U.S. & War-making
" The Infinity War" Samuel Moyn and Stephen Wertheim -- The Washington Post, December 13, 2019

" Did the Government Mislead the Public About the War in Afghanistan?" Max Boot -- Council on Foreign Relations, December 16, 2019

" Where Is the Outrage Over the War in Afghanistan?" Jeet Heer -- The Nation, December 13, 2019

" Secret Report Reveals How America Thought Britain Bungled Afghanistan War" Josh Glancy -- The Sunday Times, December 15, 2019
Johnson Wins in the UK
" Boris Johnson's Victory Is Exactly What the EU Wants" Garvan Walshe -- Foreign Policy, December 13, 2019

" Get Brexit Done? Be Careful What You Wish For." Peter Harris -- The National Interest, December 16, 2019

" Europe's Cult of Political Personality" Matthew Karnitschnig -- Politico, December 15, 2019

" Jeremy Corbyn's Crushing Defeat" The Economist, December 13, 2019

" What Boris Johnson's Big Win Means for Brexit and Scotland" Thomas Raines and Jason Naselli -- Chatham House, December 13, 2019

" The Election in Which the Conservatives Finally Waved Farewell to Thatcher's Ghost" Paul Goodman -- Conservative Home, December 13, 2019
Global Trends
" Visualizing 2020: Trends to Watch" Edward Alden; Paul Angelo; Michelle Gavin; Bruce Hoffman; Amy Jaffe; Adam Segal; Sheila Smith -- Council on Foreign Relations, December 12, 2019

" Chained to Globalization: Why It's Too Late to Decouple" Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman -- Foreign Affairs, January/February 2020

" Economic Growth Is the Answer" Michael Boskin -- Project Syndicate, December 12, 2019

" The Decade Populism Went Mainstream" Matt Welch -- Reason, December 11, 2019

" Africa Is Already Paying the Price of Climate Inaction" Andrew Green -- World Politics Review, December 13, 2019
Russian Roundup
" Forty Days of Darkness: Winter in Russia's Arctic Capital" Amos Chapple -- RadioFreeEurope, December 17, 2019

" Nuclear Enrichment: Russia's Ill-Fated Influence Campaign in South Africa" Andrew Weiss and Eugene Rumer -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, December 16, 2019

" The False Romance of Russia" Anne Applebaum --The Atlantic, December 12, 2019

" Russia Seizes Five Japanese Fishing Boats Off Hokkaido" The Japan Times, December 18, 2019
U.S.-Asia: Uneasy Alliances and Trade Relations
" Trump Shakedowns Are Threatening Two Key U.S. Alliances in Asia" Bruce Klingner; Jung Pak; Sue Mi Terry -- Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2019

" Trump Is Getting Played by China on Trade" Josh Rogin -- The Washington Post, December 12, 2019

" U.S.-China Trade Deal: 3 Fundamental Issues Remain Unresolved" Penelope Prime -- The Conversation, December 13, 2019
International Protests Persist
" Hong Kong Protests Could Spark a Stronger U.S.-China Accord" James Stavridis -- Bloomberg, December 12, 2019

" Has Narendra Modi Finally Gone Too Far" Dexter Filkins -- The New Yorker, December 16, 2019



" French Protesters Turn Up Pressure on Macron Over Pensions" Noemie Bisserbe -- The Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2019