December 19, 2018
Weekly World News Update
Trump Pains Europe; Yemen Struggles Albeit Peace Talks; Hope for Afghan-Taliban Peace?; Saudi Trouble; Brexit Looms Imminently; What to Watch in 2019; Journalists Unsafe in U.S.
Today's Weekly World News Update will be the final of the year. We will return with Weekly World News on January 2, 2019. From everyone here at the World Affairs Councils of America, we wish you a warm, safe, and happy holiday season!

Please note that the national office will be closed from December 24 through January 1. 
Quote of the Week
“Donald Trump has had it out for Germans for thirty years…When he talks about allies, he means Germany. When he talks about the EU, he means Germany.”
-- President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, quoted in the latest edition of the New Yorker.
Daalder was a keynote speaker at WACA's 2018 National Conference .
U.S.-Transatlantic Issues Abound
How Trump Made War on Angela Merkel and Europe ” Susan Glasser -- The New Yorker, December 17, 2018

Hacked European Cables Reveal a World of Anxiety About Trump, Russia, and Iran ” David Sanger and Steven Erlanger -- New York Times, December 18, 2018

Trump Policies Should Push Britain to Reduce Its Ties to U.S., Say Peers ” Patrick Wintour -- The Guardian, December 17, 2018

Divided at the Center: Germany, Poland, and the Troubles of the Trump Era” Piotr Buras and Josef Janning -- European Council on Foreign Relations, December 19, 2018
Peace Talks Signal Hope for Yemen
A Ceasefire Has Stopped Fighting in Yemen’s Hodeidah ” David Gilbert -- Vice News, December 18, 2018


After Progress in Sweden, Yemen Needs a UN Security Council Resolution ” Peter Salisbury -- International Crisis Group, December 13, 2018

Trump Is Helping the Saudis Starve Yemen ” Conor Friedersdorf -- The Atlantic, December 14, 2018
While More Peace Talks Commence in Abu Dhabi


Fixing Afghanistan’s Flawed Peace Process” Nematullah Bizhan -- Project Syndicate, December 18, 2018
Saudi Backlash
Senate Votes to End Aid for Yemen Fight Over Khashoggi Killing and Saudis’ War Aims ” Julie David and Eric Schmitt -- New York Times, December 13, 2018
 

U.S. Senate Vote ‘Will Benefit Only Iran' ” Jeff Latzke -- Arab News, December 18, 2018
100 Days until Brexit
Theresa May Has Left it Far Too Late for a No-Deal Brexit” Jane Merrick -- CNN, December 19, 2018

Brexit Gridlock ” Madeleine Kearns -- National Review, December 17, 2018

Brexit Is Destroying Britain’s Constitution ” Garvan Walshe -- Foreign Policy, December 18, 2018
2019 Projections
Ten Elections to Watch in 2019” James Lindsay -- Council on Foreign Relations, December 12, 2018

Five Risks to Watch in 2019 ” Samuel Brannen -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 13, 2018
Danger for Journalists
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