December 4, 2019
Weekly World News Update
NATO: An Alliance in Trouble?; Attack on the London Bridge; European Struggles; Protest Power; Modi's India; Dispute on the Nile; World Economic Watch; and A Geopolitical Snapshot
Quotes of the Week
" Would you like some nice ISIS fighters? I can give them to you."
-- President Donald Trump, in reference to terrorists captured in Syria and other regions.

" Let's be serious."
-- French President Emmanuel Macron, in response to President Trump's claim that most ISIS fighters in the region are from Europe during this week's NATO summit in London.
NATO: An Alliance in Trouble?
Is NATO Brain-Dead?” Judy Dempsey -- Carnegie Europe, November 28, 2019

NATO Gathering Descends into Acrimony as Trump Criticizes Allies” Alexander Smith and Shannon Pettypiece -- NBC News, December 4, 2019

Trump Grandstands at NATO Summit Nobody Wanted” Nico Hines -- The Daily Beast, December 3, 2019

Allies Unite to Defend NATO - Against Macron” David Herszenhorn and Rym Momtaz -- Politico, December 3, 2019
Attack on the London Bridge
London Terror Attack Highlights How ISIS Has Grown in Asia” Rachel Avraham -- Foreign Policy, December 3, 2019

London Bridge Attack Exposes Flaws in UK Terror Oversight” Helen Warrell -- Financial Times, December 1, 2019

London Bridge Attack Victims Were Advocates for Prisoner Rehabilitation” Megan Specia -- New York Times, December 2, 2019
European Struggles
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ankara?” Katie Williams -- Defense One, December 2, 2019

European Security in Crisis: What to Expect if the U.S. Withdraws from NATO” Liana Fix and Bastian Geigerich -- War on the Rocks, November 29, 2019

German Politics: Bad News for Merkel” Holger Schmieding -- The Globalist, December 2, 2019

Romania 101: Lessons from a Century of Struggles and Success” Corneliu Pivariu -- Geopolitical Monitor, December 3, 2019
Protest Power
Why Iran May Be Locked Into a Future of More Protests” Vahid Yücesoy -- World Politics Review, November 27, 2019

Bashir Now Faces Death Over 1989 Coup That Brought Him to Power” Mawahib Abdallatif -- The East African, December 1, 2019

Malta Leader to Resign Amid Protests Over Reporter’s Death” Stephen Calleja -- Associated Press, December 1, 2019

Iraq Prime Minister Says He Will Resign Amid Protests” Alissa Rubin -- New York Times, November 29, 2019

Modi's India
Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India” Dexter Filkins -- The New Yorker, December 2, 2019


Where Is Rape-Accused Nithyananda? The Answer Lies in a New Nation” Rahul Shrivastava -- India Today, December 3, 2019
Dispute on the Nile

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam Talks in Cairo End” Hamza Hendawi -- The National, December 3, 2019
World Economic Watch
Economics Belongs in the NSC” Matthew Goodman -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 26, 2019

Don’t Pursue Economic Growth at the Expense of Environment” Fiona Harvey -- The Guardian, December 4, 2019

Rural Unrest Spreads as Farmers’ Anger Boils Over” Arthur Neslem and Eddy Wax -- Politico, November 29, 2019

A Geopolitical Snapshot
The New Geography of Global Diplomacy” Bonnie Bley -- Foreign Affairs, November 27, 2019

The Power of Siberia Heralds a Landmark of Sino-Russian Solidarity” Zhou Dong-Chen -- Modern Diplomacy, December 4, 2019

The Future of Transatlanticism Is China” Andrew Michta -- The American Interest, November 27, 2019