June 12, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Hong Kong's Fight; Thai and Philippine Power Dynamics; Protests and Pushback; Ghosts of the Soviet Union; Blurred Lines on Iran; Fuel for Thought; French-American Friendship Wilts
Quote of the Week
" I urge the Hong Kong government to listen to the concerns of its people and its friends in the international community and to pause and reflect on these controversial measures. It is essential that the authorities engage in meaningful dialogue and take steps to preserve Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms and high degree of autonomy, which underpin its international reputation. Upholding the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, provided for in the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration, is vital to Hong Kong’s future success."
-- The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in an official statement regarding the protests in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's Fight
" Hong Kong Protest: Police Fire Teargas at Demonstrators - Live" Damien Gayle; Kate Lyons; Verna Yu -- The Guardian, June 12, 2019

Hong Kong’s Last Fight Is Lost” Peter Hartcher -- The Sydney Morning Herald, June 11, 2019

Hong Kong’s Government May Cave in to China. Its People Will Not.” Yi-Zheng Lian -- New York Times, June 10, 2019
China, Hong Kong, and Proof of America’s Better International Order” Tom Rogan -- Washington Examiner, June 10, 2019
Thai Democracy vs. Dictatorship
Thailand’s Democratic Dictatorship” Pravit Rojanaphruk -- Deutsche Welle, June 6, 2019

The Military Wins Big in Thailand” Joshua Kurlantzick -- Council on Foreign Relations, June 5, 2019

Philippine Power Dynamics
A Power Shift Is Under Way in Duterte’s Game of Thrones” Claire Jiao; Andreo Calonzo; Hannah Dormido -- Bloomberg, June 7, 2019 

Rights Experts Urge UN Inquiry Into ‘Staggering’ Killings in Philippines” Nick Cumming-Bruce -- New York Times, June 7, 2019

Protests and Pushback
Sudanese Opposition Needs Stronger International Support” Michelle Gavin -- Council on Foreign Relations, June 11, 2019

Why the Sudanese People Stand Alone” Nanjala Nyabola -- Al Jazeera, June 8, 2019
This Is How Our Revolution in Egypt Failed. Sudan, Please Be Warned” Osama Gaweesh -- African Arguments, June 5, 2019

Kazakhstan’s Second-Ever President Can’t Tolerate Protest” Reid Standish -- Foreign Policy, June 10, 2019
Ghosts of the Soviet Union
Nine Things to Know About Kazakhstan’s Election” Paul Stronski -- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, June 5, 2019

NATO’s Ukraine Challenge” Steven Pifer -- Brookings, June 6, 2019

Moldova’s Governments Go Head to Head” Amy Mackinnon -- Foreign Policy, June 10, 2019

Ivan Golunov’s Russian Release: Why This Case Matters” Andrei Gorianov -- BBC News, June 12, 2019
Blurred Lines on Iran
A Reaganesque Approach to Iran? Embrace the Moderates” Marik Von Rennenkampff -- War on the Rocks, June 6, 2019 

Trump’s Twists on Confronting Iran Confound Allies in Europe” Edward Wong and David Sanger -- New York Times, June 7, 2019

How to Navigate the Fog of War on Iran” Mike Giglio -- The Atlantic, June 6, 2019
Fuel for Thought
Oil’s Power Players” Patrick Heller; David Mihalyi; Morgan Bazilian -- Foreign Policy, June 5, 2019 

Is OPEC China’s Problem?” Amy Jaffe -- Council on Foreign Relations, June 7, 2019

Political Risk Analysis: Mexico’s Problematic Energy Policy” Nathaniel Parish Flannery -- Forbes, June 7, 2019
French-American Friendship Wilts
Trump and Macron Planted a Friendship Tree. Now It’s Dead.” James McAuley -- The Washington Post, June 10, 2019