June 26, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Chaos in the Persian Gulf; Spotlight on Saudi Arabia; G20 Summit Looms; China and North Korea Meet; Turnover in Turkey; Democracy Paused; Corruption and Consequences; and Global Humanitarian Crises
Quote of the Week
" His killing was the result of elaborate planning involving extensive coordination and significant human and financial resources. It was overseen, planned, and endorsed by high-levels officials. It was premeditated. The killing of Mr. Khashoggi thus constitutes an international crime over which other States should claim universal jurisdiction. I call on those States to take the necessary measures to establish their competence to exercise jurisdiction under international law over this crime of extrajudicial execution."
-- UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, in her report summarizing the findings of the six-month investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as quoted in a release by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.
Chaos in the Persian Gulf
" Is Trump Really Headed to War With Iran? Here is What Two Experts Think" John Dale Grover -- The National Interest, June 25, 2019
 
Iran, the Strait of Hormuz, and Hard Power” Amy Jaffe -- Council on Foreign Relations, June 19, 2019

What the Iran Crisis Reveals About European Power” Tom McTague -- The Atlantic, June 25, 2019

Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Salvageable?” Judy Dempsey -- Carnegie Europe, June 20, 2019

There Is an Off Ramp in the U.S.-Iran Crisis” Suzanne Maloney -- Brookings, June 19, 2019
Spotlight on Saudi Arabia

Saudi First: How Hyper-Nationalism Is Transforming Saudi Arabia” Eman Alhussein -- European Council on Foreign Relations, June 19, 2019

G20 Summit Looms
Hold Your Breath: Trump’s Got Three High-Stakes Meetings at One Summit” Margaret Talev -- Bloomberg, June 26, 2019
 
As G20 Approaches, Will Trump Deliver Tech Surprise to China?” Kenneth Rapoza -- Forbes, June 21, 2019
 
After Trade Feuds in Tsukuba, Japan Faces Uphill Task at G20” Reiji Yoshida -- Japan Times, June 20, 2019

Is The G20 Destined to Fade into Irrelevance in a Leaderless World- Courtesy of Donald Trump?” Shi Jiangtao and Jane Cai -- South China Morning Post, June 23, 2019

Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Turning to G20 Leaders for Help” Keith Bradsher; Daniel Victor; Mike Ives -- New York Times, June 26, 2019
China and North Korea Meet
North Korea: The Pot Still Boiling” Robert Carlin -- 38 North, June 20, 2019


Mr. Xi Goes to Pyongyang” Jung Pak -- Brookings, June 24, 2019
Turnover in Turkey
Erdogan Faces a Choice - and Turkey’s Democracy Is at Stake” Asli Aydintasbas -- The Washington Post, June 20, 2019

Could This Man Save Turkey?” Sinan Ciddi and Steven Cook -- Politico, June 24, 2019

A New Dawn in Turkey After Erdogan Loses Istanbul” Selim Koru -- New York Times, June 24, 2019
Ethiopian Democracy Paused
Ethiopia Is at a ‘Very Critical Juncture’” Jefcoate O’Donnell -- Foreign Policy, June 24, 2019

Ethiopia’s Coup Attempt Spells Disaster For Its Democratic Transition” Abdi Latif Dahir -- Quartz, June 24, 2019

Corruption and Consequences
Moldova Crisis: The First Battle in the War for Democracy” Vadim Pistrinciuc -- European Council on Foreign Relations, June 21, 2019
 
Georgia Caught Up in Russia’s Geopolitical Power Struggle” Christian Trippe -- DW, June 23, 2019

In Georgia’s Parliament, One Russian Too Many” Amy Mackinnon -- Foreign Policy, June 21, 2019

Global Humanitarian Crises
2019 Trafficking in Persons Report Released” Maritime Executive, June 22, 2019

More Than Half of the World’s Poor Are Children” Katharina Fenz and Kristofer Hamel -- Brookings, June 20, 2019

At Europe’s Edge, Unwanted Migrants Are Stranded in an Unrecognized Country” Chigozie Obioma -- Foreign Policy, June 23, 2019