June 30, 2021
U.S. Strikes in Iraq and Syria; Ceasefire in Tigray; A Changing European Union; News from the Korean Peninsula; and Peru's Divisive Election
Quote of the Week
"I've read Mao Zedong. I've read Karl Marx. I've read Lenin. That doesn't make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding — having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?
-- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley responded to questions last Wednesday about the teaching of critical race theory in the U.S. military.
U.S. Strikes in Iraq and Syria
Iraq Is Caught in the Middle as U.S. and Iran Spar on Its Soil” Jane Arraf -- The New York Times, June 28, 2021 

U.S. Troops in Syria Attacked After Airstrikes on Militias” Robert Burns; Lolita Baldor – Associated Press, June 28, 2021 

Ceasefire in Tigray

"Tigray's Former Rulers Back in Mekelle, Ethiopian Government Declares Ceasefire" Giulia Paravicini; Katharine Houreld; Dawit Endeshaw -- Reuters, June 28, 2021

"Ethiopia Is Facing a Human-Made Famine" Jen Kirby -- Vox, June 25, 2021

"Ethiopia Pivots to Disputed Dam After Ending Tigray Hostilities" Fasika Tadesse; Simon Marks -- Bloomberg News, June 30, 2021 
A Changing European Union
"EU Parliament Officially Endorses European Green Deal" Kirsten Williams -- Jurist, June 26, 2021

"The Post-Merkel Era Begins in Brussels" Jacopo Barigazzi; David Herszenhorn -- Politico EU, June 25, 2021

"How the EU Can Engage Russian Civil Society" Maria Domańska -- Carnegie Europe, June 29, 2021

News From the Korean Peninsula
"Can Biden Solve the North Korea Puzzle?" Robbie Gramer -- Foreign Policy, June 28, 2021

"Kim Jong-un Reveals 'Huge Crisis' Has Struck North Korea" Adam Barnes -- The Hill, June 30, 2021

"South Korea Fails to Recognize Its Capacity to Shape the Indo-Pacific" Hayley Channer -- The Diplomat, June 30, 2021
Peru's Divisive Election
"Trumpian Tactics Threaten to Undo Democracy in Peru" Steven Levitsky; Alberto Vergara -- The New York Times, June 23, 2021 

"A Socially Conservative Left Is Gaining Traction in Latin America" Paul Angelo; Will Freeman -- Americas Quarterly, June 23, 2021