May 1, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Remembering Sen. Lugar; Guaido vs. Maduro; Centrist Hope in Spain; New Era in Japan; Asia's Power Plays; al-Baghdadi Alive; Global Religions Under Attack; Oil Sanctions on Iran; and Measles Scares
Quote of the Week
" We have the responsibility to ensure that our first impulse in foreign affairs is one of bipartisanship. And we have the responsibility to speak plainly when we disagree with the administration, but to avoid inflammatory rhetoric that is designed merely to create partisan advantage or to settle partisan scores."
-- Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), in remarks during the 2005 Senate debate on the nomination of Condoleezza Rice for U.S. Secretary of State, as quoted in the Washington Post.
Senator Richard Lugar
Guaido vs. Maduro: A Battle for Venezuela
There Is No Coup in Venezuela” Eli Lake -- Bloomberg, May 1, 2019

What Is Happening in Venezuela and Why It Matters” Megan Specia -- New York Times, April 30, 2019

Clashes Erupt in Venezuela as Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó, With Troops, Announces ‘Final Phase’ Against President Maduro” Mariana Zuñiga; Anthony Faiola; Terrence McCoy -- The Washington Post, April 30, 2019 

Spain: A Qualified Triumph for Centrism
Can Spain’s Election Be a Rallying Cry for the European Left?” Ishaan Tharoor -- The Washington Post, April 30, 2019

Center-Left Bucks European Trend in Spain” Nick Ottens -- Atlantic Council, April 29, 2019

Spain’s Past Is Lost” Yascha Mounk -- The Atlantic, April 30, 2019 

Will the Center Prevail in the Spanish Elections?” Omar Encarnación -- Foreign Affairs, April 26, 2019
Japan's New Emperor
"Emperor Naruhito Takes the Throne, and a New Era Arrives in Japan" Motoko Rich -- New York Times, April 30, 2019

The Japanese Emperor’s Role in Foreign Policy” Lindsay Maizland -- Council on Foreign Relations, April 26, 2019

"In Pictures: Japan's New Emperor" -- The Japan Times, May 1, 2019
Power Plays in Asia
Where Does the Russia-North Korea Relationship Stand?” Scott Snyder -- Council on Foreign Relations, April 29, 2019

Should Trump Worry About the Putin-Xi Meeting?” Doug Bandow -- The National Interest, April 27, 2019

The North-South Dialogue: RIP or Can It Be Resuscitated?” Daniel Depetris and Richard Sokolsky -- 38 North, April 25, 2019

China's Global Power Play” Frederick Kempe -- Atlantic Council, April 28, 2019

How Are Various Countries Responding to China’s Belt and Road Initiative?” Paul Haenle; Dmitri Trenin; Alexander Gabuev; Tomáš Valášek; Darshana Baruah; Feng Yujun; Ma Bin -- Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, April 25, 2019

What Do the Recent Elections in Indonesia and Thailand Mean for Democracy in Southeast Asia?” Amy Searight -- Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 26, 2019
Al-Baghdadi Resurfaces
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Alive. Now What?” Graeme Wood -- The Atlantic, April 30, 2019

Global Religions Under Attack

How Terror Detonated With Precision Across Sri Lanka” Joe Fox; Terrence McCoy; Leslie Shapiro; Joanna Slater -- The Washington Post, April 25, 2019

Six Killed in Burkina Faso Church Attack” Al Jazeera, April 29, 2019
Impact of Oil Sanctions on Iran
"Iran's Economy Slumps As U.S. Sanctions Pile on the Pain" Simeon Kerr; Andrew England; Najmeh Bozorgmehr -- Financial Times, April 29, 2019

What Effects Will Tighter U.S. Sanctions on Iran’s Oil Have?” Amy Jaffe -- Council on Foreign Relations, April 25, 2019

Oil Squeeze on Iran Aids Putin's Power Play in the Middle East” Henry Meyer; Ladane Nasseri; Ilya Arkhipov -- Bloomberg, April 28, 2019
Measles: Fear and Quarantine

 “ Measles Cases Surpass 700 as Outbreak Continues Unabated” Donald McNeil Jr. -- New York Times, April 29, 2019

Hundreds of Students and Staff from Two L.A. Universities Remain Quarantined Amid Measles Scare” Michael Brice-Saddler -- The Washington Post, April 26, 2019