May 12, 2021
Cyberattacks on U.S. Infrastructure; Danger: U.S., China, and Taiwan; Colombia's Mounting Crisis; Clashes in Gaza; Afghanistan; and Iran: Final Round of Talks?
Quote of the Week
“The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack should be a wake-up call on Capitol Hill. We need to think holistically about security threats against America's energy infrastructure -- and implement smart policies that will reduce security threats across the entire energy system."

-- Rockford Weitz, Director of the Tufts University Fletcher Maritime Studies Program, said when asked for comment by Forbes.
Cyberattacks on U.S. Infrastructure
Cyberattack Forces a Shutdown of a Top U.S. Pipeline” David Sanger; Clifford Krauss; Nicole Perlroth -- The New York Times, May 8, 2021 
 
 
The TSA Should Regulate Pipeline Cybersecurity” Robert K. Knake -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 10, 2021 

Danger: U.S., China, and Taiwan
Why There’s Talk About China Starting a War With Taiwan” Alex Ward -- Vox, May 5, 2021 


Taiwan and the Ghosts of History” Ian Buruma -- Project Syndicate, May 7, 2021 

"The Most Dangerous Place on Earth" The Economist, May 1, 2021

Biden's China Challenge” Geoffrey Garrett -- Politico, May 6, 2021 
Colombia's Mounting Crisis
Clashes in Gaza
 
Israelis, Palestinians and Their Neighbors Worry: Is This the Big One?” Thomas L. Friedman -- The New York Times, May 11, 2021 
 
Escalating Mideast Violence Bears Hallmarks of 2014 Gaza War” Fares Akram; Joseph Krauss -- AP News, May 12, 2021  
 
Joe Biden Can’t Duck the Jerusalem Crisis” Jacob Silverman -- The New Republic, May 10, 2021 
Out of Afghanistan
Afghanistan: What Now to Avoid Disaster?” James Cunningham; Hugo Llorens; Ronald Neumann; Richard Olson; Earl Anthony Wayne -- Atlantic Council, May 11, 2021 

Bombing Outside Afghan School Kills at Least 50, With Girls as Targets” Thomas Gibbons-Neff; Najim Rahim -- The New York Times, May 8, 2021 
 
Afghanistan’s Minorities Prepare for Battles Ahead” Emily Stranger -- Real Clear World, May 7, 2021 
Iran: Final Round of Talks?
 
Nuclear Talks with Iran Could Reach Agreement Within Weeks, U.S. Says” Lara Jakes; Farnaz Fassihi -- The New York Times, May 6, 2021 
 
No Ransom Payment for Iran” Wang Xiyue -- American Enterprise Institute, May 6, 2021