May 15, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Pompeo in Brussels; U.S. - Iran Escalation; Iran New Deal?; Orban's Visit; World Leaders in the Hot Seat; Global Elections; Africa's Hot Spots; Trade War; Moscow Moves; and Security on the Continent
Quote of the Week
" We are living in a crucial, delicate moment where the most relevant and responsible attitude to take is that of maximum restraint and avoiding any escalation on a military side."
-- EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, in remarks following the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on May 13, as quoted in the European External Action Service.
Pompeo's Surprise Trip to Brussels
Pompeo Crashes Brussels Meeting of EU Diplomats But Changes Few Minds on Iran” Michael Birnbaum and Liz Sly -- The Washington Post, May 13, 2019

Frustrated European Allies Warn Pompeo Against U.S. - Iran Escalation” Laura Rozen -- Al-Monitor, May 13, 2019

U.S. Does Not Seek War With Iran, Says Mike Pompeo” BBC News -- May 14, 2019
U.S. - Iran Escalation

A Conflict With Iran Would Not Be Like the Iraq War. It Would Be Worse.” Adam Taylor -- The Washington Post, May 14, 2019

Iran Moves Missiles to Iraq in Warning to Enemies” John Irish and Ahmed Rasheed -- Reuters, May 15, 2019

If Iran Deploys Missiles in Iraq: U.S. – Israeli Response Options” Michael Knights and Assaf Orion -- RealClear World, May 13, 2019

Oman in the Middle” Jonathan Schanzer and Nicole Salter -- Foundation for Defense of Democracies, May 9, 2019
Iran New Deal?
The Art of a New Iran Deal” Sanam Vakil -- Foreign Affairs, May 9, 2019

One Year Later, Why Leaving the Iran Nuclear Deal Was the Right Call” Peter Brookes -- RealClear World, May 8, 2019

Will China Play a Role in Lessening U.S. Pressure on Iran?” Mohsen Shariatinia -- Al-Monitor, May 13, 2019
Orban at the White House
Who Is Viktor Orban? The Far-Right Leader Who Sat Down With Trump” Nilo Tabrizy -- New York Times, May 13, 2019

Viktor Orban’s U.S. Visit Could Bolster Europe’s Populists” Charles A. Kupchan -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 10, 2019

Viktor Orban Wants Trump’s Help in the European Elections” Kim Lane Scheppele -- Foreign Affairs, May 13, 2019
World Leaders in the Hot Seat
Mexico’s New President Turns Back the Clock on Democracy” Denise Dresser -- Foreign Affairs, May 13, 2019

Zelensky’s First Big Test” Basil Kalymon -- Atlantic Council, May 8, 2019

India Will Suffer for Modi’s Failure to Tackle Corruption” James Crabtree -- Nikkei Asian Review, May 15, 2019
Global Elections
Philippine Midterm Elections Deliver a Resounding Vote of Confidence for Duterte” Regine Cabato -- The Washington Post, May 14, 2019

Charting 50 Years of Turning Tides in Australian Politics” Greg Earl -- The Lowy Institute, May 13, 2019

Erdogan Just Committed Political Suicide” Henri J. Barkey -- Foreign Policy, May 10, 2019
Africa's Hot Spots
The Roots of Sudan’s Upheaval” John Campbell -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 9, 2019

Cameroon’s Separatist Movement Is Going International" Gareth Browne -- Foreign Policy, May 13, 2019

Why Are Kenyans Protesting Their Government” Ken Opalo -- The Washington Post, May 13, 2019
U.S. vs. China: Trade
Why U.S. Allies Aren’t Rushing to Back Trump’s China Trade War” Adam Taylor -- The Washington Post, May 14, 2019

Sharpening the U.S. - China Trade Debate” Derek Scissors -- American Enterprise Institute, May 13, 2019
The Real Victims of China’s Trade Patterns” Jayati Ghosh -- Project Syndicate, May 10, 2019

China’s Brilliant, Insidious Strategy” Victor Davis Hanson -- National Review, May 14, 2019
Moscow Moves
Is Russia Preparing a Gas Nuclear Option?” Paul Gregory -- Forbes, May 13, 2019

Moscow to Weave AI Face Recognition into Its Urban Surveillance Net” Samuel Bendett -- Defense One, May 14, 2019
Security on the Continent
If NATO Expansion Was a Mistake, Why Hasn’t Putin Invaded?” Hal Brands -- Bloomberg, May 14, 2019

Yes, NATO Expansion Was a Mistake” Daniel Larison -- The American Conservative, May 14, 2019

How Trump Can Transform Nuclear Arms Control” Richard Burt and Jon Wolfsthal -- National Interest, May 10, 2019