May 22, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Brexit Puts May on Shaky Ground; EU Election Build-Up; Scandal in Austria; Morrison Wins in Australia; India Divided; U.S.-China Trade Update; U.S.-Iran Future; and Top Global Dangers
Quote of the Week
" We are being asked to vote for a customs union and a second referendum. The Bill is directly against our manifesto - and I will not vote for it. We can and must do better - and deliver what the people voted for."
-- Leading British Parliament Conservative Party Member Boris Johnson in a tweet on Tuesday, May 21, regarding the status of Brexit.
Brexit Puts May on Shaky Ground

Brexit Talks Collapse, Setting Up Theresa May’s Likely Departure” Karla Adam and William Booth -- The Washington Post, May 17, 2019

No Policies? No Problem. The Patchwork Brexit Party Is Crushing Its Opponents.” Benjamin Mueller -- New York Times, May 22, 2019

Cometh the Hour: Boris Johnson May Be the Tories’ Best Hope” James Forsyth -- The Spectator, May 18, 2019
Competition for EU Leadership
Do These European Parliament Elections Matter?” Judy Dempsey -- Carnegie Europe, May 22, 2019. 

Why the European Parliament Elections Matter” James McBride -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 17, 2019

European Elections 2019: How the System Works and Why It Matters” Megan Specia -- New York Times, May 21, 2019

Macron and Salvini: Two Leaders, Two Competing Visions for Europe” Rachel Donadio -- The Atlantic, May 20, 2019

Scandal Upends Austrian Government
Caught in the Trap” Leila Al-Serori; Oliver Das Gupta; Peter Münch; Frederik Obermaier; Bastian Obermayer -- Süddeutsche Zeitun, May 18, 2019

Austrian Government Collapses Over Russia Scandal” Matthew Karnitschnig -- Politico, May 20, 2019 

Balancing Principles and Politics in Austria” Declan Leary -- National Review, May 21, 2019

Morrison Wins in Australia
Morrison’s Rare Opportunity to Shape the Country” Peter Hartcher -- The Sydney Morning Herald, May 20, 2019

How Morrison Won – and What His Win Means for the U.S.-Australia Alliance” James Curran -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 20, 2019

Australia’s Voters Reject Leftist Ideas” John Fund -- National Review, May 19, 2019
India Divided
U.S.-Style Polarization Has Arrived in India. Modi Is at the Heart of the Divide.” Niha Masih and Joanna Slater -- The Washington Post, May 20, 2019

What Will India Look Like If Modi Returns to Power?” James Crabtree -- Foreign Policy, May 19, 2019

Why the BJP Is Not Invincible in Uttar Pradesh” Zoya Hasan -- The Hindu, May 21, 2019
Trade War Goes Tech

The Global Consequences of a Sino-American Cold War” Nouriel Roubini -- Project Syndicate, May 20, 2019

U.S.-China Trade Skirmishes Obscure the Start of Tech Cold War” Martin Farrer -- The Guardian, May 21, 2019
U.S.-Iran Future
Rocket Lands Near U.S. Embassy Inside Baghdad’s Green Zone” Mustafa Salim and Tamer El-Ghobashy -- The Washington Post, May 19, 2019

The U.S. Is Outplaying Iran in a Regional Chess Match” Seth J. Frantzman -- National Review, May 20, 2019

'No War, No Negotiation' Is Iran’s Stance” Mehdi Khalaji -- The Washington Institute, May 21, 2019
Escalating U.S.-Iran Tensions: What’s Next?” Philip H. Gordon -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 17, 2019
Top Global Dangers
Be Afraid of the World, Be Very Afraid” Stephen M. Walt -- Foreign Policy, May 20, 2019