May 26, 2021
Belarus Hijacking; Russia's Roles; Ceasing the Violence in Gaza; Iran's Calculus; Mali Coup; and Turkey's Hawkishness
Quote of the Week
"With Russia, the policy of progressive sanctions on frozen situations is no longer an effective policy. [We] are at a moment of truth in our relationship with Russia, which should lead us to rethink the terms of the tension that we decide to put in place."

-- French President Emmanuel Macron told press after an EU summit on Tuesday.
Belarus Hijacking
Russia's Roles
Ceasing the Violence in Gaza

"Blinken Heads to Middle East to Support Cease-Fire, Organize Aid for Gaza" Karen DeYoung -- The Washington Post, May 24, 2021

"U.S. to Reopen Jerusalem Consulate, Upgrading Palestinian Ties" Joseph Krauss -- AP News, May 25, 2021

"America, Human Rights, and Israel’s War on Palestine" Jeffrey Sachs -- Project Syndicate, May 25, 2021
Iran's Calculus
"Iran Needs the Nuclear Deal to Keep Russia and China at Bay" Jamsheed Choksy; Carol Choksy -- Foreign Affairs, May 25, 2021

"Iran Talks Loom as a New Test of Biden’s Israel Ties" Michael Crowley -- The New York Times, May 25, 2021

"IAEA Chief: Iran Nuke ‘Genie Cannot Be Put Back in Bottle’" Yonah Jeremy Bob -- The Jerusalem Post, May 26, 2021
Mali Coup

"Mali's Vice President Ousts President and Prime Minister From Office, Assumes Power" Melissa Bell; Barbara Wojazer; Caitlin Hu -- CNN, May 25, 2021
Turkey's Hawkishness
"Russia Warns Turkey Over Ties with Ukraine" Al Jazeera, May 24, 2021

"Turkey Will Not Return to the Western Fold" Asli Aydintasbas -- Foreign Affairs, May 19, 2021