May 29, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Trump in Japan; U.S.-Iran Headed to War?; All Things Russia; EU Elections; May Is Out - Is Brexit?; Modi's India; Global Snapshot; and World Hunger Day
Quote of the Week
" North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?"
-- President Trump in a tweet on Saturday, May 25, regarding the situation North Korean actions during his visit to Japan.
Trump in Japan
Still Angling for a Deal, Trump Backs Kim Jong Un Over Biden, Bolton, and Japan” Ashley Parker and Simon Denyer -- The Washington Post, May 27, 2019

During Trump Visit, Abe Aims to Reinforce Ties and Smooth Trade Strains” Sheila A. Smith -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 28, 2019

Japan Rolled Out the Red Carpet. Trump Veered Off Into Personal Fixations.” Annie Karni -- New York Times, May 28, 2019

Trump Drives Hard Bargain in Japan at Honeymoon Summit” Miko Sugeno -- Nikkei Asian Review, May 28, 2019
Headed to War?
The Last War - and the Next?” Jon Finer -- Foreign Affairs, May 28, 2019

Who Is to Blame for America’s Disturbing Iran Policy?” George Will -- National Review, May 26, 2019

How the Return of Iranian-Backed Militias from Syria Complicates U.S. Strategy” Candace Rondeaux -- World Politics Review, May 24, 2019 

Zarif Seeks Help from Pakistan” Sabena Siddiqui -- Al-Monitor, May 27, 2019
All Things Russia
Is Stalin Making a Comeback in Russia?” Eva Hartog -- The Atlantic, May 28, 2019

Ankara Has Much to Lose in High Stakes Russian-Backed Offensive in Idlib” Simon Waldman -- The National, May 28, 2019

Russia’s Dangerous New Ploy: U.S. Trading Ukraine for Venezuela” Stephen Blank -- The Hill, May 24, 2019

How ‘Reset’ Man McFaul Helped Torpedo U.S.-Russia Relations” Scott Ritter -- The American Conservative, May 28, 2019
EU Far Right Wins Big
Views from the Capitals: European Elections” European Council on Foreign Relations, May 27, 2019
Europe’s Smaller Parties Win Big in European Parliament Elections” David A. Wemer -- Atlantic Council, May 26, 2019
The Global Far Right Is Here to Stay” Ishaan Tharoor -- The Washington Post, May 29, 2019

5 Lessons from the European Election” Dalibor Rohac -- Politico, May 27, 2019

How European Politics Is Fracturing” Robbie Gramer -- Foreign Policy, May 28, 2019
May Is Out - Is Brexit?
Leadership Candidates Emerged as May Resigned” Kate Whannel; Francesca Gillett; Hamish Mackay; Alex Therrien; Matt Cannon -- BBC, May 24, 2019

European Elections 2019: Nigel Farage Delivers Brexit Ultimatum” Billy Kenber; Francis Elliott; Oliver Wright -- The London Times, May 27, 2019

Modi's India
It’s Modi’s India Now” Ravi Agrawal -- Foreign Policy, May 23, 2019

Modi’s Thumping Mandate - But for What?” Alyssa Ayres -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 24, 2019

A Blueprint for a National Security Strategy” Happymon Jacob -- The Hindu, May 23, 2019
Global Snapshot
Prospect of New Israeli Vote Looms as Netanyahu Struggles With Coalition” Loveday Morris -- The Washington Post, May 29, 2019

Polls Show Opposition Candidate Ahead as Istanbul Rerun Nears” Ayla Jean Yackley -- Al-Monitor, May 28, 2019

Romania’s Most Powerful Man Is Sent to Prison for Corruption” Kit Gillet and Marc Santora -- New York Times, May 27, 2019

Indonesia’s Election Exposes Growing Religious Divide” Karen B. Brooks -- Council on Foreign Relations, May 22, 2019

Eritreans Have Peace, Now They Want Freedom” Abraham T. Zere -- Al Jazeera, May 24, 2019

South Africa’s Election Creates More Questions Than Answers for Ramaphosa” James Hamill -- World Politics Review, May 22, 2019
World Hunger Day
It’s World Hunger Day. Here’s Why So Many People Still Suffer from Malnutrition.” Carmen Jacqueline Ho -- The Washington Post, May 28, 2019