May 8, 2019
Weekly World News Update
South Africa Votes Today; Spotlight on Turkey; Middle East on the Brink of War?; Should the U.S. Risk a Proxy War in Venezuela?; Great Power Rivalry; May Fourth Movement 100 Years On; Ukraine's Zelensky and Russia; and America's Arctic Policy
Quote of the Week
" What we are saying is that never, never, and never again, must South Africa go through what we have gone through where there is sleaze, where there is malfeasance, and where there is rampant corruption ... We have made mistakes but we have been sorry about those mistakes and we are saying our people should reinvest their confidence in us."
-- President Cyril Ramaphosa, in remarks after casting his vote during the May 8 South African election, as quoted in The Sunday Times (South Africa).
South Africa Votes Today
South Africa’s Youth Missing on Election Day” -- The South African, May 8, 2019

'They Were Useless’: What About South Africa’s Forgotten Rural Voters?” Martin Plaut -- African Arguments, May 6, 2019

How Far Can Populism Go in South Africa?” Erin Conway-Smith -- Foreign Affairs, May 7, 2019

In South Africa Election, Ramaphosa Faces Verdict from Disillusioned Voters” Norimitsu Onishi -- New York Times, May 8, 2019

Who Owns South Africa” Ariel Levy -- The New Yorker, May 6, 2019
Spotlight on Turkey


Why Turkey and America Cannot Compromise in Syria” Aaron Stein/FPRI -- Eurasia Review, May 4, 2019

Can Turkey Double Down in Libya Game?” Fehim Tastekin -- Al-Monitor, May 3, 2019
Violence in the Middle East: On the Brink of War?
U.S. - Iran, Israel - Gaza Turn Mideast Into a Danger Zone Again” Simon Henderson -- The Hill, May 6, 2019

" Iran Scraps 'Some Commitments' To Nuclear Deal" -- Deutsch Welle, May 8, 2019

Trump’s Iran Policy Is Becoming Dangerous” Colin Kahl -- Foreign Policy, May 7, 2019


A Shaky Truce in Gaza” Shalom Lipner -- Atlantic Council, May 6, 2019
Should the U.S. Risk A Proxy War in Venezuela?
To Help Venezuela, America Must Help Herself First” Clay R. Fuller -- American Enterprise Institute, May 6, 2019

Should America Go to War in Venezuela? Let’s Study that Time America Invaded Cuba” Daniel. L. Davis -- National Interest, May 4, 2019

Why Is Russia Clashing With the United States Over Venezuela?” Emily Tamkin -- Washington Post, May 2, 2019
Great Power Rivalry
The Growing Russian Challenge and What Should Be Done About It” Ashish Kumar Sen -- Atlantic Council, May 3, 2019

Inside China and Russia’s Shadow War Against America” Tom Rogan -- Washington Examiner, May 5, 2019

How To Win America’s Next War” Eldridge Colby -- Foreign Policy, May 5, 2019
May Fourth Movement 100 Years On
China’s Path Not Taken” Ian Buruma -- Project Syndicate, May 6, 2019

XI Jinping Tries to Crash the May Fourth Movement’s Centenary” Jiayang Fan -- The New Yorker, May 4, 2019

The Birth of Chinese Nationalism” Salvatore Babones -- Foreign Policy, May 3, 2019

May Fourth’s Unfulfilled Promise” -- China File, May 3, 2019
Zelensky's Relationship With Russia
Zelensky, the Post-Soviet Man” Peter Pomerantsev -- The American Interest, May 6, 2019

Ukraine’s New President and Russian Relations” Stefan Karlo Rajic -- Australian Strategic Policy Institute, May 2, 2019
America's Stake in the Arctic
The Implications of U.S. Policy Stagnation Toward the Arctic Region” Heather A. Conley and Matthew Melino -- Center For Strategic & International Studies, May 3, 2019


The Market Is Betting on Climate Change” Wolfram Schlenker and Charles Taylor -- Vox, May 2, 2019