September 18, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Strikes on Saudi Oil; Ankara Summit; World Watches Israeli Elections; Tunisia Tests Democracy; Gun Control in New Zealand; U.S.-Australia Alliance; European Central Bank: More Stimulus; and Brexit
Quote of the Week
" In the wake of this weekend's unprovoked attack on several oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, I promise: We're ready. The U.S. is prepared, we're locked and loaded and we're ready to defend our interests & our allies in the region."
-- Vice President Mike Pence, in a tweet September 17 echoing that of President Trump.
Strikes on Saudi Oil
This Is the Moment That Decides the Future of the Middle East” Steven Cook -- Foreign Policy, September 17, 2019 

Saudi Arabia Oil Attack: Trump Hints at Action as U.S. Points Finger at Iran” Kate Lyons -- The Guardian, September 16, 2019 

The Strategic Implications of the Strikes on Saudi Arabia” Anthony Cordesman -- Center for Strategic & International Studies, September 16, 2019

Saudi Attack Comes at Ill-Favored Moment for Global Economy” Delphine Strauss and Brendan Greely -- Financial Times, September 17, 2019
Summit in Ankara
The Fate of Syria’s Idlib to Top Turkey, Russia, Iran Talks” Dorian Jones -- Voice of America, September 13, 2019

Ankara Summit on Syria: ‘A Win for Moscow and al-Assad” Andrew Wilks -- Al Jazeera, September 17, 2019
Israel Elects and the World Watches
Israel and the Decline of the Liberal Order” Robert Kagan -- The Washington Post, September 12, 2019

Vowing Annexation, Charging Voter Fraud, ‘King Bibi’ Looks Poised to Extend Rule” David Horovitz -- The Times of Israel, September 16, 2019

Jordan and Israel Ties: A Need for Common Understanding Among Peoples” Ram Yavne and Harry Hoshovsky -- The Jerusalem Post, September 16, 2019

Now Is the Time for Unity” Ariel Kahana -- Israel Hayom, September 18, 2019
Tunisia Tests Democracy
NOTE: WACA will host Oussama Romdhani, Editor in Chief of The Arab Weekly and former Tunisian Communications Minister, tomorrow, September 19, at 3:00-3:30 pm ET for a KNOW NOW conference call about why the Tunisian elections matter and how the new Tunisian president can ensure the future stability and economic recovery of Tunisia.  Register now!

Tunisia Votes for a President as It Struggles to Build a Democracy” Ben Hubbard -- New York Times, September 15, 2019

Tunisia, the Arab Spring’s Sole Democracy, Chooses a New President” Sudarsan Raghavan -- The Washington Post, September 15, 2019

Tunisia Establishment Stunned as Outsiders Win Presidency” Tarek Amara and Angus McDowall -- Reuters, September 16, 2019
Gun Control in New Zealand
American-Australian Alliance
The U.S.-Australia Alliance: What to Know” Samuel Parmer -- Council on Foreign Relations, September 13, 2019

As Scott Morrison Heads to Washington, the U.S. - Australia Alliance Is Unlikely to Change” David Smith -- The Conversation, September 15, 2019

What Mr. Trump Needs to Hear from Mr. Morrison” James Curran -- East Asia Forum, September 15, 2019
European Central Bank: More Stimulus

" ECB Press Conference" European Central Bank, September 12, 2019

What You Need to Know About ECB New Moves” Paul Davies and Anna Isaac -- The Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2019 

The Economic Policy at the Heart of Europe Is Creaking” The Economist, September 12, 2019
Brexit or 'Brextension'?
Why the EU Should Stick to the Brexit Deadline and Rule Out Any Extensions” Cas Mudde -- The Guardian, September 17, 2019

Trick or Treat? French and German Views on ‘Brextension’” Josef Janning and Tara Varma -- European Council on Foreign Relations, September 17, 2019