September 4, 2019
Weekly World News Update
Hong Kong: "Too Little Too Late"?; Uncertainty Spreads in Asia; Britain, Brexit, and Boris Johnson; European Struggles; Iran Watch; Long Road Ahead for Latin America; and Hurricane Dorian
Quotes of the Week
" Fellow citizens, lingering violence is damaging the very foundations of our society, especially the rule of law. Some people, though not many, attacked the Central Government's office in Hong Kong and vandalized the national flag and national emblem. This is a direct challenge to "One Country, Two Systems."
-- Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, in a televised speech announcing the withdrawal of the Fugitive Offenders Bill (Extradition Bill) on September 4.
Hong Kong: "Too Little Too Late"?


Hong Kong Was Once Passionate About China. Now, It’s Indifferent or Contemptuous.” Andrew Higgins -- New York Times, September 3, 2019

Bringing Hong Kong Back from the Brink” Keith Richburg -- The Strategist, September 2, 2019
Uncertainty Spreads in Asia
Asia’s Coming Era of Unpredictability” Robert Kaplan -- Foreign Policy, September 1, 2019

Abe’s Uncertain Legacy in Japan” Tobias Harris -- East Asia Forum, September 1, 2019

Taiwan’s Presidential Election: Playing Both Sides of the Strait” Charlie Lyons Jones -- The Strategist, August 30, 2019

What’s Next After the New Cambodia-Laos Border Tensions?” Prashanth Parameswaran -- The Diplomat, August 28, 2019
Britain, Brexit, and Boris Johnson
Bewitched by Brexit: Referendums and Modern Democracy” Caroline de Gruyter -- European Council on Foreign Relations, September 3, 2019
 
British Politics Is in Chaos. The System Is Working.” Tom McTague -- The Atlantic, September 4, 2019

Britain Is Mired in Democratic Crisis – But It Goes Much Deeper Than Brexit” Aditya Chakrabortty -- The Guardian, September 4, 2019

Boris Johnson Takes on Parliament – And Loses” Amy Davidson Sorkin -- The New Yorker, September 3, 2019
European Struggles
Salvini Era Is Over as Italy Moves Toward Pro-EU Government” Jacopo Barigazzi and Stephen Brown -- Politico, September 3, 2019

The German Economy Is Running Out of Options” Ryan Bridges -- Geopolitical Futures, September 3, 2019

30 Years After Reunification, Germany Is Still Two Countries” Anna Sauerbrey -- New York Times, August 29, 2019

Legislative Flurry in Ukraine Leaves MP’s Immunity ‘Cancelled’ Yet Still Intact” Halya Coynash -- Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, September 4, 2019
Iran Watch
Iran’s Payback Plan Target America” Seth Frantzman -- The National Interest, September 2, 2019

Will the Iran Conflict Break the West?” Mark Leonard -- Project Syndicate, August 29, 2019

Israel’s Good and Bad New Realities” Victor Davis Hanson -- National Review, September 3, 2019

Netanyahu’s Worst Nightmare: A Trump-Rouhani Meeting” Ben Caspit -- Al-Monitor, August 28, 2019
Long Road Ahead for Latin America
Colombia’s Peace Process Under Stress: 6 Essential Reads” Catesby Holmes -- The Conversation, August 30, 2019


Argentina’s Mess Doesn’t Herald a Comeback for Latin America’s Left” Mac Margolis -- Bloomberg, August 30, 2019

Understanding Macri’s Failure” Alvaro Vargas Llosa -- RealClear World, August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian Threatens the U.S. After Devastating the Bahamas: Live Updates” Fernando Alfonso III; Rob Picheta; Kara Fox -- CNN, September 4, 2019

Dorian’s Horrific Eyewall Slammed Grand Bahama Island for 40 Hours Straight” Matthew Cappucci -- The Washington Post, September 3, 2019

Dorian Drives Home Warnings of Climate Influence on Hurricanes” Daniel Cusick and Thomas Frank -- Scientific American, September 3, 2019