WACA Weekly World News Update 1/31/2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

State of U.S. Foreign Policy; What’s Next for Syria?; New Fighting in Yemen; Rohingya Continue to Suffer; Kenya: Off Air

Quote of the Week:

“A great American leader will fashion strategies that ensure ISIS and al Qaeda don’t return. A great American leader will remember that it is our values that distinguish us most, and mean we must stand up to the genuine threat that the People’s Republic of China and Putin’s Russia represent. If that leadership and those values were what you were listening for, you were sorely disappointed.”

— Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, in an interview with PBS Newshour about President Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday.


The State of U.S. Foreign Policy


President Trump Talked Tough on North Korea in the State of the Union. Here’s Where Things Stand” Elizabeth Saunders — The Washington Post, January 31, 2018

In State of the Union, Trump Goes Where Kim Jong Un Fears Most: Human Rights” Gordon Chang — Daily Beast, January 31, 2018

How Might Trump’s Speech Play in North Korea, China?” Editorial Board — CBS, January 31, 2018

The State of Defense: Time for Trump to Put the Money Where His Mouth Is” Mackenzie Eaglen — American Enterprise Institute, January 31, 2018

After Credibility: American Foreign Policy in the Trump Era” Keren Yarhi-Milo — Foreign Affairs, January/February, 2018


After Sochi, What’s Next for Syria?


Russia’s Syria Talks End with Plan to Draft New Constitution” Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov — U.S. News & World Report, January 30, 2018
Syria Opposition Missing from Russia’s Sochi Talks” Editorial Board — Al Jazeera, January 30, 2018″Squaring the Circle: Connecting Current Operations to Policy Ambition in Syria” Melissa Dalton — CSIS, January 26, 2018 [Report]


New Fighting Erupts in Yemen


What Is Going on in Southern Yemen?” Gamal Gasim — Al Jazeera, January 29, 2018

Bloodshed Roils Yemen’s South, Further Complicating an Already Complicated War” Colin Dwyer — NPR, January 29, 2018

What Role Will Moscow Assume in Yemen’s Civil War?” Kirill Semenov — Al-Monitor, January 30, 2018


Rohingya Continue to Suffer


Three Steps Myanmar Should Take to Turn the Rohingya Disaster Around” Bill Richardson — The Washington Post, January 26, 2018

AP Interview: Richardson Resigns from Rohingya Refugee Panel” Foster Klug — Associated Press, January 25, 2018

The Rohingya in Bangladesh: Playing Politics with a People in Crisis” Erol Yayboke — CSIS, January 29, 2018

Even for Rohingya Refugees Who Move on From Bangladesh, Life Is Grim” — The Economist, January 25, 2018


Kenya: Off Air


Kenyans Name a ‘People’s President,’ and TV Broadcasts Are Cut” Jina Moore — The The New York Times, January 30, 2018

Kenya: Media Barred from Opposition Event” Editorial Board — Human Rights Watch, January 30, 2018