WACA Weekly World News Update 2/21/2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Quote of the Week:“At no time since the collapse of the Soviet Union has the risk of armed conflict between major powers been as high as it is today. It couldn’t be worse.

— Wolfgang Ishchinger, Chairman of the 2018 Munich Security Conferencerecorded by Politico Europe on Friday. 

Countering Russia

There’s Still Time to Act Against Russian Interference” Daniel Fried — The Atlantic, February 18, 2018

Did the U.S. ‘Hack Back’ at Russia? Here’s Why This Matters in Cyberwarfare” Michael Poznansky and Evan Perkoski — The Washington Post, February 21, 2018

Vladimir Putin’s Parallel State” Maxim Trudolyubov — Kennan Institute, February 21, 2018

Vladimir Putin’s Wartime Presidency” Leon Aron — National Review, February 16, 2018

‘To the Brink – And Back?’ 2018 Munich Security Conference

‘We’re in Trouble’: Rancor Rules at Munich Security Conference” Carl Schreck — Radio Free Europe, February 18, 2018

Five Takeaways from the Munich Security Conference” Ulrike Esther Franke — European Council on Foreign Relations, February 20, 2018

The Munich Security Conference Is One of the Premier Global Forums, So What’s with the Malaise?” Daniel Drezner — The Washington Post, February 18, 2018


Critical Times in Syria

With Nowhere Else to Turn, Syrian Kurds Will Have to Embrace Assad’s Army” Zvi Bar’el — Haaretz, February 20, 2018


Afrin Marks the Point of Collapse for American Influence in Syria” David Goldman — Asia Times, February 21, 2018

Cyber Threats from North Korea

North Korea Steps Up Cyber Powers with Shadowy ‘Reaper’ Hacker Group” Nicola Smith — The Telegraph, February 20, 2018

All Eyes on North Korea” Jenna McLaughlin — Foreign Policy, February 15, 2018

Chaos in the Congo
Congo Is Sliding Back to Bloodshed” Editorial Board — The Economist, February 15, 2018

Congo for the Congolese” Helen Epstein — The New York Review of Books, February 19, 2018 
Venezuela’s Mounting Humanitarian Crisis

Venezuela: The Downward Spiral Continues” Andrew Stanley; Sarah Ladislaw; Adam Sieminski; Frank Verrastro — CSIS, February 16, 2018

Witnessing Venezuela’s Exodus” Vanessa Neumann — The Cipher Brief, February 18, 2018

A Venezuelan Refugee Crisis” Shannon O’Neil — Council on Foreign Relations, February 15, 2018 [Report]