WACA Weekly World News Update 2/7/2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
PyeongChang Olympics; Tillerson in Latin America; European Populism; Trouble in South Africa; Crisis in the Maldives

Quote of the Week:

“The latest attacks on the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s.”
— John McCain, U.S Senator (R-AZ), in a statement released Friday, regarding the release of the Nunes memo to the public.


North Korea and the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

North Korea Diplomacy and the Winter Olympics” Leif-Eric Easley — The Diplomat, February 7, 2018

North and South Korea Made Peace for the Olympics. But It Won’t Last” Charlie Campbell — Time, February 1, 2018

Enjoy the Olympics but Talks with North Korea Will Fail” Robert Kelly — The National Interest, February 5, 2018

Don’t Be Fooled by North Korea’s Winter Olympics Charm Offensive” Kim Sengupta — Independent, February 6, 2018

The Mixed Record of Sports Diplomacy” Eleanor Albert — Council on Foreign Relations, February 5, 2018

The Education of Kim Jong-Un” Jung Pak — Brookings, February 6, 2018

Tillerson’s Trip to Latin America

Tillerson Tries to Soothe Troubled Allies in Latin America. It’s Not an Easy Sell.” Elisabeth Malkin — The New York Times, February 2, 2018

Tillerson to Latin America: Beware of China” Krishnadev Calamur — The Atlantic, February 3, 2018

Tillerson Praises Monroe Doctrine, Warns Latin America of ‘Imperial’ Chinese Ambitions” Robbie Gramer and Keith Johnson — Foreign Policy, February 2, 2018

Checking in on European Populism 

Europe’s Populists Are Waltzing Into the Mainstream” Editorial Board — The Economist, February 3, 2018

Muslim Voters and the European Left” Rafaela Danygier — Foreign Affairs, February 6, 2018

Crisis and Cohesion in the European Union: A Ten-Year Review” Josef Janning — European Council on Foreign Relations, February 5, 2018

Germany Finally Settles on Coalition 

Germany’s Angela Merkel Finally Reaches Coalition Deal with SPD” Ben Knight — Deutsche Welle, February 7, 2018

Day Zero for South Africa?

In Drought-Hit South Africa, the Politics of Water” William Saunderson-Meyer — Reuters, February 5, 2018

South African President Jacob Zuma Faces Pressure to Resign” Rachel Elbaum — NBC News, February 6, 2018

President Zuma’s Speech Postponed as South African Power Struggle Intensifies” Norimitsu Onishi — The New York Times, February 6, 2018

Maldives: Constitutional Crisis in Paradise

A Beautiful Place for a Crisis: How Politics Spoiled the Maldives Tropical Paradise” Shashank Bengali — Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2018

Crisis Continues in a Land of Pretty Islands, as Justices and Ex-Leader Are Arrested” Hassan Moosa and Jeffrey Gettleman — The New York Times, February 5, 2018

Crisis in Male” Editorial Board — The Hindu, February 5, 2018