World News Update

Views on terrorism and updates on Ukraine and the Islamic State – as well as analysis of developments in Israel, Greece, and Turkey. Plus, Latin American mysteries and China’s role on the world stage…


Danish Attacks Echo France,” Griff Witte and Karla Adam – The Washington Post, February 16, 2015

Copenhagen Attack is a Reminder to Britain,” Editorial Staff – The Telegraph, February 15, 2015

How China Defines Terrorism,” Zunyou Zhou – The Diplomat, February 13, 2015

Ukraine – Winners and Losers in Minsk

The War Next Door: Can Merkel’s Diplomacy Save Europe?” Spiegel Staff – Spiegel Online International, February 14, 2015

Ukraine or the Rebels: Who Won in Minsk?” Nicolai N. Petro – The National Interest, February 13, 2015

Putin Comes Out on Top in New Minsk Agreement,” Paul Roderick Gregory – Forbes, February 13, 2015

The Minsk II Agreement – The Long Game,” Gustav Gressel – European Council on Foreign Relations, February 13, 2015

Russia – What is Putin’s End Game?

Russian Resurgence: How the Kremlin is Making its Presence Felt Across Europe,” Ian Traynor and Shaun Walker – The Guardian, February 16, 2015

Putin’s Frozen Conflicts,” Robert Orttung and Christopher Walker – Foreign Policy, February 13, 2015

The American Education of Vladimir Putin,” Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy – The Atlantic, February 16, 2015

Countering Putin’s Grand Strategy,” Robert D. Kaplan – The Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2015

ISIS Update

In Syria, the Enemy of an Enemy is Still an Enemy,” Colum Lynch – Foreign Policy, February 12, 2015

Why the Victory in Kobane Matters,” Aron Lund – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 13, 2015

Will ISIS Use Libya as a Springboard to Attack Egypt?” Michael Rubin – Commentary, February 15, 2015

Boots on the Ground: The Realities in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria,” Anthony H. Cordesman – Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 13, 2015

The Middle East That Might Have Been,” Nick Danforth – The Atlantic, February 13, 2015


Obama is Pursuing Regime Change in Israel,” Aaron David Miller – Foreign Policy, February 12, 2015

It’s the Economy, and Bibi Isn’t Stupid,” Paul R. Pillar – The National Interest, February 14, 2015


Dreaming of Russia in Ankara,” Claire Sadar – Foreign Affairs, February 12, 2015

Greece – Testing the Limits of the European Union

Don’t Blame Greece for the EU’s Woes,” Stephen Kinzer – Al Jazeera America, February 15, 2015

Latin American Mysteries

Argentina’s Kirchneristas Circle the Wagons,” Mac Margolis – BloombergView, February 13, 2015

Witches of Chiloé,” Mike Dash – Compass Cultura, February 2013

China on the World Stage

How to Pragmatically Respond to Greater Chinese Activism on the Global Stage,” Scott Kennedy – Center for Strategic and International Studies, February 2015