World News Update

Opinion and analysis concerning North Korea, Cuba, Russia, the Middle East, as well as Greece and the Euro zone. Plus, reflections on 2014 and views on what to watch in 2015.

Dealing with North Korea

Strategic Clarity on North Korea,” Christopher R. Hill – Project Syndicate, December 30, 2014

New Sanctions Let Pyongyang Play the Victim,” Michael Auslin – The Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2015

Better Than New Sanctions: Could Obama’s Cuba Strategy Work on North Korea?” Ted Galen Carpenter – The National Interest, January 3, 2015

Cuba – What Happens Next?

U.S.-Cuban Relations: Lessons from China and the Soviet Bloc,” James Lockhart – War on the Rocks, December 31, 2014

Lessons Cuba Can Learn from East Germany,” Diana Villiers Negroponte – Newsweek, January 5, 2015

Cold War Redux?

A New Cold War Order?” Mikhail Gorbachev – Project Syndicate, January 5, 2015

US and Russia in Danger of Returning to Era of Nuclear Rivalry,” Julian Borger – The Guardian, January 4, 2015

Decoding Vladimir Putin’s Plan,” Joshua Kucera – U.S. News & World Report, January 5, 2015

Remote Control: Can an Exiled Oligarch Persuade Russia that Putin Must Go?” Julia Ioffe – The New Yorker, January 12, 2015

Hotter Wars

Hammer and Anvil: How to Defeat ISIS,” Robert A. Pape, Keven Ruby, and Vincent Bauer – Foreign Affairs, January 2, 2015

All is Not Lost in Afghanistan,” James Stavridis – Foreign Policy, January 5, 2015

Middle East Round-Up

Can the Middle East Navigate Democracy?” Mark P. Lagon and Zachary Laub – Council on Foreign Relations, December 30, 2014

The UN, the PA, and the Peace Process,” Paul R. Pillar – The National Interest, January 2, 2015

Bad Choices: Why is the Netanyahu Government Freezing These Funds in the First Place?” JPost Editorial – The Jerusalem Post, January 4, 2015

Islam Will Not Have its Own Reformation,” Nick Danforth – Foreign Policy, January 2, 2015

Greece Threatens to Leave Euro Zone – Again

Grexit Grumblings: Germany Open to Possible Greek Euro Zone Exit,” Nikolaus Blome, Giorgos Christides, Christian Reiermann, and Gregor Peter Schmitz – Spiegel Online International, January 5, 2015

Why Europe Still Can’t Afford a Greek Exit,” Carol Matlack – BloombergBusinessweek, January 5, 2015

Germany Should Not Scoff at Greece,” Marcel Michelson – Forbes, January 4, 2015

The Odds of Greece Leaving the Euro Have Never Been Higher,” Matt O’Brien – The Washington Post, December 29, 2014

Berlin Insists it Expects Greece to Remain in Eurozone,” Stefan Wagstyl – Financial Times, January 4, 2015

Plus, extra articles reflecting on 2014 and looking to the year ahead…
A look back at 2014…

The Foreign Policy Story of the Year,” David Rothkopf – Foreign Policy, December 31, 2014

The Birth of a New Century,” George Packer – Foreign Policy, December 2014

Why 2014 Went Wrong for the Eurozone,” Simon Nixon – The Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2015

…and, what to watch in 2015

The World in 2015: Our Take on the Year Ahead,” Roundtable Discussion with 10 Foreign Policy Experts – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, (undated)

Top Risks 2015,” Ian Bremmer and Cliff Kupchan – Eurasia Group, January 5, 2015

2015 Watch: The Seven Great Powers,” Walter Russell Mead – The American Interest, January 4, 2015

2015: Seven Global Summits That Deserve Your Attention,” Stewart M. Patrick – Council of Councils, Dec 22, 2014

Ten Elections to Watch in 2015,” James M. Lindsay – Council on Foreign Relations, December 8, 2014

10 Wars to Watch in 2015,” Jean-Marie Guéhenno – Foreign Policy, January 2, 2015

The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch,” Joseph Bahout, et al. – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, December 29, 2014

Africa in 2015: A New Year’s Guide,” Simon Allison – Daily Maverick, January 5, 2015

Will 2015 be Africa’s Year to Shine?” John Campbell – The National Interest, January 2, 2015

2015: The Year of the Bear? 5 Ways Russia Can Regroup,” Nikolas K. Gvosdev – The National Interest, January 4, 2015

Why 2015 Might Well be Mankind’s Happiest New Year,” Fraser Nelson – The Spectator, December 26, 2014

The World is Not Falling Apart,” Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack – Slate, December 22, 2014

Prospects for the Global Economy in 2015,” Robert Kahn, et al. – Council on Foreign Relations, December 23, 2014

Forget 2015 — 2050 Is The Year For Predictions,” Zoë Schlanger – Newsweek, January 4, 2015