World News Update

Views and analysis on Russia/Ukraine, the Middle East, and Europe. Plus, articles on the global energy market and global health. Scroll down for opinions on U.S. foreign policy and the changing of the guard at the Pentagon.

Later today, look out for our top book picks for 2014 – culled from many of the same publications that serve as sources for these weekly news digests.

What’s Next on Russia’s Agenda?

It’s Time for the West to Re-Evaluate its Whole Approach to Russia,” Matthew Sussex – The Interpreter, December 8, 2014
The West’s Containment Folly,” Peter Harris – The National Interest, December 8, 2014

Moldova is Next Battleground for Russia and EU,” Judy Dempsey – The Moscow Times, December 4, 2014


The Greatest Challenge to US-European Security Cooperation Today: The Ukraine Crisis,” Ian Bond, Denis Corboy, William Courtney, Michael Haltzel, and Kenneth Yalowitz – The National Interest, December 8, 2014
What Will Happen With Eastern Ukraine?” Kadri Liik and Andrew Wilson – European Council on Foreign Relations, December 2014

Iran: Ally and Antagonist

U.S. Accuses Iran of Secretly Breaching U.N. Nuclear Sanctions,” Colum Lynch – Foreign Policy, December 8, 2014
A Nuclear Deal With Iran Will Require the West to Reevaluate its Presumptions,” Eric Edelman, Dennis Ross, and Ray Takeyh – The Washington Post, December 4, 2014

Iran: A Not so Unlikely Ally,” Ibrahim Al-Marashi – Al Jazeera, December 8, 2014


In Syria, a Last Gasp Warning for U.S. Influence,” Charles Lister – Brookings, December 5, 2014

ISIS Update

The Vortex,” Robin Wright – The New Yorker, December 8, 2014

Israel/Palestine: A Conflict Without a Resolution?

The Power and Weakness of Inciting Violence,” Shibley Telhami – The Washington Post, December 5, 2014
Thinking Outside the Oslo Box,” Mark LeVine and Mathias Mossberg – Al Jazeera America, December 6, 2014

Five Reasons to Recognize a Palestinian State,” Hugh Lovatt and Mattia Toaldo – European Council on Foreign Relations, December 8, 2014

The New Europe?

Let the Next Generation Speak Up for Europe,” Timothy Garton Ash – The Guardian, December 7, 2014

Global Energy Market

South Stream, Russia and Turkey: What Does The Deal Mean?” Stephen Blank – The Turkey Analyst, December 3, 2014
EU, US Promote Alternative Projects, Following South Stream Failure,” James Crisp – EurActiv, December 4, 2014

The Promise and Peril of Falling Oil Prices,” Mark Kennedy – Foreign Policy, December 5, 2014

Global Health

The Most Dangerous Emerging Disease is Drug Resistance,” Katrin Elger, and Veronika Hackenbroch – Spiegel Online International, December 8, 2014

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Views on U.S. Foreign Policy

Debunking Retreat Argument Against Obama’s Foreign Policy,” Michael A. Cohen – The Boston Globe, December 4, 2014
Why the Pacific Matters to the Rebalance,” Gregory B. Poling and James Hurndell – Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 4, 2014

The Obama Administration: From Ending Two Wars to Engagement in Five With the Risk of a Sixth,” Anthony H. Cordesman – Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 3, 2014

National Security

Ash Carter vs. Barack Obama’s Yogi Berra Foreign Policy,” David Rothkopf – Foreign Policy, December 4, 2014

Can Ash Carter Save the Pentagon?” Michael Auslin – National Review Online, December 8, 2014