World News Update

Opinion and analysis of negotiations with Tehran, the global energy market, the Middle East, Asia, and Russia/Ukraine. Plus, views on U.S. foreign policy and the global economy…

Negotiating with Iran

After Vienna: Obstacles to a Deal Can be Overcome,” Sir Richard Dalton – European Leadership Network, November 27, 2014

Geopolitical Implications of OPEC’s Decision Not to Cut Production

The Global Shakeout From Plunging Oil,” Daniel Yergin – The Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2014

Falling Oil Prices Offer the West a Great Chance to Refashion Itself. Let’s Seize It,” Will Hutton –The Guardian, November 30, 2014

The Downside of Oil Independence,” Jeff Rubin – The Globe and Mail, December 1, 2014

Oil and OPEC: This Time is Not as Different as You Think it Is,” Michael Levi – Council on Foreign Relations, December 1, 2014


America, Don’t Give up on Afghanistan,” Paul D. Miller – New Republic, November 30, 2014

ISIS In-Depth

Profiling the Islamic State,” Charles Lister – Brookings, December 1, 2014

Israel – Fact or Fiction?

What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel,” Matti Friedman – The Atlantic, November 30, 2014

Papal Visit to Turkey

Catholic Geopolitics,” Victor Gaetan – Foreign Affairs, November 28, 2014

Indian and Pakistani Tensions Rising

India and Pakistan: A Debilitating Relationship,” Saim Saeed – The Diplomat, November 29, 2014


Hong Kong Crackdown Reveals China’s Fear of Contagious Rebellion,” Simon Tisdall – The Guardian, December 1, 2014

China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution,” Nina Lakhani – The Daily Beast, November 30, 2014

Russia/Ukraine: How Things Might Have Been – and Might Be in the Future

What Else Could We Have Done? Ukraine After Vilnius,” Kadri Liik – European Council on Foreign Relations, November 28, 2014

Ukraine After the Elections: Democracy and the Barrel of a Gun,” Ian Bond – Centre for European Reform, November 27, 2014

U.S. Foreign Policy

“‘America in Retreat’: Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We can do About It,” James Kirchick – The Daily Beast, December 1, 2014

The American Global Stance as Chuck Hagel Departs,” David Coates – The Huffington Post, December 1, 2014

How to Keep Future Cold Wars Cold: Mind the Missiles,” Gregory D. Koblentz – Los Angeles Times, November 28, 2014

America’s Next Big Challenge: Countering China’s Diplomatic Blitzkrieg,” Richard Javad Heydarian –The National Interest, November 30, 2014

The Global Economy

TTIP: What are the Implications for Emerging Powers and the International Order?” Daniel Hamilton –International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, December 1, 2014

The Return of Economic Nationalism: Shaping the Next Phase of Globalization A La Carte,” Harald Malmgren – Second Line of Defense, November 29, 2014