World News Update

Analysis of U.S. foreign policy; opinion on Obama’s engagement in Iraq and overtures to Iran; and views on Israel, Libya, Asia, and Europe. Plus, reflections on Germany 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the potential for a new Cold War…

Foreign Policy and the New Congress

Let’s Get Together, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: What Obama and a GOP Congress Can do on Foreign Policy,” James Carafano – The Daily Signal, November 9, 2014

Election Losses Give Obama Weaker Hand Overseas,” Terry Atlas – Bloomberg, November 7, 2014

Will Obama and Republicans Get Along on Iran, Syria and Russia?” Elise Labott – CNN, November 7, 2014

What do the U.S. Midterms Mean for Foreign Policy Toward the Americas?” Carl Meacham – Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 6, 2014

Déjà vu as U.S. Troops Return to Iraq/ISIS

Barack Obama Doubles US Troop Levels for War Against ISIS in Iraq,” Spencer Ackerman and Tom McCarthy – The Guardian, November 8, 2014

Double or Nothing on the Islamic State,” James Traub – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014

The Spy Who Told Me: Can We Handle the Truth About the Islamic State?,” John McLaughlin – OZY, November 10, 2014

The Ultimate Fatal Attraction: 5 Reasons People Join ISIS,” Maha Yahya – The National Interest, November 7, 2014

Obama Reaches Out to Iran

Letters to the Ayatollah: Why Obama’s Latest Outreach to Iran’s Supreme Leader Was a Mistake,” Suzanne Maloney – Brookings, November 7, 2014

Pen-Palling with the Ayatollah,” Trita Parsi – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014

A Troubling Letter to an Unbending Ayatollah,” Jeffrey Goldberg – The Atlantic, November 7, 2014

Obama’s Bet on Iran,” Jackson Diehl – The Washington Post, November 9, 2014


Netanyahu is Losing Europe’s Goodwill, Even Germany’s,” David Gardner – Financial Times, November 10, 2014


The US Ruined Libya,” Stephen Kinzer – The Boston Globe, November 7, 2014

China, the U.S. and Russia

China’s Russia Power Play,” Tom Risen – U.S. News & World Report, November 10, 2014

A New Model for China-US Relations?,” Wei Zongyou – The Diplomat, November 10, 2014

North Korea

Why North Korea Released Two Americans,” Gordon G. Chang – The Daily Beast, November 8, 2014

Catalan Independence

Catalan Leader to Step up Independence Push as 80% Vote to Split From Spain,” Ashifa Kassam – The Guardian, November 10, 2014

What Catalonia’s Independence Vote Means,” Matthew Moffett – The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2014


The Lost Children: France Takes Stock of a Growing Jihadist Problem,” Julia Amalia Heyer – Spiegel Online International, November 6, 2014

Reflections on the Fall of the Wall – 25 Years Ago

The Day the Wall Came Down,” Fred Kaplan – Slate, November 7, 2014

The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall,” Melvyn P. Leffler – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014

Germany Then and Now,” Josef Janning – European Council on Foreign Relations, November 8, 2014

8 Things That Were Better in East Germany*” Paul Hockenos – Foreign Policy, November 7, 2014

But, Amidst Celebrations, Warnings of a New Cold War

Gorbachev Warns World on the Brink of a New Cold War,” Stefan Wagstyl – Financial Times, November 8, 2014

Close Military Encounters Between Russia and the West ‘at Cold War Levels,’” Ewen MacAskill – The Guardian, November 9, 2014