World News Update

Opinion and analysis of developments in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Plus, views on the evolving geo-political landscape… 

Greece – Extending Uncertainty (and Misery)

Syriza’s Miscalculation,” Simeon Djankov – Peterson Institute for International Economics, February 18, 2015

Greek Surrender: When All Hope is Gone,” CJ Polychroniou – Al Jazeera, February 23, 2015

The Grexit Dilemma: What Would Happen if Greece Leaves the Euro Zone?” Spiegel Staff – Spiegel Online International, February 20, 2015

Keeping Greece in the Euro is About Far More Than Money,” Marc Chandler – Financial Times, February 18, 2015

Europe Disunion

Three EU Dreams That Have Turned Into Nightmares,” Christopher Booker – The Telegraph, February 21, 2015

It’s Time to Kick Germany Out of the Eurozone,” Patrick Chovanec – Foreign Policy, February 20, 2015

Angela Merkel – Iron Lady 2.0

Who Made Germany Europe’s Boss?” Clive Crook – BloombergView, Feburary 22, 2015

In Merkel We Trust?” Anne Applebaum – Slate, February 20, 2015

Germany’s Real Role in the Ukraine Crisis,” Elizabeth Pond and Hans Kundnani – Foreign Affairs, March/April 2015

Smoldering Conflicts…

How to Arm Ukraine Without Starting World War Three,” Steven Pifer – Reuters, February 18, 2015
Georgia Wary of Moscow Deals with South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” Kathrin Hille – Financial Times, February 18, 2015


Somalia on the Mediterranean,” Christopher S. Chivvis – Foreign Policy, February 18, 2015

ISIS – What Does it Want and How Pervasive a Threat is it?

What ISIS Really Wants,” Graeme Wood – The Atlantic, March 2015

Islamic State’s Global Ambitions,” Jessica Lewis McFate and Harleen Gambhir – The Wall Street Journal, February 22, 2015

ISIL is a Nuisance, Not a Global Strategic Threat,” Tony Karon – The National, February 22, 2015

Iraq – Déjà vu?

Obama’s Rushing to Disaster in Iraq,” Eli Lake – BloombergView, February 23, 2015

Middle East

Obama is Wrong. Democracy is the Last Thing the Middle East Needs Right Now,” David Harsanyi –The Federalist, February 19, 2015

U.S.-Israeli Relations

AIPAC Boycott: It’s Time for Washington and Jerusalem to Heal Their Rift and Reaffirm Their Unshakeable Alliance,” Editors – The Jerusalem Post, February 22, 2015

As the US and Europe Turn Away, Israel Looks to Asia,” Jonathan Cook – The National, February 23, 2015

Update from Asia…

Is This the Century of the Dragon?” Pepe Escobar – Real Clear World, February 23, 2015

Singapore and the Asian Century,” Gabriele Giovannini and Emanuele Schibotto – The Diplomat, February 19, 2015

China and the South China Sea Resource Grab,” Michael Fabinyi – The Diplomat, February 22, 2015

Revealed: Why China Would Lose a War Against America,” Harry J. Kazianis – The National Interest, February 20, 2015

Geopolitics – The Changing Landscape

The United States Must Resist a Return to Spheres of Interest in the International System,” Robert Kagan – Brookings, February 19, 2015

Post-Cold War Order is Breaking Down,” Fyodor Lukyanov – The Moscow Times, February 19, 2015