World News Update

National security hotspots — from Ukraine and Russia to ISIS and the Middle East. Plus, updates from Africa, analysis of Greece, and opinion on U.S. foreign policy…

Much Ado About Ukraine

Let’s be Honest About Ukraine,” Tom Rogan – National Review Online, February 9, 2015

Why Arming Kiev is a Really, Really Bad Idea,” Stephen M. Walt – Foreign Policy, February 9, 2015

Angela Merkel Assailed From all Sides in Drive to Pacify Russia and US on Ukraine,” Simon Tisdall –The Guardian, February 9, 2015

Russia – Winning or Losing?

The Long View with Russia,” Anne Applebaum – The Washington Post, February 8, 2015

Russia is Exploiting European Weakness,” Mark Adomanis – The Moscow Times, February 8, 2015

Vladimir Putin is Rewriting Cold War History,” Natalie Nougayrède – The Guardian, February 5, 2015

Goodbye, Putin: Why the President’s Days are Numbered,” Alexander J. Motyl – Foreign Affairs, February 5, 2015

ISIS – Escalation of Horror

Obama’s Real Strategy For the Islamic State,” Hillel Fradkin and Lewis Libby – The American Interest, February 6, 2015

Isis Has Reached New Depths of Depravity. But There is a Brutal Logic Behind it,” Hassan Hassan – The Guardian, February 7, 2015

The World War Inside Islam,” James Traub – Foreign Policy, February 9, 2015

Jordan Finds Itself at Center Stage

Jordan’s King Abdullah Flying High,” Larbi Sadiki – Al Jazeera, February 9, 2015

Jordan’s Executions of Jihadists Could Backfire,” Lina Khatib – Carnegie Middle East Center, February 5, 2015

Iran – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Why the White House is Getting Lonelier on Iran,” Walter Russell Mead – The American Interest, February 6, 2015

Afghanistan

How Not to Squander Hard-Won Gains in Afghanistan,” Michael E. O’Hanlon – The Wall Street Journal, February 5, 2015

Updates from Africa

The Battle For Libya’s Oil,” Frederic Wehrey – The Atlantic, February 9, 2015

Nigerians Held to Ransom,” Fisayo Soyombo – Al Jazeera, February 9, 2015

Suffocating Congo’s War,” John Prendergast, Sasha Lezhnev, and Lauren Wolfe – Foreign Policy, February 7, 2015

Greece – No Solution Yet

Defiance and Charm: A Measured First Week For New Greek Leader,” Manfred Ertel, Julia Amalia Heyer, Walter Mayr and Juliane von Mittelstaedt – Spiegel Online International, February 6, 2015

Greece is Playing to Lose,” Anatole Kaletsky – Project Syndicate, February 9, 2015

A Game of Chicken,” Paul Krugman – The New York Times, February 6, 2015

The U.S. National Security Strategy and views on U.S. Foreign Policy

National Security Strategy,” The White House, February 2015

White House Unveils Call for ‘Strategic Patience’,” Gopal Ratnam – Foreign Policy, February 5, 2015

Obama’s ‘Strategic Patience’ Remains Ill-Defined,” Dr. Jacob Parakilas – Chatham House, February 9, 2015

Far from Waning, America has Become a True World Empire,” Artyom Lukin – The World Post, February 9, 2015

What Russia and the Islamic State Mean For U.S.-European Ties,” Judy Dempsey – Real Clear World, February 9, 2015

European Security After Ukraine,” Jan Techau – Carnegie Europe, February 10, 2015