World News Update

Updates and analysis concerning terrorism and extremism in Europe, the EU’s latest financial challenges, Russia, the Middle East, and the situation in Nigeria. Plus, articles on the global energy market, global trends, and cyber security. 

Understanding the Rise of Terrorism in Europe

Terrorism in Paris, Sydney the Legacy of Colonial Blunders,” Stephen Kinzer – The Boston Globe, January 18, 2015

How France Grew its Own Terrorists,” M.G. Oprea – The Federalist, January 16, 2015

Terror War Comes to Europe,” Tom Wilson – Commentary, January 16, 2015

The Paris Attacks and the Failure of the Republic,” Ali Saad – Al Jazeera, January 19, 2015

Why There are so Many Jihadists in Belgium,” Joshua Keating – Slate, January 15, 2015

Responding to Terrorists – and Nationalists

Think Before You March,” Stephen M. Walt – Foreign Policy, January 16, 2015

Down with La Laïcité – to Beat Islamism, We Need a Secularism that Encourages Religion,” Ed Husain and Peter Welby – The Spectator, January 16, 2015

Let’s Talk, Pegida!” Christopher Gohl – The European, January 19, 2015

Eurozone – A Shocking Move by the Swiss Adds to the EU’s Financial Woes

Making Sense of the Swiss Shock,” Markus Brunnermeier and Harold James – Project Syndicate, January 17, 2015

What the Wild Swiss Franc Appreciation Really Means,” Edward Harrison – Foreign Policy, January 16, 2015

Not Even Mario Draghi Can Save Europe Now,” Editorial Team – BloombergView, January 19, 2015

A ‘Merkel Plan’ for Europe,” Bill Emmott – Project Syndicate, January 19, 2015

Russia – Making New Friends; Searching for Common Ground with Foes

Authoritarian Drift at the Banks of the Black Sea,” Dominique Moisi – Real Clear World, January 19, 2015

The EU and Russia: Values or Interests?” Judy Dempsey – Real Clear World, January 19, 2015

Politics in the Middle East

Israel’s Potentially Existential Election,” Paul Scham – Middle East Institute, January 17, 2015

How Long Can Mahmoud Abbas Hold On?” Dalia Hatuqa – Foreign Policy, January 16, 2015

Netanyahu and Europe’s Far Right Find Common Ground,” Jonathan Cook – The National, January 18, 2015

Arab Spring – Four Years On

Is Egypt on the Verge of Another Uprising?” Thanassis Cambanis – The Atlantic, January 16, 2015

The Problem with Libya’s Peace Talks,” Amanda Kadlec – Foreign Policy, January 16, 2015

U.S. and Iran Continue to Talk (and Talk)

Iran’s End-Game Strategy in Nuclear Negotiations,” G. William Heiser and Amir Abbas Fakhravar – Real Clear World, January 19, 2015

Can the U.S.-Iran Rift be Healed?” Colin Nickerson – The Boston Globe, January 17, 2015

Nigeria – Responding (or Not) to a Massacre and Preparing for an Election

Boko Haram Attacks: Why Isn’t Nigerian Civil Society Protesting Terrorism,” Eliza Anyangwe – The Guardian, January 14, 2015

When Normal is Deadly: How Boko Haram Made Us Okay with Slaughter,” Joe Randazzo – The Daily Beast, January 18, 2015

Goodluck Jonathan: From Poor Boy to Accidental President,” Monica Mark – The Guardian, January 17, 2015

Playing Politics with Energy

Sofia’s Choice,” Keith Johnson – Foreign Policy, January 16, 2015

Global Trends

Top 10 Trends of 2015,” World Economic Forum

Global Economic Prospects,” World Bank Staff with Contributions – The World Bank, January 2015

Cyber Security

The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle,” Jacob Appelbaum, Aaron Gibson, Claudio Guarnieri, Andy Müller-Maguhn, Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Leif Ryge, Hilmar Schmundt and Michael Sontheimer – Spiegel Online International, January 17, 2015