Weekly World News Update, June 7, 2017


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Retreat of U.S. Leadership; The Future of Our Planet; Gulf States Cut Ties with Qatar; Britain Goes to the Polls; Afghanistan Erupts; South China Sea; 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan


Quote of the Week:

“The fact that our friend and ally [the U.S.] has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course. For Canada that course must be the renewal, indeed the strengthening, of the postwar multilateral order.” 

— Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Minister of Canada, in a speech on June 6 to her nation’s legislature.


Retreat of U.S. Leadership?

Goodbye to Values” — The Economist, June 3, 2017

Pence Affirms U.S. Commitment to NATO, Collective Defense” Ashish Kumar Sen — Atlantic Council, June 5, 2017

A Turning Point for Trumpinology” William A. Gallston — Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2017


The Future of Our Planet

Trump Pulling Out of the Paris Climate Agreement Is Great News… for China” Zeeshan Aleem — Vox, June 3, 2017″ Trump’s Decision to Ditch the Climate Agreement Will Help America Negotiate Better Deals” Nicolas Loris — The National Interest, June 6, 2017
Trump’s Catastrophic Climate Decision Imperils the Planet — and Hasten’s American Decline” Stewart M. Patrick — CFR, June 1, 2017
A Conservative Free Market Approach for Renegotiating the Paris Climate Agreement” Jeffrey Dorfman — Forbes, June 7, 2017

Climate Change Will Mean More Rain for Some and None for Others” Kendra Pierre-Louis — Popular Science, June 1, 2017


Gulf States Cut Ties with Qatar

Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War?” Simon Henderson — Foreign Policy, June 5, 2017

Squeezing Qatar to Make Hamas Scream” Walter Russell Mead — Hudson Institute, June 6, 2017

Hacking, Bots, and Information Wars in the Qatar Spat” Marc Jones — The Washington Post, June 7, 2017
Saudi – Qatar’s True Battleground Is Asia” David Fickling — Bloomberg Gadfly, June 6, 2017


Britain Goes to the Polls

Everything You Need to Know about Tomorow’s Important UK Election” Chris Graham — The Telegraph, June 7, 2017

The Middle Has Fallen Out of British Politics” — The Economist, June 3, 2017

Theresa May’s Incredible Shrinking Poll Numbers” Samuel Earle — The Atlantic, June 7, 2017

Gaming Out the British Elections” Ben Stansall and Niklas Hallen — Stratfor, June 7, 2017


Afghanistan Erupts

Afghanistan Has Collapsed into Chaos” Ben Anderson — Vice News, June 7, 2017

Why More Troops Won’t Help Afghanistan” Barnett Rubin — The New Yorker, June 5, 2017
Afghanistan’s Bloody Week Lays Bare Rifts in the ‘Unity Government’” Daud Khattak — The Diplomat, June 6, 2017


South China Sea

U.S. Escalates Pressure on China over South China Sea and North Korea” Ben Doherty — The Guardian, June 5, 2017

Beijing Aims to Place Warplanes in the South China Sea, U.S. Says” Tom Hancock — Financial Times, June 7, 2017


70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan Speech at 70 – and the Lessons It Can Provide for Today’s Challenges” Effie G. H. Pedaliu — London School of Economics, June 5, 2017