Weekly World News Update, April 12, 2017



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy; Xi Jinping Visits Trump; Worldwide Terror Attacks; G7 Summit; Syria Crisis; Egyptian Politics; Belarus Protests; Turkey’s Referendum; Call to Remove South African President Zuma.


Quote of the Week:

“North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.,” President Trump tweeted April 11, a few days after his meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping. (The New York Times).   


U.S. Foreign Policy

The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy” Stephen Sestanovich — The Atlantic, May 2017 Issue


Xi Jinping Visits Trump

The U.S-China Showdown at Mar-a-Lago: How Trump Undercut Xi” Gordon G. Chang — The National Interest, April 10, 2017

The Country with the Most to Gain from Trump Is not Russia; It’s China” Erol Yayboke — CSIS, April 6, 2017

After the Summit: Where Do U.S.-China Relations Go From Here?” Tuan Pham — The Diplomat, April 11, 2017


Worldwide Terror Attacks

Why ISIS Declared War on Egypt’s Christians” Mokhtar Awad — Defense One, April 10, 2017

Sweden Mourns Stockholm Attack Victims; Suspect Is Formally Identified” Christina Anderson — The New York Times, April 10, 2017

Why Russia’s Reaction to Terror Is All about Strengthening Putin’s Power” Owen Matthews — Newsweek, April 10, 2017


G7 Summit

Boris Johnson Says ‘Game Has Changed’ as G7 Leaders Discuss New Sanctions against Russia” Laura Hughes — The Telegraph, April 10, 2017

Tillerson Gets Second Chance to Make First Impression with G-7” Nikos Chrysoloras, Patrick Donahue, and Alessandra Migliaccio — Bloomberg, April 9, 2017


Syria Crisis

Will Syria Yield to the Chemical Weapons Ban?” Lori Esposito Murray and Zachary Laub — Council on Foreign Relations, April 7, 2017

Trump Just Bombed Syria. What Next?” Marc Lynch — The Washington Post, April 7, 2017
Syria: A Journey Into the Unknown” Michael Hanna and Sam Heller — War on the Rocks, April 10, 2017

Russia and Iran Warn U.S. They Will ‘Respond with Force’ if Red Lines Crossed in Syria Again” Jon Sharman — The Independent, April 10, 2017


Egyptian Politics

Is Hamas Re-branding to Orient Towards Egypt?” Beverly Milton-Edwards — Brookings Institution, April 9, 2017

Al-Azhar and Sisi’s Regime: Structural Roots of Disagreement” Belal Abdallah — Atlantic Council, April 7, 2017


Belarus Protests

A Refreeze in Minsk: Combining Crackdown with International Convergence” Artyom Shraibman — Carnegie Moscow Center, April 6, 2017

Time For a New Approach to Belarus” Daniel Speckhard — U.S. News, April 7, 2017

With Crackdown on Protests, Russia’s New Friend Belarus Tightens Its Grip on Power” Veranika Laputska and Aliaksandr Papko — The Conversation, April 6, 2017


Turkey’s Referendum

Turkish Referendum: All You Need to Know” Kareem Shaheen — The Guardian, April 10, 2017

Turkey’s Referendum: A Democratic Quest” Ayse Sozen Usluer — Al Jazeera, April 10, 2017


Call to Remove South African President Zuma

South Africans Protest against Zuma” Subry Govender — Deutsche Welle, April 7, 2017

South Africa’s Descent” Editorial Board — The Washington Post, April 8, 2017

In South Africa, Thousands from All Races March against President Jacob Zuma, but Unity Remains Elusive” Robyn Dixon — Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2017