Weekly World News Update, April 19, 2017



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

U.S. Foreign Policy; U.S.-North Korea Tensions; Erdoğan’s Turkey; Middle East Conflict; NATO; Post Brexit; French Elections; Desire for Permanent Change in Africa; Political Crisis in Venezuela.


Quote of the Week:

“The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready.” 

— Vice President Mike Pence delivered a warning to North Korea, as he spoke to U.S. servicemen and Japanese Self-Defense Forces personnel on the flight deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan at the Yokosuka naval base.


U.S. Foreign Policy

The President Doesn’t Need a Trump Doctrine” Richard Fontaine — POLITICO Magazine, April 14, 2017

The Plot Against American Foreign Policy” G. John Ikenberry — Foreign Affairs, May-June 2017 Issue
A Caribbean Policy for the Trump Administration” Richard Bernal — CSIS, April 13, 2017


U.S.-North Korea Tensions

What Might a Conflict with North Korea Look Like?” Peter Ford — The Christian Science Monitor, April 14, 2017

World ‘on the Brink of Thermonuclear War’ as North Korea Mulls Test” David Millward — The Telegraph, April 14, 2017

The EC-121 Shoot Down and North Korea’s Coercive Theory of Victory” Van Jackson — Wilson Center, April 13, 2017


Erdoğan’s Turkey

The Turkish Constitutional Referendum, Explained” Sinan Ekim and Kemal Kirisci — Brookings Institution, April 13, 2017

Erdogan Claims Victory in Turkey’s Referendum” — The Economist, April 17, 2017

Turkey and the Kurds: A Chance for Peace?” Jonathan Steele — The New York Review of Books, April 20, 2017 Issue
Turkey’s Vote Could Mean the End of a Courtship to Join the EU” Alison Smale — The New York Times, April 17, 2017


Middle East Conflict

Bombs, Bullets, and Leverage” Jon B. Alterman — CSIS, April 13, 2017

Tillerson: Russia has ‘Best Means’ to Convince Assad to Go” Laura Rozen — Al-Monitor, April 12, 2017

After the Airstrike, What Washington Should Do Next in Syria” Itamar Rabinovich — Brookings Institution, April 17, 2017



How Donald Trump Came to Love NATO” Ryan Browne — CNN, April 13, 2017

NATO Funding Frustration Could Cause Friction in Europe” Edoardo Saraville — The National Interest, April 16, 2017

Russia and NATO: Drama Redux” Dimitar Bechev — Al Jazeera, April 14, 2017


Post Brexit

Brussels’ Brexit Plan: Treat the UK like Norway” Simon Marks and Hans Von Der Burchard — Politico EU, April 13, 2017

Theresa May Shocks Britain by Calling for Snap Election” Dan Stewart — TIME Magazine, April 18, 2017

Multilateralism in One Country: The Isolation of Merkel’s Germany” Gideon Rachman — The German Marshall Fund of the U.S., April 18, 2017

Letter From Canberra” Geoff Kitney — Carnegie Europe, April 14, 2017


French Elections

A Far-Left Politician is Shaking Up France’s Presidential Race” Sarah Wildman — Vox, April 17, 2017

Le Pen and Macron Woo Paris as French Election Enters Final Stretch” Jon Henley — The Guardian, April 18, 2017


Desire for Permanent Change in Africa

Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome” Claire Felter — Council on Foreign Relations, April 10, 2017

“The Right Side of History” – Gambians Seek Justice after Jammeh’s Fall” Louise Hunt — IRIN News, April 13, 2017

Cameroonians Stage ‘Silent Protest’ to Demand Internet” Moki Kindzeka — Deutsche Welle, April 17, 2017

Fight Against Terror Near Key Africa Strait Is Stymied by Pay Feud” Nizar Manek — Bloomberg Politics, April 18, 2017


Political Crisis in Venezuela

In Venezuela, a Rebellion Is Taking Shape, but Where Can It End?” Raul Stolk — The Daily Beast, April 17, 2017

Venezuela and the Eclipse of American Leadership” Jackson Diehl — The Washington Post, April 16, 2017

Meet the Charismatic Opposition Leader the Venezuelan Government Just Can’t Silence” Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon — Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2017