Weekly World News Update, August 10, 2017

WACA WWNUNuclear North Korea; America’s Role; Kenyan Elections; ‘No Confidence’ in South Africa; China’s Influence in Africa; Netanyahu’s Corruption


Quote of the Week:

“What initially looked like a slow-motion Cuban missile crisis is now looking more like the Manhattan Project, just barreling along.” 

— Robert Litwak, a nonproliferation expert at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told The Washington Post Tuesday.


North Korea Flexes Its Nuclear Muscle

The Wolf of Pyongyang” David Kang — Foreign Affairs, August 9, 2017

Seizing the Initiative on North Korea” Ryan Hass — Brookings, August 4, 2017

ASEAN Offers U.S. a Rare Chance to Meet North Korea” Jonathan Head — BBC News, August 7, 2017

What’s New About the Latest UN Sanctions Against North Korea?” Krishnadev Calamur — The Atlantic, August 7, 2017

The Classicist: Understanding North Korea” Victor Davis Hanson — Hoover Institution, August 8, 2017 [Podcast]


America’s Role in the World

Why Is Donald Trump Still So Horribly Witless About the World?” Robin Wright — The New Yorker, August 4, 2017

It’s Up to Europe to Save the Iran Deal” Tyler Cullis and Reza Marashi — The Atlantic, August 8, 2017

40 Years of American Foreign Service with Ambassador Daniel Fried” Daniel F. Runde — CSIS, August 4, 2017 [Podcast]


Kenya Goes to the Polls

Kenya Oppositions Leader Says Election Website Hacked in Order to Show President in Lead” Humphrey Malalo and Duncan Miriri — Reuters, August 8, 2017

Kenya Votes in Bitter Presidential Race with Economy in Spotlight but Tribal Rifts in the Wings” Kevin Sieff — The Washington Post, August 8, 2017

Scene Setter: Kenya’s August 8 Elections” John Campbell — CFR, August 3, 2017


‘No Confidence’ in South Africa?

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma Has Survived Yet Another Vote of No-Confidence – But Only Just” Lynsey Chutel and Khanya Mtshali — Quartz, August 8, 2017

No Confidence Vote: A Victory for Zuma, but a Defeat for the ANC” Richard Calland — Mail & Guardian, August 9, 2017


China’s Influence Strengthens in Africa

‘China Has Conquered Kenya’: Inside Beijing’s New Strategy to Win African Hearts and Minds” Jonathan Kaiman — The Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2017

Why China Is Sending Jobs to Africa” Marc Sollinger — PRI, August 7, 2017


Netanyahu’s Corruption Problem

Does Israeli Corruption Probe of Netanyahu Risk His Grip on Power?” Daniel Estrin — NPR, August 8, 2017 [Podcast]

As Netanyahu Investigators Close In, Some Ask: How Long Can He Hold On?” Isabel Kershner — The New York Times, August 8, 2017

Netanyahu’s Corruption Isn’t the Problem, It’s His Ideology” Ron Cahlili — Haaretz, August 7, 2017

Is Likud Ready for the Post-Netanyahu Era?” Gil Hoffman — Jerusalem Post, August 8, 2017