Weekly World News Update, August 17, 2017

WACA WWNUThe World and Charlottesville; Democratic Values; Unpredictable North Korea; NAFTA Agenda; Afghanistan Troubles; India vs. China; Brexit and Borders


Quote of the Week:

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” 

— Barack Obama, quoting Nelson Mandela in response to the violence in Charlottesville, in what is now the most-liked tweet in Twitter’s history.


Charlottesville: The World Is Watching

How the Nazi Flags in Charlottesville Look to a German” Simon Shuster — Time, August 14, 2017

In Charlottesville Aftermath, Europe Sees a Widening Divide with U.S.” Sara Miller Llana — Christian Science Monitor, August 14, 2017

President Trump Flunks a Moral Test” Lexington — The Economist, August 13, 2017


Democratic Values? The U.S. Role in World Order

It’s Time to Found a New Republic” Daren Acemoglu and Simon Johnson — Foreign Policy, August 15, 2017

The Statue of Liberty and the New Birth of Freedom” Daniel Freid — Atlantic Council, August 10, 2017

The New World Order Is Leaving the U.S. Behind” James Gibney — Bloomberg, August 11, 2017

Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systematic Crisis?” Philip Zelikow — The Atlantic, August 11, 2017


North Korea: An Unpredictable Adversary

How Worried Should We Be About Nuclear War With North Korea?” Dr. Patricia Lewis — Chatham House, August 9, 2017

How to Resolve the North Korea Crisis” Henry Kissinger — Wall Street Journal via RealClearPolitics, August 12, 2017

North Korea: The Non-Nuclear, Non-Missile Crisis and the Shape of Things to Come” Anthony H. Cordesman — CSIS, August 15, 2017


The NAFTA Agenda

Five Big Questions About the NAFTA Talks” Doug Palmer — Politico, August 16, 2017

Canada United, America Divided on NAFTA as Negotiations Begin” Eric Grenier — CBC News, August 16, 2017

Mexico Outlines Goals for Upcoming NAFTA Trade Deal Negotiations” Carrie Kahn — NPR, August 15, 2017 [Podcast]


Afghanistan: No Way Out?

America Keeps on Failing in Afghanistan” Ronald E. Neumann — The Washington Post, August 9, 2017

Taliban Letter to Trump Urges U.S. to Leave Afghanistan” — Al Jazeera, August 15, 2017

Mattis Mulls Plan to Privatize War in Afghanistan” Brendan McGarry — DoD Buzz, August 15, 2017


The India-China Divide

What a Standoff on a Small Himalayan Plateau Says About the Rivalry Between the Two Most Populous Nations” Shashank Bengali — Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2017

Is India’s Military Actually Ready for War with China?” K.S. Venkatachalam — The Diplomat, August 10, 2017

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath” Steven Lee Meyers — The New York Times, August 15, 2017


Borderlines and Brexit

No Return to Irish Border Posts, UK Insists in Brexit Plan” Heather Stewart and Henry McDonald — The Guardian, August 15, 2017

Theresa May; Ireland; the EU, and the Prospect of a Hard Irish Border” — Independent, August 16, 2017