Weekly World News Update, August 3, 2017

WACA WWNUAmerica First: Diplomacy Last; Deterring North Korea; Africa’s Elections; Pakistan’s Politics; Venezuela Crumbles; Russia Strikes Back


Quote of the Week:

“People are struggling with how to honor their oath. The basic question is: How do you serve this great institution [U.S. Department of State] in what is one of the most trying times for our Republic?” 

— Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, President of the Foreign Service Association in a New York Times article Sunday.


America First: Diplomacy Last?

Tillerson Spurns $80 Million to Counter ISIS, Russian Propaganda” Nahal Toosi — Politico, August 2, 2017

State Department Considers Scrubbing Democracy from its Mission” Josh Rogin — The Washington Post, August 1, 2017

Morale Takes a Nosedive at State Department” Sharon Weinberger — Foreign Policy, August 1, 2017 [Podcast]

Where to Go from Here: Rebooting American Foreign Policy” Richard N. Haas — Foreign Affairs, July/August, 2017


Deterring North Korea

North Korea’s ICBM Test Jeopardizes the Regional Power Balance” Deniele Ermito — Foreign Policy Association, August 2, 2017

The Surprise Location of North Korea’s Latest Missile Test Is Making the U.S. and China Nervous” Steve Mollman — Quartz, August 2 2017

Lindsey Graham Reveals the Dark Calculus of Striking North Korea” Uri Friedman — The Atlantic, August 1, 2017

The Political Effects of the Missile Tests: Extended Deterrence Redux and the Squeeze on Moon Jae-in” Stephen Haggard — Peterson Institute for International Economics, July 31, 2017


Africa’s ‘Big Five’ Elections

Election Guide: What You Need to Know About the Rwandan Presidential Poll” Thomas Stubbs — The Conversation, July 30, 2017

Essential Guide to Kenya’s High Stakes Election on 8 August” Murithi Mutiga — International Crisis Group, August 1, 2017

Senegal’s Ruling Coalition Claims Landslide Victory” Aida Grovenstins — Deutsche Welle, August 1, 2017

Liberia’s President Calls for Peace as Election Campaigns Begin” Jonathan Paye-Layleh– Miami Herald, August 1, 2017

Why Kabila’s Bid to Remain in Power is Bad News for the Democratic Republic of the Congo” Nelson Alusala — The Conversation, August 1, 2017


Pakistan’s Political Turmoil

Pakistan: The Combustible Democracy” Emanuel Safraz — The Interpreter, August 1, 2017

Sharif Dismissal Proves Unelected Pakistan Generals Still Calling Shots” Sadanand Dhume — Wall Street Journal via Australian Business Review, August 1, 2017

Pakistan Lawmakers Elect New Prime Minister — Who’s Likely to Step Aside in 45 Days” Aoun Sahi — Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2017


Venezuela Continues to Crumble

Venezuela Nears the Road’s End Between Populism and Dictatorship” Jose Mauricio Gaona — Washington Examiner, July 29, 2017

How to Help Venezuela Out of Crisis – and How Not To” Jodi Hanson Bond — U.S. Chamber of Commerce, July 31, 2017

Venezuela’s Postcrisis Recovery and Reform” Moises Rendon — CSIS, July 31, 2017


Russia Fires Back

Russian Military Drills Near NATO Border Stoke Fears of Aggression” Michael R. Gordon and Eric Schmitt — The Toronto Star, August 1, 2017

The View from Moscow on U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Tensions” Steve Inskeep — NPR, August 1, 2017 [Podcast]

President Trump Silent on Russia after Putin Announced Expulsion of U.S. Diplomats” Karen DeYoung — The Washington Post, July 31, 2017