Weekly World News Update, May 24, 2017



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trump’s Trip Abroad; Iranian Elections; Crisis and Uncertainty in Britain; Korean Peninsula; Turmoil in Venezuela; International Trade


Quote of the Week:

“We are not here to lecture. We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership based on shared interests and values to pursue a better future.” 

— President Donald Trump, in his speech at the U.S.-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh on Sunday.


Trump’s Trip Abroad

President Trump’s Peace Efforts Require a Regional Approach” Robert M. Danin — The Council on Foreign Relations, May 22, 2017

How Trump’s “Think Big” Mantra Could Help Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace” Hady Amr — Brookings, May 23, 2017

Donald Trump’s Reset on Islam” — The Economist, May 21, 2017

The Big Problem With President Donald Trump’s Record Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia” Jared Malsin — Time, May 22, 2017

Trump’s Vision of Peace” Editorial Board — The Jerusalem Post, May 24, 2017

Trump Goes After ‘the Ultimate Deal’” Rosie Gray — The Atlantic, May 22, 2017

Pope Lends Weight to G-7 Push to Bind Trump to Climate Deal” Margaret Talev and Lorenzo Totaro — Bloomberg, May 24, 2017

Trump’s First Foreign Trip and the Fate of the Paris Agreement” David A. Wirth — Lawfare, May 23, 2017

At Odds With Trump, Nikki Haley Charts Her Own Foreign Policy Path” Colum Lynch — Foreign Policy, May 23, 2017


Iranian Elections

How Hassan Rouhani Won Iran” Vali Nasr — The Atlantic, May 23, 2017

The Election is Over. But Iran’s Next Big Transition is Coming Sooner Than You Think” Mehdi Khalaji — The Washington Post, May, 22, 2017

Rouhani’s Landslide Reelection” Kasra Naji — Foreign Affairs, May 20, 2017


Crisis Builds on Uncertainty in Britain

UK Election Countdown: Britain Grieves for Manchester” Sebastian Payne — Financial Times, May 23, 2017

Three Key Questions After the Manchester Bombing” Tom Rogan — National Review, May 23, 2017

Could the Manchester Attack Tilt Britain’s Coming Election?” Joshua Keating — Slate, May 23, 2017

Brexit Looms Large Over UK Election” Susi Dennison — European Council on Foreign Relations, May 19, 2017


Korean Peninsula

North Korea Moves Closer to Missile That Could Strike U.S.” Matthew Cottee — IISS, May 19, 2017

North Korea Missile Test Was Short on Distance but Long on Data, South Says” Choe Sang-Hun — The New York Times, May 22, 2017

Ex-South Korean President Park Geun-Hye in Court as Corruption Trial Gets Underway” Kim Tong-Hyun and Foster Klug — Independent, May 23, 2017


Escalating Turmoil in Venezuela

Venezuela Is Sliding Into Anarchy” Mariana Zuniga and Nick Miroff — The Washington Post, May 24, 2017

Internal Splits, Immolations, and Burning Houses: Venezuela Gets Worse” Emily Tamkin — Foreign Policy, May 22, 2017

Exclusive: Venezuela Holds 5,000 Russian Surface-to-Air MANPADS Missiles” Girish Gupta — Reuters, May 22, 2017


International Trade

One Belt, One Road, Many Bribes?” Alexandra Wrage — Forbes, May 23, 2017

Five Ways for Europe to Set a Course Towards Progress and Growth” Christopher Smart — Chatham House, May 24, 2017