Weekly World News Update, May 31, 2017

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Remembering “Zbig”; G7 Summit in Taormina; Terror in the Philippines; NATO’s Article 5; Putin Visits France; Crises in Yemen; OAS and Venezuela

 

Quote of the Week:

“Sophisticated U.S. leadership is the sine qua non of a stable world order. However, we lack the former while the latter is getting worse.” 

— The late Zbigniew Brzezinski, in his final tweet, earlier this month, as noted by The Atlantic magazine’s James Fallows. President Carter’s renowned national security adviser passed away on May 26.

 

Remembering “Zbig”

The Fierce Resolve and Strategic Wisdom of Zbigniew Brzezinski” Ellen Laipson — World Politics Review, May 30, 2017

Jimmy Carter Pays Tribute to Mika’s Late Father on Morning Joe” Jennifer Smith — Daily Mail, May 30, 2017

Warm Words for Cold Warrior: Experts Reveal Why Brzezinski’s Death Is Blow to U.S.” — Sputnik International, May 29, 2017

CSIS Mourns the Loss of Dr. Brzezinski” John J. Hamre — CSIS, May 26, 2017

 

G7 Summit in Taormina

Trump to Withdraw From Paris Climate Deal” Andrew Restuccia and Josh Dawsey — Politico, May 31, 2017

Germany Distances Itself from U.S. After Trump’s First G7 Showing” David Gilbert — Vice News, May 29, 2017

In Praise of a Transatlantic Divorce” Stephen M. Walt — Foreign Policy, May 30, 2017

China Protests as G7 Leaders Call for ‘Demilitarization’ of East, South China Seas” Ankit Panda — The Diplomat, May 29, 2017

G7 Leaders Agree Steps to Tackle Terrorism After Manchester Bombing” Anushka Asthana — The Guardian, May 26, 2017

 

Terror in the Philippines

How and Why Islamic State-Linked Rebels Took Over Part of a Philippine City” Oliver Holmes — The Guardian, May 29, 2017

A Pair of Threats for the Philippines” — The Japan Times, May 30, 2017

 

NATO’s Article 5

NATO: Too Big to Fail, Too Small to Matter?” Seth A. Johnston — The Hill, May 26, 2017

On Trump’s Article 5 Omission” Michael E. O’Hanlon — Brookings, May, 25, 2017

Russia Has a Way to Reduce NATO’s Combat Power” Christopher Woody — Business Insider, May 30, 2017

 

Putin Visits France

Macron, Standing Alongside Putin, Says Russia Media Spread ‘Falsehoods’” Yasmeen Sehran — The Atlantic, May 30, 2017

Macron Opens a ‘Demanding’ Dialogue With Putin in France” Colin Dwyer — NPR, May 29, 2017

Vladimir Putin Denies Russian Interference in French Presidential Race” Vladimir Isachenkov; Sylvie Corbet; John Leicester — Time, May 29, 2017

 

Protracted Crises in Yemen

Cholera, Famine, and Girls Sold into Marriage for Food: Yemen’s Dire Picture” Rick Gladstone — The New York Times, May 30, 2017

How the Saudis See the War in Yemen” Bill Law — Middle East Eye, May 26, 2017

Defiant Congress Sparks Showdown with Trump over Saudi Arms Deal” Robbie Gramer and Ruby Mellen — Foreign Policy, May 26, 2017

 

OAS and Venezuela

OAS Seeks Negotiations in Venezuela, But Will Anyone Listen?” Jim Wyss — Miami Herald, May 30, 2017

Nicolas Maduro Doesn’t Really Control Venezuela” Moises Naim — The Atlantic, May 25, 2017