Weekly World News Update, October 26, 2017

WACA WWNUAmerican Foreign Policy; Xi Jinping Elevated; Shinzo Abe’s Victory; Kenyan Democratic Crisis; Uncertainty in the Middle East

Quote of the Week:

“Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as ‘telling it like it is,’ when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified.”

— Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), in a Tuesday statement on the Senate floor.


The Precarious Future of American Foreign Policy

‘I Will Not Be Complicit.’ Jeff Flake’s Retirement Speech, Annotated” Amber Phillips — The Washington Post, October 24, 2017

Permanent Warfare as Normality” Paul Pillar — The National Interest, October 20, 2017

An Accident Waiting to Happen: Trump, Putin, and the U.S.-Russia Relationship” Bobo Lo — Lowy Institute, October 25, 2017

A Space Policy for the Trump Administration” Jerry Hendrix and Adam Routh — Center for a New American Security, October 23, 2017

‘America First’ Is a Losing Strategy on Trade” Mireya Solis — Brookings Institution, October 24, 2017


Xi Jinping Cements His Legacy

China Enshrines ‘Xi Jinping Thought’, Elevating Leader to Mao-Like Status” Chris Buckley — The New York Times, October 24, 2017

China’s Xi Elevated in Party Constitution, Joining Mao, Deng” Ting Shi — Bloomberg Politics, October 24, 2017

Xi Jinping Just Made It Clear Where China’s Foreign Policy Is Headed” Rush Doshi — The Washington Post, October 25, 2017

The 19th Party Congress Leadership: A Guide to China’s New Men in Black” Zheping Huang — Quartz, October 25, 2017

Empowering China’s New Miracle Workers” A. Michael Spence — CFR, October 24, 2017


Landslide Victory for Shinzo Abe

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Retains a Supermajority in Snap Election” — The Economist, October 23, 2017

Abe After the Election: What Comes Next?” Daniel Sneider — Asia Times, October 25, 2017

Make Japan Great Again: Abe’s Landslide Is a Victory for Militant Nationalism in the Trump Age” Alexander Griffing — Haaretz, October 24, 2017

The Bright Side of Japan’s Bleak Election” Tobias Harris — New Republic, October 25, 2017


Kenya’s Electoral Circus

Kenya’s Electoral Impasse” Nic Cheeseman; Gabrielle Lynch; Justin Willis — Foreign Affairs, October 25, 2017

Kenya Election: From ‘Fair and Peaceful’ to Democratic Crisis” Bruce Konviser — Deutsche Welle, October 25, 2017

Kenya Opposition Leader Urges Vote Boycott, Civil Disobedience” George Obulutsa and Katharine Houreld — Reuters, October 25, 2017

Kenyan Election Rerun to Go Ahead Despite Effort to Block It” Matina Stevis-Gridneff — The Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2017


Middle East Advances and Uncertainty

We Need a Strategy for the Middle East” John McCain — The New York Times, October 24, 2017

What the End of ISIS Means” Stephen M. Walt — Foreign Policy, October 23, 2017

Iraq May Have just Turned the Corner from Chaos to Stability” Michael Rubin — Washington Examiner, October 24, 2017