Weekly World News Update, September 20, 2017

WACA WWNUQuote of the Week:

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”

— President Donald Trump, in a Tuesday speech at the UN General Assembly.

President Trump Introduces “America First” to the UN

Why Trump Has Made ‘Sovereignty and Accountability’ the Focus of UN Reform” Stewart M. Patrick — CFR, September 15, 2017

Trump at the UN” Editorial Board — National Review, September 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s War Doctrine Debuts at the UN” Robin Wright — The New Yorker, September 19, 2017

The Fatal Flaw in Trump’s UN Speech Could Be Disastrous for American Power” Kori Schake — Foreign Policy, September 19, 2017

President Trump’s UN Speech Is Exactly What Kim Jong-Un Wanted to Hear” Charlie Campbell — Time, September 20, 2017


A Sovereign Kurdistan?

A Kurdish Referendum on Independence Risks Backfiring” — The Economist, September 15, 2017

What Is at Stake in Iraqi Kurdish Vote for Independence?” Michael Knights — BBC, September 18, 2017

The Genie of Kurdish Independence Will Be Hard to Put Back in the Bottle” Faisal Al Yafai — The National, September 19, 2017

A New State in the Middle East? From the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to the Republic of Kurdistan” Gareth Stansfield — Royal United Services Institute, September 19, 2017


And Independence for Catalonia? 

A Referendum in Catalonia? Yes, but Not Like This” Inigo Dominguez — El Pais, September 19, 2017

Catalan Separatists Are on a Path to Failure” Leonid Bershidsky — Bloomberg, September 20, 2017

Catalan Independence’s Agitator-in-Chief” Diego Torres — Politico, September 20, 2017


Germany to Head to the Polls

Looking Ahead to the German Elections” GMF Experts — German Marshall Fund, September 13, 2017
Don’t Call the German Election Boring – It Could Be a Huge Shift for the Eurozone” Sara Sjolin — MarketWatch, September 20, 2017

The Whole World Needs Angela Merkel” Kiran Nagarkar — Deutsche Welle, September 20, 2017


Russia Plays War

Russia Unveils Massive Military Force: ‘The Enemy Has No Chance’” David Axe — The Daily Beast, September 15, 2017

Do Russia’s Western War Games Deliver a Threat, or Just a Message?” Jason Thomson — The Christian Science Monitor, September 19, 2017

What Can We Learn from Russia’s Military Drills?” Larisa Epatko — PBS Newshour, September 14, 2017