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the Atlanta community on foreign policy and global issues.


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MIDDLE EAST

January 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Defense has moved Israel from the U.S. European command to U.S Central Command (Centcom), which oversees U.S. military command for the Middle East.The move reflects the easing of tensions between Israel and some Arab countries following the "Abraham Accords".

TRUMP ORDERS SHIFT IN US MILITARY COMMAND FOR MIDDLE EAST, ISRAEL

thehill.com



DEFENSE

January 15, 2021



The United States has awarded a contract to build a prototype satellite to be used for detecting and tracking hypersonic weapons which China and Russia are developing.  Hypersonic weapons are harder to see with the infrared sensors the country currently has.

L3HARRIS TO BUILD PROTOTYPE SATELLITE CAPABLE OF TRACKING HYPERSONIC WEAPONS

c4isrnet.com


EUROPE

January 16, 2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to find a suitable replacement before this year's elections just moved forward with the election of Armin Laschet to head Merkel's governing party. Appointment as party head puts Laschet in pole position to replace her as chancellor.

HEAD OF GERMANY'S BIGGEST STATE TAKES HELM OF ANGELA MERKEL'S PARTY - AND SHOT TO SUCCEED HER AS CHANCELLOR

washingtonpost.com

NORTH AMERICA

January 13, 2021



The cabinet shuffle by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may signal that elections are coming soon, but not necessarily.  The move comes after a member of Parliament, Navdeep Bains, announced he wouldn't seek reelection. In the past, a cabinet reshuffle has signaled a call for an election was coming soon, but Trudeau has said he wouldn't like to see an election before Canadians receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

WHAT THE CABINET SHUFFLE DOES (AND DOESN'T) SAY ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION

cbc.ca


AFRICA

January 11, 2021