NEWSWorthy is a news roundup aimed at informing

the Atlanta community on foreign policy and global issues.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the position of the members of the Board of Directors or members of Atlanta Council on International Affairs, a non-partisan 501c.3. organization that seeks to educate the public on a wide variety of international issues from multiple points of view.



AFRICA

June 20, 2021


: Mali junta leader Assimi Goita


The15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) won’t lift its suspension of Mali just yet. Mali has announced a civilian government after a coup in May.


ECOWAS KEEPS MALI SUSPENDED DESPITE CIVILIAN PRIME MINISTER

africanews.com 


MIDDLE EAST

June 20, 2021


woman holding poster of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi


Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline conservation cleric, was elected as Iran’s new president. This has world leaders scrambling to cinch a nuclear deal before he takes power in August.


RAISI’S ELECTION VICTORY RAISES DIFFICULTIES AS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL TALKS RESUME

theguardian.com 


DEFENSE

June 18, 2021


navel ship


The U. S. Navy submitted its 30-year shipbuilding plan to Congress, which calls for fewer ships than expected. The plan calls for between 321 and 372 manned ships and an undetermined number of unmanned vessels.


NAVY RELEASES LONG-RANGE SHIPBUILDING PLAN THAT DROPS EMPHASIS ON 355 SHIPS, LAYS OUT FLEET DESIGN PRIORITIES

https://www.defensenews.com 


ASIA

June 17, 2021


[Turkish  Foreign Minister Qureshi in Antalya


Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, arrived in Turkey ahead of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum. He and other foreign ministers from the region will participate in a panel discussion regarding regional cooperation.


FM QURESHI ARRIVES IN TURKEY TO ATTEND ‘ANTALYA DIPLOMACY FORUM

tribune.com.pk


EUROPE

June 15, 2021


Russian president Vladimir Putin


U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Geneva for nearly four hours. While the meeting was seen as productive, European nations warn of a worsening of an already rocky relationship with Moscow.


The Latest: Summit between Biden and Putin ends

abcnews.go.com


NORTH AMERICA

June 15, 2021


President Biden disembarking from Airforce 1


Since President Biden took office in January, the U.S. has shifted its attention from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific. This leaves Syria in a tenuous position.


ASSESSING THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S INTERIM SYRIA STRATEGY

fpri.org


LATIN AMERICA

June 14, 2021


gavel


Venezuela tops the list of this year’s Capacity to Combat Corruption Index. The index ranks how likely Latin American countries are able to combat corruption.


THE 2021 CAPACITY TO COMBAT CORRUPTION INDEX

.as-coa.org 


NORTH AMERICA

 June 30, 2021


President Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae


Kim Myong Chol, an international affairs critic, said the recent actions of the United States are hostile to North Korea. As spokesperson for the official Korean Central News Agency, he stated that diplomatic talks cannot continue until the U.S. stops allowing South Korea to build powerful missiles capable of flying over 500 miles.


North accuses US of hostility for S. Korean missile decision

apnews.com


DEFENSE

June 15, 2021


FIGHTER JET


Last week the G-7 issued a statement on the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. This week, China seemingly responded by flying 28 warplanes into Taiwan-controlled airspace.


CHINA SENDS A RECORD 28 MILITARY PLANES INTO AIRSPACE CONTROLLED BY TAIWAN

npr.org 


AFRICA

June 16, 2021


Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok


Sudan is at risk for chaos and civil war, says its Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Inflation is at 379%, outages in water and electricity are commonplace and food is in short supply. Gangs and criminal groups are threatening the Hamdok government, which was set up as a transition government after the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in 2019.


SUDAN'S PRIME MINISTER WARNS OF RISK OF CHAOS

reuters.com


MIDDLE EAST

June 13, 2021


former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted as Israel’s prime minister after 12 years in power. The new governing coalition is being touted as the most diverse in Israeli history and includes the first Arab party in the parliament. But Netanyahu calls the new government “weak” and “dangerous, vowing he’ll be back.


ISRAEL'S NEW PRIME MINISTER IS SWORN IN, ENDING NETANYAHU'S 12-YEAR GRIP ON POWER

cnn.com 


LATIN AMERICA

June 11, 2021


Chinese Covid vaccine assembly line


China’s vaccine diplomacy in Latin America has faced numerous setbacks. Nevertheless, China still has the strategic advantage in the region for one reason - no one else is doing it. China is discovering that its vaccines are giving them political leverage in countries like Argentina and Brazil.


VACCINE DIPLOMACY BOOSTS CHINA’S STANDING IN LATIN AMERICA

foreignpolicy.com 


EUROPE

June 11, 2021


NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers' meeting


Polish foreign minister, Zbigniew Rau, was critical of the Biden Administration as being too busy visiting Vladimir Putin to visit allies on the eastern flank during Pres. Biden’s 8-day trip around Europe. Washington also drew criticism for waiving sanctions of the Nord Stream 2 AG, as Biden does not plan to delegate or to consult the regions most affected by the Russo-European pipeline.


Poland regrets Biden not meeting east European leaders during trip

msn.com


ASIA

June 11, 2021


Myanmar activists hold flash mob protest against military rule


The European Union’s foreign policy chief has planned a new round of sanctions on ruling generals in Myanmar and their economic interests. This comes after violence following the coup and overthrow of elected Aung Suu Kyi, 845 people killed by security forces and 4,500 jailed.


Myanmar diplomacy intensifies, EU threatens more sanctions

msn.com


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/myanmar-diplomacy-intensifies-eu-threatens-more-sanc tions/ar-AAKF8FR?ocid=BingNewsSearch

MIDDLE EAST

June 6, 2021


family in front of destroyed building


U.N. efforts have failed to end the war in Yemen. The U.S. has stepped up by appointing a special envoy to Yemen, and Europe has become more engaged in ending the crisis. An end won’t be likely, however, unless there are changes on the ground sparking conflicting parties to negotiate.


INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO END THE YEMENI CRISIS: WHERE IT WENT WRONG ?

moderndiplomacy.eu


LATIN AMERICA

June 7, 2021


woman with children at the U.S.-Mexico wall


The Biden administration is counting on a $4 billion plan to address the “root causes” of the U.S./Mexico border crisis. To do so, President Biden needs to understand that migration from the Northern Triangle of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador follow long-wave and short-wave patterns.


THE REAL ROOT CAUSES OF AMERICA’S BORDER CRISIS

foreignaffairs.com 


DEFENSE

June 5, 2021


F35A fighter jet


Japan has pledged to support the U.S. militarily if Chinese hostilities spread to the southwestern islands, particularly the Diaoyu Islands. F-35A fighter squadrons are spread across Japan, with another likely to be set up at the Komatsu base. U.S.-built F-35As are considered Japan’s most potent intervention force against China or Russia breaching Japanese airspace.


A HUGE NUMBER OF F-35S WILL MOVE THEIR STATIONS IN JAPAN, READY TO HINDER CHINA’S SOVEREIGNTY?

https://moderndiplomacy.eu 


NORTH AMERICA

June 3, 2021




Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau was “appalled” by the revealing of a mass grave for 215 indigenous children in southern British Columbia. His government is facing pressure for further investigation of 130 residential schools set up to assimilate indigenous children between 1874 and 1996.


WHY CANADA IS MOURNING THE DEATHS OF 215 CHILDREN

https://www.bbc.com 


EUROPE

June 4, 2021


diplomats in the U.S.-China talks


The bipolar standover between the U.S. and Russia during the Cold War is being replaced by a multipolar order: a triangle made up of the United States, Russia and China. But as the U.S. has increased pressure on the other two countries, China and Russia have stepped up bilateral cooperation.


THE MODERN CHINA-RUSSIA-US TRIANGLE

https://thediplomat.com 


ASIA

June 5, 2021


women and children of Rohinga


Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) issued a policy position upholding Rohingya human rights. Furthermore, the NUG invited Rohingyas to join them in uprisings against the military dictatorship.


THE NATIONAL UNITY GOVERNMENT AND THE ROHINGYA ISSUE IN MYANMAR: A NEW TWIST?

thediplomat.com 


AFRICA

June 1, 2021


AllAfrica logo


Somalia announced in May that it would restore diplomatic relations with Kenya, but nothing has happened yet. The two countries share commonalities, and the continued diplomatic tiff will likely only benefit Islamist insurgent groups.


KENYA: BAD POLICY HURTING KENYA-SOMALIA RELATIONS

allafrica.com 


AFRICA

May 18, 2021


US ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield


After a frosty four years between the U.S. and the African continent, the Biden administration is expected to be more engaging with its African counterparts. The woman expected to revitalize these relations is Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She has long been an expert on Africa and is the U.S. ambassador to the UN. She plans to build partnerships with African nations unlike Chinese relationships, which are based on “coerciveness”and “indebtedness”.


US AMBASSADOR TO UN PLEDGES PARTNERSHIP AHEAD OF KEY AFRICA MEETING | VOICE OF AMERICA - ENGLISH

voanews.com


MIDDLE EAST

May 20, 2021


President Joe Biden


U.S President Joe Biden chose a “quiet and intensive” approach towards the recent Israeli-Hamas conflict. This approach was strikingly different from that of his predecessors and was based on lessons learned from 2014 and more recent engagements between the U.S. and Israel.


INSIDE BIDEN'S 'QUIET,' 'RELENTLESS' DIPLOMATIC SCRAMBLE ON GAZA

nbcnews.com 


LATIN AMERICA

May 27, 2021


Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso in Quito


Following an unlikely victory in the April 2021 election, conservative candidate Guillermo Lasso has now been confirmed as the new president of Ecuador. His victory was met with a rise in sovereign bonds, which reached their highest point since September 2020. But the new president and his CREO (Creating Opportunities) party will have to address international human rights issues related to abortion, womens rights and same-sex marriage.


ECUADOR: IMPLEMENT CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULINGS PROTECTING RIGHTS

Hrw.org 


DEFENSE

May 28, 2021


Joe Biden at base in Cleveland, Ohio


On Friday, May 21, 2021, the Biden Administration sent Congress a defense spending request containing investments in troop readiness, space, nuclear weapons technology and the Pacific Deterrence Initiative. The Biden Administration is focusing on the development of next-generation hypersonic weapons to counter Russia and China. Biden’s continued investment into the modernization of the military will cost, on average, $60 billion a year.


BIDEN'S DEFENSE BUDGET SEEKS GREATER CHINA DETERRENCE AND NUCLEAR FUNDING

msn.com 


NORTH AMERICA

May 25, 2021


Armenian Orthodox church


The U.S. could improve languishing U.S.-Turkish relations through cultural heritage diplomacy. Recognizing Turkish cultural heritage sites - like Armenian churches - could reach receptive stakeholders in Turkey ranging from at-risk community representatives to state and municipal functionaries. Bilateral U.S.-Turkish cooperation is at an all time low, following U.S. President Joe Biden’s acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide.


CULTURAL HERITAGE DIPLOMACY NEEDS TO BE A PART OF BIDEN’S TURKEY OUTREACH

mei.edu 


EUROPE

May 24, 2021


Russophobic Western Ukrainians marching


Ukraine struggles to reconcile attitudes of Russophobia and Russophilia within its borders. The western region of the country contains only 10-15% of the population, but their voices ring the loudest. The west is primarily characterized by Russophobic and nationalistic tendencies, such as the rejection of the Russian language and culture. Residents of the eastern, southern and south-eastern regions of Ukraine tend to be more Russophilic - identifying more closely with Russia.


UKRAINE: RUSSOPHOBIA PLUS RUSSOPHILIA

moderndiplomacy.eu 



ASIA

May 24, 2021


protester giving three-finger salute


Since the February coup in Myanmar, many pro-democracy protesters have begun to take to the streets in an attempt to reach the UN and demand action against the new illegitimate government. The Responsibility to Protect, or R2P, provides protection from crimes against humanity, genocide, ethnic cleansing and war crimes. However, the UN reviews requests on a case-by-case basis, and intervention could leave a power vacuum on the scale of Post-Gaddafi Libya.


DOES THE WORLD HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT MYANMAR?

Slate.com 


MIDDLE EAST

May 23, 2021


a destroyed house in the Gaza strip


U.S. President Joe Biden lacked the ability to pressure Israel in the recent Israel-Hamas conflict, largely because the Israeli political establishment said it was acting in defense of its national security. And there’s no real plan in place should it happen again.


THE CEASEFIRE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS SHOWS HOW LITTLE CONTROL BIDEN HAS OVER THE MIDDLE EAST

time.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


ASIA

May 22, 2021


artist mudasir gul kissing child


Police in the Kashmir region have cracked down on protestors of the Israeli attacks in Palestine. This is the first anti-Israel protest since 2019, when the Indian government tightened control over the region.


KASHMIRIS ARE BEING ARRESTED FOR PRO-PALESTINE PROTESTS

thediplomat.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


AFRICA

May 21, 2021




Following the first Russia-Africa Summit, trade collaboration is expected. Alisa Andreevna Prokhorova of the Russian Export Center discusses Russia’s trade with Africa at length.


RUSSIA’S STRATEGY TO ENTER THE AFRICAN MARKET

moderndiplomacy.eu

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


EUROPE

May 21, 2021


ship in the ocean


Supporting the Three Seas Initiative and exporting American liquified natural gas to Central and Eastern Europe would help fulfill Biden’s promise of a foreign policy for the middle class. The initiative is aimed at improving infrastructure for 12 countries that border the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas.


THE THREE SEAS INITIATIVE AND REALIZING A FOREIGN POLICY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

fpri.org 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


DEFENSE

May 21, 2021


nuclear submarine


In a surprise move, the UK has decided to expand its nuclear stockpile, a reversal of a nuclear reduction policy of decades. The decision is driven by Russian and Chinese developments of their nuclear defenses and technological threats.


WHY DOES THE UK WANT MORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS

realcleardefense.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


NORTH AMERICA

May 20, 2021


anti-missile rocket in air


U.S. President Biden’s recent actions point to a Biden foreign policy guided by his own personal experience. Both moderate and progressive Democrats are grappling with how they are going to live with that.


DEMOCRATS STRUGGLE TO INFLUENCE BIDEN’S FOREIGN POLICY — IN THE MIDEAST AND BEYOND

politico.com

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


LATIN AMERICA

May 20, 2021


Nicaraguan Cristiana Chamorro


In the run up to this year’s elections, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega raided the offices of two children of former President Violeta Chamorro. Carlos Fernando Chamorro is a longtime opposition journalist who lived in exile for a while. His sister, Cristiana Chamorro, is expected to run for president.


ORTEGA TARGETS OPPOSITION FIGURES AS NICARAGUAN ELECTIONS APPROACH

npr.org 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


MIDDLE EAST

May 14, 2021


violence in Israel


The current crisis between Israel and Palestine is the death of the two-state solution. Violence has erupted in East Jerusalem, other Israeli cities and Gaza. The current conflict could destabilize a fragile region and divert the Biden administration from other foreign policy goals.


THIS IS WHAT THE DEATH OF A TWO-STATE SOLUTION LOOKS LIKE

brookings.edu

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


LATIN AMERICA

May 14, 2021


Argentine President Alberto Fernández with Italian Prime Minister Mario Dragh


The Argentinian President, Alberto Fernández, held a round of meetings with high level guests in Rome on May 13. They included Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Pope Francis and World Bank official Axel van Trotsenburg.


ARGENTINE PRESIDENT MEETS ITALIAN PR THE POPE AND A TOP WORLD BANK OFFICIAL

mercopress.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


DEFENSE

May 14, 2021


U.S. President Joe Biden


U.S. President Biden signed an executive order to improve protection from cyber attacks at government agencies. The move came after the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack currently affecting U.S. east coast gas supplies.


BIDEN ORDERS WIDE CYBERSECURITY CHANGES FOR GOVERNMENT, CONTRACTORS

c4isrnet.com

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


NORTH AMERICA

May 14, 2021


U.S. Representative Liz Cheney


The U.S. Republican party voted to remove Representative Liz Cheney from her position as the party’s conference chair, the number 3 position in the House Republican leadership. She was removed for her condemnation of former President Trump and now says she regrets voting for him.


LIZ CHENEY SAYS SHE NOW REGRETS HER VOTE FOR TRUMP IN 2020

bloomberg.com

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


EUROPE

May 13, 2021


illustration of hand holding an arrow and a spear


A Russian expert on nuclear weapons, Maxim Starchak, has written a foreign policy paper on Russian nuclear activity. Last year, Russia maintained nuclear exercises and air and sea deterrence patrols despite the pandemic.


RUSSIAN NUCLEAR ACTIVITY IN 2020: A SHOW OF STRENGTH DESPITE COVID-19

fpri.org 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


AFRICA

May 12, 2021


Picture of Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine


The runner up in Uganda’s 2021 presidential election known as Bobi Wine intends to use his popularity as a singer to push President Yoweri Museveni. Wine’s network of supporters wants to extend his influence outside of the country.


UGANDA: HOW BOBI WINE WIELDS HIS NETWORK AGAINST PRESIDENT MUSEVENI

theafricareport.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


ASIA

May 12, 2021


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party was defeated in India’s fourth-most populous state. The defeat is a likely outcome of Modi’s lack of leadership in India’s Covid-19 outbreak. Projections put Indian deaths from the virus at 1 million deaths by the end of July.


INDIA’S PANDEMIC DISASTER HAS FINALLY SLOWED MODI’S UNSTOPPABLE RISE

foreignpolicy.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.



SPECIAL FOCUS: CHINESE ESPIONAGE

May 2, 2021


chinese flag background with mobile phone showing bitcoin


A former European intelligence officer and a soldier are said to have been targeted by China on LinkedIn and offered €100,000 for classified information on Irish and European security.


CHINESE SPIES TRIED TO BUY DEFENCE FORCES SECURITY SECRETS

thetimes.co.uk

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


SPECIAL FOCUS: CHINESE ESPIONAGE

April 22, 2021


wooden gavel


In April, Chinese national Dr. Xiaorong You was convicted $120 million of stealing trade secrets Eastman Chemical Co. and others.You is scheduled for sentencing later this year on convictions of conspiracy to commit economic espionage, conspiracy to steal trade secrets, possession of stolen trade secrets, economic espionage and wire fraud.


CHINESE NATIONAL CONVICTED ON FEDERAL ESPIONAGE CHARGES

timesnews.net 

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SPECIAL FOCUS: CHINESE ESPIONAGE

April 29, 2021


chinese flag


Recently published research states that the Naikon group of Chinese hackers has been active in hacking Southeast Asian military and government organizations for two years. Naikon is suspected of having ties to the People’s Liberation Army.


SUSPECTED CHINESE HACKERS ARE BREAKING INTO NEARBY MILITARY TARGETS

cyberscoop.com 

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SPECIAL FOCUS: CHINESE ESPIONAGE

April 28, 2021


reuters logo


A Chinese marine biologist pleaded guilty in a Boston court of illegally exporting underwater drone technology to China. His lawyer claims the businessman was unaware of its intended use by the Chinese military research institute, Northwestern Polytechnical University, for anti-submarine warfare.


CHINESE BUSINESSMAN ADMITS SMUGGLING U.S. MARINE TECH TO CHINA

reuters.com 

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SPECIAL FOCUS: CHINESE ESPIONAGE

April 14, 2021


FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying


In an April Senate Intelligence Committee hear, FBI Director Christopher Wray emphasized China’s threat to America’s innovation, economic security and democratic ideas. He stated that over the last several years there has been a 1,300% increase in economic espionage investigations.


FBI SAYS IT OPENS NEW ESPIONAGE INVESTIGATION INTO CHINA ‘EVERY 10 HOURS’

forbes-com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.



SPECIAL FOCUS: CHINESE ESPIONAGE

May 5, 2021


Washington Examiner logo


In 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice launched the China Initiative, aimed at rooting out U.S. academics with ties to China’s communist party or its Thousand Talents Program. This article lists professors charged with stealing research and technology from U.S. universities. The most notable example is that of Harvard University’s Dr. Charles Lieber and his role as a “strategic scientist” at the Wuhan University of Technology.


CHINA ON CAMPUS: HOW THE DOJ HAS BATTLED ‘NONTRADITIONAL ESPIONAGE’

washingtonexaminer-com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


SPECIAL FOCUS: CHINESE ESPIONAGE

July 7, 2020


FBI Director Christopher Wray


Last July, FBI Director Christopher Wray said China poses the “greatest long-term threat” to America’s information and intellectual property and its economic vitality. He referred to China’s ambition to be the economic and technological leader, its diverse and “multi-layered” approach to achieving its goals and its fundamentally different approach to government as key to understanding China’s threat to American national security.


THE THREAT POSED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY TO THE ECONOMIC AND NATIONAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES

fbi.gov

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.

NORTH AMERICA

April 30, 2021


Joe Biden in the White House on March 11


In his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden has returned the United States to the world stage in Anti-Trump fashion. He has officially rejoined the World Health Organization (WHO), decided to pull American troops from Afghanistan, and labeled both the persecution of Uyghur Muslims in China and the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman troops as genocides.


WE NO LONGER FEAR THE TWEET’: BIDEN BRINGS US BACK TO WORLD STAGE IN FIRST 100 DAYS

Theguardian.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


DEFENSE

April 28, 2021


image of artificial intelligence web


NATO officials, who plan to meet in June 2021, are hashing out which artificial intelligence technologies it should use and how to do so responsibly. It’s an effort to sharpen NATO’s edge in EDT, or emerging and disruptive technologies.


NATO TEES UP NEGOTIATIONS ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN WEAPONS

c4isrnet.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


MIDDLE EAST

April 28, 2021


https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/u-n-syria-envoy-says-theres-interest-in-stepped-up-diplomacy


One decade ago protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad sparked a war which has become an “internationalized conflict” attracting Russia, the U.S., Turkey, Europe and the Arab world. Now the U.N. special envoy for Syria is calling for international diplomacy to end the 10-year war.


U.N. SYRIA ENVOY SAYS THERE’S INTEREST IN STEPPED UP DIPLOMACY

pbs.org 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


ASIA

April 27, 2021


Chinese and Japanese coast guard boats in the East China Sea


China has lodged a “solemn protest” against Japan after Japan issued its annual Diplomatic Bluebook emphasizing concerns over Chinese aggression in the East China Sea. Japan is unhappy with Chinese activities in territorial waters surrounding Japan’s Senkaku Islands.


JAPAN EMPHASIZES CONCERNS OVER CHINA'S MILITARY IN DIPLOMACY

english.kyodonews.net 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


AFRICA

April 27, 2022


Isa Ali Pantami, Nigeria's Minister of Communications and Digital Economy


Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Ali Pantami is under pressure to resign after videos from the 2000s surfaced. In the videos, the internationally-acclaimed scholar supported the ideologies of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban while saying he was against Boko Haram terrorists.


NIGERIA: AFTER PANTAMI, ARE THERE 'MORE CLOSET EXTREMISTS' IN GOVERNMENT?

theafricareport.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


LATIN AMERICA

April 27, 2021


US Vice President Kamala Harris in virtual meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei


U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris held a virtual meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandor Giammatei to address the increasing rush of migrants to the U.S. border. Most come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Harris plans to visit Guatemala in June to discuss a $310 humanitarian relief package for Central America.


US PROMISES $310M AID TO CENTRAL AMERICA AS IT TACKLES MIGRATION

aljazeera.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.

EUROPE

April 20, 2021


person receiving Covid-19 vaccine


Countries in South-Eastern Europe have benefited more from Russia and China’s vaccine diplomacy than from assistance from the EU. The EU’s missed opportunity is most notable in Hungary and Serbia.


VACCINE DIPLOMACY IN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE: HOW’S THE RACE GOING ON?

moderndiplomacy.eu 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


CENTRAL ASIA

April 22, 2021


Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide memorial


U.S. President Biden is expected to recognize the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottomans as “genocide” on Saturday. It matters to both Armenia and Turkey. Until now, the U.S. has refrained from using the term “genocide” so as not to anger ally and NATO member, Turkey. Armenia is pushing the Biden administration to live up to his campaign promise to recognize the massacre.


WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE UNITED STATES TO RECOGNIZE MASSACRE OF ARMENIANS AS GENOCIDE

washingtonpost.com

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


LATIN AMERICA

April 23, 2021


Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel with Raul Castro


The exit of the Castros after six decades in power paves the way for younger leaders of the Communist party to step up in Cuba. But continuity may not be what the Cuban people have in mind, given their discontent over the economy.


CUBA’S POST-CASTRO LEADERS MUST DELIVER THE GOODS

worldpoliticsreview.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


DEFENSE

April 22, 2021


Cyber warfare operators monitoring cyber attacks


Future military leaders will need cyber skills and the ability to interface with technical experts. The Department of Defense has recognized this, but it should also embrace product management skills, which would provide more benefit to cyber warfare officers than programming courses.


HOW THE MILITARY MIGHT EXPAND ITS CYBER SKILLS

rand.org 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


AFRICA

April 22, 2021


Deceased President Idriss Déby


Rebels who killed Chad president Idriss Déby likely trained in Libya. The vacuum of power left since Libya’s ouster of Muammar el-Qaddafi has incubated armed groups wreaking havoc across the region. Chad is seen by both the United States and France as vital to countering Islamist militancy.


WHERE DID CHAD REBELS PREPARE FOR THEIR OWN WAR? IN LIBYA.

nytimes.com 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


MIDDLE EAST

April 20, 2021


: images of the Middle East


Legacy strategies in the Middle East won’t work today. The U.S. needs to adopt a new strategy which takes into consideration four key issues: North American oil independence; China as a near-peer to the U.S.; the diminished threats of a ground invasion of Israel; and the rise of sub-state actors like financial, technology and private military firms.


RE-THINKING ASSUMPTIONS FOR A 21ST CENTURY MIDDLE EAST

fpri.org 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


EUROPE

April 19, 2021


people in a meeting room


The move to increase U.S. troops in Europe is timely, given Biden’s desire to improve transatlantic relations and Russia’s threat to the continent. But only 500 troops have been promised to Germany, and there is still an absence of a desired military presence in the Baltics.


U.S. FORCE STRUCTURE CHANGES IN EUROPE: NECESSARY, BUT NOT SUFFICIENT 

fpri.org

Disclaimer: The views expressed in these articles are those of the author alone and not of ACIR.


NORTH AMERICA

March 2021


U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


With a new U.S. administration, Canada has a chance to align its China foreign policy to the U.S. China policy. The two countries are on common ground in relation to several Chinese issues, including human rights concerns, Hong Kong,maritime issues and Chinese economic practices.


EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CANADA-US COORDINATION ON CHINA

brookings.edu

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MIDDLE EAST

2021


Iran Threat Network map


Iran achieves its political and military objectives through tens of thousands of fighters known as the Iran Threat Network (ITN). The ITN is a nonstate network of diverse groups. It is the ITN, not Iran, which is most likely to attack U.S. and other targets. To counter the threat of the ITN, the U.S. will have to adopt a multidimensional approach.


THE IRAN THREAT NETWORK (ITN): FOUR MODELS OF IRAN'S NONSTATE CLIENT PARTNERSHIPS

rand.org 

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EUROPE

April 19, 2021


Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirovt


The Russians and the Czechs are involved in a diplomatic tit for tat. The Czech Republic expelled 18 Russian diplomats, claiming they were involved in an explosion of a Czech ammunitions storage depot in 2014. Russia cried foul and reciprocated with the expulsion of 20 Czech diplomats. The matter is under discussion by EU foriegn ministers.


RUSSIA EXPELS CZECH DIPLOMATS OVER SPYING ROW

bbc.com 

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DEFENSE

April 16, 2021


US Marines in snowy field


Amid concerns of Russia’s activities in the Arctic and along NATO’s borders, the U.S. will build airfields and a naval base in Norway. Norway is on the northern flank of NATO. The new agreement between the U.S. and Norway still has to be passed by the Norwegian parliament, but it reaffirms America’s commitment to its alliances.


US CAN BUILD MILITARY FACILITIES IN NORWAY UNDER NEW DEFENSE COOPERATION PACT

stripes.com 

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