Weekly World News Update – June 7, 2017

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Quote of the Week:

“The fact that our friend and ally [the U.S.] has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course. For Canada that course must be the renewal, indeed the strengthening, of the postwar multilateral order.” 

Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Minister of Canada, in a speech on June 6 to her nation’s legislature.

Retreat of U.S. Leadership?
Goodbye to Values” — The Economist, June 3, 2017

Pence Affirms U.S. Commitment to NATO, Collective Defense” Ashish Kumar Sen — Atlantic Council, June 5, 2017

A Turning Point for Trumpinology” William A. Gallston — Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2017

The Future of Our Planet
Trump Pulling Out of the Paris Climate Agreement Is Great News… for China” Zeeshan Aleem — Vox, June 3, 2017

Trump’s Decision to Ditch the Climate Agreement Will Help America Negotiate Better Deals” Nicolas Loris — The National Interest, June 6, 2017

Trump’s Catastrophic Climate Decision Imperils the Planet — and Hasten’s American Decline” Stewart M. Patrick — CFR, June 1, 2017

A Conservative Free Market Approach for Renegotiating the Paris Climate Agreement” Jeffrey Dorfman — Forbes, June 7, 2017

Climate Change Will Mean More Rain for Some and None for Others” Kendra Pierre-Louis — Popular Science, June 1, 2017

Gulf States Cut Ties with Qatar
Will Qatar’s Diplomatic Exile Spark the Next Great War?” Simon Henderson — Foreign Policy, June 5, 2017

Squeezing Qatar to Make Hamas Scream” Walter Russell Mead — Hudson Institute, June 6, 2017

Hacking, Bots, and Information Wars in the Qatar Spat” Marc Jones — The Washington Post, June 7, 2017

Saudi – Qatar’s True Battleground Is Asia” David Fickling — Bloomberg Gadfly, June 6, 2017

Britain Goes to the Polls
Everything You Need to Know about Tomorow’s Important UK Election” Chris Graham — The Telegraph, June 7, 2017

The Middle Has Fallen Out of British Politics” — The Economist, June 3, 2017

Theresa May’s Incredible Shrinking Poll Numbers” Samuel Earle — The Atlantic, June 7, 2017

Gaming Out the British Elections” Ben Stansall and Niklas Hallen — Stratfor, June 7, 2017

Afghanistan Erupts
Afghanistan Has Collapsed into Chaos” Ben Anderson — Vice News, June 7, 2017

Why More Troops Won’t Help Afghanistan” Barnett Rubin — The New Yorker, June 5, 2017

Afghanistan’s Bloody Week Lays Bare Rifts in the ‘Unity Government’” Daud Khattak — The Diplomat, June 6, 2017

South China Sea
U.S. Escalates Pressure on China over South China Sea and North Korea” Ben Doherty — The Guardian, June 5, 2017

Beijing Aims to Place Warplanes in the South China Sea, U.S. Says” Tom Hancock — Financial Times, June 7, 2017

70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan
The Marshall Plan Speech at 70 – and the Lessons It Can Provide for Today’s Challenges” Effie G. H. Pedaliu — London School of Economics, June 5, 2017
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