World News Update – Weds June 10, 2015

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Turkish election results; Greece negotiates its debts; China’s provacative moves; Saudi-Israeli relations; Congo; plus, Cuba, Venezuela, and Mexico. 

Turkish Elections – Dawn of a New Era?

Election Result Heralds a New Turkey, But Not the One Erdoğan Wanted,” Constanze Letsch and Ian Traynor – The Guardian, June 8, 2015

Erdoğan Loses his Midas Touch,” Ross Wilson – Atlantic Council, June 8, 2015

Erdoğan’s Victory,” Michael J. Koplow – Foreign Affairs, June 7, 2015

Greece – Has Time Run Finally Run Out for the Beleaguered Country?

Who Will Put Greece Out of its Misery? It’s Time They Left the Euro,” Ian Birrell – The Telegraph, June 5, 2015

Subplots Cloud Greek Drama,” Mohamed A. El-Erian – BloombergView, June 8, 2015

Will a Grexit be the Lehman-Like Trigger of the Next Global Financial Crisis?” Joseph E. Stiglitz – The World Post, June 8, 2015

Responding to Chinese Aggression on Earth…

It’s Time for America to Consider Accommodation with China,” Hugh White, Mary Kay Magistad, and Zha Daojiong – Foreign Policy, June 8, 2015

China’s Territorial Strategy is Gradualist, Asymmetric, and Effective. How Should the United States Respond?” Robert A. Newson and Lauren Dickey – Council on Foreign Relations, June 4, 2015

…And in Cyber Space (well, maybe)

Dusting for Beijing’s Digital Fingerprints,” Elias Groll – Foreign Policy, June 5, 2015

The Cyber Pearl Harbor and the Inescapable Gravity of Geopolitics,” Noah Rothman – Commentary, June 5, 2015

Saudi Arabia and Israel: The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

How Important is Saudi-Israeli Track-Two Diplomacy?” Tamara Cofman Wittes – Brookings, June 6, 2015

Israel-Saudi Cooperation Debunks Obama’s Foreign Policy Vision,” Jonathan S. Tobin – Commentary, June 5, 2015

U.S. Policy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Absent in Central Africa,” Stephen R. Weissman, John Prendergast, Anthony W. Gambino, and Sasha Lezhnev – Foreign Affairs, June 8, 2015

Latin America Round-Up

Obama’s Cuba Legacy May Run Through Venezuela,” Mark Weisbrot – Al Jazeera America, June 4, 2015

Can Pope Francis Perform a Miracle for Venezuela?” Sergio Muñoz Bata – The World Post, June 4, 2015

The Missing Forty-Three: The Government’s Case Collapses,” Francisco Goldman – The New Yorker, June 8, 2015

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