World News Update – Weds May 27, 2015

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ISIS takes Ramadi; Obama talks Iran; Modi anniversary; repression in Myanmar; Egyptian and Thai regimes; global economies; plus, South Africa and Nigeria.

Defeat in Ramadi – Where Do We Go From Here?

Iraq After the Fall of Ramadi: How to Avoid Another Unraveling of Iraq,” Kenneth M. Pollack – Brookings, May 22, 2015

The Glaring (Ir)Relevance of Ramadi,” A. Trevor Thrall, Erik Goepner, and Maxwell Pappas – The National Interest, May 22, 2015

The Defeat in Ramadi: A Time for Transparency, Integrity, and Change,” Anthony H. Cordesman – Center for Strategic & International Studies, May 21, 2015

Obama on Iran

‘Look… It’s My Name on This’: Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal,” Jeffrey Goldberg – The Atlantic, May 21, 2015

Obama, Anti-Semitism and Iran,” Walter Russell Mead – The American Interest, May 25, 2015

India – One Year Scorecard for Modi

A New Manual for Diplomats,” C. Raja Mohan – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 21, 2015

Modinomics at One,” Derek Scissors – Foreign Affairs, May 24, 2015

Myanmar – The Next Genocide?

Why Rohingyas Are Willing to Risk Everything to Flee Myanmar,” Eline Gordts – The World Post, May 22, 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Inexcusable Silence,” Mehdi Hasan – Al Jazeera, May 24, 2015

Dictators on the Rise

Egypt’s Sisi is Getting Pretty Good… At Being a Dictator,” Thanassis Cambanis – Foreign Policy, May 22, 2015

The Strongman of Siam,” Sebastian Strangio – Foreign Policy, May 21, 2015

Global Economies – A Tour of the Hot Spots

Why the U.S. Needs to Listen to China,” Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and Robert E. Rubin – The Atlantic, June 2015 Issue

Will Eurozone Ever Regain Its Spring?” Claire Jones – Financial Times, May 24, 2015

Saudi Arabia and the Shifting Geoeconomics of Oil,” Dag Harald Claes, Andreas Goldthau, and David Livingston – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 21, 2015

Africa Round-Up

The Conflicting Messages of Jacob Zuma,” Cheryl Strauss Einhorn – Council on Foreign Relations, May 22, 2015

How Nigeria Turned a Corner Against Boko Haram,” Max Siollun – The Guardian, May 21, 2015


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