Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 7, 2016

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Nikolas K. Gvosdev, National Interest: What Happened at the G-20? Not Much.

Obama’s “legacy” summit had very few concrete results.

One photographer assigned to photograph the G-20 summit captured a telling moment on the stage in Hangzhou: Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan engaged in an animated conversation, while a pensive-looking German chancellor Angela Merkel (perhaps still processing the news of her party’s catastrophic electoral defeat in her home state of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania) looks into the distance and President Barack Obama, standing on the other side of the group of leaders, displayed what appeared to be intense curiosity at what was being discussed between Putin and Erdoğan. (President Xi Jinping, as the host, radiated an expression of apparent satisfaction.)

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 7, 2016

China’s G20 summit was big on show but short on substance -- Caitlin Byrne, The Guardian

Currency War Fears Prompt G20 to Act -- Saibal Dasgupta, VOA

No to partitioning Syria -- Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera

Time to rethink ASEAN -- Robert Manning, Nikkei Asian Review

How the South China Sea fight could go digital -- Will Glass, CSM

Landlocked Laos Struggles Between China, Vietnam -- Trung Nguyen, VOA

Why Vietnam highly values its relations with Singapore -- Xuan Loc Doan, Asia Times

The Tajik Tragedy of Uzbekistan -- Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

Maldives: How do you launder $1.5 billion? -- Will Jordan, Al Jazeera

Fortress Kabul and Afghanistan’s Warlords -- Shawn Snow, National Interest

Why Auckland is the hottest property market in the world -- Eleanor Ainge Roy, The Guardian

Tracking the U.S. Military's Pivot to Africa -- Nick Turse, RCW/Tom Dispatch

#OccupyLuthuliHouse shows South Africa's ANC is turning on itself -- Steven Grootes, The Guardian/The Daily Maverick

Putin Shuts Down Last Russian Independent Pollster In Anticipation of Russian and US Elections -- Paul Roderick, Forbes

A Nationalist Eastern Europe Could Reshape the EU -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

New Support for a European Union Army -- Ted Galen carpenter, CATO

More of President Obama’s legacy -- Washington Times editorial

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