Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 23, 2016

People ride a cart pulled by a horse near the damaged al-Hakeem hospital, in the rebel-held besieged area of Aleppo, Syria November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Peter Apps, Reuters: Could Trump save U.S. Mideast policy? Or just make it worse?

As the U.S. election results trickled in in the early hours of Nov. 9, Syrian government forces began yet another assault on Aleppo – with humanitarian workers and medical centers again in the line of fire.

When historians look back on the presidency of Barack Obama, they may well see the handling of Syria – and perhaps the wider Middle East – as his greatest single failure. Now, the future of the world’s most geopolitically tangled region is being dumped on the desk of Donald Trump.

Compared to those outsiders who have tried to steer its destiny in the past – Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the multiple conflicting figures of the last two administrations – Trump is clearly woefully underprepared.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 23, 2016

Unless Donald Trump is able to master geopolitical complexity, the trouble in the Middle East will get far worse. -- John Jenkins, New Statesman

In Trump Versus China, Everyone Can Win -- Christopher Balding, Bloomberg

How to Deter NATO's Greatest Fear: A Russian Invasion of the Baltic States -- Jan Osburg, Stephen J. Flanagan and Marta Kepe, National Interest

Russia, the United States and Donald Trump -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

A New Reset? President-elect Trump’s relationship with Putin is likely to run into obstacles. -- Stefan Meister, Berlin Policy Journal

Saudi Arabia contemplates Trump -- Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Trump's Promised Defense Buildup and Congress: Who Will Blink First? -- Joe Gould, Defense News

Trump’s Defense Increase Might Not Equal a Better Military -- Cmdr. Daniel Dolan, USN (Retired), USNI News

An Optimist’s Guide to Donald Trump’s World Order -- Richard Gowan, WPR

In biblical lands of Iraq, Christianity in peril after ISIS -- Moni Basu, CNN

Multilateral Effort Needed to Curb North Korean Cyber, Nuclear Threat -- John Grady, USNI News

The new Colombia-FARC deal: when peace begets war -- William Baulch, Foreign Brief

'A new genocide': Colombia's peace deal ushers in fresh violence -- Lewis Sanders IV, DW

Why China Thinks It Can Build a Utopian World Order -- Patrik K. Meyer, National Interest

Consequences of a U.S.-China Trade War -- David Benson, RCW

13 Ways to Be Thankful If Politics Got You Down -- Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg

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