Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 15, 2017

James Robbins, US News and World Report: Assessing the Syria Situation

U.S. goals in Syria have dramatically shifted since the Trump administration took office.

The Obama administration's Syria strategy has left along with the former president. The question remains how the United States will continue to be involved in the conflict, if at all.

Peace talks are scheduled to take place in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana on Feb. 16-17, sponsored by Russia and Iran (on the part of the Damascus government), and Turkey (on the part of some of the rebel groups). A second round of talks will begin in Geneva on Feb. 23, sponsored by the United Nations. The United States has been invited to the Astana talks and will continue to participate in the Geneva rounds.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 15, 2017

Trump takes first step to put his stamp on Mideast peace -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM

Trump Critics Need to Be Careful What They Cheer For -- Sam Roggeveen. The Interpreter

Winning the hearts of Islamic State’s potential recruits -- CSM Editorial

AP Analysis: Few alternatives to Palestinian state -- AP

Change Has Not Come to the Middle East -- Michael Singh, Cipher Brief

North Korean murder: Did Kim Jong-nam's ties to China play a role? -- John Power, CSM

Why China Isn't More Outspoken About North Korea (Video) -- Brandon Ott, RCW

One China, Two Koreas -- Jacob Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures

A rare glimpse into the brutality of life under Boko Haram -- PBS Newshour

Belarus’s game of truancy -- Andrew Wilson, European Council on Foreign Relations

Merkel Might Lose After All -- Spiegel Online

A Former Putin Backer Steps Through the Looking Glass -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Greece's Euro Membership Looks Vulnerable Again -- Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg

Perilous: European Crisis Looms in the Balkans -- Carl Gershman and Ivana Cvetkovic Bajrovic, World Affairs

US Economic Freedom Has Hit a Historic Low. What Happened? -- Anthony B. Kim, Daily Signal

1 comment:

Jay Farquharson said...

Tip for you:

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For every one percent impact on annual U.S. business travel spending, the country either gains or looses $5 billion in gross domestic product along with 71,000 jobs, according to GPTA's calculations."