Sunday, April 16, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 16, 2017

North Korea's military parade Saturday in Pyongyang marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of founder Kim Il Sung. (Photo: Reuters/Newscom)

Salvatore Babones, Al Jazeera: Will China intervene in North Korea?

If China intervenes in North Korea, it would not to be to save Kim Jong-un.

North Korea is in the headlines - again. For a small, poor country of 25 million people, it sure does make a lot of news. This time it's the perennial issue of nuclear testing. North Korea has tested five nuclear devices since 2006. Donald Trump is in no mood to allow a sixth.

Just days before his Florida summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump vowed that "if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will." Then, just after the summit, he backed up his pledge by ordered an aircraft carrier strike group to the region.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 16, 2017

Why Is North Korea Building ICBMs? Ask Michael Corleone -- Harry J. Kazianis, National Interest

Failure to sanction China helped North Korea, former officials say -- Josh Meyer, Politico

China's dilemma over North Korea on show at border -- Philip Wen, Reuters

The Possible Upsides of Korea Crisis -- James Carafano, Daily Signal

MOABs win battles but they don't win wars -- C August Elliott, ABC News Online

America and Iran are jostling for influence over Iraq -- The Economist

Syria: The Hidden Power of Iran -- Joost Hiltermann, New York Review Of Books

Is America's Alliance with Turkey Doomed? -- Sukru Hanioglu, National Interest

War, Terrorism, and the Christian Exodus from the Middle East -- Robin Wright, The New Yorker

Coptic Christians’ Endless Struggle for Survival in Egypt -- Samuel Tadros, NRO

Isis and al-Qaeda are little more than glorified drug cartels, and their motivation is money not religion -- Hiba Khan, The Independent

Who Runs the World? Mid-Level Bureaucrats -- Hady Amr & Scott Lasensky, Foreign Policy

New Poll Puts Merkel, CDU Back Up as Election Nears -- Milan Gagnon, RCW

The Second Year of Europe -- Richard N. Haass, Project Syndicate

Why Trump's palace intrigue matters -- Linda Feldmann, CSM

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