Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 10, 2017

Julian Borger, The Guardian: Sergey Lavrov's White House visit reveals little about Trump and Russia

The White House closed off US press to Sergey Lavrov meeting, leaving Russian press to cover it and Lavrov to dismiss accusations of collusion as ‘fake news’

Sergey Lavrov came to Washington on Wednesday after an absence of four years, and was absolutely shocked – shocked! – to hear that Russia had been accused of meddling in US internal affairs.

There also seemed to have been some fuss about the FBI director James Comey’s abrupt dismissal the night before, in the midst of a multi-pronged investigation into Russian interference.

“Was he fired? You’re kidding! You’re kidding!” the Russian foreign minister exclaimed when a journalist asked him whether Comey’s downfall might throw a shadow over the Russian’s visit. The surprise was archly theatrical, of course, delivered with the knowing smirk of Captain Renault expressing astonishment at gambling going on in the casino in Casablanca.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 10, 2017

To Resolve the Syrian Crisis, Partition Is Necessary -- Carol E. B. Choksy and Jamsheed K. Choksy, Yale Global Online

AP Analysis: S. Korea’s Moon floats summit; will North bite? -- Eric Talmadge, AP

Yes, we do have a way to deal with North Korea -- Peter Harrell, Politico

North Korea’s invitation to China’s Belt and Road summit ‘may cast shadow over UN sanctions’ -- Shi Jiangtao, South China Morning Post

What the South Korean Election Means for Trump -- Duyeon Kim, Foreign Affairs

War without end: Trump prepares strategy on Afghanistan -- Lewis Sanders IV, DW

Inside Afghanistan: Are more US troops what Afghans want? -- Hollie McKay, FOX News

China's Big Play for Middle East Oil -- Robin Mills, Bloomberg

China faces resistance to a cherished theme of its foreign policy -- The Economist

4 reasons Rouhani is winning Iran's foreign policy debate -- Hassan Ahmadian, Al-Monitor

The devastating reality of Somalia on the brink of famine -- Sophie Eastaugh, VICE News

The Best-Laid Plans of Saudi Arabia and Russia -- Jacob L. Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures

A Message to Putin From 42 Million Dead -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

In Russia, Leaked Documents Rattle the Kremlin -- Nathan Hodge, WSJ

NATO Chief Finds a New Friend in Trump -- Matthias Gebauer and Peter Müller, Spiegel Online

How U.S. Meddling in the Bosnia Conflict Changed the Face of NATO -- Ted Galen Carpenter, National Interest

What Comes Next For France? -- Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

Brazil's Last Political Legend Goes to Trial -- Mac Margolis, Bloomberg

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