Thursday, December 31, 2015

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 31, 2015

The Guardian: What will happen in 2016?

Space explorers, genetic scientists, US voters, terrorists and hackers look set to dominate our world next year – but don’t rule out the odd pleasant surprise

Never make predictions, especially about the future. So said Mark Twain, Yogi Berra or Niels Bohr – or possibly all three.

But if you must, there are really only two options: play safe and go for the obvious, or come up with forecasts so giddily optimistic that no one will take you seriously.

Using the former approach, 2016 will produce more tragedy in Syria and Yemen, an uninterrupted stream of refugees into Europe, another iteration of the Grexit crisis, deepening drought in the Chinese east and American west, and further hacking misadventure on both state and corporate levels. And an awful lot of summits to try to deal with all of the above.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 31, 2015

Our World in 2016 -- VOA

Annual Forecast 2016 -- Stratfor

Life After Islamic State -- Seth Frantzman, National Interest

The bad news about ISIS's defeat in Ramadi -- James Poulos, The Week

Iran's Plan for Syria Without Assad -- Joyce Karam, National Interest

Middle East still rocking from first world war pacts made 100 years ago -- Ian Black, The Guardian

Israel Was Targeted by US Intelligence for Obama Political Purposes -- David R. Shedd, Daily Signal

Iran Shot Beside Aircraft Carrier Shows U.S. Isn't Feared -- IBD Editorial

Hungry China sees more riches than war in Afghan future -- Kate Drew, CNBC

An Advance for South Korea and Japan, At Last -- Bloomberg editorial

The year ahead in East Asia: North Korea nukes and Taiwan elections -- Robert Marquand, CSM

Central African Republic, what must come next -- Thierry Vircoulon, Al Jazeera

Burundi Crackdown Puts Hutus and Tutsis, and the West, on Edge -- Jeffrey Gettleman, NYT

The EU Proves It's Here to Stay -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Three Areas Where U.S. Foreign Policy Went Wrong in 2015 -- Michael Singh, WSJ

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