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    World News

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Russian Spy Scandal; Rexiting the State Department; Russian Elections; U.S.-North Korea Talks; Merkel’s New Government; Global Happiness

    Quote of the Week:


    “We’re speaking with Theresa May today. As soon as we get the facts straight, if we agree with them, we will condemn Russia or whoever it may be.

    President Donald Trump
    , in a meeting with the press on Tuesday, recorded by the New York Times. 

    Russian Spy Scandal
    Theresa May: ‘Highly Likely’ Russia Responsible for Spy’s Poisoning by Nerve Agent
    ” William Booth
    — The Washington Post, March 12, 2018

    Theresa May’s Russia Response, Full Text” Editorial Board — The Spectator, March 14, 2018

    Britain Accuses Russia of Poisoning – Trump Won’t Agree” David Frum — The Atlantic, March 12, 2018

    May Can’t Rely on Trump and Europe Against Russia – And Putin Knows It” Simon Tisdall — The Guardian, March 13, 2018
    Rexit: New Leadership at the State Department
    The Foreign Capital Rex Tillerson Never Understood: Trump’s Washington
    ” Susan Glasser
    — Politico, March 13, 2018

    Will Pompeo Turn the State Department Around?” Danielle Pletka — The National Interest, March 13, 2018

    With Mike Pompeo at the State Department, Are the Uber-Hawks Winning?” Robin Wright — The New Yorker, March 13, 2018

    How Mike Pompeo Could Save the State Department” Samantha Power — The New York Times, March 13, 2018

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Is Fired
    ” James Lindsay — Council on Foreign Relations, March 13, 2018 [Podcast]

    Russia Goes to the Polls

    The Banality of Russia’s Potempkin Elections” Daniel Baer — Foreign Policy, March 12, 2018

    How Putin’s Regime Is Both Authoritarian and Incompetent” Daniel Treisman — The Washington Post, March 14, 2018

    Russian Election: Choosing Between Vladimir Putin or Chaos?” Aaron Tilton — Deutsche Welle, March 14, 2018

    Putin Has Russia Guessing Before Election: How Long Will He Keep Power?” Christian Lowe and Olesya Astakhova — Reuters, March 13, 2018

    Global Implications of U.S.-North Korea Talks

    What a U.S.-North Korea Summit Means for Japan
    ” Sheila Smith — Foreign Affairs, March 14, 2018

    What Does a Trump-Kim Meeting Mean for China?” Shannon Tiezzi — The Diplomat, March 11, 2018

    The Man Behind the North Korea Negotiations
    ” S. Nathan Park — The Atlantic, March 12, 2018

    The Inter-Korean Agreement and Pyongyang’s Offer to Trump” Duyeon Kim — Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March 8, 2018

    Merkel’s New German Government

    Judge Angela Merkel’s Fourth Term By What It Achieves on Europe” J.C. — The Economist, March 14, 2018

    Angela Merkel Starts Fourth Term Facing Big Hurdles
    ” Bojan Pancevski — The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2018

    As Merkel Begins New Term, Compromises Could Undo Economic Boom” Jack Ewing — The New York Times, March 14, 2018 

    How Happy Is Your Country?

    World Happiness Report 2018” John Helliwell; Richard Layard; Jeffrey Sachs — United Nations, March 14, 2018 [Report]

    Perhaps Tired of Winning, the United States Falls in World Happiness Rankings – Again” Alex Horton — The Washington Post, March 14, 2018

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