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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Democracy in Danger; Managing North Korea; Asia Rising; Turkey-U.S. Relations Suffer; Political Turmoil in Prague

Quote of the Week:

“Democracy is facing its most serious crisis in decades. Democracy’s basic tenets – including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and rule of law – are under siege around the world.


Michael Abramowitz, President of Freedom House, in a press release about the Freedom in the World 2018 report, released Tuesday.

Is Democracy in Danger?

Freedom in the World 2018: Democracy in Crisis” Michael Abramowitz — Freedom House, January 16, 2018 [Report]

Democracy Is Far from Dead” Bruce Jones and Michael O’Hanlon — Brookings, January 10, 2018
Time to Renew the Democracy Playbook” Lauren Mooney and Shannon Green — CSIS, January 12, 2018

How’s Democracy Holding Up After Trump’s First Year?” Uri Friedman — The Atlantic, January 13, 2018

Asia Rising

America’s Economic Future Rests on Its Partnership with Asia” Richard Fontaine and Daniel Kliman — The National Interest, January 13, 2018


How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms
” Ethan Epstein — Politico, January 16, 2018

Managing North Korea


Japan, Canada Vow to ‘Maximize Pressure’ on North Korea Through Vancouver Talks
” Editorial Board — Nikkei Asian Review, January 16, 2018

North Korea’s Unlikely Strategic Opening
” George Friedman
— RealClear World, January 16, 2018

The Olympics Will Only Make the Korea Crisis Worse” David Clay Large — Foreign Policy, January 16, 2018


The Consequences of War with North Korea” Abigail Stowe-Thurston and Erin Connolly — Teen Vogue, January 4, 2018

Turkey-U.S. Relations Devolve Over Syria

U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria” Anne Barnard — The New York Times, January 16, 2018

Twilight of the Kurds” Joost Hiltermann and Maria Fantappie — Foreign Policy, January 16, 2018

Syria War: Turkey Denounces U.S. ‘Terror Army’ Plan for Border” Editorial Board — BBC, January 15, 2018

No Confidence for the Czech Republic

Czech Government Quits After Confidence Vote, Uncertain Talks Ahead” Robert Muller and Jason Hovet — Reuters, January 17, 2018


Czech Republic Faces Political Turmoil After No-Confidence Vote
” Hana de Goeij — The New York Times, January 16, 2018

The Czech Republic’s Pro-Russian President Is In Trouble” Editorial Board — The Economist, January 16, 2018

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