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October 15, 2014  

Where in the World is Kim Jong-un?

North Korea: Where is Kim Jong-un?” Dr. John Swenson-Wright – BBC, October 13, 2014

Where’s Kim? Absent Leader Stirs Wild Speculation,” Foster Klug – The Guardian, October 13, 2014

Kim Jong-un’s Vanishing Act: The Scary Reality if He Dies,” Scott A. Snyder – The National Interest, October 12, 2014

Japan's Economy

What Can We Learn From Abenomics?” Adam S. Posen – East Asia Forum, October 12, 2014

U.S. – China Relations

China’s Dangerous Game,” Howard W. French – The Atlantic, October 13, 2014

China, U.S. Standoff Deepens Over Hong Kong Protests,” James T. Areddy – The Wall Street Journal, October 11, 2014

Update on Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Sour Deal,” Dalena Wright – Foreign Policy, October 10, 2014

The Hong Kong Question: The United States Cannot Remain Neutral,” John Bolton – Pittsburgh Tribune Review, October 11, 2014

Kobani, Syria

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight Against Islamic State,” Spiegel Staff –Spiegel Online International – October 13, 2014

Kobani and the Future of Turkish Democracy,” Halil Karaveli – Foreign Affairs, October 8, 2014

ISIS in Kobani: Embattled Border Town Becomes Focal Point for the West's Fear of Involvement in Syria,” Bradley Klapper – The Independent, October 12, 2014

Kobani Still Stands Against ISIS and All Odds. But for How Long?” Jamie Dettmer – The Daily Beast, October 12, 2014

The ISIS Threat

America Needs a More Aggressive Strategy Against ISIL. Now,” John Nagl – Politico, October 12, 2014

Negotiations with Iran

A Nuclear Deal with Iran Won't End the Middle East's Big Cold War,” Kevin B. Sullivan – The Week, October 13, 2014

A Key Week for Tehran and its International Ambitions,” Tony Karon – The National, October 12, 2014

Argentina’s Energy Future

Argentina’s Brilliant, Terrible, Very Unclear Energy Future,” Keith Johnson – Foreign Policy, October 13, 2014

Fracking Fractures Argentina’s Energy Development,” Fabiana Frayssinet – Eurasia Review, October 12, 2014

Eastern Europe and Russia

Eastern Europeans are Bowing to Putin’s Power,” Jackson Diehl – The Washington Post, October 12, 2014

Europe’s Economy

Germany Sabotages Europe,” Mark Gilbert – Bloomberg View, October 13, 2014

Europe’s New Recession is One Just One of the West’s Problems,” Patrick Smith – The Fiscal Times, October 13, 2014

The U.S. Model?

The Age of Vulnerability,” Joseph E. Stiglitz – Project Syndicate, October 13, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Giving Malala Yousafzai the Nobel Prize Could Rob Her of Power,” Tabish Khair – New Republic, October 13, 2014

How Frenchman’s Nobel Research Could Aid Consumers,” Associated Press – The Washington Post, October 13, 2014

Understand the Research that Just Won Jean Tirole the Economics Nobel Prize,” Danielle Kurtzleben – Vox, October 13, 2014

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