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ISIS Threats; Xi's Visit to U.S.; Border Tensions in South America;
Colombian Civil War; Understanding the EU; Catalonia Question; Saudi Arabia

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September 30, 2015  

UN's 70th General Assembly Meeting
The Greatest Political Show on Earth Julian Borger -- The Guardian, September 27, 2015
At UN, Putin Makes the Case for Dictators Brian Resnick -- National Journal, September 28, 2015

Russia in the Middle East
The Great Game Comes to Syria John McLaughlin -- Ozy, September 28, 2015
Face-to-Face: Obama Meets Putin Zalmay Khalilzad -- The National Interest, September 28, 2015
Putin's New Axis of Resistance: Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Hezbollah James Miller--The Daily Beast, September 28, 2015
Putin's Power Plays Anne Applebaum -- The Washington Post, September 27, 2015
Efforts in Syria against ISIS Won't Bring U.S., Russia Closer Together Natalia Bubnova -- Russia Direct, September 25 2015

Refugee Crisis
Long Before the Refugee Crisis, Great Powers Failed the Syrian People Rula Jebreal -- The Nation, September 24, 2015
Syria's Refugee Crisis Explained in One Map Zach Beauchamp -- Vox, September 27, 2015
Refugees Don't Leave Their Conflicts Behind Dagmar Breitenbach -- Deutsche Welle, September 28, 2015

ISIS Threats
Thousands Enter Syria to Join ISIS Despite Global Efforts Erick Schmitt and Somini Sengupta --The New York Times, September 26, 2015
Generation ISIS: Western Millennials Stocking the Terror Army Kimberly Dozier -- The Daily Beast, September 28, 2015

Xi's Visit to U.S.
Worldview: Two leaders, Worlds Apart Trudy Rubin -- Philadelphia Inquirer, September 27, 2015
Hillary Clinton Called Xi's Speech 'Shameless,' and the Web Went Wild Emily Rauhala -- The Washington Post, September 28, 2015
Xi Calls U.S. Trip 'Fruitful' Chen Mengwei -- China Daily, September 28, 2015
The Sino-American Codependency Trap Stephen S. Roach -- Project Syndicate, September 28, 2015
China's Inroads into the West Nicola Casarini -- The World Today, September 2015

Border Tensions in South America
Venezuela Border Crisis with Guyana Escalates; Tensions with Colombia Ease Cedar Attanasio -- Latin Times, September 23, 2015
Has Venezuelan President Maduro Gone Insane? Jeremy Kryt -- The Daily Beast, September 27, 2015

Colombian Civil War
FARC Talks: 'Peace Is Close' Says Colombian President Santos Cedar Attanasio -- Latin Times, September 23, 2015

Understanding the E.U.
The Fire Forging Europe Carl Bildt -- Project Syndicate, September 28, 2015

The Catalonia Question
Seven Takeaways from the Catalonia Election Jan Marot -- POLITICO, September 28, 2015
What Does Victory for Pro-Independence Parties Mean? Alberto Nardelli -- The Guardian, September 28, 2015
Separatists in Catalonia Win Narrow Majority in Regional Elections Raphael Minder -- The New York Times, September 27, 2015

Saudi Arabia: Pilgrims Criticize Hajj Organization
The Failure of the Custodian of the Holy Sanctuary" Mustafa Hameed -- Foreign Policy, September 25, 2015

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