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President Obama makes the case to strike ISIS,
the future of Afghanistan,
plus opinion and analysis on Russia and Ukraine, Iran, Swedish politics, and more.
Plus, what does Scotland's referendum mean for Europe?

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September 17, 2014  

Obama’s ISIS Speech…

The Name of the Fight,” Amy Davidson – The New Yorker, September 22, 2014

American Leadership at its Best,” William Kristol – The Weekly Standard, September 22, 2014

Obama's Speech on ISIS: The Big Picture,” Robert E. Hunter – LobeLog, September 10, 2014

The ISIS Threat…

We Can’t Destroy ISIS Without Destroying Bashar al Assad First,” Fred Hof – New Republic, September 12, 2014

Beheading Aims to Shake Anti-Islamic State Coalition, But May Strengthen it Instead,” Shane Harris – Foreign Policy, September 14, 2014

Afghanistan’s Next Move

As a U.S. War Winds Down, Afghans Look For a Way Out,” Sean Carberry – NPR, September 11, 2014

Tension Rises as NATO Wind-Down Threatens Afghan Boomtowns,” May Jeong – Financial Times, September 9, 2014

In Afghanistan, U.N. Fears for the Safety of its Staff Amid Growing Threats of Violence,” Tim Craig –The Washington Post, September 13, 2014

Russia and Ukraine

The West is not Prepared for the Long Haul Over Ukraine,” Judy Dempsey – Carnegie Europe, September 15, 2014

No Surrender,” Editorial – KyivPost, September 11, 2014

Eulogy for Ukraine,” Elizabeth Pond – German Council on Foreign Relations, September 10, 2014


Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program Continues to Sail Along,” John Bolton – Trib Live, September 13, 2014

Iran Won’t Join U.S. in Islamic State Fight,” Anne Gearan – The Washington Post, September 15, 2014

Turkey’s New PM

The Davutoglu I Know,” Joshua Walker – War on the Rocks, September 15, 2014

China and Japan…

China May be Heading for a Japanese-Style Economic Crisis,” Michael Schuman – Time, September 12, 2014 

China's 'Creeping Invasion,'”Jackson Diehl – The Washington Post, September 14, 2014

Democracy Struggles in Asia

Asia’s Democratic Dark Spots,” Shashi Tharoor – Project Syndicate, September 12, 2014

Swedish Election: Left Turn

How Sweden Democrats Went Mainstream,” Maddy Savage – The Local, September 15, 2014

Election Throws Sweden Into Turmoil as Nationalists Advance,” Johan Carlstrom and Niklas Magnusson – Businessweek, September 15, 2014

What Does Scotland's Vote Mean for Europe?

Setting a Precedent?

Europe's Political Divorces Are Often Messy,” Pyotr Romanov – The Moscow Times, September 14, 2014

The View from Catalonia,” Carles Boix and J.C. Major – Foreign Affairs, September 11, 2014

The World View of Scotland's Vote: Russia Turns Blue, China Sees Red,” Emma Graham-Harrison –The Guardian, September 13, 2014

Scotland Votes

A Scottish 'Yes' Also Means Exit From EU, NATO,” John-Thor Dahlburg – AP, September 15, 2014

Scotland: Don’t Let Desperados Stoke Fear, There’s a New Deal There for the Taking,” Keith Cuthbertson – The Conversation, September 15, 2014

Both of the Scottish Independence Campaigns Are Flawed – Here's How,” John Harris and John Wight – The Guardian, September 15, 2014

A UK Without Scotland,” Charles Grant – Centre for European Reform, September 12, 2014

Scottish Independence: That Famous British Reserve May Prove to be the Undoing of the Union,” Fraser Nelson – The Telegraph, September 12, 2014

Scotland Independence? Why Big Oil Votes 'No,'” David J. Unger – The Christian Science Monitor, September 12, 2014

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