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Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Update

Spring 2017  Recommended Supplementary Reading

The Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis

The New York Times’ Why Brexit Is Best for Britain: The Left-Wing Case by Alan Johnson

The Washington Post’s Why We Love Free Trade — Sometimes by Robert J. Samuelson

The Washington Post’s Getting Straight About the Costs of Trade by Jared Bernstein

The New York Times’ French Markets Surge as Euro Withstands Attack From the Right  by Peter S. Goodman

The New York Times’ Is China the World’s New Colonial Power?  by Brook Larmermay

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Foreign Policy Overview

The Atlantic’s The Obama Doctrine: The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world  by Jeffrey Goldberg

Foreign Affairs’  Obama’s Way: The President in Practice by Fred Kaplan

The Cipher Brief: “a digital, security-based conversation platform that connects the private sector with the world’s leading security experts.”

Monkey Cage: What’s really wrong with the U.S.-Saudi relationship by Marc Lynch

The End of the American Empire by Chas W. Freeman, Jr.

Jihad Watch’s The notion that Moroccan-Belgians suffer from widespread exclusion, discrimination, and suppression is ridiculous”  by Robert Spencer

Recommended Supplementary Reading

Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

Brookings Doha Center Analysis Paper: Beyond Sectarianism: The New Middle East Cold War by F. Gregory Gause, III

The Rise of Isis

The Atlantic’s How ISIS Spread in the Middle East and How to Stop it
by David Ignatius

Boston Globe’s Where did ISIS come from? by Neil Swidey

New York Times’ U.S. Cyberattacks Target ISIS in a New Line of Combat by David E. Sangerapril

Time’s How Disbanding the Iraqi Army Fueled ISIS by Mark Thompson

New York Times’ An Army Captain Takes Obama to Court Over ISIS Fight by Charlie Savage

Charlie Rose’s interview with Brett McGurk
McGurk is Special Presidential Envoy for Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

The Future of Kurdistan

Cyprus Mail’s A Modest Proposal for Sykes-Picot II

International Migration
The UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda and Leadership
Climate Geopolitics: The Road to Paris and Beyond

Cuba and the US

The United States and Cuba — Turning Enemies into Partners for Health by C. William Keck, M.D., M.P.H. in  The New England Journal of Medicine

The Real Cuban Missile Crisis: Everything you think you know about those 13 days is wrong by Benjamin Schwarz in The Atlantic

Korean Choices
On President Park Geun Hye’s Leadership:
On President Park’s recent political scandal:
On all things North Korea:
English language Korean newspaper:

Books Available at the Library

Title Author Topic/Session Call number
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel Shavit Middle East/Israel 956.05 SHA
In the Company of Soliders: A Chronicle of Combat Atkinson Middle East/Iraq 956.7 ATK
Imperial Life in the Emerald City:  Inside Iraq’s Green Zone
Chandrakekaran Middle East/Iraq 956.7 CHA
The Forever War Filkins Middle East/Military 956.7 FIL
Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
 Swofford Middle East/Military  956.7 SWO
Syria Remember Me Felmeth Middle East/Syria 956.91 FEL
Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS
Warrick Middle East/ISIS 956.91 WAR