World News Update: 4.13.2016


North Korean Defections

 Colonel in North Korea’s Spy Agency Has Defected to South, Seoul Says” Choe Sang-Hun — The New York Times, April 11, 2016

China Let 13 North Koreans Defect Through Its Border” Steve Mollman — Quartz, April 11, 2016

Next Stop, Pyongyang? Obama’s Diplomatic Trifecta” Eric R. Terzuolo — The National Interest, April 6, 2016


Panama Papers

The Lesson of the Panama Papers” The Economist, April 9, 2016

Are the Russians Actually Behind the Panama Papers?” Clifford G. Gaddy — BROOKINGS, April 7, 2016

The Geography of Financial Secrecy” Uri Friedman — The Atlantic, April 9, 2016

‘We Thought We Were over All That’: Angry Icelanders Feel Like It’s 2008 Again” Jon Henley — The Guardian, April 11, 2016


Europe’s Identity Crisis

The Debate over ‘Brexit’” James McBride — Council on Foreign Relations, April 7, 2016

Ukraine Has Been Part of Europe for Nearly a Millennium” Christian Raffensperger — The Washington Post, April 7, 2016

Tension in the Caucasus    

Solve the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Before It Explodes” Thomas De Waal — The New York Times, April 7, 2016

Preventing Deadly Violence in Nagorno-Karabakh” David L. Phillips and Van Krikorian — The World Post, April 10, 2016

Fighting ISIS 

The Islamic State’s Scorched-Earth Strategy” Peter Schwartzstein — Foreign Policy, April 6, 2016

U.S. Pushes for More Bases to Fight ISIS in Iraq” Nancy A. Youssef — Daily Beast, April 6, 2016


Turmoil in Central and South America 

Central America Is As Violent As Ever. What Would It Take to Change?” Richard Lapper — Americas Quarterly, April 11, 2016

Brazil Deploying Troops, Barricades before Impeachment Votes” Raymond Colitt and Arnaldo Galvao — Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2016

The Roots of Venezuela’s Appalling Electricity Crisis” Brad Plumer — Vox, April 8, 2016

Peru Presidential Candidate Keiko Fujimori Faces Father’s Dual Legacy” Ryan Dube — The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2016

Asian Investment in Africa

China’s Grand Strategy: Use the World as One Large Supply Chain” Parag Khanna — Market Watch, April 11, 2016

Chindia in Africa” José Luengo-Cabrera — European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), April 2016

Ethiopia Keen To Be Model in China-Africa Cooperation” Geeska Afrika Online, April 8, 2016

Nigeria: The Bright Prospects of China-Nigeria Relations” Gu Xiaojie — All Africa, April 8, 2016


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