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The Weekly Global Roundup: “Iraq: Mission, Accomplished?” (July 10 to 15, 2017)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

Taken from http://media2.intoday.in/indiatoday/images/stories/mosul-victory-story-fb_647_070917072141.jpg.

Mosul, Iraq.

July 10 to 15, 2017

Victory was declared in Mosul, Iraq, after coalition and government forces defeated the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which had seized the city in 2014. Within the country, however, much of the city is in ruins and thousands have been left dead or displaced, and within the region, there are doubts over the complete defeat of ISIS, the continued role of the United States, and how or whether other regional and global powers may take advantage of a precarious situation. In the Middle Eastern region, moreover, the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and five Arab states – which had cut ties and issued a list of 13 demands – continues, with no immediate resolution in sight.

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The Asia-Pacific


The Middle East

North America

  • President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sidelines of the G20 summit, and in the two-hour conversation Mr. Trump confronted Mr. Putin over Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election.
  • At the final press conference of the G20 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement would be “irreversible“. The other 19 members of the G20 have committed to the agreement.
  • At least 16 people were killed, when a United States military plane crashed in Mississippi.
  • The New York Times” reported that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer in 2016. The newspaper published the chain of email conversations, and he himself also published the email chain on Twitter.

Latin America

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