Obama, ISIS, and the Middle East
Why Obama Isn’t Afraid of ISIS” Peter Beinart — National Journal, December 7, 2015
No New Strategies Delivered in Obama’s Address on ISIS” Mike Gonzalez — The National Interest, December 7, 2015
Obama Says of Terrorist Threat: ‘We Will Overcome It’” Gardiner Harris and Michael D. Shear — The New York Times, December 6, 2015
More Special Forces for Iraq and Syria: Tactical Asset or Strategic Tokenism” Anthony H. Cordesman — CSIS, December 3, 2015
We Were Wrong about ISIS” Jennifer R. Williams — Brookings Institution, December 2, 2015
Will an al Qaeda Ally Be a Peacemaker in Syria?” Colum Lynch and John Hudson — Foreign Policy, December 4, 2015
Iraq Has Fragmented: Can It be Put Back Together?” Marina Ottaway — Wilson Center publication, December 2, 2015
Refugees and the Islamic State’s Colonization Strategy” Jeffrey Bristol — War on the Rocks, December 7, 2015

Iran’s Nuclear Weapons
The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Next Test” Mark Hibbs — Carnegie Endowment, December 2, 2015
New Report Confirms Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program” Barbara Slavin — Al-Monitor, December 2, 2015
Three Goals to Accomplish before the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit” Leore Ben-Chorin and Steven Pifer — Brookings Institution, December 3, 2015

Venezuela’z Elections
End of the Chavez Era? Venezuela’s Ruling Party Is Losing Its Grip on Power” Zack Beauchamp — Vox, December 7, 2015
Venezuela’s Opposition Wins Big, but Maduro’s Still There” Jeremy Kryt — The Daily Beast, December 7, 2015
The Slow Death of Chavismo” Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez — Foreign Policy, December 6, 2015

China in Africa
The New China-Africa Relations: 4 Trends to Watch” Shannon Tiezzi — The Diplomat, December 6, 2015
Xi Jinping Pledges $60 Billion to Help Africa Solve Its Problems” Lily Kuo — Quartz, December 4, 2015
China-Africa: Commitment and Opportunity” Thembinkosi Gcoyi — The Daily Maverick, December 7, 2015

Terror Brings on Gun Control Debate
Terrorism Recasts Gun Debate” Tim Devaney — The Hill, December 5, 2015
The U.S. Infatuation with Guns Is Bordering on a Society-wide Suicidal Impulse” Editorial Board — Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2015
How a Conservative-Led Australia Ended Mass Killings” Austin Ramzy, Michelle Innis, and Patrick Boehlerdec — The New York Times, December 4, 2015

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