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Top 10 News Picks - July 16

Every week, the Pittsburgh Council gathers articles, reports, and op-eds from various domestic and international information outlets in order to provide wide-ranging and balanced perspectives on pressing global issues.

The Latest Spy Scandal…

Is America Losing Germany?” Michael Werz – CNN, July 11, 2014

"The German-American Breakup," Jacob Heilbrunn – Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2014

"A Farewell to Trust: Obama’s Germany Syndrome," Edward Luce – The Financial Times, July 13, 2014

"Why the U.S. Spies on Germany," David Francis – The Fiscal Times, July 13, 2014

Indonesia’s Democracy in Crisis?

In Contested Election, Indonesia's Democracy on the Line,” Fransiska Nangoy and Kanupriya Kapoor – Reuters, July 12, 2014

Indonesia: Rivals Both Claim Victory in Presidential Election,” Kate Lamb – The Guardian, July 12, 2014

What Lies Ahead for Asia?

If North Korea Collapsed...” Priya Sethi – The National Interest, July 14, 2014

Why America Must Stand Up for Hong Kong's Democracy Movement,” Michael Gonzalez – The National Interest, July 10, 2014

Is Shinzo Abe’s Notion of ‘Womenomics’ Just a Pipe Dream in Sexist Japan?” Richard Smart – Time, July 14, 2014

The Middle East & North Africa: Tensions and Political Changes

Iraq Illusions,” Jessica T. Mathews – The New York Review of Books, July 10, 2014

The Kurdish Move Toward Independence,” Wladimir Van Wilgenburg – Atlantic Council, July 10, 2014

Afghanistan: The Crisis After the Elections,” Eva Gross – EU Institute for Security Studies, July 2014

Egypt vs African Union: A Mutually Unhappy Ending?” Solomon Dersso – Al Jazeera, July 14, 2014

Syria: Should the West Work With Assad?” Frederic C. Hof – Atlantic Council, July 10, 2014

Israel, Palestine, and Gaza: Continuing Conflict in the West Bank

"Crisis Guide: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," Council on Foreign Relations and MediaStorm

Officials Say Iran is Hamas’ ‘Enabler’ in Fight Against Israel,” Michael Crowley – Time, July 11, 2014

Asymmetric Warfare in Gaza,” Paul Pillar – The National Interest, July 12, 2014

Latin America and Russia

Putin Heads to Latin America to Boost Ties,” Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber – The Moscow Times, July 10, 2014


Extra! Extra!

Intolerance in Europe

How Have Levels of Intolerance Changed in Western Europe,” Jennifer Rubin, Jirka Taylor, Alexandra Pollitt, Joachim Krapels and Mafalda Pardal – RAND, 2014

The Future of the State

The State of the State,” John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge – Foreign Affairs, July/August 2014


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