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Top 10 News Picks - December 17

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.

CIA Torture Report

A Tortured Report,” Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn – The Weekly Standard, December 22, 2014

Coming Clean, With Blood Stained Hands,” David Rothkopf – Foreign Policy, December 9, 2014

Human Rights Hypocrisy Charge Doesn’t Fly,” Jonathan S. Tobin – Commentary, December 12, 2014

What is the Impact of the CIA Report?,” Karen J. Greenberg, Jack Devine, and Magnus Ranstorp – Council on Foreign Relations, December 12, 2014

Europe Must Come Clean About its Own Complicity, ” Natalie Nougayrède – The Guardian, December 9, 2014

"Europe, the CIA, and Torture," Judy Dempsey – Carnegie Europe, December 15, 2014

Climate Change – Making Progress in Peru?

The Lima Climate Deal is Largely Voluntary.That May be its Biggest Strength,” Brad Plumer – Vox, December 15, 2014

U.N. Climate Deal: Why Lima’s Major Breakthrough is Still so Disappointing,” Lindsay Abrams – Salon, December 15, 2014


How to not Botch the United States’ Next Move in the Fight Against Ebola,” Michael Miller – Foreign Policy, December 15, 2014

Sierra Leone’s Ebola Epidemic is Spiraling Out of Control,” Laurie Garrett – Foreign Policy, December 10, 2014

Understanding the ISIS Threat

No Cause for Optimism Against ISIS,” Tom Rogan – National Review, December 15, 2014

Latin American Politics

Venezuela’s Maduro Must Adapt to Survive. He Won’t,” Juan Cristóbal Nagel – Foreign Policy, December 12, 2014

Mexico Suffers Slings and Arrows as Second Act of its Shakespearean Drama Unfolds,” John Paul Rathbone – Financial Times, December 15, 2014

Argentina Faces Pressure to Strike Deal With ‘Hold-Out’ Creditors,” Benedict Mander – Financial Times, December 15, 2014

In Haiti, Government is Where You Go to Get Rich,” Mary Anastasia O’Grady – The Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2014

Can Shinzo Abe Transform Japan?

The Reactionary Visionary,” Tobias Harris – Foreign Policy, December 12, 2014

Abe Reveals True Intentions After Voting Ends,” Satoshi Kamata – The Asahi Shimbun, December 15, 2014

Shinzo Abe’s New Lease of Life,” Volker Stanzel – European Council on Foreign Relations, December 14, 2014

Hong Kong Protests Come to an End

Hong Kong: Taiwan’s Broken Mirror,” Barclay Bram Shoemaker – The Diplomat, December 11, 2014

Hong Kong Protests: Has Beijing Won?” Carrie Gracie – BBC News, December 12, 2014

Trouble in the Eurozone – Déjà Vu All Over Again

Greece is Still the Eurozone’s Achilles Heel,” Stephen Pope – Forbes, December 14, 2014

The EU’s Day of Reckoning: Italy is too Big to Bail Out,” Scott MacDonald – The National Interest, December 15, 2014

Transatlantic Trade

TTIP: A Fresh Start For 2015,” Miriam Sapiro – Brookings, December 12, 2014

South Sudan – Little Progress to End Civil War One Year On

South Sudan Braces for More Conflict as Leaders Fail to Agree Peace,” Katrina Manson – Financial Times, December 14, 2014

Can the U.S. Forge a Relationship with South Sudan?” Teresa Welsh – U.S. News & World Report, December 15, 2014

Arab Spring – Four Years Later

Radicalism Four Years into the ‘Arab Spring’,” Jon B. Alterman – Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 15, 2014

Can Tunisia Still Deliver Justice to Victims of the Old Regime?” Asma Ghribi – Foreign Policy, December 14, 2014

Russia-Indian Relations

Why Russia’s Relationship with India Matters for Europe,” Hans Kundnani – European Council on Foreign Relations, December 12, 2014


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Views on U.S. Foreign Policy

Most American's Best Days Are Behind Them,” Darla Cameron and Ted Mellnik – The Washington Post, December 12, 2014

The Ultimate Foreign Policy Dilemma: The Closure Challenge,” Arie Kruglanski – The National Interest, December 15, 2014

In the Land of the Possible – Samantha Power has the President’s Ear. To What End?” Evan Osnos – The New Yorker, December 22, 2014 Issue

Red, White and Peaceful: Advancing U.S. Security through Peaceful Means,” Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Kiron K. Skinner – The National Interest, December 15, 2014


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