As ISIS’ territory dissolves, fighters are fleeing in every direction. Nearly every group in and around Syria is trying to separate the fighters from the civilians, and those identified are often rounded up and arrested. What to do with them then?
What about the ones who say they’ve changed their minds? A French citizen who left her family to join ISIS in Syria and there became a propagandist and recruiter, now wants to return to France. Will she be allowed to?
What about the children from ISIS controlled territories?
After years of internal American debate about the country’s place in the world, many seem to have come to the conclusion that America’s own democratic reputation is so strong that credibility issues are just blips. Unfortunately, both domestic and international credibility seem to be all too easy to claim, but also all too easy to lose.
Of course, the reasons why democracy seems to be in decline around the world are more complicated than just American credibility problems. But the retreat can no longer be denied, when there are examples of fast and slow degradations of democratic norms everywhere you look: Poland, India, Hungary, Kenya, Bolivia, South Africa, Lebanon, and countless other places in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and South-East Asia.
North and South Korea have made some surprising (though likely short-lived) breakthroughs in talks recently, gearing up towards some unified gestures during the Winter Olympics. Many aspects, however, are not going down well with the South Korean public (split along generational lines), including a unified women’s hockey team and the tricky political issues basic logistic challenges create.
Recent elections in Alaska and Wisconsin illustrate how Democrats might be able to make gains in the 2018 midterm congressional elections.
Fascinating analysis of how China and Russia approach foreign influence operations, highlighting the similarities, differences, goals, and methods.
Following Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, various Arab states have reacted with predictably affronted speech. Trump’s gamble, however, was that these speeches would be the extent of the protest, and some tapes reveal that in Egypt at least, he might have been right. Still too soon for that to be admitted though, still, something to keep an eye on.
Afghanistan has yet another ongoing problem: its most powerful warlord/governor and its president are currently butting heads, encouraging other governors to test the central government. What’s going on?