October 20, 2017

This week, President Xi Jinping expands his power at China’s 19th Communist Party Congress; U.S.-backed Syrian forces reclaim about 90 percent of ISIL’s capital city of Raqqa; more than 270 people are killed by truck bombs in downtown Mogadishu; and more.

October 13, 2017

This week, relations continue to deteriorate between the United States and Turkey; allies clash over NAFTA negotiations; Catalan suspends its declaration of independence pending talks with Spain; and more.

October 6, 2017

This week, protests rock Spain following Catalan’s independence referendum; the conflict over Kashmir escalates; the presidents of Iran and Turkey vow to oppose the Iraqi Kurds’ quest for independence; and more.


October 2, 2017

The Kurds have a right to self-determination, writes Phil Seib.

September 29, 2017

This week, Puerto Rico copes with devastating damage from Hurricane Maria; Iraqi Kurds vote overwhelmingly in favor of independence; Angela Merkel is reelected as German chancellor and Alternative für Deutschland enters parliament; and more.

September 22, 2017

This week, Kenya’s supreme court annuls the results of the country’s recent presidential election; tensions escalate between Spanish police and Catalan separatists less than two weeks before a controversial Catalan independence referendum; Trump threatens North Korea at the UN General Assembly; and more.

September 15, 2017

This week, Russia and Belarus launch a week of war games near neighboring NATO countries; Iraqi Kurds vow to push ahead with an independence referendum after Iraq’s parliament calls it unconstitutional; Mexicans’ views of the United States hit a new low; and more.

September 8, 2017

This week, two former Brazilian presidents are charged with accepting bribes; China’s air force practices shooting down missiles as North Korea conducts its sixth and largest nuclear test; U.S. federal prosecutors charge four Turks with conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran; and more.

September 1, 2017

This week, Mexico offers assistance to the United States in dealing with the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; Iraqi forces announce the liberation of ISIL-stronghold Tal Afar; the Somali government grants al Shabaab defectors amnesty for completing a rehabilitation program; and more.


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