What Americans really think of Islam and Muslims – not as bad as you may think. All the more reason to rally those who are for American values against the hate-mongers.
Speaking of own goals, the Baltic states are becoming independent of Russian energy.
Russia is strengthening Bashar al-Assad’s hand in Syria, although it’s more difficult than they expected.
ISIL is really a revolt of young Muslims against their parents’ generation. There are a great many analyses of what ISIL/ISIS/Daesh really is. I suspect it is a blend of all of them. Olivier Roy is very knowledgeable.
The nuclear agreement with Iran can’t be set aside and forgotten. For it to work, we need to keep up diplomacy.
Quick wins help to get and keep people involved. Here are some possible quick wins in global warming. That whole blog is a good one generally and is featuring blogs related to the Paris meetings.