Links – July 11, 2016

Top photo: A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by Baton Rouge law enforcement. Jonathan Bachman, Reuters More about the woman, Ieshia Evans, here.

Russia is still using up its sovereign funds to deal with low oil prices and sanctions.

Satellite photos show Islamic State installing hundreds of makeshift oil refineries to offset losses from airstrikes. This looks pretty desperate. Also something Donald Trump might think about when he wants to “take the oil.” It’s happening, although perhaps not as he envisioned. Also some nice explanations of the overhead photos.

Long reads:

Russia and the security of Europe. Current status of Russia and possible future moves.

Five papers on the NATO – Russia relationship, including one  on the continuing question of whether Russia was promised that NATO would not expand.

Pakistan’s nuclear use doctrine.


Lots more links showed up on Monday and Tuesday. Here they are:

It’s a year since the nuclear agreement with Iran – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – was signed. The Republican Congress is still trying to mess it up.  Seventy-five nuclear experts and diplomats have written a letter to President Barack Obama noting the JCPOA’s success.

The Philippines brought an argument with China over the ownership of islands in the South China Sea to the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The court decided for the Philippines. China is not pleased. BBC, Guardian. New York Times: Our Boat Was Intercepted By China. Kevin Drum, as usual, has a simple and to-the-point analysis.

Polling since the Orlando gay nightclub shooting shows that Americans’ views of Islam are getting more positive but also more polarized.

President Obama plans major nuclear policy changes in his last few months.

Proliferation assessment of third generation laser uranium enrichment technology

One comment

  1. Allen Hingston · July 12, 2016

    Good articles on NATO and Russia. I’ve likely written this before but Russia can use Nucs on Western cities with devastating effect. NATO response, unless it can obliterate Moscow, is more likely to need to be tactical as bombing cities will have no impact on Russia’s will to fight. People are worth nothing to the Russian state and never have been


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