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"Why Europe Is Falling Apart"

"Information Warfare Versus Soft Power"

"Transcript: Independent Journal Review's Sit-Down Interview with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson"

"Trump Should Push the Saudis to Scale back Proselytizing"

"Joint Operating Environment 2035: The Joint Force in a Contested and Disorganized World"

"Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online"

Foreign Sources
"Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope"

"Yanukovych Trial for Treason  Starts as Interpol Removes Him from Wanted List

"In Defence of the Homeland: PM Orban under fire in the EU Parliament

"Israel Dismisses U.S. Concern over Jerusalem Embassy Move"


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George Clack is the former director of the State Department's Office of Publications, where he also served as creative director for the Internet magazine "eJournal USA." Previously he was editor-in-chief of America Illustrated, USIA's Russian-language magazine distributed in the Soviet Union. He currently teaches literature and social media at Johns Hopkins University and Howard Community College.


 

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"Why Europe Is Falling Apart"
For decades, the world has known a liberal and united Europe. But the Old Continent is in a deepening crisis – one with disturbing implications for democracies across the world.
By  Michael J. Totten, the Tower. Totten is a contributing editor of the Tower, a Washington, D.C.-based magazine, on the Middle East,  and the author of Where the West Ends: Stories From the Middle East, the Balkans, the Black Sea, and the Caucasus and Tower of the Sun: Stories From the Middle East and North Africa.
http://www.thetower.org/article/why-europe-is-falling-apart/

"Information Warfare Versus Soft Power"
"In the nineteenth century," Nye writes, "the outcome of contests for mastery of Europe depended primarily on whose army won; today, it also depends on whose story wins."  Recent Russian attempts to influence the U.S. and European elections through a "fire hose of falsehoods" is a throwback to a form of information warfare long practiced by the Soviets.  The best defense is not to try to answer each lie, but to forewarn and inoculate against the process.
By Joseph S. Nye, Project Syndicate.  Nye is a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Now a Harvard professor, he is the author most recently of Is the American Century Over?
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/cyber-warfare-weakens-russia-soft-power-by-joseph-s--nye-2017-05

"Transcript: Independent Journal Review's Sit-Down Interview with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson"
This was Rex Tillerson’s first full-length interview after becoming secretary of state. He discusses China, the North Korean threat, and his policy of limited press access.
By Erin McPike, Independent Journal Review. McPike is the White House correspondent for the Independent Journal Review.
http://ijr.com/2017/03/827413-transcript-independent-journal-reviews-sit-interview-secretary-state-rex-tillerson/

"Trump Should Push the Saudis to Scale back Proselytizing"
Reports are that the new leadership of Saudi Arabia is unusually responsive to complaints about the deleterious effects of Saudi proselytizing in spreading jihad. The president may have an opportunity to get at the roots of Islamic terrorism on his upcoming trip to the Middle East.
By William McCants, Brookings Blogs. McCants is a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy. From 2009 to 2011, he served as a U.S. State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2017/05/10/trump-should-push-the-saudis-to-scale-back-proselytizing-they-may-be-more-responsive-than-you-think/?utm_campaign=Brookings%20Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium= email&utm_content=51917420

"Joint Operating Environment 2035: The Joint Force in a Contested and Disorganized World"
This 57-page Department of Defense report seeks to project current trends into the world of 2035, forecast the changing nature of war, and encourage a dialogue about what the U.S. Joint Force should do and be to protect the United States, its allies, and its interests around the world. DOD strategists foresee a world of "contested norms" and "persistent disorder." Released in July 2016, this report could serve as a key planning document for the Trump administration’s projected increases in defense spending.
Published by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Department of Defense.
http://www.dtic.mil/doctrine/concepts/joe/joe_2035_july16.pdf

 "Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online"
 "While trolls, white nationalists, men’s rights activists, gamergaters, the altright, and conspiracy theorists may diverge deeply in their beliefs," the authors write, "they share tactics and converge on common issues." This comprehensive report details how such groups use social media to decrease trust of mainstream media, spread misinformation, and further radicalization.
By Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis, Data and Society Research Institute. Marwick is a fellow  at Data & Society in New York City, where she is writing a book about the impact of networked privacy on marginalized communities.
https://datasociety.net/output/media-manipulation-and-disinfo-online/?utm_source=Daily+Lab+email+list&utm_campaign=5ed0de7878-dailylabemail3&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d68264fd5e-5ed0de7878-395993885

Foreign Sources
"Merkel Views Macron with Skepticism and Hope"
Emmanuel Macron's victory in France has galvanized Germany's Social Democrats. But Angela Merkel is hopeful that the new French president will mark an improvement in Berlin-Paris relations. There are, however, plenty of potential conflicts looming.
By Peter Muller, Spiegel online. Muller is der Spiegel’s  EU correspondent.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/frenemy-in-the-making-merkel-views-macron-with-skepticism-and-hope-a-1147822.html

"Yanukovych Trial for Treason  Starts as Interpol Removes Him from Wanted List"
Ukraine’s chief military prosecutor is seeking a maximum life sentence for the country’s ex-president ViktorYanukovych for aiding Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine. Now living in Russia at an undisclosed location, the former head of state is also accused of large-scale embezzlement of up to $40 billion,
By Mark Raczkiewycz, the Ukraine Weekly.
Raczkiewwcz writes for Bloomberg News and the Ukraine Weekly.
http://www.ukrweekly.com/uwwp/yanukovych-trial-for-treason-starts-as-interpol-removes-him-from-wanted-list/

"In Defence of the Homeland: PM Orban under fire in the EU Parliament
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s recent speech to the European Parliament defended a new law for the Central European University that would put it on equal footing with other universities in the country. He also explained Hungary’s stance on immigration, arguing that the EU’s plan to redistribute migrants across Europe on the basis of mandatory quotas had failed and that a new solution must be found.
http://budapesttimes.hu/2017/05/15/in-defence-of-the-homeland/

"Israel Dismisses U.S. Concern over Jerusalem Embassy Move"
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem would prove positive for the peace process with Palestinians.
Published by Al Jazeera.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/israel-dismisses-concern-jerusalem-embassy-move-170514192802662.html

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