Center for World Conflict and Peace

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Monday, December 30, 2013

CWCP Links: 12/30 edition

We are starting a new series of posts that we'll run periodically on the CWCP blog. These posts will consist of links to important world news stories, articles on international events/issues that have flown under the radar, and interesting analytical pieces. We might even throw in links to pop culture or sports articles, particularly if they somehow have a connection to international relations. In general, these links are things that have caught our interest and we would like to share them with you.

Terrorist attacks have hit southern Russia the past two days. Is Doku Umarov the mastermind of the violence?

Last Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the Yasukuni War Shrine. As expected, China and South Korea are upset. In addition, the U.S. is not pleased with Abe. Sheila Smith, of the Council on Foreign Relations, takes a look at the implications of Abe's visit to Yasukuni.

As you may recall, CWCP's Yohanes Sulaiman recently blogged on the most important events of 2013. In a twist on the usual end of year recap, Harvard's Stephen Walt looks at the major non-events, as he gives his list of most important events of 2013 that didn't happen.

Here's a look ahead to what might happen in 2014. And here's what to watch for in the Asia-Pacific in the coming year.

According to Jay Ulfelder, an independent scholar and researcher, 2013 was a bad year for mass killing.
In memoriam: ten American thinkers and practitioners of foreign policy who died in 2013; and ten "world figures" who passed away in 2013.
The NYT conducted an extensive investigation of the deadly Benghazi attacks. The Times found no al-Qeada link to the attacks. "The only intelligence connecting Al Qaeda to the attack was an intercepted phone call that night from a participant in the first wave of the attack to a friend in another African country who had ties to members of Al Qaeda, according to several officials briefed on the call. But when the friend heard the attacker's boasts, he sounded astonished, the officials said, suggesting he had no prior knowledge of the assault."

What's happening in Egypt? Considering the Egyptian military is tightening its grip on power and silencing opponents and critics, nothing good, that's for sure.

My former grad school colleague at Ohio State, Bridget Coggins, tries to figure out the signals Kim John Un is sending by executing his uncle.
Bonus link: What is going on here? Snoop Dogg and John Kerry sharing a fist bump?!

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