Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 13, 2018

Alex Ward, VOX: The 4 key things to watch for at the Trump-Putin summit

Yes, election meddling will likely come up.

US President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland next week in one of the most anticipated summits in years.

The two leaders will likely discuss Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election; how to wind down the war in Syria; Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and broader incursion into Ukraine; and how to reduce the number of nuclear weapons around the world.

That’s a lot to pack into a four-hour meeting on July 16 in Helsinki, and it’s unclear what they will — or won’t — agree to. But the question on everyone’s mind is, which one is going to have the most success advancing their agenda?

Experts say the Russian will likely outperform the American.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 13, 2018

Russia, America and NATO: Where Are They Headed? -- Dave Majumdar, National Interest

Trump, NATO and ‘Russian aggression’ -- Pepe Escobar, Asia Times

Playing with Fire in Helsinki: How Trump’s Summit with Putin Could Split the Transatlantic Alliance -- Edward Fishman and Mark Simakovsky, War On The Rocks

Trump was right to give both barrels to Germany over making itself reliant on Moscow and enriching a murderous regime in the process -- Stephen Glover, Daily Mail

Pakistan: This mess we’re in -- Tariq Khosa, DAWN

Brussels summit: Why NATO needs to change its Afghanistan strategy -- Masood Saifullah, DW

US needs to change its approach to talks with North Korea -- Robert E. McCoy, Asia Times

What Could Happen Next with North Korea -- Victor Cha, National Interest

The India-Russia-US Energy Triangle -- Saurav Jha, The Diplomat

The Rest of the World Has Warmed to Thailand’s Military Rulers -- Joshua Kurlantzick, WPR

In Syria, rebel defeat marks 'end of revolution' -- Lewis Sanders IV, DW

Why Spain Could Become Europe's Next Italy -- Daniel DePetris, Spectator

The Trump Doctrine: All presidential doctrines represent a consistent end imposed by necessity. -- George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail -- James Stavridis, Time

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