A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.
- Need for greater sanctions on Russia after MH17. Steven Pifer argues that the European Union and the U.S. should move to impose major new sanctions on Russia in the aftermath of the MH17 shoot-down.
- A new, regional Cold War in the Middle East. Gregory Gause suggests that Middle East politics has become a regional Cold War in which Iran and Saudi Arabia compete for power and influence.
- Normalizing relations between Turkey and Israel. Dan Arbell explains why rapprochement would benefit both Turkey and Israel despite the setbacks created by the escalating violence in Gaza.
- Saving Iraq through federalism. Zalmay Khalilzad and Kenneth Pollack consider the future of Iraq and what can be done to save the country as it faces an impending civil war.
- Congressional dysfunction strengthens court powers. David Wessel argues that Congress’ dysfunction has strengthened the Supreme Court’s powers as the legislative body has difficulty responding to court interpretations.
Elina Saxena contributed to this post.
[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.