Let’s try something new

Now that I’ve officially moved up to the news department, I gotta brush up on foreign policy happenings in DC.

I want to dedicate part of my blog to keeping track of International events in DC, what’s going on in the White House and on the Hill, and major international articles of the day. If you see any good blogs or sources, let me know!

International Stories of the Day

Laura Rozen: UN Iran Sanctions Vote Likely Pushed Back http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/0610/UN_Iran_sanctions_vote_likely_pushed_back_.html#

Afghanistan
# “Strategy vs Tactics in Afghanistan” – Ann Marlowe, “The Wall Street Journal”
# Jean MacKenzie on internal struggles in Afghanistan
# “The New York Times” reports on Afghan police in Marja
# “Backward at Bagram” – Editorial, “The New York Times”

Pakistan

# “Victims and Victimizers” – Rafia Zakaria, “Dawn”
# The Pakistani military declares victory in Orakzai
# “Insurgency’s Components” – Editorial, “Dawn”

Russia

# “Would My Flotilla to Khordokovsky Be Shot?” – Yulia Latynina, “Moscow Times”
# Oppositionists decry the measures of the Russian police
# The EU calls for a “fast forward” with Russia

Of Interest

# Iraq’s high court verifies the election results
# “Yanukovich at the Crossroads” – Anders Aslund, “Moscow Times”
# “Does Killing Terrorists Prevent Terrorism?” – Ben Adler, “Newsweek”
# The “PBS Newshour” looks at the internet and democracy
# Martha Bayles on Arab media

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy

# “The World According to Barack Obama” – James Traub, “Foreign Policy”
# Max Boot thinks the U.S. remains the best guarantor of freedom of prosperity
# “Surfing the Surfer” – Evgeny Morozov, “International Herald Tribune”
# Al Kamen’s “In the Loop

International Events in D.C. today

6 p.m. COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS – ‘FOR NEDA’ — Showing of documentary, “For Neda,” illustrating the story of political struggle in Iran by focusing on the life of Neda Agha-Bolton, the woman whose death during last year’s protests drew international attention. Following the screening, Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Antony Thomas, the filmmaker, will discuss the film and its broader implications.

Coming up

9:30 a.m. SAIS-UKRAINE — Taras Kuzi, this falls 2010 Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, will discuss “100 Days of Yanukovych? Where Is Ukraine Heading?”

Location: Room 500, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. USIP – PAKISTAN — Event, “Could Pakistan’s Private Sector Promote Stability and Peace?” Speaker: Moin M. Fudda, Country Director for Pakistan, Center for International Private Enterprise; Shuja Nawaz, Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council; Esperanza Gomez Jelalian, Executive Director, U.S.-Pakistan Business Council and Director, South Asia, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Moderator: Raymond Gilpin, Associate Vice President, Sustainable Economies, U.S. Institute of Peace.

Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2nd floor conference room, 1200 17th St. NW.

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