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Must Reads of the Week: Malaysia Flight 370, Russian Sanctions, NATO, and More

Author: CFR.org Editors
March 21, 2014

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"Chinese Citizens Are Fed Up With Flight 370 Censorship"
By Chris Beam
New Republic

"The Malaysia Airlines mystery is the biggest China story of the year so far—at least 152 passengers on board were Chinese—yet the Chinese media have been snoozing. More accurately, they've been sedated."

Chinese journalist Su Dan looks out from a Vietnam Air Force AN-26 aircraft during a mission to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.Chinese journalist Su Dan looks out from a Vietnam Air Force AN-26 aircraft during a mission to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (Photo: Nguyen Huy Kham/Courtesy Reuters)
"EU Considers Effect of More Russian Sanctions"
Financial Times

"Industry lobbies estimate that 300,000 German jobs at 6,000 companies are dependent on trade with Russia. Exports to Russia totalled 36bn last year, with machinery, vehicles and vehicle parts together accounting for 40 per cent."

"Russia's Aggression Puts NATO in Spotlight"
By Steven Erlanger
New York Times

"As NATO's long involvement in Afghanistan concludes, the renewed emphasis on Russia and Europe is also likely to delay the alliance's efforts to turn itself into a global actor, able to deal with threats like terrorism and cyberwarfare."

"Prise Ukraine From Putin's Claws"
By Martin Wolf
Financial Times

"The west is not going to war with a nuclear-armed Russia. But outright annexation of a part of a smaller country strikes at the roots of the post-second world war European settlement. Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, was right to say that Russia had resorted to the 'law of the jungle.' This annexation cannot go unanswered. It is too dangerous a precedent."

"Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Has Big Implications for Asia's Energy Future"
By Keith Johnson
Foreign Policy

"In a nutshell, Asia's biggest economies think they are becoming even more of a buyer's market for Russian energy, and hope to use Moscow's current turmoil to buy more gas for lower prices. If they're right, countries like China and South Korea would gain a longer-term, cheaper source of energy, while Moscow would be able to keep tapping its mineral wealth for decades to come."

"First Lady Diplomacy: The Message to China"
By Wei Zongyou
Diplomat

"The dilemma of Obama's rebalance to Asia is that it must reassure allies and friends of U.S. commitment, without causing serious concerns or suspicions from China. In that context, Michelle Obama's weeklong trip to China may serve as a rebalance to her husband's rebalance."

"Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Progress and Setting New Goals"
By Matthew Bunn, Martin B. Malin, Nickolas Roth, and William H. Tobey
Belfer Center

"The threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism has not disappeared, though the world has made important progress in reducing these risks. Urgent new steps are needed to build effective and lasting nuclear security worldwide. The nuclear security effort must now shift from short-term improvements toward a focus on a continued search for excellence, lasting as long as terrorist groups bent on mass destruction and the nuclear and radiological materials they might use both continue to exist."

"What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden"
By Carlotta Gall
New York Times Magazine

"America's failure to fully understand and actively confront Pakistan on its support and export of terrorism is one of the primary reasons President Karzai has become so disillusioned with the United States. As American and NATO troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of this year, the Pakistani military and its Taliban proxy forces lie in wait, as much a threat as any that existed in 2001."


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