Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — January 31, 2019

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Curt Mills, National Interest: The Congressional Assault On Trump’s War Powers

McConnell’s amendment rebuking Trump is approved by the Senate.

“Trump will be remembered for overseeing a dramatic weakening of the presidency—it’ll be back to Andrew Johnson days,” a prominent conservative close to the White House says.

Such is the sentiment among many of the president’s allies who back his proposed withdrawal in Syria and pullback in Afghanistan. The president, albeit inconsistently, has his priorities. But he is routinely stymied by his own knife-fighting subordinates and fellow partisans in Congress.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — January 31, 2019

Lebanon’s rival factions form new cabinet to salvage sinking economy — Alison Tahmizian Meuse, Asia Times

Countering China’s Expanding Global Access — Mike Gallagher, RCD

The Afghan scenario is far from gloomy — M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

Why the Afghanistan Peace Process Requires an American Exodus — Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest

Modi’s India Doubles Down on Hindu Nationalism — Max Frost, National Interest

Why Joseph Kabila Lost the Election — Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, CSIS

A Brotherly Takeover: Could Russia Annex Belarus? — Moscow Times

Europe in pieces: Where voters disagree — Ryan Heath, Arnau Busquets Guàrdia, Hanne Cokelaere and Hanna Pawelec, Politico

Mexico’s Drug War — Brianna Lee, Danielle Renwick, and Rocio Cara Labrador, Council on Foreign Relations

Are Colombian security forces out of control? — Juan Manuel Santos, DW

Europe Has a Role to Play in Venezuela — Dita Charanzová, RCW

Venezuela’s slow coup continues — George Ciccariello-Maher, Al Jazeera

Guaidó is brave. But Venezuela’s elite will not be easily overthrown — Omar Lugo, The Guardian

Dissenting Opinions: On an Intervention in Venezuela — George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures

Globalisation Has Faltered — The Economist

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