The Weekly Snapshot

Weekly Snapshot: 2-8 September 2018

Weekly Snapshot 2-8 Sept. 2018 1. US to cut funding for UN aid to Palestinian refugees Reversing decades of policy of support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the Trump administration has decided not to give money to this agency. UNRWA is an agency that helps Palestinian refugees that the UN says […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 26 August – 1 September

Weekly Snapshot 26 August – 1 September 1. Nuclear Talks are Slowing Between the United States and North Korea Recently, President Trump has canceled a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong-Un that was set for next week. This comes as negotiations have continued to be hindered by lack of Chinese support. […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 19-25 August 2018

Weekly Snapshot 19-25 August 2018 1. Increase to US Cyber Attack Response Capabilities Earlier this week President Trump reversed a set classified rules set up by the Obama administration limiting how the United States could respond to cyber attacks. The new order allows the US to more easily conduct cyberattacks in response to like attacks […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 12-18 August 2018

Weekly Snapshot 12-18 August 2018 1. Agreement on the Caspian Sea On August 12th, the five countries surrounding the Caspian Sea are set to meet about the status of the contested body of water. Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan have been debating the status of the Sea since the fall of the Soviet Union. […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 5-11 August 2018

Weekly Snapshot 5-11 August 2018 1. Iranian Naval Exercises Heighten Tensions Once Again Naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz were started this week by Iran. This is the biggest naval exercise that Iran engages in, with one US defense official saying there are more than 100 ships participating. However, most of the ships are […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 29 July – 4 August 2018

Weekly Snapshot 29 July – 4 August 1. Peace on the horizon in South Sudan The South Sudanese foreign minister has announced that President Salva Kiir and the rebel leader Riek Machar have, on some points, come to an agreement. This is a big first step in ending the five-year civil war between these two […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 22-28 July 2018

1. Update on the Gaza Strip Last week we reported on a series of flare-ups in the conflict between Israel and Palestine on the Gaza Strip. This week there has been more hostilities and harsh words between these two sides. Last week the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) launched an air assault raising the tensions even […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 15-21 July 2018

Weekly Snapshot 15-21 July 1. Flare-up in the Gaza Strip Mediation efforts from countries around the world lead to a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but the two sides are back at it again. Hours after the cease-fire, rocket sirens in Israeli communities on the border of the Gaza strip started to sound. Israel said […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 8-14 July 2018

Weekly Snapshot 8-14 July 2018 1. US Service member killed in Afghanistan This week a US service member was killed by an Afghan security force member. The attack happened in the southern province of Uruzgan. The attack, which killed four and left several wounded (including two other service members), comes just over a year after […]

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Weekly Snapshot: 1-7 July 2018

Weekly Snapshot 1-7 July 2018 1. President Trump Requests a “Space Force” be Established On Monday, 28 June, President Donald Trump requested the United States Department of Defense to begin work on a proposed 6th military branch which would revolve around operations in outer space. The proposal still has a long way to go before […]

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