No talks with Iraq yet on removing US troops: official (Al Arabiya)

The United States has not yet entered into talks with Iraq on the removal of US troops from the country, as demanded by the Iraqi parliament, a senior US official said Thursday.

L’électorat afro-américain et Joe Biden, un choix paradoxal? (IFRI)

Depuis les années 1980, le troisième lundi de janvier est un jour férié aux États-Unis —«le Martin Luther King Day»— pour célébrer l’anniversaire du célèbre activiste du mouvement des droits civiques dans les années 1960.

24ème épisode de la série de podcasts “Trump 2020” en partenariat avec et Time to Sign Off

Europe in the Face of US-China Rivalry (IFRI)

Le réseau ETNC (European Think-tank Network on China), dont l’Ifri est un membre fondateur, a consacré sa cinquième année de collaboration à l’étude de la rivalité sino-américaine et de son impact sur l’Europe. Fruit de ces réflexions, ce rapport aborde la manière dont 18 pays européens et l’UE tentent de trouver un équilibre entre les Etats-Unis, premier partenaire économique et stratégique, et la Chine, deuxième marché le plus important pour l’Europe et désormais une superpuissance économique ambitieuse.


Europe distancing itself from the US while moving closer to Russia (Global Times)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Moscow on January 11 and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for nearly four hours. According to information revealed by German and Russian authorities, the atmosphere of the meeting was friendly, in contrast to the indifferent attitudes during the two leaders’ contacts over the last five years.

By Jin Feng

The Sorry State of U.S. Election Security Makes Foreign Interference Inevitable (World Politics Review)

As the United States girds for highly contentious and consequential elections later this year, federal agencies and local officials remain woefully unprepared to deal with the high likelihood of foreign interference. The House of Representatives has passed three bills to address election-related vulnerabilities, but none has been taken up by the Senate, leaving gaping deficiencies in election infrastructure and the balloting process. A congressional appropriation of $425 million for election security, enacted last month as part of a broader spending package, will help local officials with urgent needs, but it comes late in the cycle and fails to create a permanent mechanism to fund election security. This means election administrators will most likely spend the money on quick fixes, like updates to existing software, rather than on long-term solutions.

Michael Carpenter is managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He previously served as a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Pentagon, as a foreign policy adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, and as director for Russia at the White House National Security Council.

Russia’s Disinformation War Reaches Latin America, Challenging U.S. Influence (World Politics Review)

When a wave of popular protests erupted across South America last year, a number of officials in the region claimed the unrest was being promoted by a “foreign hand.” No one argued that the protest movements, from Chile to Colombia, were created entirely or even ignited by outside powers, but leaders like Chilean President Sebastian Pinera suggested the possibility that someone outside the region was pouring fuel on the fire.

Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist. A former CNN producer and correspondent, she is a regular contributor to CNN and The Washington Post. Her WPR column appears every Thursday. Follow her on Twitter at @fridaghitis.