TOP NEWS: Nat’l Security / Foreign Affairs: May 21, 2012
- NATO summit, focus is on winding down Afghan war
- Banerjee personifies populist force in Indian politics
- Leader’s Fall in China Put Allies in Peril
- Egypt Presidential Elections 2012: Secular Or Islamist?
- Supply Lines Cast Shadow at NATO Meeting on Afghan War
NATO summit, focus is on winding down Afghan war -Karen DeYoung and Scott Wilson, NY Times
NATO leaders began a two day summit here Sunday that will finalize plans to turnControl of Afghanistan over to its own security forces by the middle of next year, a milestone on the way to concluding the alliance’s combat role by the end of 2014. The alliance is meeting at a precarious time forthe war effort in Afghanistan and President Obama and other NATO leaders acknowledged the challenges ahead even as they set out the process for ending the international combat role.
Banerjee personifies populist force in Indian politics -Simon Denyer, Washington Post
She spent her life fighting communists but is the biggest obstacle to economic liberalization in India today. She is the leader of a small regional party but wields more power than the prime minister. Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of the state of West Bengal, is a rising force in Indian politics, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton paid a special visit to Kolkata this month to meet her.
Leader’s Fall in China Put Allies in Peril -Edward Wong
Early this year, as a crisis unfolded in the chambers of power here, three men flew into this fog-wreathed riverside metropolis within a day or two of one another. They were members of the inner court ofBo Xilai, the Communist Party aristocrat who ran the city, and they had come to repair a rupture between the strong-willed Mr. Bo and his equally driven police chief.
Egypt Presidential Elections 2012: Secular Or Islamist? -Hamza Hendawi, The Huffington Post
Sixty years after their country came under military dictatorship, Egyptians are for the first time freely electing their president. The voting that begins Wednesday is the greatest prize won by the multitudes who took to the streets to overthrow unpopular Hosni Mubarak in the string of people-power uprisings that upended the Middle East in last year’s Arab Spring.
Supply Lines Cast Shadow at NATO Meeting on Afghan War -Helene Cooper, NY Times
President Obama was struggling to balance the United States’ relationship with two crucial but difficult allies on Sunday, after a deal to reopen supply lines through Pakistan toAfghanistan fell apart just as Mr. Obama began talks on ending theNATO alliance’s combat role in the Afghan war.
In Streets and Online, Campaign Fever in Egypt -David D. Kirkpatrick, NY Times
“Good morning! Who are you going to vote for?” That is the new standard Egyptian salutation, said Shafiq Abdel Khaleq, 50, an engineer playing chess at a streetside cafe in the working-class Cairo neighborhood of Sayeda Zeinab.
Iran Nuclear Crisis: Yukiya Amano, UN Nuclear Chief, In Iran On Crucial Visit -Nasser Karimi, The Huffington Post
The head of the U.N. nuclear agency arrived Monday in Tehran on a key mission that could lead to the resumption of probes by the watchdog on whether Iran has secretly worked on an atomic weapon. It would also strength the Islamic Republic’s negotiating hand in crucial nuclear talks with six world powers later this week in Baghdad.
Missile defense shield in place to protect Europe, NATO chief says -CNN Wire Staff
NATO’s chief says the alliance now has interim ballistic missile defense capability in Europe, a move that is likely to further heighten tensions with Russia over its objection to a missile defense shield.