This post is among the first of a recurring feature, in which I’ll share some of what I’m reading today. It’s meant to highlight some of the best foreign affairs coverage from other media outlets, blogs, academic institutions and think tanks. It’s also meant to give you a sense of what might end up driving the foreign policy conversations for the day. I hope you enjoy it and check back tomorrow.
1. Syria Deeply: He Provided Them With Bananas
A deeply moving essay by Karl Sharro that explains, maybe better than anything I've read, the psychological wounds that drove, and are maybe still driving, Syria's uprising. Essential and powerful reading.
The former Middle East editor of the Guardian has an astute and revealing analysis of the politics of trying to talk down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting Washington. Here's everything you could possibly want to know about America's place in the big, big issue they'll discuss: the increasingly nasty territorial dispute with China, which some (though not most) analysts have warned could potentially escalate to war.
The Global Times, a Communist Party-owned newspaper known for its bellicose ultra-nationalism, is not having the easiest time at integrating into the global English-language media market. Journalist Helen Gao actually called it "the Fox News of China" last year, a name that apparently caught on, as now the paper's editor-in-chief is discussing the comparison.