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Overnight Brief

April 17, 2014

Ukraine forces kill 3 pro-Russia protesters, US, EU+ Russia ministers meet

Ukraine prepared to offer autonomy to eastern regions

Ukraine military likely to get US med kits, coats (WSJ sub)

Lake, Rogin: Is Putin’s next move to take over Odessa?

Putin asserts right to use force, admits Russian troops were in Crimea

FPI’s Thoburn on Putin’s inner circle and Bork on Tibetans in Nepal

Chertoff: US must stand behind its security obligations

Obama aims to reinvigorate Asia strategy, Halpin on the Asia Pivot

Sen. Rubio: New spotlight on North Korea’s horrors

Zimmerman and Joscelyn on al-Qaeda’s meeting in Yemen

Florance: Boutefika for now, but what’s next?

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Caitlin Poling | April 17, 2014

As Algerians head to the polls for nationwide elections today, the country’s three-term president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is widely expected to win re-election. Under Bouteflika’s rule, Algeria has emerged as an important partner to the United States in the fight against al-Qaida affiliates in North Africa. However, analysts worry that if Bouteflika fails to pursue substantive economic and political reforms, then his fourth term could yield conditions in Algeria similar to those that sparked “Arab Spring” uprisings in neighboring countries three years ago.

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Ellen Bork | April 16, 2014

In late 2011, I visited Kathmandu to look into the situation of Tibetan refugees. Nepal provides a home to a community of approximately 20,000 refugees who left Tibet after the 1959 departure of the Dalai Lama; in 1989, no longer willing to allow settlement by newly arrivals, it became a way station to Tibetan refugees on their way to India. The 1989 change in policy was made in response to Chinese pressure, and I’d heard that under even greater pressure, Nepali authorities were mistreating Tibetan residents

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Ellen Bork | April 15, 2014

At the beginning of this month, two prominent Hong Kong democracy advocates visited Washington to seek America’s support.

Vice President Joseph Biden “dropped by” to meet Anson Chan, a former top civil servant under both the British and Chinese administrations, and Martin Lee, a distinguished barrister and founder of the territory’s democratic party.

 

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