Beijing has made no secret about its frustrations with the ruling of the Hague-based Court of Arbitration’s decision that China has no legal basis for territorial claims within the South China Sea’s nine-dash line. In the wake of the ruling, Chinese admiral Sun Jianguo warned of “disaster” for continued US military patrols through the region.
Annika Borg, who is a priest in the Swedish Church, an Evangelical Lutheran national church that boasts 6.2 million members, wrote an op-ed for Sydsvenskan in which she decried Sweden’s reaction to last week’s murder of a Catholic priest in France by Islamists, asking why churches were silent on the issue.
The first female president of the United States faces her first major international conflict: Seeking to consolidate the Slavic nations of Eastern Europe, Russia has seized the three Baltic states—Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia—all members of NATO. That requires a response beyond just a caustic tweet or sharply worded press release. For the first time since the Cuban missile crisis, there is serious talk of nuclear war.