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Weekend Reader: USA Advances (in Soccer), Syrian Refugee Crisis Worsens, and U.S. Drone Debate Gets Louder

by Janine Davidson
June 27, 2014

usa-world-cup-drones Germany's Mesut Ozil (L) fights for the ball with Omar Gonzalez of the U.S. during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Pernambuco arena in Recife, June 26, 2014. (Laszlo Balogh/Courtesy Reuters)

If you were in the United States yesterday, chances are you heard about the gameYou might also have found a way to take a very long lunch. (CFR’s Defense Policy Team did make time for a mid-day pause to “assess” U.S.-German relations) Germany’s hard-won victory made the bout much less of a snooze than the foreign policy/game theory crowd might have expected.

On a more sobering note, there are now more refugees in the world than at any point since World War II. That’s fifty million—more than the population of South Korea (or Justin Bieber’s Twitter followers). The Syrian civil war alone has now produced nearly five million displaced refugees. Elsewhere, photographer Matt Cetti-Roberts documents the plight of Northern Iraqi refugees now eking out a temporary living in Kurdistan.

A new report on drones—and the risk of a “war without end.” The Task Force on Drone Policy, sponsored by the Stimson Center (of which I was a commissioner), has been released. Read my summary of it here. General John Abizaid, U.S. Army (ret.) and Rosa Brooks argue in the Washington Post that the United States must take the lead in setting international norms for drone useor face the consequences. The report is timely: on June 25, word broke that Iran is secretly sending drones to assist in fighting ISIS in Iraq.

Captain Blackadder really did fight in World War I! He was a hero who won a Military Cross and altogether more competent than his BBC counterpart. Probably not as funny, though.

Weekend Reader bonus: an American-German rematch…in space. Worth a watch. The weather’s also nicer.

 

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