This weekend, the G7 meets in Germany, with Ukraine and Russia’s behavior expected to figure prominently on the agenda. Also, EU countries will be deciding whether sanctions imposed on Russia over actions in Ukraine should be renewed.
Such steps will be necessary to reduce the appeal of Islamic State in Sunni-majority areas, many say. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will present his plan for retaking Anbar province at a Paris meeting Tuesday.
The Sunni-Shiite divide has hardened as Shiites have consolidated power – creating the conditions for Islamic State to seize Ramadi earlier this month. A US strategy from 2006 might point to one way of narrowing the gap.
The increasingly acrimonious standoff between the world’s major nuclear-weapons powers and dozens of non-weapons states has been playing out at the monthlong NPT review conference winding up at the UN this week.
Shiite militias are moving in with the blessing of some Sunnis – raising the prospect that a combination of Shiite militiamen, Sunni tribesmen, and government forces could retake Ramadi from the Islamic State.
The US on Sunday sent four coveted Ospreys to Nepal to help deliver materials for shelter. About 8 million Nepalese have been left either homeless or with severely damaged shelter, according to the UN.
A joint US-Iraq statement marking the Iraqi prime minister’s visit to Washington this week cited two encouraging steps that the new Iraqi government has taken. But huge challenges remain in the fight against the Islamic State.
A Senate committee on Tuesday will consider a bill that would link approval of the Iran nuclear deal to Iran's sponsorship of terrorism. The Obama administration considers terrorism 'tangential' to the deal.