The military coup attempted in Turkey reinforces already strong anxiety about the Middle East. The effort by elements of the armed forces to oust the elected civilian government has failed, in part because the military was not unified in support of removing current leadership.
The summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), held in Warsaw Poland July 8 and 9, has been generally overshadowed by other news. Competition for media attention regarding Europe has been dominated by the British referendum vote to leave the European Union (EU).
"Someone to talk to" is how McGeorge Bundy, national security adviser to U.S. President John F. Kennedy, summed up the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States, dating from the darkest period of World War II. The same term can be applied to Canada, and increasingly Mexico as well.
'The U.S. knows it could not ask for a better friend and ally than the United Kingdom.'
Disputes and confrontations over portions of the Pacific Ocean continue to grow.
"Fog in channel, Continent cut off," is a very old British joke about an alleged newspaper headline regarding weather over the waterway separating them from Europe.
"His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mine."
From ancient times, amphibious military invasions are rightly regarded as especially challenging. Early summer includes the 72nd anniversary of the greatest such operation, the Allies' invasion of France in World War II, on June 6, 1944 -- D-Day.
Tsai Ing-wen has been formally inaugurated as the new president of Taiwan. She is the first woman to hold this top government position, a milestone of tremendous importance.
North Korea, the world's last remaining truly totalitarian dictatorship, held a Communist Party Congress from May 6 to 9. Tight total control of the enormous, closely choreographed show was self-evident. The last such party congress was held in 1980, an occasion for regime founder Kim Il Sung to indicate succession of power to his son Kim Jong Il.