28 August 2017   Leave a comment

India and China have agreed to pull back their forces from the disputed Doklam area.  For the last two months the two countries have faced off as China started to build a road in disputed territory.  The disengagement of forces does not come with any agreement on the status of the territory–it is merely an attempt to cool off tensions.  The two states have decided not to claim a “victory” in the disengagement–a wise move.

North Korea has fired another ballistic missile which flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.  The Japanese did not shoot down the missile and officials do no yet know what type of missile was fired.  The trajectory, however, was a clear challenge to the United Nations Security Council as well as to US President Trump.  North Korea typically refrains from sending missiles over the territory of US allies, South Korea and Japan.  But US and Japanese forces just completed military exercises on the island of Hokkaido, so the North Korean message seems aimed at both.

We will be studying the question of whether global warming is somehow connected to the extraordinary intensity of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation in Texas.  It is impossible to connect any specific weather event to climate, but global warming has likely contributed to the strong storm surge because of rising sea levels.  Additionally, warmer temperatures contain higher levels of moisture which may be related to the heavy rainfall.

Hurricane Harvey

Posted August 28, 2017 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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