5 Top Reads
Our Top Weekend Reads
India-Pakistan tensions escalate, the United States accuses Iran of being behind attacks on Saudi Arabia, and the results of Israel’s election remain uncertain.
India and Pakistan are drawing closer to a fully fledged conflict, egged on by a public too young to remember the price of war and a government in India emboldened by its recent election win.
In Canada, a campaign season kicked off ahead of October elections with the surfacing of several pictures of incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing blackface and brownface.
The United States and Saudi Arabia say Iran was behind recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The strikes called U.S. strategy in the region into question and showed how Russia under President Vladimir Putin is benefiting from conflict in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, elections in Israel produced uncertain results, and U.S. President Donald Trump named Robert O’Brien as John Bolton’s unlikely replacement as national security advisor.
Here are Foreign Policy’s top weekend reads.
Racist images of Trudeau have exposed the deep divide between the multicultural utopia imagined by white Canada, an idea often exported to the rest of the world, and the experiences nonwhite communities face, Justin Ling writes.
Most people in India and Pakistan are too young to remember the last war between the two antagonistic neighbors. Coupled with media that toes the government line and an emboldened Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his reelection, conditions are ripe for the tensions to erupt into full-fledged conflict, Shivam Vij writes.
Attacks on Saudi oil facilities, for which Riyadh and Washington blame Tehran, are testing the entire rationale behind U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Whether the Trump administration fights or flies will send a strong signal to both allies and foes, Foreign Policy’s Steven A. Cook writes.
After 10 years in power, incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future is in doubt. Much of the surprise result is owed to an upsurge in voting among the country’s Arab minority, which gave its political representatives in the Joint List party an unprecedented political influence, Joshua Mitnick reports.
With a successful intervention in Syria, vast weapons sales to rival countries, and a stake in rising oil prices, Russia under President Vladimir Putin only stands to benefit from continued conflict in the Middle East, Dimitar Bechev writes.