5 Top Reads
Our Top Weekend Reads
Suspected white phosphorus attacks in Syria, sanctions take their toll on Chinese firms, and Britain debates Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal.
This week, nine days into Turkey’s campaign against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, fighting continued in spite of a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reached an agreement on Brexit with the European Union and is now heading toward a tough battle in Parliament, where the deal is expected to be challenged by both the troubled Labour Party and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.
Meanwhile, U.S. sanctions targeting China’s crackdown on Uighur Muslims are starting to take their toll.
Here are Foreign Policy’s top weekend reads.
Mounting evidence suggests that Turkish-backed forces are using ammunition loaded with white phosphorus, a dangerous chemical that could maim and kill on contact with human flesh. As the Turkish offensive continues despite this week’s attempted cease-fire, these acts could constitute a war crime, Foreign Policy’s Lara Seligman reports.
Recent U.S. sanctions on companies involved with China’s detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang are already taking effect and could lead to a series of spiraling measures, Charles Rollett writes.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new Brexit agreement with the European Union is likely to face stiff opposition in Parliament. Its passage could reignite tensions in Ireland and even rekindle prospects of Irish reunification, Foreign Policy’s Dan Haverty writes.
The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has failed to deter it from training, harboring, and financing proxy terrorist groups around the world, Ariane Tabatabai and Colin P. Clarke write.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a ruthless dictator, but his rule is also Syria’s best-case scenario going forward, Stephen M. Walt writes.