The World After a Week – February 16, 2020

Merkel’s successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, suddenly resigned as leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats.

Sinn Fein, the party historically associated with the Irish Republican Army, won the elections. This unexpected victory will probably become a factor for the status of the post-Brexit Irish border.

The United States decided to downgrade their military effort against extremism in the Sahel region. As we saw a while ago, France actually sent more troops, while the US generally wish to cut some military expenses.

The US, along with German intelligence, secretly controlled the supply of encryption machines provided to foreign governments, making it easy for them to eavesdrop.

Iran tries to launch a satellite but fails to do so, due to low speed. This is important, as it displays Iran’s will to fully develop the range of its, potentially nuclear, missiles.

Philippines officially terminates the military pact with US.

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