Here is the best of what AEI’s foreign and defense policy scholars are reading this week:
Radwan Ziadeh at TNR.com asks Why Did Anyone Believe Bashar Al-Assad’s Promises Of A Ceasefire To Begin With?
Les Gelb at TheDailyBeast.com warms that War Looms for Obama in Iran, Syria, and North Korea
John Hudson at TheAtlanticWire.com reports on The Staggering Costs of North Korea’s Rocket Launch
Adam Martin at TheAtlanticWire.com tells what happened when a North Korean press bus took a wrong turn into a part of Pyongyang usually shielded from reporters in What North Korea Really Looks Like
Adam Harmon at smallwarsjournal.com argues that an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is inevitable in Why Israel Will Attack Iran
Mark Stokes & Russell Hsiao at the-diplomat.com on Why U.S. Military Needs Taiwan
Josh Rogin at ForeignPolicy.com on the Afghan Defense minister’s plea: Don’t release the Taliban from Gitmo just yet
Tlaloc Cutroneo, an embedded counterinsurgency adviser to Afghan security forces, reports from the field at CNN.com’s Security Clearance blog on Reasons to be cheerful about Afghanistan
Uri Friedman at ForeignPolicy.com reports on Latin Leaders Behaving Badly
Jamie Weinstein at TheDailyCaller.com writes that Demographic trends are poised to spoil Beijing’s plans for a Chinese century
Kathleen Foster at FoxNews.com asks Are Failing US Schools a National Security Threat?
Finally, Dave Stopera at Buzzfeed.com has video of Why You Should Never Text And Walk At The Same Time