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*Friedman's hard line on Israeli aggressions in the West Bank—he believes that Israeli settlements in the West Bank, prohibited by treaty, are legal—breaks with US precedent, and could lead to a rise in aggression in the region.[https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/world/middleeast/david-friedman-us-ambassador-israel.html][https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/us/politics/donald-trump-david-friedman-israel-ambassador.html?_r=0]
 
*Friedman's hard line on Israeli aggressions in the West Bank—he believes that Israeli settlements in the West Bank, prohibited by treaty, are legal—breaks with US precedent, and could lead to a rise in aggression in the region.[https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/world/middleeast/david-friedman-us-ambassador-israel.html][https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/us/politics/donald-trump-david-friedman-israel-ambassador.html?_r=0]
 
Implications: Conflict between Israel and Palestine, or even Domestic unrest within Israel, would harm the United States' most prominent ally in the Middle East and would set back the prospect of a peace agreement in the middle east. A war between Israel and Palestine could also renew and heighten religious tensions in the region.
 
Implications: Conflict between Israel and Palestine, or even Domestic unrest within Israel, would harm the United States' most prominent ally in the Middle East and would set back the prospect of a peace agreement in the middle east. A war between Israel and Palestine could also renew and heighten religious tensions in the region.
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===Updates on regional instabilities that could possibly cause wars:===
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*'''3/8/2017:''' The U.S. and South Korea declined Chinese suggestions to diffuse tensions with North Korea via talks. In response, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said "We have to see some sort of positive action by North Korea before we can take them seriously." Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi stated, "The two sides are like two accelerating trains coming toward each other, and neither side is willing to give way. The question is: Are both sides really prepared for a head-on collision?”[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/world/asia/china-north-korea-thaad-nuclear.html]
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*'''3/7/2017:''' In the wake of Kim Jong Nam's alleged assassination in Malaysia, North Korea and Malaysia have both announced that nationals of the opposing countries will not be allowed to cross borders and return to their countries of origin. This follows the recent ejection of top North Korean diplomats from Malaysia and Malaysian diplomats from North Korea. This recent lockdown is in opposition to the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/07/518987160/malaysia-and-north-korea-are-heading-toward-a-complete-diplomatic-breakdown]
  
 
==Alliances and Organizations at Risk (NATO/UN)==
 
==Alliances and Organizations at Risk (NATO/UN)==

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