Analysis

Lobby for Cyprus statement on ‘talks’ to settle the Cyprus issue

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Any settlement to the Cyprus issue must be just, sustainable and above all, in line with the rule of law. It must be for the benefit of all citizens and lawful residents of the Republic of Cyprus, which encompasses the entire island. It should not be overlooked that the so-called ‘Cyprus problem’ has been caused by Turkish-inspired constitutional segregation, which has been aggravated by Turkey’s invasion, occupation, ethnic cleansing and colonisation of 37 per cent of the territory and 57 ... Read More »

China’s Naval Shipbuilding Sets Sail

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The United States needs to reengineer a naval shipbuilding “sweet spot.” Andrew S. Erickson The National Interest China has parlayed the world’s second-largest economy and second-largest defense budget into the world’s largest ongoing comprehensive naval buildup, which has already yielded the… All that is only part of an… China’s Naval Shipbuilding… Read More »

In the Shadow of “No”: Peace after Colombia’s Plebiscite

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Revised and ratified after its shock rejection in October 2016’s referendum, Colombia’s peace agreement still lacks sustainable political… ICG Reversing public distrust will need swift and effective implementation of the accord – including full apologies for past crimes and the… In the Shadow… Read More »

The Environmental Left and Keystone XL

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Why, on every measure, Keystone XL opponents’ arguments don’t hold up… Benjamin Zycher The National Interest Everything old is new again, the latest manifestation of which is the reaction of the environmental Left to the news that President Donald Trump has issued presidential memoranda and an… The Environmental Left… Read More »

Trump is the U.S.’s first Latin American president

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In his first week in power, President Trump has ruled by fiat and tweet, following through on many campaign promises most people had assumed were too absurd or extreme to ever… By Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post A temporary Muslim ban of some sort is set to come into effect, and the White House is seeking funding to… Trump is the… Read More »

Women and Iran’s elections: ‘This is not the atmosphere for change’

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In May this year Iranians will go to the polls twice: first to vote for their next president, and then for nearly 120,000 council members in the municipal election. Rebecca Barlow Lowy Interpreter Women, like youth, form a critical component of Iran’s electorate.. They played a key role in the election of reformist president Muhammad Khatami (1997-2005) and the… Women and Iran’s… Read More »

Cyprus talks: the EU offers all the guarantees Cyprus needs – OPINION

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The seemingly intractable Cyprus problem has been dubbed the ‘graveyard of diplomats’, an unforgiving label alluding to the failed attempts of the international community over the past decades to successfully assemble the puzzle that is, admittedly, the… Nikos Christodoulides, Cyprus government spokesman Euronews And yet, the latest efforts in the… Cyprus talks: the… Read More »

The Arab Spring is far from over

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Like the French Revolution, it could play out over decades and reshape the… KOERT DEBEUF Politico My friend Ahmed Maher was released from prison on January 5. Ahmed was the leader of the April 6 Youth Movement that organized the Egyptian revolution against the then… The Arab Spring… Read More »

Perspective for ‘Turkish Stream’ Project: Possible Scenarios and Challenges

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Following the cancellation of South Stream, Russia announced its plans to reroute the pipeline to Turkey, instead of… Ilgar Gurbanov * Natural Gas World The new pipeline was dubbed “Turkish Stream”, with same capacity of South Stream, but less vulnerable to EU competition… “Turkish Stream” has also experienced… Perspective for ‘Turkish… Read More »

Putin-Trump alliance against ISIS and Al-Qaeda on the way?

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US President Trump’s emphasis on defeating ISIS and Jihadi terrorism finds an echo in the words of Russian President Putin, creating the possibility of an alliance between the two to combat ISIS and… ALEXANDER MERCOURIS The Duran Both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have repeatedly made clear their utter… Putin-Trump alliance… Read More »

Venezuela Is Falling off the Map

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Beset by relentless hyperinflation, collapsing public services and increasingly dictatorial rule, Venezuela is at risk of becoming a failed… Phil Gunson ICG The best hope for change lies with neighbouring countries, which must sustain pressure to find a… Venezuela Is Falling… Read More »

The Cruise Missile Could Be Mattis’s Nuclear Crisis

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The new defense secretary should be skeptical about acquiring nuclear… Tom Z. Collina The National Interest During his January 12 Senate confirmation hearing, new Defense Secretary James Mattis was asked if he would support the Obama administration’s trillion-dollar plan to rebuild the… The Cruise Missile… Read More »

The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps

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International relations and geopolitics are not synonymous… at least, not the way we understand them at Geopolitical… By George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro Mauldin Economics “International relations” is a descriptive phrase that encompasses all the ways countries behave toward one… “Geopolitics” is the supposition that all… The Geopolitics of… Read More »

Can Iran and India Turn the Page?

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From security to energy, the two rising powers have many interests in… Bharath Gopalaswamy, Amir Handjani The National Interest Iran and India have long had historical, cultural, and commercial… Tracing back a millennium, both countries have framed their shared roots as a… Can Iran and… Read More »

The Real Culprit in Defense Spending: Strategic Hubris

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Fighting waste, fraud and abuse, while popular, distracts from the real debate: U.S. grand… Christopher A. Preble The National Interest There is a wide and growing gap between what officials in Washington demand of the military and the resources made available to execute its… Fixing this… The Real Culprit… Read More »

How Donald Trump Could Save EU Foreign Policy

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Rather than fall into despondency, Europeans should see the presidency of Donald Trump as a salutary… Stefan Lehne,  Heather Grabbe Carnegie Europe Finally there is real urgency for Europe to get its act… The EU should take Donald Trump’s arrival as U.S. president as a major wake-up call to upgrade its foreign and… How Donald Trump… Read More »