Diplomacy

Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived

A man walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has increased pressure on Washington in recent weeks, as President-elect Donald Trump has been preparing to be sworn in, by openly renouncing the outgoing Obama administration and signaling to the new administration what its conditions for improved ties with the United States will be. Semih Idiz Al Monitor Ankara clearly expects the Trump administration to place the rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two countries on a smoother trajectory. Remarks by Rex Tillerson… Why Ankara’s honeymoon with… Read More »

Universal human rights and the Responsibility to Protect

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Dr Adam Henry analyses the international political commitment to the principle of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and its inherent problems. Adam Henry Independent Australia THE QUESTION of human rights is often presented by many experts as a vexing one. What can be… Universal human rights and… Read More »

Judy Asks: Is a Cyprus Deal in Sight?

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A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the… Posted by: Judy Dempsey Carnegie Europe Thanos DokosDirector general of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) The reluctance of Greek Cypriots to… Judy Asks: Is… Read More »

Letter to BBC

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Mr A Chitty London BBC Complaints PO Box 1922 Darlington DL3 0UR 17 January 2017 Dear Sir or Madam, It is with regret that I find myself writing to the BBC once again on the topic of Cyprus. Despite a plethora of complaints from myself and others in the British Cypriot community during 2016, it would appear that the BBC has taken no notice and continues to misrepresent the facts of the Cyprus situation. I implore the BBC to properly ... Read More »

China’s sea militarisation ‘troubling’: Philippine defence chief

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China’s militarisation of the South China Sea is “very troubling” and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines’ defence secretary said on… AFP Daily Mail  President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to improve his nation’s relations with China by adopting a non-confrontational approach over their competing claims in the strategically… China’s sea militarisation… Read More »

Goodbye, Barack Obama; Hello, Israel

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With Obama’s departure, Israel loses a friend but gains an opportunity. Shai Feldman and Amos Harel The National Interest   Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe… Goodbye, Barack Obama… Read More »

America Must Rethink Its Assumptions about Russia

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From energy and politics to Syria and Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest I rarely find myself nodding in full agreement with Masha Gessen’s writings, but her critique of the deficiencies of the U.S. analytic community in terms of the inquiries into Moscow’s efforts to sway the 2016 American elections is… America Must Rethink Its… Read More »

Europe’s message to Theresa May: Play by the rules — or else

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02:  British Prime Minister Theresa May sits in the audience before delivering a speech about Brexit on the first day of the Conservative Party Conference 2016 at the ICC Birmingham on October 2, 2016 in Birmingham, England. On the opening day of the annual party conference, British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the deadline for triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will be the end of March 2017.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

As British PM prepares to deliver big Brexit speech, Paris, Berlin and Brussels are getting worried. Nicholas Vinocur and Matthew Karnitschnig Politico PARIS — As British Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to unveil her Brexit vision Tuesday, Europe had these words of warning: play by the rules in leaving the EU, and forget about striking any backdoor trade deals. One more thing: No threats about… Europe’s message to Theresa… Read More »

See you in Davos (not)

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Inequality will be among the issues topping the agenda as the world's political and business elite meet in Davos from Tuesday until Friday, when 3,000 people will gather for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.  / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s hard to find examples of how the World Economic Forum lives up to its motto of ‘improving the state of the world.’ Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — As with most fashions, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment Davos began to lose its mojo. Was it when Brangelina showed… See you in… Read More »

Obama’s legacy in Asia

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After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia. Richard Javad Heydarian Al Jazeera News “[B]y almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” declared US president Barack Hussein Obama in his emotional farewell speech. “After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and… Obama’s legacy in… Read More »

What will be the cost of Aleppo victory for Damascus?

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This is the third in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who has been traveling in Syria. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor ALEPPO, Syria — As I was walking around the fortress of Aleppo last week, some officials were hoisting the Syrian flag. They insisted that I… What will be the cost of… 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 »

Border tariff fears as UK edges towards hard Brexit

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Theresa May expected to say Britain prepared to exit single market and customs union Pat Leahy, Gerry Moriarty The Irish Times Fears that Britain will leave the European Union’s customs union, raising the prospect of tariffs on goods moving across the Border, have intensified in Dublin following leaks of British prime… Border tariff fears… Read More »

Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report

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The one-year-old Iran nuclear deal has succeeded in its goal of blocking nuclear proliferation and opening the door to Iranian economic… ICG But it remains in jeopardy unless both Washington and Tehran defend and extend the spirit as well as the letter of the… Implementing the Iran… Read More »

Donald Trump hails Brexit, says it will be ‘very hard’ to keep EU together amid refugee crisis

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Wading into foreign affairs days before his inauguration, US President-elect Donald Trump has told European media that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “end up being a great thing” and the bloc will continue to break… ABC AP/Reuters The incoming president, in an interview published on… Donald Trump hails… Read More »

French presidentiables’ bipolar German disorder

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Franco-German relationship is on the ticket in spring’s presidential… PIERRE BRIANÇON Politico PARIS — Listening to the candidates running for president in France, you hear descriptions of two very different countries called… Liberal candidates from… French presidentiables’ bipolar… Read More »