Diplomacy

Tunisia’s Borders (II): Terrorism and Regional Polarisation

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The growing link between cartels and armed jihadi militants along Tunisia’s borders with Algeria and Libya, combined with heightened ideological polarisation, could form an explosive mix ahead of Tunisia’s legislative and presidential elections. In its latest briefing, Tunisia’s Borders (II): Terrorism and Regional Polarisation, the International Crisis Group builds on its November 2013 report and analyses the alarming security threats ... Read More »

US military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobane

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The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants near Kobane on Oct. 19, in what appeared to be the Pentagon’s first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels. The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Syrian ... Read More »

As a Briton, I hang my head in shame. We must return the Parthenon marbles

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Now Amal Clooney has reignited the debate over the Parthenon’s crowning glory, it’s time we rectified a historic wrong. Reunite these ancient sculptures with their home Almost every day I take a walk around the Acropolis. “Around” is the operative word, because the Greeks have gone to great lengths to unite their Athenian antiquities with a pedestrian path. At the ... Read More »

US confirms sharing intel with Syrian Kurds against ISIL

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Washington has confirmed that it has been sharing intelligence and information with the Syrian Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. “We do get intelligence from, get information from a wide range of people – obviously, look for it anywhere we can get it. So yes, there is some intelligence and information sharing going ... Read More »

Turkey Loses U.N. Security Council Seat in Huge Upset

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In a tremendous upset, Turkey lost a contest in the United Nations General Assembly, exposing increasingly contentious frictions with some of its neighbors and world powers. Trying to become a nonpermanent member of the Security Council, Turkey lost out to Spain and New Zealand in a contest for two available seats reserved for a voting bloc called the Western European ... Read More »

With friends like Turkey, who needs enemies?

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After its reluctance to confront Isil, Ankara is proving to be a very unreliable Nato ally For a country that is supposed to be a pivotal Nato ally, Turkey sure has a strange way of showing loyalty to its friends in their hour of need. Ankara’s support in the battle to defeat the fanatics of the Islamic State (Isil), who ... Read More »

Australian support for Hong Kong protests runs second to business interests

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There has been a deafening silence in support of the students protesting for greater democracy in Hong Kong. This movement, known as the umbrella revolution (for protection against tear gas), has been underway since September 28. It is a civil disobedience campaign concentrated in the Central business and governmental district and called therefore the Occupy Central with Love and Peace ... Read More »

Afghanistan’s Political Transition

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Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, inherits a government that is running out of money and losing ground to the insurgency. As foreign troops withdraw, the new government must stay united and move quickly on reforms. In its latest report, Afghanistan’s Political Transition, the International Crisis Group examines the politics surrounding the deeply contested 2014 presidential election, analysing threats and opportunities. ... Read More »

America’s ISIS War Now Called ‘Operation Inherent Resolve’

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U.S. military operations against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, now in their third month, will officially go by the name Operation Inherent Resolve, the Pentagon says. Commander Elissa Smith, a representative for the Pentagon, confirmed the name choice to Newsweek Wednesday. Targeted strikes against the Islamic State (more commonly known as ISIS) began on August 8. ... Read More »