Diplomacy

NATO Is Obsolete

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“Europe is prosperous and treats America like a patsy. Let it stand on its own.” Before the United States President Donald Trump attempts real diplomacy with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Helsinki on July 16, he’ll first be subjected to another summit. Christian Whiton The National Interest That first summit is a gathering of leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). These leaders continually assure the United States they are America’s best allies, even as most ... Read More »

Chinese hackers breach ANU, putting national security at risk

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China-based hackers have successfully infiltrated the IT systems at the Australian National University, potentially compromising the home of Australia’s leading national security college and key defence research… Nick McKenzie & David Wroe The Canberra Times Federal government cyber security officials have been working with the university since detecting the cyber attack, assessing the scale of any information theft and who in China could be responsible for… The ANU conducts research that has defence, strategic, scientific, technological and… Chinese hackers breach… Read More »

Iran tells EU to implement guarantees before US sanctions return

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Remaining signatories of nuclear deal meet in Vienna as France doubts economic package implementation before November. AlJazeera Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has called on European powers to implement economic measures to protect the 2015 nuclear deal before US sanctions against Tehran snap back between… Zarif made the statement on Friday after meeting in Vienna with foreign ministers from countries that are still signatories to the multinational deal following the US’ unilateral withdrawal in May. “Now we need to enter ... Read More »

US diplomat bugged by Australia attacks prosecution of spy Witness K

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Peter Galbraith says the prosecution of Australian spy and solicitor Bernard Collaery is ‘pointless’ Christopher Knaus The Guardian A decorated US diplomat spied upon by Australia as he represented Timor-Leste during lucrative oil and gas negotiations has described the prosecution of the two men who exposed the covert operation as “vindictive and pointless”. The former US ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith was the lead negotiator for Timor-Leste during 2004 negotiations with Australia to carve up more than $40bn of oil ... Read More »

Here’s How the Road to Iraq Is Repeating Itself with Iran

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America had better hope that its leaders and media learn from the clamor for invading Iraq in 2003. Christopher A. Preble The National Interest Rob Reiner’s movie “Shock and Awe,” due to hit theaters on July 13, reminds us of the role that provocateurs and conspiracy theorists played in building the case for war with Iraq. (Spoiler alert: this article reveals key movie plot lines, including that the United States did, in fact, invade Iraq in 2003, and that most of the ... Read More »

Number of Yemenis fleeing Al-Hudaydah tops 121,000: UN

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More than 121,000 people have recently fled Yemen’s port city of Al-Hudaydah due to fierce attacks by Saudi-led coalition forces, according to a new UN report. AL-HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Anadolu Agency Hurriyet The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest situation report on Al-Hudaydah released on July 4 that displacement from the Al-Hudaydah Governorate continues and… “More than 10,000 displaced households (nearly 80,000 people) have been assisted with food, emergency kits, and other life-saving support,” ... Read More »

Patriotic Mobilisation in Russia

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The Kremlin is fostering a culture of military-tinged patriotism, partly to rally support for armed interventions abroad. ICG The sentiment springs from pride in Russia’s past as a global power and desire to reclaim that status. Its possible co-optation by far-right nationalists, however, should worry Moscow. What’s new? In recent years, the Kremlin has pursued a policy of patriotic mobilisation – encouraging national pride, commemorating past military victories and promoting a vision of Russia as a reborn global power. While ... Read More »

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to deploy thousands of police to refugee camps to improve safety

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Bangladesh is deploying thousands of extra police to Rohingya refugee camps in the south, officials said, after a series of mostly unexplained killings that have sown fear among hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from… Reuters ABC Since August, when a military crackdown in Myanmar forced many of the Muslim minority to cross the border into Bangladesh and seek shelter in the crowded camps, 19 people, some of them community leaders, have been killed. Police have made a ... Read More »

The Guardian view on regulating elections: democracy needs a tougher defence

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The campaign for Brexit now looks dishonest and discredited. Its dodgy legacy casts a shadow over Theresa May’s government Editorial A healthy democracy has many mechanisms to hold politicians to account, but none as mighty as the ballot box. The government that fails to fulfil its promises can be expelled from power. This contract between electorate and elected is one reason why many democrats are suspicious of referendums. The danger is that they elevate a one-off verdict above the normal ... Read More »

‘She’s in BIG trouble’ Ministers warn May – Brexiteers will REJECT EU customs union plan

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THERESA MAY has been warned by senior ministers that her latest EU customs plan will be rejected by Brexit-backing Tory MPs. By MACER HALL – EXCLUSIVE Express The Prime Minister is due to brief her top team on a new “third way” compromise proposal for future customs links with Brussels at a crunch Cabinet meeting at her country residence Chequers on Friday. And her officials expressed hope that the blueprint – combining two earlier options that bitterly divided ministers – will be a ... Read More »

Trump asked advisers about invading Venezuela in 2017

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(CNN) – President Donald Trump last August asked several top foreign policy advisers about the possibility of invading Venezuela during a meeting about diplomatic sanctions the US was enacting on the autocratic government, a… By Jeremy Diamond, CNN Trump’s aides, including then-national security adviser HR McMaster, vigorously urged him against the notion of a military invasion of Venezuela, warning him it could backfire and explaining that US allies in the… Taking military action against Venezuela would be a dramatic escalation of ... Read More »

Trump tensions peak ahead of NATO summit

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Strains in the U.S.-European relationship are peaking just as President Trump prepares to face allies at this month’s critical NATO summit. Rebecca Kheel The Hill Trump has repeatedly complained that members aren’t meeting the alliance’s defense spending goal. But the meeting comes at a difficult time, with the broader U.S.-European relationship already under stress from Trump’s tariffs, his… Those looming issues have raised fears of a replay of last month’s contentious Group of Seven summit. The mood of the… Trump ... Read More »

6 US “Allies” That Are Russia’s Newest Partners

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Russia has mastered the art of making new partnerships among nations that in the 20th and much of the 21st century were and in some cases still are traditional American allies. Adam Garrie EurasiaFuture As the long dead realities of the Cold War era become dramatically re-shaped by the age of multipolarity and increased interconnectivity between global regions, it is helpful to look at some of the countries with whom Russia is a close partner or healthy friend in spite ... Read More »

Can the bond between Macron and Merkel keep the rest of the EU united?

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Summitry is a staple of international diplomacy and the European Union is no exception. Summits raise expectations: of last-minute, heroic breakthroughs; of meaningful change. Helen Drake The Conversation They exist to punctuate the tensions of international relations with images of harmony and hope that may well be illusory. In the EU, summits are often a last resort to reach agreement. Approaching the EU’s long-awaited summer summit in the final week of June, the stakes were high and expectations already low. ... Read More »

Britain moves big into Brussels

Britain's Prime minister Theresa May (L) walks towards the press as she arrives at the European Council headquarter on the second day of a summit of European Union (EU) leaders on March 23, 2018, in Brussels.
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The UK diplomatic footprint in the EU capital is set to be one of the largest globally. Britain is leaving Europe, but it’s hardly leaving Brussels. By TOM MCTAGUE Politico The U.K.’s diplomatic footprint in the European capital — currently hidden behind a congested Brussels roundabout, stretched above a Lloyds pharmacy and a cheap Belgian brasserie — will be bigger than it ever was. Come March 29 of next year, the U.K. Representation to the European Union will be the ... Read More »

“Turkish gov’t takes a page from the Gulenist playbook in Washington lobbying” – 3

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This is the third piece in a series on Turkish government and Turkish-American lobbying in the United States. Claire Sadar Ahval In the first two pieces, I discussed how both the Turkish government and its former ally turned enemy, the Gulen Movement, are courting the Trump administration, and particularly Vice President Mike Pence, through Trump-connected lobbyists. In 2017, both sides spent considerable sums on lobbying. The Gulen-connected Alliance for Shared Values spent at least $310,500 on three lobbying firms. Unsurprisingly, ... Read More »