Diplomacy

Trump’s man Tillerson stays blunt as hearing turns tasty

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Washington: – Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson called U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the presidential election “troubling” on Wednesday but said he has not yet seen classified information about allegations that Russia intended to… Ed O’Keefe and Anne Gearan The Age The Washington Post Tillerson, the former top executive at ExxonMobil, also declined to… Trump’s man Tillerson… Read More »

Like it or not, State must help UK get good deal on Brexit

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Empathy with our largest trading partner does not mean antipathy to the EU John McGrane The Irish Times Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan rightly points out that Brexit may present Ireland with the chance to seize the next phase in our development and maturity as a… Like it or… Read More »

Israel diplomat forced to resign after AJ investigation

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Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK, was forced to resign, Al Jazeera learns. Al Jazeera An Israeli political officer, who was at the centre of an Al Jazeera investigation, has been forced to resign from Israel’s UK embassy, a senior official in the… Israel diplomat forced… 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 »

U.S. Russia Relations: How Did We Get Here?

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If only we had followed Reagan’s approach to Russia, just imagine how different the world would be today. Curt Weldon The National Interest Ronald Reagan was my role model and my inspiration as I proudly served in the US Congress during the last two years of his tenure. I took Reagan’s words… U.S. Russia Relations… Read More »

Unlike Obama, Trump will be a more reliable ally, Turkish leadership believes

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President Erdoğan implicitly called on the upcoming U.S. administration to be transparent with Turkey, while reiterating Ankara’s willingness to repair ties with the U.S. which soured during the Obama administration particularly over disagreements on the… MEHMET ÇELIK Daily Sabah Ankara has restated its hope to… Unlike Obama, Trump… Read More »

A Sanctions Skeptic for State?

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What Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearings revealed Siddhartha Mahanta The Atlantic Read More »

How their enemies get by with killing Iraqi journalists

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BAGHDAD — Abdul Qader al-Qaisi has become Iraq’s first slain journalist in 2017. Mustafa Saadoun Al Monitor He was kidnapped Jan. 1, and security forces found his body Jan. 5, dumped on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad. Abdul Qader al-Qaisi was a… How their enemies get… Read More »

Return to Aleppo: A squandered legacy

TOPSHOT - A general view shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo on December 13, 2016, after they captured the area.
After weeks of heavy fighting, regime forces were poised to take full control of Aleppo, dealing the biggest blow to Syria's rebellion in more than five years of civil war.

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This is the second in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who is traveling in Syria. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor ALEPPO, Syria — When I finally arrived in Aleppo from Damascus, accompanied by Damascus-based Turkish journalist Hediye Levent, I discovered the Meridien Hotel we’d wanted to stay at was totally booked because of a… Return to Aleppo… Read More »

Security and Guarantees: a concise explanation

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As talks on the security and guarantees issue get underway in Geneva between President Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the UN, and the three guarantor powers (Greece, Turkey, and… Nicolaos Prakas SigmaLive WHAT IS THE TREATY OF GUARANTEE? The guarantees issue has been a… Security and Guarantees: a… Read More »

 Trump, Russia, and the Return of Scapegoating, a Timeless American Tradition

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Our bipartisan tendency to blame others for our own failures will be the cause of American decline. By Patrick Lawrence The Nation Now that the intelligence chiefs’ report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is available in expurgated form—and… Trump, Russia, and… Read More »

Brace yourself, Europe: Politics is back

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel arrive to write a message in the book of condolence for the family of Former German President Roman Herzog at Bellevue Palacee on January 11, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Former German President Roman Herzog, who served in from 1994 until 1999, died yesterday at the age of 82. (Photo by Jochen Zick - Pool/Getty Images)

As politicians take the gloves off and citizens re-engage with parties, one casualty could be the transatlantic partnership. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — Old Europe is witnessing the return of a long-dormant force in its civic discourse — politics. The barrage of Brexit… Brace yourself, Europe… Read More »

Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea Remarks Foreshadow Possible Foreign Policy Crisis

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HONG KONG — Rex W. Tillerson’s call for China to be denied access to its artificial islands in the South China Sea, made Wednesday during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state, set the stage for a possible crisis between the… By MICHAEL FORSYTHE The New York Times Mr. Tillerson told members of the… Rex Tillerson’s South… Read More »

Assad Has Won in Syria. But Syria Hardly Exists.

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Now that forces supporting the Syrian government have completed the takeover of Aleppo, and Russia, Turkey and Iran have negotiated a tenuous cease-fire, it is more than likely that President Bashar al-Assad and the regime he oversees will continue to govern Syria, in one form or another. David W. Lesch and James Gelvin The New York Times In an interview with French media published last week, Mr. Assad stated that Aleppo signaled a “tipping point in the course of the ... Read More »

An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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OPEN LETTER For the immediate attention of The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk 11 January 2017 Dear Sir Alan Re: The Republic of Cyprus, the ‘talks’ in Geneva, the role of Parliament in Westminster & other related matters I have written this open letter in connection with the above matters.  I have done so in my capacity as a citizen of the United Kingdom and as a citizen of the ... Read More »

Turkish foreign minister: Turkey deserves better from the United States

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America’s friends and allies are watching closely to gauge how America will reposition itself globally once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on… By Mevlut Cavusoglu The Washington Post And for good reason. Mevlut Cavusoglu is the Turkish foreign minister. Our collective security is,,, Turkish foreign minister… Read More »