Diplomacy

Rex Tillerson named as Donald Trump’s secretary of state

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Senators from Republican and Democrat parties have raised concerns about ExxonMobil chief’s close ties to Vladimir Putin The Guardian Lauren Gambino Rex Tillerson, the president and chief executive of ExxonMobil, has been officially named as Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, the president-elect’s transition team has said. “His tenacity, broad experience and… Rex Tillerson named as… Read More »

Could America Convince China and Russia to Keep North Korea in Check?

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The time is right to double down on cooperation with China. The National Interest Lyle J. Goldstein Pundits around the whole Asia-Pacific have been scribbling furiously about the supposed import of a brief and… Could America Convince… Read More »

Battle for Aleppo: ‘The sound of bullets doesn’t stop’

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As the Syrian government army makes advances in east Aleppo, civilians say the situation is getting worse. Al Jazeera News Zouhir Al Shimale and Adam Lucente Residents in rebel-controlled east Aleppo – now down to a handful of neighbourhoods – say they fear retribution if they flee to government-held areas. Aisha, a mother of three children, is one of… Battle for Aleppo: ‘The sound of… Read More »

Austria to the EU: We need to talk about Turkey

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz speaks to journalists during his meeting with his British counterpart in Vienna, Austria on June 11, 2015. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond meets Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, with topics including Britain's future in the EU and Vienna's opposition to subsidies for the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Foreign minister says more countries are in agreement with his hardline stance on Turkish EU membership. Politico Florian Eder Austria has spent months calling for a halt to Turkey’s European Union membership talks — now it wants EU leaders to sit up and take notice. “When hundreds of thousands are… Austria to the EU: We need to talk… Read More »

Dutch letter spurs calls for Canadian transparency ahead of military deployment

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The federal government is being urged to follow the example of the Dutch government, which laid out its rationale for a military deployment to Mali in detailed 14-page letter to Parliament. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH, Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA—As the Dutch government prepared to deploy its military to… Dutch letter spurs… Read More »

Trump presidency: Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for top diplomat?

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has met President-elect Donald Trump amid growing speculation that he is being considered for US secretary of state. BBC NBC News quotes sources close to Mr Trump as saying that Mr Tillerson is likely to… Trump presidency: Exxon’s… Read More »

N. Korea military drill targets South’s presidential office

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South Korea warned Dec. 11 of “fatal” consequences for Pyongyang’s leadership if provoked into conflict, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw a military drill simulating an attack on Seoul’s presidential Blue House. Hurriyet Kim watched with binoculars as North Korea’s special operation forces conducted an… N. Korea military… Read More »

Ruth Davidson defends Boris Johnson’s Saudi remarks

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has defended Boris Johnson over his public criticism of British ally Saudi Arabia, saying he was “absolutely right”. The Scotsman By SARAH BRADLEY The Foreign Secretary suffered a humiliating slap down from No 10 after accusing the… Ruth Davidson defends… Read More »

Why Trump makes this small country so nervous

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Russia is always a threat but now they’re worried the U.S. won’t back them up. Politico By BENJAMIN ORESKES TALLINN, Estonia — The scene outside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral one evening earlier this month had all the… Why Trump makes… Read More »

Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of men missing

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Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say. BBC News Forces led by Syria’s government have seized at least 75% of eastern parts of the city from rebels in recent weeks. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled those… Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of… Read More »

Global Leadership Doesn’t Mean Another Vietnam or Iraq

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U.S. engagement to deter and repel aggression has been extraordinarily successful. The National Interest James F. Jeffrey In a recent National Interest essay, “Don’t Let the DC Blob Guide Trump’s Foreign Policy,” Gordon Adams and… Global Leadership Doesn’t… Read More »

Is the United States Really a Pacific Power?

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Washington has failed to demonstrate that it has the stomach to remain a resident power in Asia. The National Interest Hunter Marston Recognizing the geostrategic significance of Asia for the… Is the United… Read More »

Facebook Struggles to Put Out Online Fires in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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JERUSALEM — When fires raged across Israel last month, Anas Abudaabes began to type on his laptop. The New York Times Peter Baker What came out would land him behind bars and ignite a debate over whether he had tried to fan the flames of hatred, in this case literally. On his Facebook page, Mr. Abudaabes wrote that… Facebook Struggles to Put Out Online Fires in… Read More »

Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth Peace with Israel

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Excerpt … Turkey is normalizing its relations with Israel — in theory, at least. The Gatestone Institute by Burak Bekdil Ankara and Jerusalem agreed to appoint ambassadors to each other’s country after an absence of more than six years. Two prominent career diplomats, Kemal Okem and… Erdogan’s Gritted-Teeth… Read More »

Could the European Union fall apart?

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It has been a dreadful year for the European Union. It has just got a lot worse. BBC Mark Mardell Next year could transform a looming existential threat into a terminal reality. The end of a joint 60-year project to transform the… Could the European… Read More »

Australia’s political elites are fiddling while Rome burns

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Australians are used to the vulgar antics and empty point-scoring that pass for debate in federal parliament. The Conversation Joseph Camilleri But little could have prepared them for the current descent into pure farce. Politics divorced from… Australia’s political elites are fiddling while… Read More »