President Trump and the Art of the Iran Nuclear Deal

President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy direction remains uncertain, but his campaign rhetoric has cast doubt on the future of the successful multilateral nuclear accord with Iran. ICG The co-signatories with the U.S. – China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK – can take action now to… President Trump and… Read More »

For EU, Poland is not yet lost

Why Europe better stand up to Warsaw’s illiberal rulers. By Paul Taylor  GDAŃSK, Poland — Poland’s de facto ruler, Jarosław Kaczyński, is betting he can get away with emasculating his country’s constitutional court without For EU, Poland… Read More »

Trump’s UN pick has a national reputation as healer-in-chief

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Nikki Haley has developed a national reputation as a racial conciliator who led the charge to bring down the Confederate flag at the Statehouse and guided South Carolina through one of its darkest moments, the massacre at a black church. Associated Press Now the 44-year-old American-born daughter of Indian immigrants is about to take her role as the state’s healer-in… Trump’s UN pick… Read More »

Commentary: Trump Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s Dangerous, Dollar-Induced Flip Flop on Turkey

The Election Day commentary in The Hill by Michael Flynn, a recently appointed National Security advisor to President-elect Donald Trump began with the following words: “Our ally Turkey is in crisis and needs our support,” and continued with a prolonged pitch on why Turkey was important to the United States and why U.S. policy needed a shift of support towards the Erdogan regime. The Pappas Post Gregory Pappas The commentary was a strange, new development to those following the ever-evolving ... Read More »

Turkey and the EU: The end of the affair?

The European Parliament will vote this week on whether to suspend Turkey’s talks on joining the EU, and the Turkish government is giving a good impression of looking the other way. By Selin Girit, BBC News, Istanbul “Turkey should feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated about joining it,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the… Turkey and the… Read More »

Farage ‘flattered’ by Trump suggestion he become ambassador

Nigel Farage, the interim leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) and the person playing a key role in Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, said he is “flattered” by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestion that he become Britain’s ambassador to the United States. LONDON – The Associated Press Farage said Nov. 22 he would do anything possible to help relations between the… Farage ‘flattered’ by… Read More »

Turkey needs a soft exit from the EU

The realization that Turkey’s accession is not a realistic goal should be the starting point of a redefined relationship. By Sinan Ülgen  Suspending European Union membership negotiations would be the wrong signal for Europe to send Turkey. The move, set to be debated in the… Turkey needs a… Read More »

Matteo Renzi’s problem with Brussels: It’s too nice

Italy’s leader hones Euroskeptic appeal in bid to win constitutional referendum. By JACOPO BARIGAZZI Matteo Renzi can’t take yes for an answer from Brussels. For months leading up to the December 4 constitutional referendum, the Italian prime minister has… Matteo Renzi’s problem… Read More »

Algeria’s South: Trouble’s Bellwether

As waves of protests have hit the hydrocarbon-rich Algerian south since 2013, authorities maintained a tenuous peace through handouts, repression and policing. To calm tensions, the state needs to clarify policies, communicate with local protestors and address underlying issues of… Algeria’s South: Trouble’s… Read More »

Flynn shifted stance on Turkey, torture

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyer: No charitable funds will pay for Trump University settlementTrump urged UK leader to oppose wind farm near his golf course: reportBET founder: Trump ‘committed to reaching out’ to black AmericansMORE’s chosen national security adviser has previously criticized aggressive counterterrorism methods that he now appears open to and also seemed to change his tune on the government in Turkey after his consulting firm received a lucrative contract. By Julian Hattem While using torture once seemed to ... Read More »

The Islamic State Threat in Somalia’s Puntland State

A stretch of Somalia’s coast has been seized by Islamic State fighters who split from the country’s main jihadist militia Al-Shabaab, which is aligned with Al-Qaeda. A concerted response by the Somali federal authorities is now urgently required to contain the… The Islamic State… Read More »

Get Ready for the India-Japan Partnership

Reading between the lines of Abe and Modi’s joint statement. Sumit Kumar While Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s visit in December last year had reaffirmed the desire to transform the Japan-India Strategic and… Get Ready for the… Read More »

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved an order to withdraw the nation from the process of joining the International Criminal Court (ICC). Russia signed the Rome statute, which governs the ICC, in 2000 but never ratified the agreement to become a member. The decision came after an ICC ruling that Russia’s activity in… Russia withdraws… Read More »

Cameroon: Confronting Boko Haram

Cameroon’s military campaign against the Boko Haram insurgency started late but has met with partial success. To consolidate gains and bring lasting peace to the Far North, the government must now shift to long-term socioeconomic development, countering religious radicalism and… Cameroon: Confronting Boko… Read More »