Diplomacy

What Did Trump Know, and When Did He Know It?

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During the Watergate scandal, until now the most outrageous political scandal in American history, the crucial question was drawled by Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” Nicholas Kristof The New York Times Today the question is the same. This is not about Mike Flynn. It is about the president who… What Did Trump… Read More »

Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Melvin Goodman CounterPunch Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the.. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a… Flynn, Russia and… Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the… Dan Lamothe and Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the… Defense Secretary Mattis… Read More »

Pakistan: Stoking the Fire in Karachi

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Ethnic, political and sectarian rivalries, jihadist groups, criminality and heavy-handed security policies are turning Pakistan’s biggest city into a pressure cooker of… ICG Feuding politicians must set aside their conflicts or Karachi’s law-and-order crisis may further… Pakistan: Stoking the… Read More »

How to tackle repetitive droughts in the Horn of Africa

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Investing in localised initiatives to mitigate drought can help the continent to break the cyclic nature of disasters. Esther Ngumbi Al Jazeera News The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently declared that millions of citizens in the Horn of Africa face food shortages. Owing to a persistent… How to tackle… Read More »

US must understand that Greek default could lead to global crisis

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One has to hope that the new administration is not complacent about the latest episode in Greece’s ongoing economic crisis. Desmond Lachman AEI Unlike earlier episodes, there is every reason to think that this episode will not easily be resolved. There is also… US must understand… Read More »

Cyprus: an island divided

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Cyprus, the disputed island in Eastern Medit­erranean, has been inhabited since 9000 BC, and in its troubled recent history — as well as in its beauty — it has much in common with… Irfan Husain Dawn Both have been partitioned, with religion and nationalism featuring in the dispute. The baggage of history weighs heavily for both, and two bigger players call the… Cyprus has been populated since 9,000 BC, and… Cyprus: an island… Read More »

Why NATO needs a European pillar

OBERVIECHTACH, GERMANY - JANUARY 19:  Soldiers of armored infantry battalion Panzergrenadierbataillon 122 of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, attend a ceremony to mark their pending deployment to Lithuania on January 19, 2017 in Oberviechtach, Germany. A total of 450 soldiers from the unit as well as armored equipment that includes Marder light tanks will begin deploying at the end of January as part of the NATO mission "Enhanced Forward Presence" to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the three Baltic states.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

If Europe tries to protect the alliance only by ‘buying’ American commitment through increased defense spending, it will fail. Jean-Marie Guehenno Politico Europeans have every reason to worry about U.S. President Donald Trump. He has declared… Why NATO needs… Read More »

China upset at disputed islands mention in Japan-U.S. meeting

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China’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern on Monday after Japan got continued U.S. backing for its dispute with Beijing over islands in the… Reuters A joint Japanese-U.S. statement after the weekend meeting in the United States said the two leaders affirmed that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan security treaty covered the… China upset at… Read More »

Can Trump and Netanyahu Make Progress Toward the “Ultimate Deal”?

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As U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to meet, the fundamentals of the… Ofer Zalzberg ICG What aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are Trump and Netanyahu likely to discuss at their meeting in Washington on 15… The meeting will be crucial for the… Can Trump and… Read More »

What is Merkel’s Mideast role in Trump-Putin era?

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Against the backdrop of US President Donald Trump’s conservative nationalistic policies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being described by the media as the new leader of the free world. Uri Savir Al Monitor Her open-minded and humanitarian views and policies on the immigration of Middle East refugees to Germany despite numerous terror attacks by Islamist terrorists in her country have gained respect in many liberal capitals in… What is Merkel’s Mideast… Read More »

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

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While campaigning, Trump said he would attempt to bring Turkey and the Kurds together after years of hostilities in order to fight ISIS. Amir Tibon Haaretz Facts on the ground may force the U.S. president down a different path.. Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was “a big fan of the Kurds.” … Trump Faces Dilemma… Read More »

Is the Two State Solution still a possibility in the Middle East?

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Dr Ibrahim Natil discusses Netanyahu’s controversial approval of massive building plans in the occupied Palestinian territory defying the the UN and the international community. Ibrahim Natil Independent Australia DESPITE DECEMBER’S UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), the current government of Israel still defies the international community and approves massive building plans cross the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian… Is the Two State… Read More »

Without Russia it’s only Hobson’s choice for Cyprus

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As the latest neurotic and frenetic round of negotiations about illegally occupied Cyprus is planned to continue in March 2017, one can only see yet another fiasco coming. <style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style> Aris Petasis * William Mallinson * Futile ‘negotiations’ have been going on for some forty years now, with the script and narrative never changing. Defend Democracy Press Nor do the actors seem to change: on the one side we have NATO-Turkey-Britain and on the other, tiny [semi-occupied by ... Read More »

Australia urged to act as outrage over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya grows

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Bangkok: A coalition of organisations has called on the Australian government to urgently pressure Myanmar authorities to condemn atrocities, including the slaughter of babies, in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State and… Lindsay Murdoch The Canberra Times “The recounts from Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar are horrific and truly devastating,” said Kate Lee, executive officer of… Australia urged to… Read More »

Out with Globalization, In with Tillerson

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Rex Tillerson needs to realize that soft power is not necessarily smart power James Jay Carafano The National Interest Now that he has moved into Foggy Bottom, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has big decisions to make. Handling Putin, Kim Jong-un, the ayatollah and Xi Jinping will, of course, top the list. But the… Out with Globalization… Read More »