Diplomacy

Lavrov in Washington: Can America and Russia Work Together?

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The U.S.-Russia relationship is starved for normalcy. Nikolas K. Gvosdev The National Interest Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov picked an inauspicious time to visit Washington. Starting with the increasingly crass and distasteful assertions by American comics that President Donald Trump is beholden to Russian president Vladimir… Lavrov in Washington… Read More »

President Trump, Henry Kissinger Meet In Oval Office Amid Watergate Comparisons

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In a surprise meeting, Trump sat down with the former secretary of State and official in the Nixon and Ford White Houses. Cody Fenwick (Patch National Staff) White House Patch WASHINGTON, DC — President Trump invited the press into the Oval Office Wednesday for photos and brief questions with a guest that shocked many of the reporters in attendance: Henry Kissinger, the controversial former secretary of State and official in the Nixon and… Trump called the meeting “an… President Trump, ... Read More »

Sudanese-Italian economic forum held in Rome

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May 9, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The third Sudanese-Italian economic and investment forum has been held Tuesday in Rome with the participation of 135 Italian companies. In a statement seen by Sudan Tribune, Sudan’s foreign ministry said the chairman of the Italian Federation of Industries Giovanni Otati praised the enormous economic potential enjoyed by the Sudan. Otati, who addressed the… Read More »

Three Russian warships enter Latvia’s exclusive economic zone

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RIGA – Three Russian warships had entered Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea on Sunday, the Latvian National Armed Forces said on Twitter. BNS/TBT Staff The Baltic Times Three Russian corvettes – the Liven 551, the Serpukhov 603 and the Morshansk 824 – were detected in the Latvian exclusive economic zone four nautical miles away from the… According to Fontanka.ru, a website of Russia’s St.Petersburg, some of the Russian naval ships that… Three Russian warships… Read More »

South Korean Elections Sidestep Rising Peninsula Tensions

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North Korea’s nuclear grandstanding and inflammatory missile tests, President Trump’s anti-Pyongyang rhetoric and U.S. missile deployments have raised tensions in North East Asia. Christopher Green ICG Our Senior Advisor for the Korean Peninsula Christopher Green looks at where South Korea’s 9 May presidential election fits into these newly complex dynamics. Why have tensions risen on the… South Korean Elections… Read More »

Will the South China Sea Become the New Crimea?

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Xi Jinping has successfully avoided maritime overreach—but that might be about to change. Nicholas Lyall The National Interest The burgeoning friendship between President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin in recent times reflects the similarities in their personal leadership styles. Both regimes are defined by an… Will the South… Read More »

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

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A shadowy global operation involving big data, billionaire friends of Trump and the disparate forces of the Leave campaign influenced the result of the EU referendum. As Britain heads to the polls again, is our electoral process still fit for purpose? by Carole Cadwalladr The Observer “The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental threat to our sovereignty.” ... Read More »

EU lawyers admit that £92billion Brexit Bill is IMPOSSIBLE to enforce and warn Eurocrats against attempting to make the UK pay the massive bill

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It is ‘legally impossible’ to enforce demands for Britain to pay a massive £92billion (€100billion) divorce bill, lawyers in Brussels have reportedly privately admitted. By KATE FERGUSON, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE Daily Mail The shock revelation is contained in minutes of a meeting and given to the Brexit negotiation team in Brussels. But the European Commission has ignored the advice of its own lawyers and… EU lawyers admit… Read More »

José Ramos-Horta calls on Australia to abandon ‘unsubstantiated’ claim in Timor Sea

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Former Timor-Leste president warns government not to harm relations by pushing to extend borders to control the Greater Sunrise oil field Naaman Zhou The Guardian The former Timor-Leste president José Ramos-Horta has told the Australian government to abandon its “unsubstantiated” legal case to extend its borders into the… Speaking at a Labor party-hosted event in… José Ramos-Horta… Read More »

Syria’s Kurds march on to Raqqa and the sea

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Kurdish expansion plans putting the group on a collision course with neighbouring Turkey Mark Townsend The Guardian Syria’s Kurds have revealed plans to redraw the northern part of the country by linking the Kurdish region of Rojava with the Mediterranean Sea, in a move that will infuriate neighbouring Turkey. In a further sign of growing Kurdish confidence in Syria’s north, officials say that… Syria’s Kurds march… Read More »

Carpio book on sea row challenges China

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Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has launched a book that says China’s claims to virtually the entire South China Sea are baseless and… Jeannette I. Andrade Inquirer Carpio said public opinion, including in China, could pressure Beijing to comply with last year’s arbitral ruling that invalidated China’s historic… With Carpio’s help, Manila filed a case challenging Beijing’s nine-dash-line… * Carpio book on… Read More »

Sudan seeks to take Egypt to “binding arbitration” over Halayeb: expert

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May 5, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – An international maritime border arbitrator has revealed that Sudan is planning to take Egypt to a binding arbitration before the… Sudan Tribune The Halayeb triangle, which is a 20,580 km area on the Red Sea, has been a contentious issue between Egypt and Sudan since 1958, shortly after Sudan gained its… The area has been under Cairo’s full… Sudan seeks to… (ST) Read More »

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Boris Johnson, UK’s Foreign Secretary had a mission at the recent G7 Foreign Ministers Summit at Lucca, Italy (10-11 April 2017). Dr. Yiorghos Leventis ISF He was hell bound to bring home another raft of sanctions against Russia in the aftermath of the gas attack in Syria. Turning a deaf ear to Moscow’s call for an internationally sanctioned investigation on the Syrian gas incident Boris Johnson sought, once more, to trample down on the principles of consultation, engagement and multilateralism ... Read More »

Jose Ramos-Horta warns gas dispute with Australia risks pushing East Timor closer to China

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East Timor’s former president Jose Ramos-Horta has issued a blunt warning to Australia that the gas dispute between the two countries risks pushing Timor closer to China. ABC Australia and East Timor have been locked in a messy dispute that has included allegations of Australia spying on its poorer neighbour during negotiations for an oil field in the Timor Sea, worth an estimated $40… Jose Ramos-Horta… Read More »

The PKK’s Fateful Choice in Northern Syria

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The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliates face a stark choice: risk their gains in northern Syria through continued prioritisation of the PKK’s fight against Turkey, or pursue local self-rule in the area they have carved out of the… ICG After the PKK deployed cadres in Syria in July 2012, it cooperated with the West in fighting the… The PKK’s Fateful… Read More »

A Brewing Crisis in the Aegean?

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Is a new Greek-Turkish crisis brewing in the Aegean? In a year of resurfacing tensions, the latest decision by a Greek court is unlikely to help matters. Reuters: The American Interest A Greek court on Wednesday blocked a second request by Turkey for the extradition of soldiers who fled to Greece in July after a… The ruling applied to three of eight soldiers who… A Brewing Crisis… Read More »