Diplomacy

Tony Blair set to return to UK politics to ‘fight Brexit’

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Former British prime minister Tony Blair said on May 1 that he was plunging back into domestic politics in order to fight against Brexit. Hurriyet Blair, who led the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007, will not be standing in the June 8 general election. But he said he wanted to build a movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the EU Blair, 63… Tony Blair set… Read More »

Time for Donald Trump to Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Kim Jong-un

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Forget Duterte: this is the Asian dictator Trump should be welcoming. Jacob Heilbrunn The National Interest Donald Trump is inviting the wrong Asian dictator to meet him in Washington. Instead of focusing on Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, he should extend an invitation to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. His comments today that… Time for Donald… Read More »

Fighting ISIS: The Road to and beyond Raqqa

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The U.S. campaign against ISIS in northern Syria both benefits from and is complicated by its partnership with an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group fighting against its NATO ally… ICG The challenges will grow as the war on ISIS moves further… Overview In Raqqa the U.S.-led coalition to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) faces its toughest test to date in… Fighting ISIS: The… Read More »

The Balkans are heating up again — and Washington is nowhere to be seen

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This month, as I traveled through seven countries in southeastern Europe, I stopped in… John McCain The Washington Post I stood at the foot of the Latin Bridge, on the street corner that changed the world, where an assassin’s bullet killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and triggered a cycle of violence and war that consumed the… It was a stark reminder of the old adage that while history does not repeat itself, it… The Balkans are… Read More »

EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks

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The European Union should formally suspend Turkey’s long-stalled talks on membership if it adopts constitutional changes backed at a referendum last week, a… BRUSSELS – Reuters Hyrriyet Kati Piri said ahead of a plenary debate on the matter that if President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan implemented the new charter, Turkey would close the… Erdoğan said on April 25 that Turkey would not wait forever to… EU Ankara negotiator… Read More »

Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

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Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson The National Interest Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical… The council, which includes the United States, four… Finland Seeks Continued… Read More »

A cry for help: Millions facing famine in Yemen

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The UN has warned that 17 million Yemenis will be in famine unless the world sends urgent humanitarian… Al Jazeera Antonio Guterres, the UN chief, issued a call to action on Tuesday at the aid conference held in Geneva where donor countries pledged almost… But UN says the amount is half of what is needed to combat what it is calling “the world’s largest hunger… A cry for… Read More »

Instruments of Pain (II): Conflict and Famine in South Sudan

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War in South Sudan led the UN to declare 100,000 people are suffering famine, with a further 5.5 million at… ICG This special briefing urges the country to work harder to establish parameters for a… At the same time, humanitarian corridors from Sudan should be kept open and donors must fully fund the UN aid… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

What Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen think about Brexit

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LONDON — The next president of France will either be centrist Emmanuel Macron or far-right leader Marine Le… Adam Payne Business Insider The pair made it through the first round of voting over the weekend and will battle it out until Sunday, May 7 when French voters will elect one of them to… The result of the first round of voting dealt a major blow to France’s long-standing political establishment, with the… What Emmanuel Macron… Read More »

Open Letter to the prime minister of Greece

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To Mr Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece Οn April 23, 2017, the Cyprus daily Phileleftheros reported that Greek foreign minister Nicos Kotzias has sent a ‘complaint-letter’ to UN Secretary-General Antonio… Christos P Panayiotides CyprusMail The newspaper then stated that, “according to its sources”, the letter underlined the fact that the named official of the United Nations is promoting Turkish demands and… Open Letter to… Read More »

Open Letter to the UN Security Council on Peacekeeping in Mali

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To address growing violence in Mali that is undermining the Algeria-brokered peace accord, the UN Security Council should in June renew the mandate of the… Jean-Marie Guéhenno ICG Excellencies, Only weeks away from the official end of the two-year “interim period” defined in the June 2015 peace agreement, much of Mali remains unstable and a… Implementation of the Algeria-brokered agreement consumes considerable diplomatic energy for… Open Letter to… Read More »

Grim warning on North Korea missile threat as Julie Bishop blasts regime

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As military tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated further on Sunday, defence experts said Pyongyang could have the ability to strike Australia with an… James Massola Kirsty Needham The Sydney Morning Herald, with AAP, Reuters Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered a blistering rebuke to the hermit kingdom after it threatened a nuclear strike against Australia for “blindly and… And the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the… Grim warning on… Read More »

UN Watch outraged as Saudi Arabia takes place on UN Women’s Right Commission

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UN Watch, a human rights organization, monitoring the performance of the United Nations, has strongly condemned the appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission on the… RT “Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the… It’s absurd,” Hillel Neuer, the UN Watch chief, said… UN Watch outraged… Read More »

North Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line’, warns of nuclear strike

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North Korea has issued a stern message to Australia, accusing the Government of “blindly toeing the US line” and warning of a… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC The comments came after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this week said on the ABC’s AM program that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a… A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Australia of “spouting a… North Korea accuses… Read More »

America’s Yemen Crisis Is Bigger than Just Yemen

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Broken alliances and competing political factions are emperiling America’s… Mohamed Zeeshan The National Interest Long before the Trump administration launched missiles at an Assad regime air base in Syria and dropped the world’s most lethal nonnuclear bomb in… In late January, just two weeks into his term, President Trump ordered a military raid on suspected Al… America’s Yemen Crisis… Read More »

Independence ‘reckless’ amid new UK-dependent jobs figures

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The prospect of a second independence referendum has been branded “reckless” after new figures revealed that more than half a… SCOTT MACNAB The Scotsman The move came as Nicola Sturgeon again confirmed she wants an independent Scotland to join the EU – which is far less important to… The figures were seized on as evidence of the benefits of the Union as campaigning swung into top gear ahead of the 8 June,,, Independence ‘reckless’ amid… Read More »