Diplomacy

How A Trump Presidency Looks In The Middle East

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CAIRO — Will the arrival of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States set off a new phase of political unrest around the world? Wordcrunch Omar Said MADA MASR Will the Arab world carry the lion’s share of the conflict? The Middle East has shown a mix of both panic and a perhaps surprising dose of optimism since last Tuesday’s surprise U.S. election result. How A Trump… Read More »

Guatemala: Young Blood, Old Vices

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A year after the election of would-be reformer Jimmy Morales as president, corruption investigations are casting a shadow over his inner circle. Arturo Matute Recent appointments bring youth and oxygen to his faltering administration, but much still stands in the way of political… Guatemala: Young… Read More »

Turkey’s PKK Conflict Veers onto a More Violent Path

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The death toll in Turkey’s PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) conflict rose nearly 10 per cent over the past three months as domestic political and regional dynamics propel the 32-year-old conflict deeper into a more violent trend. Berkay Mandıracı August-October fighting killed 444 people, compared to 402 in the preceding three months. The… Turkey’s PKK Conflict… Read More »

The Guardian view on President-elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world

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This is a political and cultural cataclysm that few believed would really happen. Editorial It’s a bleak day for America, and for the pluralism and diversity the country has come to stand for Donald Trump wins the US election – live Become a Guardian supporter or make a contribution The Guardian view on… Read More »

Russia ships ‘chase away’ Dutch submarine in Mediterranean

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Russia’s defence ministry has said two of its navy destroyers have forced away a Dutch submarine to stop it spying on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean. The sub was 20km (12 miles) away from the Admiral Kuznetsov at the time of the incident, the military said. Russia sent a… Russia ships ‘chase… Read More »

Theresa May and Viktor Orbán commit to strong bilateral relations

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British PM reiterated that she intends to start the process of withdrawing from the EU by March. By CHARLIE COOPER LONDON – Theresa May and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed immigration and border control policies during a meeting in Westminster Wednesday, a… Theresa May and… Read More »

Turkey’s Difficult Détente With Russia

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ANKARA—Turkey’s always-complex zigzags between its Western allies and their respective strategic rivals are more than notorious. By: Burak Ege Bekdil, Russia is a case in point. A year ago Turkey and Russia were on the brink of war over Syria. Today they are in a… Turkey’s Difficult Détente… Read More »

Moscow, Ankara to discuss deploying air defense systems to Turkey

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Russia and Turkey are planning to convene to set an intergovernmental military-technical cooperation commission before the end of the year, a Russian military official said on Monday. Daily Sabah Speaking to Interfax, Alexandr Fomin, the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said the most important topic on the… Moscow, Ankara to… Read More »

A more dangerous world is probably coming after the US election!

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The level of irrationality, confusion and negative energy is the most astonishing signal emanating out of the US presidential election. <style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style> By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos * It is a strong indication that, whatever the result, we should be prepared for an escalation in the already serious tensions dominating our world. It is probably the first time, since the… A more dangerous… Read More »

US presidential elections – the meaning of a farce

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“We got the experience, we lost the meaning”, T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets by Dimitris Konstantakopoulos (*) Human kind is facing the most formidable threats of all its history –The planet is going rapidly towards an irreversible climatic disaster, facing simultaneously all sort of threats to its ecosystem – We are facing again the… US presidential elections – the… Read More »

Nobel Peace Laureates Warn: Trump Presidency Would Bring Grave Risks

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It is unusual for us to comment on an American election, even more so in the eleventh hour. José Ramos-Horta Óscar Arias Sánchez John Hume  But what is at stake at the moment in the U.S. election affects us all. The Presidential election in the world’s most powerful democracy has descended into name calling, disinformation and… Nobel Peace Laureates… Read More »

The Libyan Political Agreement: Time for a Reset

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The UN-brokered peace process in Libya has stalled, leaving unresolved pressing issues like worsening living conditions, control of oil facilities, people-smuggling, and the struggle against jihadist groups. New negotiations are needed to engage key actors who have been excluded so far. Executive Summary The… The Libyan Political… Read More »

Gina Miller on her Brexit legal challenge: ‘This had to be done’

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The woman who put Theresa May’s plans for leaving the EU in peril is convinced she has done the right thing, despite the vitriol Alice Ross The businesswoman at the centre of the legal challenge to ensure parliament is consulted before Theresa May triggers Brexit has said the landmark case was motivated by her fear that the… Gina Miller on… Read More »

Article 50 ruling: EU envoys warn Brexit delay ‘unwelcome’

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EU diplomats say need for Westminster vote and parliamentary scrutiny on Britain leaving union may skew timetable Jon Henley, Jennifer Rankin and Philip Oltermann Official reaction on the continent to the high court’s ruling on article 50 has been muted, with national governments and the European commission regarding the… Article 50 ruling… Read More »

China and India’s Slow-Moving Path to ‘Water Wars’

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There’s a smarter way to handle the Brahmaputra conflict. Satu Limaye, Joel Wuthnow, Nilanthi Samaranayake China’s September 30 announcement that it would temporarily divert the Xiabuqu—a domestic river that feeds into the mighty Brahmaputra running from Tibet through Northeast India and… China and India’s… Read More »

‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a growing threat to UK, says MI5 head

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Exclusive: In first newspaper interview given by a serving spy chief, Andrew Parker talks of terror, espionage and balance between secrecy and privacy Ewen MacAskill and Paul Johnson Russia poses an increasing threat to the stability of the UK and is using all the sophisticated tools at its disposal to achieve its aims, the director general of MI5 has told the Guardian. In the first newspaper interview given by an… ‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a… Read More »