Diplomacy

The Sea Where The Sun Rises

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How Japan plans to keep its seas open and free­, with more than just American help Sheila A. Smith Outlook As an island nation, the sea defines Japanese identity. For centuries, the sea separated those who lived on the main four islands from those who lived in the thousands of smaller islands that make up the… The Sea Where… Read More »

Turkey’s collapse has been years in the making

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Washington: An exotic country goes up in flames and the world turns elsewhere for an alternate holiday destination. Paul McGeough  The Courier But in researching the chaos of our times, historians likely will keep coming back to Turkey, to pick apart an explosive collision of destructive forces, in… Turkey’s collapse has… Read More »

Vietnam: The War That Killed Trust

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The legacy of the war still shapes America, even if most of us are too young to remember it. Karl Marlantes The New York Times In the early spring of 1967, I was in the middle of a heated 2 a.m. hallway discussion with fellow students at Yale about the Vietnam War. I was from a… Vietnam: The War… Read More »

The Ottoman Empire and Libertarianism

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Every so often libertarians ask, in a speculative mode, whether the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire would not be a formula for peace in the troubled Middle East. Notes On Liberty The question is interesting on several counts, one of which is that the regions affected by the… The Ottoman Empire… Read More »

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies

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­ The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. Adrian Campbell The Conversation The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the… Why Russia, Turkey… Read More »

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment

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Russia’s military on Jan. 6 said it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria, with Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier ordered to leave the conflict zone first. Hurriyet MOSCOW – Agence France–Presse “In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the… Russia starts scaling… Read More »

Obama, Kissinger and Nuland: Cyprus 1974 – Cyprus 2017

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In July 1974 the US-controlled Athens military junta organized a coup d’état in Cyprus and an assassination attempt against the President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios. Dimitris Konstantakopoulos * Defend Democracy Press Everything was executed in exactly the same way as it had been a year before in Santiago Chile. (Cyprus is an… Obama, Kissinger and… Read More »

Why Iran Wants So Many Ballistic Missiles

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Iran and the West both see a terrifying threat on the other side. Farhad Rezaei The National Interest Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s arsenal of ballistic missiles has received only scant scholarly attention. At best… Why Iran Wants… Read More »

Italian banks: It’s Rome’s turn to confront Berlin’s aggressiveness

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Italy, after Greece, is now the next target of the archetypical Teutonic aggressiveness, aimed this time at making the life difficult for Paolo Gentiloni the new Prime Minister. Dennis Kefalakakos The European Sting The problems Rome has with the country’s banking system are being exaggerated and used by Berlin to either pave the road leading outside the euro area or turn the country into an impoverished, obedient and second rate euro… Italian banks: It’s Rome’s… Read More »

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2017

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From Turkey to Mexico, the list of the world’s most volatile flashpoints got a lot more unpredictable this year BY JEAN-MARIE GUÉHENNO Foreign Policy The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our ability to cope with the… 10 Conflicts to… Read More »

Elor Azaria case: ‘No hope of equality before the law’

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Israeli soldier convicted of killing wounded Palestinian is expected to receive a lenient sentence later this month. Jonathan Cook Al Jazeera News Nazareth – It was the trial almost no one in Israel wanted. Last March, army Elor Azaria case… Read More »

Dealing with the Cyprus problem: an alternative proposal

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In recent years a consensus has developed on dealing with the division of Cyprus: things will get better only if there is a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation on the island. Andreas Theophanous Europe’s World But this is not necessarily the case as the solution that will be discussed at talks in Geneva from 9 to 12 January has a… Dealing with the… Read More »

UK’s EU envoy quits over ‘muddled thinking’ on Brexit

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British diplomats must challenge “muddled thinking” and “ill-founded arguments” on Brexit, the UK’s ambassador to the EU has said in his resignation letter. By ESZTER ZALAN EuObserver Sir Ivan Rogers delivered his thinly veiled criticism of the British government on Tuesday (3 January), quitting his post 10… UK’s EU envoy… Read More »

Guéhenno to Trump: You Cannot ‘just crush’ ISIS

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Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President and CEO, speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the international challenges that are likely to persist in 2017 and the growing need for robust international structures to meet the… ICG In a broad discussion with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the… Guéhenno to Trump… Read More »

Erdogan’s Turkey is no ally of the United States.

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Among Donald Trump’s odd fixations are foreign strongmen. They are a reality and must be dealt with. Doug Bandow The American Spectator Sometimes they can and do aid U.S. policy. But just because they are quick to toss opponents into jail doesn’t mean that they necessarily are the sort of decisive leaders Washington should back. On Election… Erdogan’s Turkey is… Read More »

Could an Embassy in Jerusalem Bring Us Closer to Peace?

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As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to assume office, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been forced onto his agenda by President Obama’s decision to have the United States abstain on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements. Martin Indyk The New York Times Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his desire to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying he viewed it as the “ultimate deal.” But he has also pledged to… Could an Embassy in… Read More »