Diplomacy

South Sudan: Rearranging the Chessboard

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President Salva Kiir has played a weak hand well since his main rival was forced out of Juba in July. ICG To avoid new flare-ups in South Sudan’s three-year-old civil war, Kiir and regional states should step up their work on a… South Sudan: Rearranging… Read More »

Top Russian Diplomat Was Shot Dead In Moscow Just Hours Before Assassination In Turkey

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A top Russian diplomat was found dead in his Moscow apartment Monday, just hours after Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey was shot dead at an art exhibit in Ankara. The Daily Caller Ted Goodman Petr Polshikov, 56, was discovered with a bullet wound to the head, according to reports. The announcement came just… Top Russian Diplomat Was… Read More »

Canadian hostage, children seen in just-released Taliban video

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A Canadian held hostage in Afghanistan since 2012 and his family are living a “Kafkaesque nightmare,” according to a video released today by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-linked group. The Star Michelle Shephard The two sons born in captivity to hostages Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman were shown for the first time in a video posted Monday as the couple pleaded for their family’s release, asking U.S. President Barack Obama to think about… Canadian hostage, children seen in… Read More »

Fifteen Points for the New Secretary-General

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The United Nations has seldom faced so many… International Crisis Group offers policy ideas on some of the most important strategic questions and crises confronting incoming Secretary-General António… ICG António Guterres will become Secretary-General amid major geopolitical upheaval, in… Fifteen Points for… Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

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Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »

The ‘Palestinisation’ of the Syrian people

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Or how Aleppo and Syria were abandoned by the world. Al Jazeera News Robin Yassin-Kassab In solidarity with Aleppo, the lights on the Eiffel Tower were extinguished. Elsewhere in Paris, and in London, Amsterdam, Oslo and Copenhagen, people demonstrated against the slaughter. Turks rallied outside Russian… The ‘Palestinisation’ of… Read More »

Did America Really Lose the First Gulf War?

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How Desert Storm taught us all the wrong lessons. The National Interest Daniel L. Davis In the heady days following the spectacular U.S. victory over Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard armored divisions in Operation Desert Storm, military experts in Washington celebrated the fact that the U.S. military was vastly… Did America Really Lose… Read More »

World War III has already begun: Cyber-war underway as biggest military build-up continues

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With nations across the globe stockpiling weapons on a scale not seen for decades, 2017 could see the cold war develop into a full scale conflict costing millions of lives. Express Rebecca Flood Already largely due to Vladimir Putin’s sabre-rattling, China’s increasing belligerence and a new USA with Donald Trump at the helm a country as peace-loving as Sweden has been placed on a war footing. And internet security experts say… World War III has already… Read More »

Turkey’s alliance with the West has expired

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“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” The Hill By Movses Ter-Oganesyan Henry Kissinger’s observation about United States foreign policy can, indeed, be applied to most countries. It comes to no surprise to any, that leaders of every country are expected to do… Turkey’s alliance with… Read More »

Are the United States and China Destined for War?

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Are Washington and Beijing fated to repeat the mistakes Britain and Germany made a century earlier? The National Interest Ali Wyne Concern about an armed confrontation between the United States and China is… Are the United… Read More »

Venezuela: Tough Talking

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With a collapsing health care system, sky-rocketing inflation and crippling state controls, Venezuela is beset by unprecedented social and economic crises. ICG To end the root problem of political paralysis, the Chavista government and opposition must use outside-mediated negotiation to restore democratic and… Venezuela: Tough… Read More »

Putin, Abe signal no resolution on island dispute

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two days of talks on Dec. 15, with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties since World War Two. Tokyo Hurriyet Putin was heading home with promises of economic cooperation after appearing to… Putin, Abe signal… Read More »

Venezuela gate-crashes meeting with regional powers

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Venezuela’s top diplomat turned up uninvited to a meeting of the South America’s Mercosur on Dec. 14, despite Caracas’ suspension from the trade bloc for failing to meet democratic and trade standards. Hurriyet BUENOS AIRES – Agence France-Presse Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez pushed her way through a… Venezuela gate-crashes… Read More »

Should the United States Wage War for Friends?

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I was honored to participate in the Soho Forum’s successful debate earlier this week in New York City concerning the question of whether, “The United States should be prepared to use force in defense of friendly nations even when not subject to the direct threat of force.” The National Interest Christopher A. Preble Arguing in the affirmative was the esteemed constitutional scholar Richard Epstein. I argued that the nation’s interest, not friendship, should guide the conduct of U.S. foreign policy, ... Read More »

What Comes After the Bloody Battle for Aleppo?

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Despite the Syrian regime’s brutally effective campaign to recapture Aleppo, it cannot celebrate victory yet. ICG Noah Bonsey In this Q&A, Senior Syria Analyst Noah Bonsey talks about the factors likely to fuel greater violence, increased radicalisation and… What Comes After… Read More »

Mattis’s First Order Of Business In Central Command: Fire Mike Flynn

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Future Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis removed former Army Lt. Gen. and future National Security Advisor Mike Flynn from his intelligence role in Afghanistan, according to Army documents obtained by the Washington Post. The Daily Caller Russ Read Mattis removed Flynn from his position in 2010 after Flynn was investigated by Central Command (CENTCOM) for sharing classified information with Pakistani officials. Mattis took over as head of… Mattis’s First Order Of Business In… Read More »