Diplomacy

We’re being squeezed by nationalism, says Douglas Alexander

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Douglas Alexander has said Brexit should be used to build a new British settlement through consensus that rejects the rise of “nationalism, populism and xenophobia” of… Tom Peterkin The Scotsman The former Europe minister called for “new thinking” on how Scotland reacts to EU withdrawal and warns that people in Scotland are feeling “squeezed” between English and… Alexander argues for control over agriculture, fisheries, and… We’re being squeezed… Read More »

Donald Trump and Thucydides’ Trap – a lesson or a lure?

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Right now the single most influential historian in the world is probably Thucydides, an ancient Greek who wrote the definitive account of the Peloponnesian War between the city-states of Sparta and… Simon Caterson Daily Review But while a knowledge of the classical world is handy in discerning historical patterns and analogising international relations, how useful is it really in understanding the true nature of the… As we seek to learn all we can from the lessons of history, it is ... Read More »

The Latest Insights into Submarine Cables and Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

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LYMINGTON, United Kingdom–(BUSINESS WIRE)–There is much anticipation and anxiety in the air at the United Nations in New York City, USA this July. Many observers understand that a potentially very significant change in the international law regarding oceans looms ahead. The forthcoming PrepCom 4 meeting, held at the UN headquarters, will review many… The Latest Insights… Read More »

The Real Ukrainian Solution Is Federalism

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Why is the mere discussion of federalism often equated with treason? Nicolai N. Petro The Nation This week the city council of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, along with the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes and several other prominent organizations, will sponsor “#ShukhevychFest”—a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Roman Shukhevych, the last commander of the… By unfortunate coincidence this festival begins on June 30, the very… The Real Ukrainian… Read More »

Turkey’s Coming Chaos

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President Donald Trump wasn’t wrong in May when he lauded Turkey as a “pillar in the Cold War against Communism” and “a bastion against Soviet… Michael Rubin AEI In a previous era, when land invasions were the great strategic worry, Turkey’s location — right between Eastern Europe and the Middle East — made its Incirlik Air Base an indispensable asset for the U.S… The nation also had a strong military of its own and an ideological willingness to… Turkey’s Coming… Read More »

Building Critical Mass for Peace in Myanmar

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Despite important progress at the 24-29 May 2017 round of peace talks, the path toward a negotiated end to Myanmar’s conflicts remains fraught with… Yangon/Brussels ICG All sides must redouble their engagement to broaden armed groups’ participation in the talks, and improve the implementation of the Nationwide Ceasefire… Myanmar’s latest peace conference, held on 24-29 May 2017, made welcome… Building Critical Mass… Read More »

Erdogan is Capable and Willing to Destabilize the Balkans And NATO Pretends Everything Is Fine

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And NATO Pretends Everything Is Fine “I expect Ankara to pour substantial resources into gaining religious and political influence in Southeast Europe,” one of America’s top experts on the Middle East told Faktor.bg. Daniel Pipes Daniel Pipes is an American historian, writer and commentator; he earned a doctorate at Harvard. In recent years, he established himself as one of the most prominent researchers and analysts of radical Islam. He is president of the Middle East Forum think tank and publisher ... Read More »

Russia quietly begins building third military base in Syria

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Moscow plans to oversee new ‘deconfliction zone’ in country’s south, charged among other things with clearing ISIS away from Jordanian border Sami Moubayed Asia Times Over the past few days, the Russian army has quietly started construction of a new military base in the countryside near Damascus, from scratch, tasked with manning and administering a “deconfliction zone” in the Syrian south, similar to four others agreed upon earlier in the year by Moscow, Ankara and… The first zones applied to Homs, ... Read More »

Four Steps to an EU-Turkey Reset

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During the past fifty years, relations between the European Union and Turkey have known many ups and… Marc Pierini Carnegie Europe From an EU standpoint, Turkey has become a strategic country in a host of areas: defense and security; trade, investment, and technology; and education and… Today, Turkey is formally still negotiating its accession to the EU, but developments in the past four years have resulted in multiple incompatibilities with… Although EU leaders have… Four Steps to… Read More »

Brexodus has begun. We EU nationals know staying on is too big a gamble

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Who would sacrifice EU citizenship for life in a country we now know could turn on us at any moment? Joris Luyendijk  The Guardian It makes sense to get ahead of the returning herd. It will not happen in spectacular ways, so do not expect TV footage of hordes of well-heeled EU nationals making for Heathrow airport or the Channel tunnel. Rather it will be a steady, inexorable drip-feed. It has already started and as the true implications of Brexit ... Read More »

US Ambassador invites Kiwis to ‘grab a beer’

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The new US Ambassador to New Zealand has introduced himself to the country with a rendition of Cheap Trick’s ‘Surrender’ on his Fender electric guitar, displaying his musical talents to media in… JAMES O’DOHERTY, NEW ZEALAND BUREAU CHIEF SkyNews Scott Brown, a former Republican senator for Massachusetts, was one of the Trump administration’s first diplomatic appointments. He’s now arrived in New Zealand, taking up residence in Wellington’s Lower… US Ambassador invites… Read More »

Violence against Women: Some Inconvenient Data for the Corrupt UN

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The United Nations panels lovingly practice hypocrisy all the time. In 2016, a UN debate revolved around the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which voted to blame Israel for Palestinian domestic violence. Burak Bekdil  Gatestone This year’s show was hardly different in the content of nonsense. The executive director of UN Watch, Hillel Neuer, asked Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, at a session on June 12: “Ms. Simonovic, in… Violence against Women… Read More »

Turkey, nexus of US incompetence

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Today, eastward from the Atlantic, America faces more hostility and can count on less support than ever. Angelo M. Codevilla Asia Times Although US foreign policy is not wholly responsible for this predicament, its incompetence contributes to it. US policy toward Turkey, as ever part of Europe, of the Middle East, and of Eurasia, is the prime object lesson. The geopolitical importance of whoever controls the Black Sea straits has been obvious since the… Turkey, nexus of US… Read More »

Colombia’s Farc officially ceases to be an armed group

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Colombia’s Farc rebel group has formally ended its existence as an armed group, putting an end to half a century of violent conflict. BBC In a ceremony which ended the disarmament process, President Juan Manuel Santos said the “peace was real and irreversible”. The former guerrillas will now work on forming a political party. “Farewell to war. Farewell to arms, welcome to peace!” said Farc leader Rodrigo Londoño, known as… Colombia’s Farc officially… Read More »

Whither Japan’s Democracy?

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To some observers, retired civil servant Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, has become a symbol of modern Japan’s uneasy  attitude towards dissent Daniel Hurst Asia Times To some observers, protester Hiroji Yamashiro, 65, has become a symbol of modern Japan’s uneasy attitude towards dissent. The retired civil servant, a long-standing campaigner against the US military presence in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, was detained for five months from… Whither Japan’s… Read More »

The emerging Turkish-Iranian alliance

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Iran and Turkey, the two non-Arab Middle Eastern states, are among the largest and most populous in the… Manish Rai, Geopolitical Analyst  Asia Times The former occupies a strategic location on the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, while the latter controls the Bosporus Strait, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles, which links the… The two nations descend from the most ancient civilizations in the world and have strong national… Turkey and Iran have been mirror images of ... Read More »