Diplomacy

Hizbollah’s Syria Conundrum

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Four years after plunging into Syria’s civil war, Hizbollah has achieved its core aim of preserving the Assad… ICG Yet with no clear exit strategy, the Lebanese “Party of God” faces ever greater costs unless it can lower the sectarian flames, open dialogue with non-jihadist rebel groups and help pave the way for a negotiated… Hizbollah’s Syria… Read More »

Revisiting The Cyprus Question And The Way Forward

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Despite years of intercommunal negotiations and repeated efforts by the international community, the Cyprus problem remains… Andreas Theophanous Turkish Policy Quarterly The overwhelming presence of Turkish troops on the island since 1974 and Ankara’s objective to strategically control Cyprus continue to be the most important obstacles for a… The accession of the… Revisiting The Cyprus… Read More »

US-Russian detente would make the world safer

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US President Donald Trump’s hope that Washington and Moscow could partner in finding solutions for troubling global issues such as terrorism is being dashed by US lawmakers, intelligence services and a hostile media. Linda S. Heard Arab News As a candidate, Trump expressed his wish to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to test the waters. Putin, whose relationship… US-Russian detente would make the world safer Read More »

Greece denies report on Parthenon Marbles

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The Ministry of Culture and Sports has denied a report published in Britain’s Independent newspaper Tuesday that it had called for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from the… ekathimerini In a statement, the ministry said that it is indeed considering the… “Until now, the… Greece denies report… Read More »

British Parliament backs Brexit

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London (CNN) – The British Parliament has passed a bill that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start talks to leave the European Union. James Masters and Rachel Clarke CNN The Queen will now sign it into law, clearing the way for May to trigger Article 50, beginning the process by which Britain will give up its EU membership. May could begin… British Parliament backs… Read More »

How ‘complete’ is normalization between Russia, Turkey?

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The presidents of Russia and Turkey say their recent meeting in Moscow produced encouraging results in diplomatic, trade and economic sectors and paved the way for further bilateral cooperation. Maxim A. Suchkov Al Monitor The event was of special importance, as it marked the resumption of the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council meetings for the first time since Turkey downed a Russian jet in late 2015. The March 10 meeting… How ‘complete’ is… Read More »

Armenian Defense Minister sets territorial claims to Turkey

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“Naturally, there is a discourse in public in terms of the thaw in Russian-Turkish relations, and its possible impact on… News.Az Armenia, in the face of its Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan, continues to voice territorial claims to Turkey, stating that in the… “Certainly, we need to understand that the Armenian public bears a… Armenian Defense Minister… Read More »

Cleaning up the oceans is no solution to our plastic problem

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Plastics have brought huge benefits to our society. Dustin Benton Euractiv But with those benefits come environmental problems. Too often, plastic… Cleaning up the… Read More »

UNICEF: 2016 was the worst year yet for Syrian children

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The number of Syrian children maimed, killed or recruited to fight increased dramatically over the past year. Al Jazeera News On a winter morning in January, Majed, 13, and his friend Omar, 11, were heading to a public park near their homes in eastern Aleppo to play and ride their bikes. It was only… UNICEF: 2016 was… Read More »

The Walled Off Hotel: The struggle for decolonisation

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Banksy’s new installation hotel in Bethlehem is a powerful anticolonial statement about the Zionist colonial project. Jamil Khader Al Jazeera News The British street artist known as Banksy is no stranger to controversy and the recent debate over his new installation in the town of Bethlehem, the Walled Off Hotel, does not come as a surprise. Some critics have… The Walled Off… Read More »

If Scotland leaves, England will lose the Brexit game

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If Scotland and N Ireland decide to leave the UK after Brexit, the term ‘Little England’ will really come into its own. Alastair Sloan Al Jazeera News The union that binds together the four countries within the United Kingdom has never been more at risk. What nobody in… If Scotland leaves… Read More »

The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan

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BOSTON — Remember Afghanistan? Andrew J. Bacevich The New York Times The longest war in American history? Ever? When it comes… The Never-Ending… Read More »

Trump shouldn’t buy Merkel’s euro excuses

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When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Washington next week, she must be expected to argue that Germany’s large trade surplus is beyond her control and that her country has little influence over the euro’s exchange rate. Desmond Lachman AEI President Trump should not buy that argument. However, he should… Trump shouldn’t buy… Read More »

‘EU punishes Turkey for mending relations with Russia, NATO’s Enemy №1’

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The EU’s diplomatic crackdown on Turkey is punishment for Ankara seeking better relations with Russia and showing less commitment to the West, experts told RT, adding that… RT Op–Edge The EU-Turkey scandal has been evolving over the past few weeks, as rallies sponsored by the Turkish government in several European countries, including… ‘EU punishes Turkey… Read More »

Why the world should embrace globalization

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Globalization means different things to different people. Ken Moak Asia Times For this article it is defined in economic, geopolitical, cultural and social terms. The economics part… Why the world… Read More »

Can Arab Quartet advance two-state solution?

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Egypt, the informal leader of the Arab world, is again championing the inter-Arab policy decision-making process. Uri Savir Al Monitor An Israeli official from the Foreign Ministry’s political research center told Al-Monitor on the condition of anonymity that Cairo has been holding intense deliberations with the Arab League, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinian… Can Arab Quartet… Read More »