Diplomacy

The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and its relevance to the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Geneva on 12 January 2017

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In Politics, Aristotle issued a timeless warning: ‘Man, when perfected, is the best of animals but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.’  (Source: The Politics of Aristotle as translated by B. Jowett (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1885), page 5.) Klearchos A. Kyriakides Published in Agora Dialogue on 2 January 2017 Since antiquity, Aristotle’s point has been illustrated on countless occasions, none more brutally than during the Second World War from 1939 to 1945.Under the iron ... Read More »

12 people who will (likely) ruin 2017

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A dozen characters who will make you want to stay in bed — with the covers pulled firmly over your trembling head. Politico Tunku Varadarajan Europe has endured major angst these last 12 months, and many would say that the year 2016 was among the Continent’s most unlovely since the Balkan civil war. As we tiptoe into… 12 people who… Read More »

Here’s why Russia gives itself high marks for 2016

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attend a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 29, 2016. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - RTX2WU02

Russia’s chief diplomatic and military agencies are reporting on their performance for the just-ended year, and the news appears to be good. Maxim A. Suchkov Al Monitor A newly released report, Overview of Foreign Policy 2016, states, “The key track in strengthening international security and stability in 2016 was the struggle against terrorism.” In this regard… Here’s why Russia… Read More »

The Assad conundrum

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Some argued that without his rule, radical Islamists such as ISIL would take over Syria. John Bell Al Jazeera News It is safe to say that, until recently, the debate over Syria’s political future came down to one thing: the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. With his victory… The Assad… Read More »

How blood feud is growing among the Syrian youth

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The schism in the fabric of Syrian society is very evident and yet intricate at the same time. Al Jazeera News Batoul Karbijha “We will take revenge from everyone who kept silent and everyone who applauded the death of all innocent immaculate souls in Aleppo,” Hosam Al-Bakri, a teary-eyed youth refugee told me, referring to the recent recapture… How blood feud is… Read More »

A principled basis for a just and lasting Cyprus settlement in the light of International and European Law

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International Expert Panel Covered By The Committee For A European Solution In Cyprus Preamble 1. The purpose of this Report, prepared by an International Expert Panel, is to seek a just Cyprus settlement providing for the peaceful and prosperous future of all the people of the island. In order to do this, one must apply the key principles drawn from international and European law which apply in the settlement of international disputes, including disputes concerning members of the European Union. ... Read More »

Syria conflict: UN endorses Syria ceasefire deal

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The UN Security Council has endorsed the Syria ceasefire deal and plans for peace talks between both sides of the conflict in a Russia-led resolution. BBC It also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to be delivered across the country. Syria’s main… Syria conflict: UN… Read More »

Is Erdogan trying to wreck US-Turkey relations?

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s frustration over his failed and costly Syria policies ventured into the bizarre when he claimed he had “confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos” of the US providing support for the Islamic State (IS), the… Al-Monitor Is Erdogan trying… Read More »

Britain scolds Kerry for comments on Israeli government

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The United Kingdom scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the “most right-wing in Israeli history,” a move that aligns British Prime Minister Theresa May more closely with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Hurriyet In a 70-minute speech just weeks before the… Britain scolds Kerry… Read More »

The toothless United Nations must seize this last chance to save itself

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As the new UN secretary general, António Guterres must make the security council matter again – we need it more than ever The Guardian Mary Dejevsky As the Syrian government and its backers tighten their grip on Aleppo, and Turkey and Russia reveal yet another ceasefire in Syria, the same questions trouble many an outraged onlooker. Has the United Nations ever… The toothless United… Read More »

Post-Brexit, Britain will love Europe

A man sits alongside a European Union (EU) flag outside the Houses of Parliament, before the British government ahead of a House of Commons debate on a petition calling for a second EU referendum, in London on September 5, 2016. 
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May sought to drum up trade deals on Monday for a post-Brexit world, as she came under increasing pressure from all sides to define what that would look like. MPs were set to discuss an online petition calling for a second referendum that has received more than four million signatures. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Without the poison of EU membership and with Donald Trump in the White House, Britain may feel European after all. Politico Tom McTague LONDON — Brexit may finally have turned Britain pro-European. Once divorce proceedings… Post-Brexit, Britain… Read More »

Israel’s never-ending crimes: It’s not just settlements

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Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide but done so with absolute transparency. Al Jazeera News Stanley L Cohen Last week, the world stood fixated at a largely symbolic gesture by the United Nations in which it found the continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank of Palestine to be illegal. Or did it… Israel’s never-ending… Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan cripples US role in Syria

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In the improbable event of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization disintegrating during the coming decade, the blame will be put on the Donald Trump presidency. Asia Times M.K. Bhadrakumar But the endgame must be deemed to have begun under the lame duck US president Barack Obama – to be exact, on December 28 – three full weeks before Trump took over as president. That was when Turkey… Turkey’s Erdogan cripples… Read More »

Israel calls off vote on settler homes ‘after PM request’

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An Israeli committee delayed a vote set for Dec. 28 on permits for settler homes after a request from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to avoid further conflict with the United States, an official said. Hurriyet Hanan Rubin, a Jerusalem city councilor and a member of the… Israel calls off… Read More »

A portrait of Europe as an old friend, by James Joyce

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In the year of Brexit, issues of national identity in Ireland are back in vogue a century after Joyce explored them in A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man The Guardian Daniel Mulhall James Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man, was published in the United States on 29 December 1916. Although Joyce did not… A portrait of Europe as… Read More »

How the U.S. came to abstain on a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements

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On Dec. 21, amid his morning workout, an afternoon round of golf and a family dinner with friends, President Obama interrupted his Hawaii vacation to consult by phone with his top national security team in Washington. By Karen DeYoung The Washington Post Egypt had introduced a resolution at the U.N. Security Council condemning Israeli settlements as illegal, and… How the U.S… Read More »