Diplomacy

Security and Guarantees: a concise explanation

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As talks on the security and guarantees issue get underway in Geneva between President Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the UN, and the three guarantor powers (Greece, Turkey, and… Nicolaos Prakas SigmaLive WHAT IS THE TREATY OF GUARANTEE? The guarantees issue has been a… Security and Guarantees: a… Read More »

 Trump, Russia, and the Return of Scapegoating, a Timeless American Tradition

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Our bipartisan tendency to blame others for our own failures will be the cause of American decline. By Patrick Lawrence The Nation Now that the intelligence chiefs’ report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is available in expurgated form—and… Trump, Russia, and… Read More »

Brace yourself, Europe: Politics is back

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel arrive to write a message in the book of condolence for the family of Former German President Roman Herzog at Bellevue Palacee on January 11, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Former German President Roman Herzog, who served in from 1994 until 1999, died yesterday at the age of 82. (Photo by Jochen Zick - Pool/Getty Images)

As politicians take the gloves off and citizens re-engage with parties, one casualty could be the transatlantic partnership. Matthew Karnitschnig Politico BERLIN — Old Europe is witnessing the return of a long-dormant force in its civic discourse — politics. The barrage of Brexit… Brace yourself, Europe… Read More »

Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea Remarks Foreshadow Possible Foreign Policy Crisis

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HONG KONG — Rex W. Tillerson’s call for China to be denied access to its artificial islands in the South China Sea, made Wednesday during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state, set the stage for a possible crisis between the… By MICHAEL FORSYTHE The New York Times Mr. Tillerson told members of the… Rex Tillerson’s South… Read More »

Assad Has Won in Syria. But Syria Hardly Exists.

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Now that forces supporting the Syrian government have completed the takeover of Aleppo, and Russia, Turkey and Iran have negotiated a tenuous cease-fire, it is more than likely that President Bashar al-Assad and the regime he oversees will continue to govern Syria, in one form or another. David W. Lesch and James Gelvin The New York Times In an interview with French media published last week, Mr. Assad stated that Aleppo signaled a “tipping point in the course of the ... Read More »

An Open Letter to a Minister of the Crown

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OPEN LETTER For the immediate attention of The Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Duncan MP, Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London By email to: fcocorrespondence@fco.gov.uk 11 January 2017 Dear Sir Alan Re: The Republic of Cyprus, the ‘talks’ in Geneva, the role of Parliament in Westminster & other related matters I have written this open letter in connection with the above matters.  I have done so in my capacity as a citizen of the United Kingdom and as a citizen of the ... Read More »

Turkish foreign minister: Turkey deserves better from the United States

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America’s friends and allies are watching closely to gauge how America will reposition itself globally once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on… By Mevlut Cavusoglu The Washington Post And for good reason. Mevlut Cavusoglu is the Turkish foreign minister. Our collective security is,,, Turkish foreign minister… Read More »

Why Saudi Arabia and Egypt are competing for influence in Africa

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CAIRO — Some Middle Eastern countries are showing a great deal of interest in Africa these days, and although Africa seems to welcome the attention, it can do without the drama. Ayah Aman Al Monitor Egypt and Saudi Arabia, in particular, have extended their drive for influence in the Mideast by competing in some African countries. Their differences over… Why Saudi Arabia and… Read More »

European Parliament presidential debate: as it happened

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POLITICO’s debate between the MEPs seeking to replace Martin Schulz. Politico  Live coverage of POLITICO’s European Parliament presidential debate between the seven candidates running to take over from outgoing President Martin Schulz on… European Parliament presidential… Read More »

Cyprus reunification talks: Everything you need to know about one of the world’s most intractable disputes

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It has been described as “the moment of truth” for one of the world’s most intractable territorial disputes. Nick Squires, Rome  Telegraph Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders are meeting in Geneva this week to try to reach a deal on the political reunification of the Mediterranean island, more than 40 years after it… Cyprus reunification talks… Read More »

East Timor axes Australia border treaty over oil reserves

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East Timor says it wants to tear up a controversial 2006 maritime border treaty with Australia which has soured relations between the two countries. BBC The treaty dealt with how oil and gas beneath the Timor Sea should be shared, but has been disputed ever since. East Timor, one… East Timor axes… Read More »

The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region

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An excerpt from Michael Auslin’s new book I am hunched over, almost on my hands and knees, nearly 250 feet below ground. Michael Auslin The National Interest Behind me is close to a mile of tunnel, hewn through solid rock. In front of me is a steel door set into a… The End of… Read More »

Don’t Be Fooled—Rex Tillerson Hasn’t Separated From ExxonMobil

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It looks like the company has left a back door open for Tillerson’s return. By George Zornick The Nation Rex Tillerson’s nomination to be secretary of state in December raised an immediate and clear conflict of interest: As the… Don’t Be Fooled… Read More »

EU spots opportunity in Brexit to fix funding wars

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 29: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the German federal Chancellory on August 29, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel and Monti discussed the crisis in the Eurozone, part of a series of meetings that Merkel has held after the summer break during heightened concerns over the economies of Italy, Greece and Spain.  (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

The UK’s departure could be used to change the tone of the budgetary debate. Paul Taylor Politico PARIS — Britain’s impending exit from the European Union is a unique opportunity to shake up, simplify and detoxify the way the EU funds itself. That is the message of… EU spots opportunity in… Read More »

Will Turkey leave NATO?

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In 2013, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then Turkey’s prime minister, surprised many with his statement about the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Yekaterina Chulkovskaya Al Monitor Addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said: “Get us out of this suffering [of trying to join the European Union]. We are willing to finalize a… Will Turkey leave… Read More »

Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?

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Even though, historically, Russia has a weighty past with Turkey, and even though it has not forgotten the personal rôle played by current President Erdoğan, to its detriment, during the the first Chechen war, it can not fail to be interested by the… Thierry Meyssan Voltaire  Could Turkey swing… Read More »