Diplomacy

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 »

How the Brexit divorce will play out

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 20: British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) stands in position as other leaders of European Union countries assemble for a group photo at the Council of the European Union on the first day of a two day summit on October 20, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Theresa May is attending her first EU Council meeting as the British Prime Minister. The government's Brexit strategy continues to be debated in the UK with Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty to be triggered by the end of March 2017.  Article 50 notifies the EU of a member state's withdrawal and the EU is then obliged to negotiate a withdrawal agreement. The process will take two years seeing the UK finally withdraw from the Union in March 2019. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

The UK is excluded from the dinner after this week’s summit, and that’s just the start. Politico Tom McTague and Jacopo Barigazzi BRUSSELS — The marriage has broken down. Now for the divorce… How the Brexit divorce… Read More »

An Emerging Alliance: Russia and Israel

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It helps to have more than a million Russian-born Israelis inside one’s borders. The American Spectator Robert Zapesochny In October 1991, the Soviet Union and Israel agreed to restore diplomatic relations that were severed during the 1967 Six Day War. Two months later the… An Emerging Alliance… Read More »

Myanmar: A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine State

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Recent attacks by an émigré-led force of trained Rohingya fighters mark a dangerous turn. ICG To remove a main root of the violence – Rohingya despair – the government must reverse longstanding discrimination against the Muslim minority, moderate its… Myanmar: A New… Read More »

Why Japan and Russia never signed a WWII peace treaty

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The islands keeping Japan and Russia from signing a peace treaty Asia Times Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Japan on Thursday for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aimed at improving ties, but both sides have scaled back expectations of major progress towards a peace treaty formally… Why Japan and Russia never signed a… Read More »

Why Abe Is Seeking a Settlement with Russia

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In Asia’s unstable regional context, it makes more strategic sense than at any time for Japan to forge a peace treaty with Russia. The National Interest Tomohiko Taniguchi, Daniel Bob Vladimir Putin is slated to visit Japan on December 15 and… Why Abe Is… Read More »