Diplomacy

Fishing freedoms on the hook in Indonesia-China legal stoush

Western and Asian governments and commentators have pilloried the Chinese government for its inscrutability on the so-called ‘nine-dash line’ in the South China Sea. Because the nine-dash line allegedly lacks a basis in international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), they… Source: Fishing freedoms on the hook in Indonesia-China legal stoush | East Asia Forum Read More »

Turkey Releases ISIS Suspects

Last month Turkey released seven suspects accused of being major figures in the Islamic State in Turkey. Now all 96 ISIS suspects have been freed. Late last month, a Turkish court released the last seven suspects who had been arrested on suspicion of being members of the Turkish branch of ISIS… Source: Turkey Releases ISIS Suspects Read More »

Turkey’s Erdogan says Obama spoke ‘behind my back’ on press freedom

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused U.S. counterpart Barack Obama of going behind his back for criticizing Turkey’s press freedom record and linked it to efforts to “divide” Turkey, media reports said on Sunday… Source: Turkey’s Erdogan says Obama spoke ‘behind my back’ on press freedom | Reuters Read More »

Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh

At least 30 dead as Armenian-backed troops and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region. Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has announced a unilateral ceasefire against the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the claim was promptly rejected by rebel forces. Fighting in what has been a mostly dormant… Source: Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh Read More »

Azerbaijan to stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan said on Sunday it would stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region after two days of renewed clashes killed dozens and drew international calls for an immediate ceasefire… Source: Azerbaijan to stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over Nagorno-Karabakh Read More »

Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over

Turkish authorities appear to be sending Russia a signal that Ankara is ready to make an effort to improve ties with Moscow, but experts warn against reading too much into it before any real and meaningful steps are made… Source: Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over Read More »

Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers

The Turkish government has agreed to restore the historic San Stefano Russian monument in Istanbul, Hurriyet Daily News reported.. According to the newspaper, the Turkish parliament’s national defense commission said it would build the monument to commemorate fallen Russian soldiers in return for the… Source: Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers Read More »

Why NATO is unlikely to respond to Brussels attacks

In the absence of real solidarity, individual allies are bypassing the Alliance. President Obama and Donald Trump don’t agree on much. But when both make similar complaints about NATO allies “free-riding” on U.S.-provided security, you have to worry about the Alliance’s future… Source: Why NATO is unlikely to respond to Brussels attacks – POLITICO Read More »

What If Israel Didn’t Have Nuclear Weapons?

Jerusalem’s bomb may not have made much difference at all, either to its own security or to regional nonproliferation efforts. Since the early 1970s, Israel has informally maintained a nuclear deterrent. In order to prevent the activation of a variety of legal instruments that would disrupt Israeli relations with the United States and Europe, Israel has not… Source: What If Israel Didn’t Have Nuclear Weapons? | The National Interest Read More »

Marriage of convenience between Turkey and US

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It was not clear a few days ago whether Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan would meet U.S. President Barack Obama during his stay in Washington DC for the Nuclear Security Summit on March 31-April 1… Source: Marriage of convenience between Turkey and US – MURAT YETKİN Read More »

Dutch referendum on Vladimir Putin

Russia looms large in the coming vote on EU-Ukraine agreement. AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands holds a referendum next week on whether the EU should work more closely with Ukraine, but the campaign is just as much about Vladimir Putin. On the surface, Dutch voters will decide if they should accept a treaty to… Source: Dutch referendum on Vladimir Putin – POLITICO Read More »

Obama warns Erdogan’s Turkey headed down troubling path

US President Barack Obama admitted Friday he was “troubled” by the path President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking Turkey down, amid rows over press freedom and the war in Syria. “It’s no secret that there are some trends within Turkey that I have been troubled with,” Obama said… Source: Obama warns Erdogan’s Turkey headed down troubling path Read More »

Exploiting Disorder

al-Qaeda and the Islamic State The Islamic State (IS), al-Qaeda-linked groups, Boko Haram and other extremist move­ments are protagonists in today’s deadliest crises, complicating efforts to end them. They have exploited wars, state collapse and geopolitical upheaval in… Source: Exploiting Disorder Read More »

It’s Impossible to Beat ISIS With Erdoğan in Power

This article first appeared on the American Enterprise Institute site. Turkey’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is in Washington to participate in a conference regarding strategies to defeat the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). That’s like inviting Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to a conference about fighting anti-Semitism… Source: It’s Impossible to Beat ISIS With Erdoğan in Power Read More »

European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees

Struggling to cope with the influx of Syrians, the European Union has drafted confidential plans to send 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees back to the war-torn country. Afghanistan’s Government opposes the plan, saying it cannot guarantee their safety and does not have the resources to resettle them… Source: European Union drafts plans to return 80,000 Afghan asylum seekers and refugees – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Russia to Answer Asymmetrically to NATO Major Build–Up in Europe

Russia will not passively watch the US and NATO build-up in Europe and will provide an asymmetrical response, which will be highly efficient, not elaborately expensive and calibrated in accordance with Russia’s understanding of the extent of the military threat, Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said on Wednesday… Source: Russia to Answer Asymmetrically to NATO Major Build–Up in Europe Read More »