Obama’s legacy in Asia

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After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia. Richard Javad Heydarian Al Jazeera News “[B]y almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” declared US president Barack Hussein Obama in his emotional farewell speech. “After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and… Obama’s legacy in… Read More »

What will be the cost of Aleppo victory for Damascus?

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This is the third in a series of stories from Al-Monitor correspondent Fehim Tastekin, who has been traveling in Syria. Fehim Taştekin Al Monitor ALEPPO, Syria — As I was walking around the fortress of Aleppo last week, some officials were hoisting the Syrian flag. They insisted that I… What will be the cost of… Read More »

The Geopolitics of 2017 in 4 Maps

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International relations and geopolitics are not synonymous… at least, not the way we understand them at Geopolitical… By George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro Mauldin Economics “International relations” is a descriptive phrase that encompasses all the ways countries behave toward one… “Geopolitics” is the supposition that all… The Geopolitics of… Read More »

Border tariff fears as UK edges towards hard Brexit

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Theresa May expected to say Britain prepared to exit single market and customs union Pat Leahy, Gerry Moriarty The Irish Times Fears that Britain will leave the European Union’s customs union, raising the prospect of tariffs on goods moving across the Border, have intensified in Dublin following leaks of British prime… Border tariff fears… Read More »

Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report

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The one-year-old Iran nuclear deal has succeeded in its goal of blocking nuclear proliferation and opening the door to Iranian economic… ICG But it remains in jeopardy unless both Washington and Tehran defend and extend the spirit as well as the letter of the… Implementing the Iran… Read More »

Israël-Palestine : la communauté internationale suspendue aux décisions de Trump

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Face aux craintes suscitées par l’arrivée de la nouvelle administration américaine, la conférence de Paris sur le Proche-Orient a rappelé les bases d’un règlement du conflit. Marc Semo Le Monde Les risques de ce que pourrait être la politique israélo-palestinienne de Donald Trump – et notamment les effets dévastateurs d’un transfert de l’ambassade américaine de Tel Aviv à Jérusalem, capitale d’Israël non reconnue… Israël-Palestine : la communauté… Read More »

Donald Trump hails Brexit, says it will be ‘very hard’ to keep EU together amid refugee crisis

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Wading into foreign affairs days before his inauguration, US President-elect Donald Trump has told European media that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will “end up being a great thing” and the bloc will continue to break… ABC AP/Reuters The incoming president, in an interview published on… Donald Trump hails… Read More »

French presidentiables’ bipolar German disorder

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Franco-German relationship is on the ticket in spring’s presidential… PIERRE BRIANÇON Politico PARIS — Listening to the candidates running for president in France, you hear descriptions of two very different countries called… Liberal candidates from… French presidentiables’ bipolar… Read More »

Iraqi minister trying to improve relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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Iraq’s foreign minister said he had carried messages between Iran and Saudi Arabia in a continuing attempt to curb a feud involving its two neighbors, Iran’s state broadcaster IRIB reported on… Hurriyet DUBAI – Reuters Relations between the two regional rivals worsened after hundreds of people, many of… Iraqi minister trying… Read More »

Will Cyprus be reunified?

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THE formal split of Cyprus dates to Turkey’s invasion of the island in 1974, which followed a Greece-inspired coup aimed at enosis (union with Greece). The Economist Since then Cyprus has been divided between the Greek-Cypriot republic in the south, a full member of the UN and the… Will Cyprus be… Read More »

What prompted Russia’s shift in stance on Syria opposition?

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When 2016 was drawing to a close, Moscow surprisingly agreed to divide Syrian warring factions into “good” and “bad” guys and to recognize the idea of the “moderate opposition. Anton Mardasov Al Monitor On Jan. 10, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced the preparation of talks between the Syrian government and the armed opposition in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on Jan. 23. The rebels are seriously preparing for… What prompted Russia’s shift in… Read More »

Can Iran and India Turn the Page?

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From security to energy, the two rising powers have many interests in… Bharath Gopalaswamy, Amir Handjani The National Interest Iran and India have long had historical, cultural, and commercial… Tracing back a millennium, both countries have framed their shared roots as a… Can Iran and… Read More »

Athens claims high ground as Erdogan warns troops will stay on Cyprus ‘forever’

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Turkey’s dismissal of the demand for a full withdrawal of its forces from divided Cyprus in the event of a settlement, and its overall attitude at the international summit in Geneva on Thursday, confirmed, Athens claimed on… ekathimerini“We told them clearly. When it comes to… Athens claims high… Read More »

For Israel, energy boom could make friends out of enemies

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ABOARD THE ATWOOD ADVANTAGE — In the ship’s control room, facing four video screens, a driller from Mississippi in dark shades and a black baseball cap with a skull on it held what could be the future of Israel in his… Peter Baker, New York Times The Boston Globe The massive drill he controlled extended down 11,345 feet, more than 2 miles below the… For Israel, energy … Read More »

Poland welcomes US troops as part of NATO buildup

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Russia says US troop buildup is ‘a threat’ Laura Smith-Spark and Atika Shubert, CNN Zagan, Poland (CNN) – Poland’s leaders are set to stage a formal welcome ceremony Saturday for the biggest US troop deployment to Europe in… Some 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed as… Poland welcomes US… Read More »

South China Sea: Paul Keating says Rex Tillerson threatening to involve Australia in war

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Former prime minister Paul Keating has accused United States secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson of threatening to involve Australia in… Henry Belot ABC Earlier this week, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive said the US would send a “clear signal” to China that its access to artificial islands in the… South China Sea: Paul… Read More »