Diplomacy

Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000”

Iraqi youth who came of age during the post-2003 turmoil share a sense of hopelessness and disempowerment. Across the political spectrum, they feel trapped: join a protest movement or militia, or emigrate. Even amid the severe challenges the government and its partners face, this generation must be prioritised, lest Iraq’s most important resource… Source: Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000” | International Crisis Group Read More »

Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition

Six months after its February general election the political atmosphere in Uganda is unsettled, securitised and paranoid. Opposition leaders and some supporters – seeking to rally a popular movement against the regime – are regularly harassed, accused of treason and temporarily detained. The ruling elite is clearly concerned about the opposition’s growing support. Its hard-fisted approach to the problem, alongside a… Source: Museveni’s Post-election Politics: Keeping a Lid on Uganda’s Opposition | International Crisis Group Read More »

America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry

This is a chance to revive the special relationship.. Luke Coffey In June 17.4 million Brits voted to leave the European Union. It was the single largest political mandate the British public has ever delivered. The United Kingdom is only now entering the beginning stages of actually leaving the EU — a process that will take at least two years according to the… Source: America and Britain: Three Priorities for Boris Johnson and John Kerry | The National Interest Read More »

Japan: Chinese fleet sails near disputed islands

Japan protests to China, saying Beijing has sent a fleet of more than 200 ships towards disputed islands in the East China Sea.. The fleet included fishing boats and coastguard ships, Japan says, and three vessels appeared to be armed. Officials have protested to Chinese diplomats… Source: Japan: Chinese fleet sails near disputed islands – BBC News Read More »

Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks?

Along Russia’s peripheries lies a string of countries with a track record of domestic upheavals and occasional spasms of aggressive foreign policy. To what extent do they pose a security threat to Moscow?… Source: Along Russia’s borders: What are the non-NATO security risks? | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ

Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry has started moving on its action plan in dealing with the new Turkish warnings regarding the third licensing round in the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). On Tuesday the Ministry reported that they would be sending a letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, on the matter… Source: Cyprus to inform UN on Turkey’s latest threats regarding EEZ | News Read More »

North Korea Missile Falls Into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone

A North Korean ballistic missile fell for the first time into Japan’s exclusive economic zone early Wednesday, drawing strong condemnation from the government in Tokyo.. The missile, believed to be an intermediate-range Rodong type, flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) before falling into waters about 250 kilometers from Japan’s coast line, according to South Korean and Japanese… Source: North Korea Missile Falls Into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone – Bloomberg Read More »

Syria’s secret library

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When a place has been besieged for years and hunger stalks the streets, you might have thought people would have little interest in books. Mike Thomson BBC But enthusiasts have stocked an underground library in Syria with volumes rescued from bombed buildings – and users dodge shells and bullets to reach it. Down a flight of steep steps, as… Syria’s secret… Read More »

Katanga: Tensions in DRC’s Mineral Heartland

​As the regime keeps delaying an encounter with the electorate, growing tensions and state repression in Congo’s resource-rich Katanga may be the precursor of a violent escalation. Without a credible national dialogue and better working relations between the central government and new provinces, the country could descend into a crisis reminiscent of the… Source: Katanga: Tensions in DRC’s Mineral Heartland | International Crisis Group Read More »

China Should Push for American-Style Hegemony

Bullying won’t get Beijing to the top. Taking over responsibility will.. Steven Kopits On July 12, China lost the UNCLOS decision regarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea… Source: China Should Push for American-Style Hegemony | The National Interest Read More »

UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target

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Negotiators’ statement omits promise to move 10% of refugees to developed world but praises shared responsibility principle World leaders are set to reject a concrete target for the number of refugees that should be resettled within developed countries, dashing hopes of a solution to the world’s unprecedented displacement crisis… Source: UN members reject concrete refugee resettlement target | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Yemen rebels reject UN peace plan

Yemen rebels on July 31 rejected a peace plan proposed by the United Nations which had already been accepted by the government, saying that any settlement must first tackle a unity administration. “What was presented by the (UN) envoy was no more than just ideas for a solution to the security aspect, subject to debate like other proposals,” a statement from the rebel delegation in Kuwait said… Source: Yemen rebels reject UN peace plan – MIDEAST Read More »

Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’

Turkey has admitted there may have been some “unfair” treatment in its post-coup crackdown as it voiced anger with Germany for barring President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a rally in Cologne. Retaliating after a military attempt to unseat him, Mr Erdogan has launched a purge that has seen tens of thousands people suspended from their jobs and almost 19,000 detained… Source: Turkey admits some post-coup crackdown dismissals may be ‘unfair’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

‘No real shift’ in support for Scottish independence post-Brexit

A NEW poll has found “no real shift” in opinion towards Scottish independence in the wake of the Brexit vote.. The YouGov poll found Scots would vote to remain in the UK by 53% to 47% if another referendum on the issue were held now… Source: ‘No real shift’ in support for Scottish independence post-Brexit – The Scotsman Read More »

Q&A with international peacemaker José Ramos-Horta

At the forefront of Timor-Leste’s fight for independence, José Ramos-Horta remains an active figure in world politics. He shares his thoughts on Kevin Rudd, hypocrisy over maritime borders and making another bid for the Timorese presidency… Source: Q&A with international peacemaker José Ramos-Horta | The Saturday Paper Read More »

Myanmar’s New Government: Finding Its Feet?

The first four months of Myanmar’s democratic government have set a positive tone. But de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi needs to find ways to bring peace with ethnic insurgents closer, rebalance relations with China, and overcome deeply ingrained problems in Rakhine State… Source: Myanmar’s New Government: Finding Its Feet? | International Crisis Group Read More »