Diplomacy

Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before Launching A New War in Syria

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The Russians might not be willing to back down in a confrontation with American forces. Dave Majumdar Tensions between Russia and the United States are coming to a head over the civil war in Syria. Washington has suspended bilateral talkswith Russia to end the… Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before… Read More »

Uzbekistan: In Transition

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Domestic repression and self-imposed isolation has characterised Uzbekistan for much of the time since its independence in 1991. Following the death of Islam Karimov, the country’s long-time and only post-Soviet president, the outside world must seize a rare opportunity to… Source: Uzbekistan: In Transition | International Crisis Group Read More »

Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once?

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Now is the time to invest in the future of America’s military. Rachel Zissimos , Justin T. Johnson Much has changed in the fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks. The “low-end” threat posed by terrorist organizations continues. But… Source: Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once? | The National Interest Read More »

Juncker’s rhetoric versus Cyprus’s reality

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Jean-Claude Juncker’s 2016 State of the European Union address was clear in its analysis: the EU is at a critical juncture and has to become more effective to regain its credibility. Andreas Theophanous But the solution needs more work. Crucially, it needs political will. And it needs an understanding of past failures – not least those that… Source: Juncker’s rhetoric versus Cyprus’s reality | Europe’s World Read More »

The African Union and the Burundi Crisis: Ambition versus Reality

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To reverse Burundi’s slide toward a devastating social and humanitarian emergency – as ethnically-charged rhetoric worsens and refugees flee to neighbouring countries – the African Union needs to overcome its internal divisions, fix a so far incoherent response and facilitate a negotiated settlement between the government and the opposition… Source: The African Union and the Burundi Crisis: Ambition versus Reality | International Crisis Group Read More »

The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to Run the UN

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This post is co-authored by Alexandra Carreira André Corrêa d’Almeida On merit, skills and qualifications, Guterres is by far the best candidate to run the United Nations. Former Prime-Minister of Portugal, 10 years UN High Commissioner for Refugees during one of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, António Guterres has also won all five secret straws held so far – well ahead of everyone else… Source: The Wall Street Journal is Wrong: António Guterres is the Best to ... Read More »

Brexit ‘will make Britain BETTER OFF than other EU countries’

LEAVING the European Union will make Britain richer than other nations in the bloc within five years, a German businessman has admitted. By CHARLIE PEAT Going against the doom-mongering Project Fear predictions that Britain’s economy would suffer because of Brexit, Mathias Dopfner – chief executive of Axel Springer publishing – Mathias Dopfner revealed the… Source: Brexit ‘will make Britain BETTER OFF than other EU countries’ | UK | News | Daily Express Read More »

Global court takes up Timor Leste, Australia sea border row

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THE HAGUE (AFP) – An international arbitration court agreed Monday (Sept 26) to take up a decade-long maritime border dispute between Australia and Timor Leste which cuts through lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration “held that it was competent to continue with the arbitration process” initiated by Timor Leste against Canberra in April, the… Source: Global court takes up Timor Leste, Australia sea border row, Australia/NZ News & Top Stories – The ... Read More »

Hollande confirms Calais migrant camp shutdown, urges UK help

President Francois Hollande said on Sept. 26 that France will completely shut down “the Jungle” migrant camp in Calais and called on London to help deal with the plight of thousands of people whose dream is ultimately to get to Britain. CALAIS, France – Reuters “The situation is unacceptable and everyone here knows it,” Hollande said on a visit to the… Source: Hollande confirms Calais migrant camp shutdown, urges UK help – EUROPE Read More »

During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will visit China within the year. While no details are yet known on when this will push through, he said he will insist on the fishing rights of the Philippines in the disputed West Philippine Sea. By LORENZ NIEL SANTOS Filipino fishermen and Chinese Coast Guard are still playing cat and mouse despite the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that such action by… Source: During China talks, Duterte will demand Filipino fishermen’s right to ... Read More »

How to Spark a War in Asia

Both Washington and Beijing need to prevent their allies from creating security crises. Ted Galen Carpenter A major challenge for a great power is preventing allies and client states from creating unwanted security crises. No matter how close or friendly an ally might be, it has its own policy agenda, and… Source: How to Spark a War in Asia | The National Interest Read More »

China’s Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride

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Even after The Hague decision, China’s government continues to vociferously argue that its ‘nine-dash line’ of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea is based on centuries of maritime history, and that China’s claim is air tight. Daniel Wagner In a letter to The Economist, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has even asserted that ample historical documents and literature demonstrate that China was “the… Source: China’s Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride | Huffington Post Read More »

Who Can Lead The UN?

I won’t say that I am a person of great consequence to the UN. But for about 40 years, I have been known in its hallways, as my life and the survival of my country have been intimately intertwined with the UN’s workings. José Ramos-Horta   I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I arrived in a snow-covered Manhattan in early December 1975, just as Indonesian forces, with US blessing and… Source: Who Can Lead The UN? | ... Read More »

Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications

Greece’s political asylum commission on Sept. 21 rejected the asylum application of three of the eight coup plotter soldiers who escaped to the country after the failed coup attempt of July 15, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported. The application of one of the soldiers was rejected on the grounds of evidence that he participated in the coup attempt, while the other two soldiers refused to cooperate with the… Source: Greece rejects three Turkish coup plotter soldiers’ asylum applications – EUROPE Read More »

Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection

The International Day of Peace was inaugurated by the United Nations in 1981 and is celebrated on 21 September across the globe. By Professor Diane Bretherton, Dr Tania Miletic It provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of peace and to think about the role of the UN in creating a more peaceful world. The General Assembly has declared this as a day for strengthening the… Source: Peace Day: An Opportunity for Reflection – AIIA Read More »

EU accepts Bosnia’s membership application but long process ahead

The European Union s 28 member states on Sept. 20 accepted Bosnia s membership application, taking a step forward in what is certain to be a long process that Sarajevo hopes will eventually give it a place in the… Source: EU accepts Bosnia’s membership application but long process ahead – EUROPE Read More »