Diplomacy

Will Trump split the Israeli right?

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump greet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (2ndL) as they arrive at the South Portico of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTSYTO0

Top police investigators from the anti-corruption unit Lahav 433 interrogated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 6 for the fourth time. Ben Caspit Al Monitor This round of questioning, which lasted almost five hours, focused on Netanyahu’s discussions with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon Mozes and their alleged conspiratorial plotting. In the middle… Will Trump split… Read More »

Can international force save Gaza?

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Anyone following media reports about the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip did not need the assessment offered by Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevy that the powder keg that is Gaza will blow up in Israel’s face. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor A recent survey commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Gisha shows that 67% of Israelis believe the nearly decadelong Israeli blockade of Gaza has undermined Israeli security, and 70% believe that an improvement… Can international force… Read More »

Will China and the EU team up against Trump?

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Regardless of their many disagreements, China and the European Union appear willing to team up against anti-globalist and anti-systemic forces that, they argue, threaten world stability. Emanuele Scimia Asia Times Exchanging views with French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Beijing on February 21, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed that Europe was an important pole in the multipolar world that China was committed to building. He then added… Will China and… Read More »

How Trump’s new travel ban targets the whole world

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 7:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with county sheriffs during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC.  The Trump administration will return to court Tuesday to argue it has broad authority over national security and to demand reinstatement of a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries that stranded refugees and triggered protests. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)

The revised order contains provisions that could affect countries beyond the six Muslim-majority states that are singled out. Nahal Toosi Politico It’s not just a few countries. It’s not just… How Trump’s new… Read More »

Trump’s Russophiles under investigation, Europe remains ‘en garde’

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Last Friday U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the ongoing FBI probe of the case of the Russian interference in the US Presidential elections favoring Donald Trump. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting He said “I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign.” Last September, the… Trump’s Russophiles under… Read More »

Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination Is a Wake-Up Call to the World

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“The North Korean regime is not simply a pariah to be ridiculed, but a dangerous threat to the world.” Jose Ramos-Horta and Benedict Rogers The Diplomat The assassination of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur airport two weeks ago is a reminder of the depravity and barbarity of his half-brother, North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, and the world’s most… Kim Jong-nam’s… Read More »

Britain will not contribute £50bn to EU budget if no Brexit deal is reached, says Lords report

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‘The UK appears to have a strong legal position in respect of the EU budget post-Brexit and this provides important context to the… Ashley Cowburn The Independent Britain will not be legally obliged to contribute towards the European Union’s budget if no exit deal is reached, according to a… The report from the Lords also claims that calculations of the… Britain will not… Read More »

Kim Jong-nam assassination: Malaysia expels North Korean ambassador Kang Chol

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Malaysia has expelled the North Korean ambassador to the country, asking him to leave within 48 hours and declaring him “persona non… ABC The move came nearly three weeks after the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was murdered at Kuala Lumpur’s airport with a… US and… Kim Jong-nam… Read More »

The US, Turkey and the Kurds

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Ankara is challenging Washington’s approach to the Kurds. Eric Czuleger GPF Washington and Ankara appear to be reaching a resolution on their long-standing conflict over the Syrian Kurds. The tension between their conflicting views of the Kurds came to a head on March 2 when Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt… The US, Turkey… Read More »

Asia’s precarious rise

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Since Japan’s emergence as an economic juggernaut in the 1970s, experts have predicted the arrival of an “Asian century.” Michael Auslin AEI We should get ready, they say, for a tectonic shift in global power as U.S. influence declines, Europe’s discontents mount, and the countries of the Indo-Pacific come to dominate world politics, economics and security. Images of Asia’s… Asia’s precarious… Read More »

A New Era In Pakistan-Turkey Relationship

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On November 17, 2016, there was pin drop silence in Pakistan’s Parliament as the country’s most respectable guest rose to deliver a… Kaswar Klasra ValueWork He was none other than Turkish President Recep Tayyip… “Honorable National Assembly Speaker, Honorable Chairman of the Senate, esteemed Members of the… A New Era… Read More »

Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

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Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior… Murithi Mutiga ICG Measures taken now can avert the risk of a repeat of electoral violence that killed hundreds of people in… Kenyans go to the polls in August, and fierce contests are likely in the race for the… Kenya: Avoiding Another… Read More »

Russia, NATO hold first high-level military talks since freeze

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Senior Russian and NATO military chiefs on March 3 held their first phone talks since ties between the two sides collapsed over the crisis in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry in Moscow… Hurriyet  The chairman of the NATO Military Committee Petr Pavel called Russian Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov to discuss the possible restarting of military coordination and… Russia, NATO hold… Read More »

A warning from the Middle East

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AFTER LIVING in Turkey for years, I concluded that Turkish democracy was deeply enough rooted so that no demagogic leader could throw it off track. Stephen Kinzer Boston Globe I was wrong. Now I believe… A warning from… Read More »

Donald Trump and the end of American exceptionalism?

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When a German Chancellor feels the need to explain the refugee convention to an American president, the speaker of British House of Commons says the leader of its closest ally is not welcome to address parliament, China positions… Nick Bryant BBC News That is, the credo pushed by successive presidents that the United States is a beacon of democracy, an exemplar of human rights, an indispensable country imbued with special values and beliefs that grants it the moral authority… Donald ... Read More »

Let’s Settle the Russia Question Once and for All

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A nonpartisan commission can finally shed light on Trump’s problem that just won’t go away. Gary Hart The National Interest Presidents in the past, most notably Bill Clinton with Boris Yeltsin and George W. Bush with Vladimir Putin, have committed what might be called the “buddy fallacy” where U.S.-Russian relations were concerned. That is, they… Let’s Settle the… Read More »