Diplomacy

Russia, Syria and Iran warn US against further strikes

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Allied foreign ministers meet in Moscow over Syrian war and warn Washington following cruise missile strike on… Al Jazeera & news agencies Russia has denounced last week’s US attack on Syria and warned further such action would derail global… The US has said its strike on a Syrian air force base was in response to the Syrian government, which it blamed for launching a… Russia, Syria and… Read More »

Instruments of Pain: Conflict and Famine

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For the first time in three decades, four countries, driven by war, verge on… ICG Over coming weeks, Crisis Group will publish special briefings on Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and… Each conflict requires tailored response; all need increased aid and efforts to end the… The last time the UN declared a famine was in 2011, in… Instruments of Pain… Read More »

Politics podcast: Gareth Evans on Australian self-reliance

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In a speech to the National Press Club on Thursday, former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans lambasted US President Donald… Michelle Grattan  The Conversation Evans described Trump as “manifestly the most ill-informed, under-prepared, ethically challenged and psychologically ill-equipped… Evans, who is chancellor of the Australian National University, was… Politics podcast: Gareth… Read More »

How the Soviet Union Thought Itself to Death

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Glasnost, meant to save the USSR, wound up being its death blow. Anthony D’Agostino The National Interest ALONGSIDE THE balance of power is a balance of ideas, and even a hegemony of… Britain first rose among the European states as a champion of the Reformation and then as a voice of the… Germany emerged as a candidate for world… How the Soviet… Read More »

Turkey Sees No Need for Cyprus to Approve Israel Gas Pipeline

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A Turkey-Israel gas pipeline deal could be built through Cyprus’ economic waters even without Cypriot consent, a Turkish official… David Wainer Bloomberg Cyprus can’t block a gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey, and gas talks with Israel don’t hinge on attempts to reach a peace deal in Cyprus, the… A pipeline bringing gas from Israel’s… Turkey Sees No… Read More »

Israel’s ‘slow’ plan for peace

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The most prominent Israeli politician with a chance of replacing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that peace with the Palestinians will take decades. Daoud Kuttab Al Monitor Speaking at a rally in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, on March 26, Yair Lapid, chairman of the center-right Yesh Atid, said “Any negotiations with Palestinians would need to be conducted in very slow stages.” By “slow” he… Israel’s ‘slow’ plan… Read More »

Syria after the U.S. Strike: What Should Come Next

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Poison gas and missile response have heightened tensions over the Syria… ICG Washington and Moscow should respond to the new risks by pursuing their stated common interest: sufficient de-escalation of the war’s violence to establish a meaningful political track toward… Whether one believes they were the… Syria after the… Read More »

Towards a new Cuban Crisis?

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Immediate Danger of Nuclear War Original title: “Russia is preparing for Hot War” Defence Democracy Press “I think this is the most dangerous moment in American, Russian relations since the Cuban Crisis” – Stephen Cohen, Professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University Towards a new… Read More »

Afghanistan: The Future of the National Unity Government

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The power dispute between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah is imperilling Afghanistan’s… ICG To avoid the collapse of the U.S.-brokered National Unity Government, both actors must end political partisanship and… Executive Summary Two and a half years after it was created to prevent the… Afghanistan: The Future… Read More »

Noel Dorr: Arguments for Ireland leaving EU do not add up

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For all its faults, the European Union is a worthy project with many… Noel Dorr The Irish Times The decision of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union could mean that the two most important external relationships of this State, which reinforced each other for 44… As one of many people who worked years ago in foreign affairs to promote both sets of relationships, I find this deeply… Noel Dorr: Arguments… Read More »

Why can’t America just take out Assad?

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The Trump administration has done an abrupt about-face on Syria, contradicting its own nascent foreign… David Alpher The Conversation Within 24 hours, it went from calling out the Assad regime for using chemical weapons to launching missiles at military… As limited as the strikes were, there are also statements that plans are in the… Why can’t America… Read More »

The Balkans Will Be America and Russia’s Next (Virtual) Battlefield

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If Putin wants to stir up trouble anywhere else, it’s the obvious place to… James Jay Carafano The National Interest U.S. interest in the Balkans has waxed and… It is time for wax… The Balkans have been on America’s back burner since the end of the Clinton… Investing some attention and exerting some influence on the region should be more than a second-tier item on the administration’s foreign… The Balkans Will… Read More »

Mothers of Ukrainian Soldiers Demand Impeachment of Poroshenko

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In the near future Ukrainians could expect neither positive changes nor stability In the course of last month, more and more Ukrainians clamoured for impeachment of… ISF Specifically, women representing the movement “Mothers for Poroshenko’s Impeachment” gathered at the building of the presidential… They rally under the slogan “Poroshenko is killing our… Mothers of Ukrainian… Read More »

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

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As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the… Gareth Porter Truthout Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the… Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the… The US Provided… Read More »

State’s brand of neutrality has become obsolete

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World View: Irish ‘neutrality’ is intensely ideological, a luxury and a bit of a… Patrick Smyth The Irish Times When EU leaders met in Rome last month to mark the union’s 60th birthday and respond to Brexit with an optimistic declaration on its… The “taking into account” is diplomatic code for “none of the above refers to, or imposes any obligations on… Since the Nice Treaty in… State’s brand of… Read More »

The Case for Strikes In Syria Is Better Than The Case For War

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President Trump once said the U.S. should stay out of Syria. Mollie Hemingway The Federalist Then he bombed airbases there. The case for… The Case for… Read More »