Security

With its nuclear weapons ban debate, the UN further demonstrates its irrelevance

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Leave it to the United Nations to unite the world’s great powers behind President Trump. Marc A. Thiessen AEI The Washington Post reports: The United States, Britain, France and other major powers protested on Monday as the United Nations began work on what backers said would be a binding prohibition on nuclear weapons…. The proposed ban… With its nuclear… Read More »

Turkey determined to test NATO

A Turkish flag (R) flies among others flags of NATO members during the North Atlantic Council (NAC) following Turkey's request for Article 4 consultations, at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. Turkey sought moral support for its campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday with its North Atlantic allies, with both NATO and Ankara playing down any idea of a call for military help from the alliance. Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO partners in Brussels after stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes, also hitting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq at the weekend. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  - RTX1M3E0

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s March 10 meeting in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin, it was reported that Turkey was engaged in negotiations to procure the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Fehim Tastekin Al Monitor Sergei Chemezov, CEO of the Russian state-owned Rostec, said on March 14 that Turkey had asked for credit to buy the system, but that a deal had not yet been reached. “As soon as… Turkey determined to… Read More »

North Korea: Why America and China need to deal with Kim Jong-un together

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Nearly every week, Kim Jong-un seems to announce a successful test in his nuclear and missile program, edging him ever closer to his aim of striking America with a… Analysis By North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney ABC Taking the North Korean leader out with military action is now being discussed, but that could lead to much bigger problems and plunge the region into years of chaos and… Worse still, it… North Korea: Why… Read More »

Woolsey: Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe back to Turkey

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(CNN) – Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey told CNN Friday that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with representatives of the Turkish government in 2016 and… Leigh Munsil CNN As a representative of his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Flynn met with senior… Woolsey: Flynn discussed… Read More »

Faking It: Europe-Turkey Relations

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Relations between Europe and Turkey are tense. Michael Rubin AEI In the past weeks, Turkey has called the Netherlands “the capital of fascism” and accused Germany of “fascist actions” reminiscent of the Nazi period, after Germany cancelled political rallies aimed at gathering support for… Faking It: Europe-Turkey… Read More »

Global series: politics in the age of social media

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US president Donald Trump, who gets on Twitter the moment he wakes up, may be social media’s most prominent politician user, but he is hardly the only one. Catesby Holmes, Clea Chakraverty, Fabrice Rousselot et al The Conversation For the past two decades, world leaders have leveraged the power of the internet to communicate with the public. In some nations, digital tools are part of an effort to increase government transparency and accountability. In others, they Global series: politics… Read More »

A dangerous protectionism decision

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Economic administrators for G20 countries who gathered in Germany last week have failed to make a significant decision. Cemil Ertem Daily Sabah However, even strategic issues that are not cited in decisive texts in such periods can tell us current trends. Protectionism has become… A dangerous protectionism… Read More »

‘High alert is the new normal for America & Europe’

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When you have an individual, or individuals, hell-bent on becoming a martyr, finding a way to prevent their actions will be exceedingly difficult. RT The terrorists may not succeed, but they will have succeeded in creating the desired effect, which is fear. UK Defense Secretary… ‘High alert is… Read More »

Will the United States Be a Victim of Its Own Success in Syria?

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The Trump team has options for stabilizing Syria, but each one comes with its own set of… Nicholas A. Heras The National Interest The ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS held in Washington, DC was an important milestone on the path to the Trump team’s mission to fully defeat the would-be… Will the United… Read More »

Nuclear Weapons: The Most Overrated Weapon of War?

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But since World War II, the United States has eschewed the use of nuclear weapons, even against capable non-nuclear opponents. Robert Farley The National Interest Because of the deep political complexity associated with their employment, the weapons simply have too little battlefield and strategic impact for the US to seriously entertain their use. We very occasionally… Nuclear Weapons: The… Read More »

The US + Britain trivialize mainland Europe, NATO and the EU

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After the insults the German Chancellor Angela Merkel experienced in Washington last week, the Anglo-American duo last Tuesday orchestrated new assaults on mainland Europe. Dennis Kefalakos European Sting It’s not only the outrageous option of the no-deal Brexit, which gains momentum in London, possibly being encouraged by Washington. It’s also a… The US + Britain… Read More »

The tax I pay should be for peace, not war

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I have the right not to kill during military conflict. Mark Rylance The Guardian So why am I forced to pay for others to do so on my behalf? A young man… The tax I… Read More »

Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid

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This report examines President Trump’s emerging counter-terrorism policies, the dilemmas his administration faces in battling ISIS and al-Qaeda across the Middle East and South Asia, and how… ICG Executive Summary In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set… His administration’s determination… Counter-terrorism Pitfalls… Read More »

The Iraq War and its catastrophic consequences

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Sold to the public by Bush and Blair and their neocon allies in the media as a war that would make us safer, the illegal invasion of Iraq launched fourteen years ago this week did the exact opposite. Neil Clark RT Toast the ouster of a cigar-smoking Sound of Music-loving secular dictator if you like, but the world (and not just the Middle East) was undoubtedly a far less dangerous place on March 19, 2003, than it is today. A ... Read More »

The futility of secrets in the age of technology

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The latest CIA leak proves that state actors no longer get to decide who can be privy to information stamped ‘secret’. Andrew Mitrovica Al Jazeera News One of the jobs of so-called intelligence officers is to collect and carefully consider the facts and to offer sound, sober advice, devoid of hyperbole. This is the… The futility of… Read More »

Can social media, loud and inclusive, fix world politics?

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The Conversation Global’s new series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Rania Fakhoury The Conversation Privacy is no longer a social norm, said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2010, as social media took a leap to bring more private information into the public domain. But what does… Can social media… Read More »