Pope urges end to Syria fighting in Christmas message

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“It is time for weapons to be still forever and actively seek negotiated solution,” Francis says in Vatican address. Al Jazeera Pope Francis has urged an end to the fighting in Syria as he gave his Christmas address at the Vatican, saying “far too… Pope urges end… Read More »

China aircraft carrier to lead Pacific drills for first time

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China’s navy sent its sole aircraft carrier into the Pacific for the first time, state media reported – a move likely to ratchet up regional tensions. BEIJING – Hurriyet The duration of the drill and the route of the flotilla were not known. But the… China aircraft carrier… Read More »

Kissinger, a longtime Putin confidant, sidles up to Trump

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America’s pre-eminent ex-diplomat gets back in the mix. By Nahal Toosi and Isaac Arnsdorf Politico Could he help broker a deal with Russia? Kissinger, a longtime… Read More »

An Aleppo-like Landscape in a Kurdish Redoubt of Turkey

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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — It was the end of the day in an underground tavern with no name. By ROD NORDLAND  The New York Times Beneath a domed Ottoman ceiling, with the lights down low and the music muted, patrons could just hear a distant rumbling through the… An Aleppo-like… Read More »

Israel settlements: Netanyahu orders UN ties review

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations. BBC The move comes after the Security Council adopted a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied land… Israel settlements: Netanyahu… Read More »

The National Security Threats You’re Underestimating

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Climate change, pandemics and cybersecurity top the list. Gary Hart The National Interest IN RECENT years, there has been an evolution in the understanding of the nature of security, both national and… The National Security… Read More »

Turkey shows why a free press matters

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Should it matter to U.S. national security when other countries restrict press freedom? ΑΕΙ Michael Rubin Many diplomats and politicians say no—it’s not America’s business and the United States should stop interfering in other… Turkey shows why… Read More »

US, Russia in exchange of words over nuclear

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called for an expansion of the United States’ nuclear capabilities on Dec. 22, to which Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was “nothing unusual” in these statements. Hurriyet In his Twitter post, Trump said Dec. 22, “The United States must greatly strengthen and… US, Russia in… Read More »

Donald Trump Must Not Banish Europe

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There is perhaps no more effective and efficient way for Washington to project strength than from the platform of a robust and united NATO alliance. The National Interest Richard Burt PERHAPS NO item on President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign-policy agenda is as unclear as his new administration’s approach to the American relationship with Europe. There are some obvious… Donald Trump Must Not… Read More »

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

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The Christmas market truck assault in Berlin, which has left 12 dead and dozens injured, is a disturbing echo of the truck-borne attack on Bastille Day celebrants on the Nice promenade in July. The Conversation John Blaxland How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators? After all, we have become used to… Berlin attack: security intelligence has… Read More »

Hacks show N. Korea not quite the digital backwater reported

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Pyongyang’s “intranet” is vanishingly small, although larger than recently intimated. Asia Times David Volodzko Its cyberwarfare capacity, though, should not be taken lightly Araid last week by South Korean… Hacks show N. Korea not quite… Read More »

Fifteen Points for the New Secretary-General

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The United Nations has seldom faced so many… International Crisis Group offers policy ideas on some of the most important strategic questions and crises confronting incoming Secretary-General António… ICG António Guterres will become Secretary-General amid major geopolitical upheaval, in… Fifteen Points for… Read More »

Turkey at the precipice

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Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was shot and killed today while he attended an art exhibit in Ankara. By MICHAEL RUBIN Washington Examiner According to eyewitnesses, the assailant — an Islamist terrorist dressed as a policeman — shouted, “You killed innocent people, Ya… Turkey at the… Read More »

Greece-Israel-Cyprus Relations: Ripe for Expansion?

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Relations with Greece and Cyprus provide Israel with allied neighbors and bring Israel closer to Europe in terms of security, trade, and energy. Institute for Contemporary Affairs Dr. George Voskopoulos Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are the only working democracies in a region of undemocratic, semi-democratic, and… Greece-Israel-Cyprus… Read More »

Did America Really Lose the First Gulf War?

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How Desert Storm taught us all the wrong lessons. The National Interest Daniel L. Davis In the heady days following the spectacular U.S. victory over Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard armored divisions in Operation Desert Storm, military experts in Washington celebrated the fact that the U.S. military was vastly… Did America Really Lose… Read More »

Turkey’s alliance with the West has expired

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“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” The Hill By Movses Ter-Oganesyan Henry Kissinger’s observation about United States foreign policy can, indeed, be applied to most countries. It comes to no surprise to any, that leaders of every country are expected to do… Turkey’s alliance with… Read More »