Security

One Step Closer to a Bad Idea: A European Union Army

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Euro federalists believe the time is right to push forward plans for creating a European defense force outside of nation-state control. Daniel Kochis The National Interest Bureaucrats in Brussels have long yearned to control the armed forces of the European Union’s member states, with the ultimate goal of creating an EU Army. The United Kingdom has largely stymied these efforts, rightfully seeing them as infringing on national sovereignty and creating a competitor to NATO. Now, however, with the UK leaving ... Read More »

The Arms Trade Treaty in the Asia-Pacific

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Small steps toward improving a difficult relationship Michael Weiss The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first multilateral treaty to regulate the international trade in conventional arms. The Diplomat In this respect, it is a landmark treaty for the international community, focusing on an issue that is of highest importance for many Asia-Pacific countries – trying to find and establish mechanisms to control unregulated flows of arms. Since its entry into force on December 24, 2014, 130 states have signed the treaty ... Read More »

New Risks in Libya as Khalifa Haftar Dismisses UN-backed Accord

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Khalifa Haftar, who rules eastern Libya, has dismissed the two-year-old, UN-backed accord about how the country should be run. Issandr El Amrani Haftar’s regional and international partners should act now to mitigate this new risk of escalation over his apparent ambition to rule Libya on his own. ICG Tensions are rising in Libya after the de facto ruler of the country’s east, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, publicly dismissed the two-year-old international deal on how Libya should be governed. To neutralise ... Read More »

2018: the year ahead

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What will be the key trends shaping 2018? The World Weekly zooms in on four global stories to watch next year. The World Weekly The year 2017 brought expected and unexpected change. In the US, President Donald Trump expectedly shook up political traditions, yet America’s separation of powers showed its strength, too. Major tax reform was passed, but legislative and court challenges have hindered many of President Trump’s other initiatives. A special counsel is currently investigating whether the Trump campaign ... Read More »

PA looks to Russia, China, to upstage United States

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas has said repeatedly that the US has forfeited its role as a mediator due to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. BEN LYNFIELD JPost Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dispatched delegations to Moscow and Beijing on Tuesday, as part of efforts to find new sponsorship for the peace process, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. The move came as Ahmad Majdalani, a PLO executive committee member who is leading the delegation to China, ruled ... Read More »

The reconfiguration of the New Syria

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Whatever happens, the New Syria which is currently reshaping will be the breaking point that will give rise to the new Middle East from which, however, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China and even the United States will no longer be excluded or marginalized. Giancarlo Elia Valori Modern Diplomacy Those who currently think of a repetition of the Cold War on the banks of the Euphrates are badly mistaken. Russia does not want the US expulsion from the ... Read More »

Rethinking Russia’s Return to Global Big Policy

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In the first decade of 21st century Russia managed to get out of the economic crisis, restore its military strength, and take course to become a sovereign political pole. Mher D. Sahakyan Modern Diplomacy To understand the entire scope of Russia’s reaction to difficult foreign challenges and to analyze its probable steps, it is important to investigate its foreign policy strategy. On November 30, 2016, the Kremlin adopted the “Foreign Policy Concept of the Russian Federation” (Concept), which was signed ... Read More »

Talking Point: PM silent on Nobel prize when world needs him to speak up

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Malcolm Turnbull is rarely stuck for words, but the award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to an organisation founded in Australia has left him speechless Peter Boyer The Mercury The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, was set up a decade ago in Melbourne. ICAN’s current director, Swedish lawyer Beatrice Fihn, received the award at a gala ceremony in Oslo, Norway last week. Geneva-based Fihn is one of just three salaried staff — the other two are ... Read More »

Trump unveils national security plan, blasts previous presidents

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Washington (CNN) – President Donald Trump on Monday framed his foreign policy as an extension of his populist economic message, lambasting past presidents and trumpeting his own achievements during a speech meant to outline the guiding principles of his national security strategy. By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer In a speech that closely resembled a campaign address, Trump offered a laundry list of accomplishments and a reiteration of his view that Americans have been left behind as a result of ... Read More »

Jerusalem: US vetoes UN resolution rejecting Trump’s declaration

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The US has vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel BBC The text put forward by Egypt affirmed that any decisions on the status of Jerusalem had “no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded “. The 14 other members of the council voted in favour of the motion. The US permanent representative, Nikki Haley, described it as an “insult” and warned that it ... Read More »

Asia’s Future: A Conversation with Maurice R. Greenberg

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“President Xi, if I had to make a wager, will be around for more than another five years.” Jacob Heilbrunn Maurice R. Greenberg Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, spoke with Maurice R. Greenberg in mid-November 2017 in New York. The National Interest Greenberg is chairman emeritus of the Center for the National Interest’s board of directors and chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. Jacob Heilbrunn: What is your assessment of the approach of China and America ... Read More »

Pesco makes us choose defence spending over housing homeless

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EU army requires fivefold hike in Irish military spending on machines of death Kieran Allen The Irish Times A major decision about Ireland’s role in a common European defence has been rushed through the Dáil On Thursday, 7th December, the national parliament voted to enter a new military arrangement known as Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco). The Cabinet took a decision to propose this at their meeting on November 21st but deliberately withheld notification until the very last moment. One can ... Read More »

The Moment of Turkey’s ‘NATO Ex-communication’

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While still a NATO member, Turkey has drifted away from the alliance to a great extent, indicating the way conflict in Syria has changed the Middle East’s geo-political landscape, and largely continues… Salman Rafi Sheikh NEO It is particularly the end-game in Syria that has now greatly crystalized which country stands where in the regional geo-political spectrum, and Turkey is certainly not in the US-led Western camp, which means that Turkey is an ally of Russia and will directly or ... Read More »

Can Peacekeepers Break the Deadlock in Ukraine?

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Implementation of the Minsk ceasefire agreement remains deadlocked Russia’s first proposal of a UN peacekeeping force in Ukraine’s breakaway eastern regions cannot work, but it opens a much-needed window for diplomacy. ICG What’s the issue? In September 2017, Moscow proposed the deployment of UN peacekeepers along the line dividing Ukrainian from separatist and Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. Such a mission would not help end the conflict. To do that, peacekeepers would need a greater role, including helping secure the Ukraine-Russia ... Read More »

An Introduction to Crisis Group’s Iran-U.S. Trigger List

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The risks of a direct, indirect, deliberate or inadvertent clash between Iran and the U.S. are rising to new highs. Our Iran-U.S. Trigger List is a unique interactive map and early warning tool that monitors and analyses the many flashpoints between the two countries, and shows how they are linked to the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal. ICG Tensions between the U.S. and Iran, as well as between Iran and Saudi Arabia, are reaching a critical level, as are risks of ... Read More »

US presents ‘undeniable’ evidence Iran arming Yemen’s rebels with missiles

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Segments of projectiles launched at Saudi Arabia bear markings proving origin in Islamic Republic, UN ambassador Haley says By AGENCIES The Times of Israel US President Donald Trump’s envoy to the United Nations unveiled Thursday what she said was “undeniable” evidence proving that Iran is funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen in violation of international law. At a news conference in a hanger at a military base in Washington, Nikki Haley presented recently declassified evidence including segments of missiles launched at ... Read More »