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Brexit Britain’s Nato strategy is fatally flawed

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Theresa May wants to engage with our European neighbours to secure our defences, but her government’s most pressing policy is to shun them Martin Kettle The Guardian The phrase, in different forms, is as familiar as any in politics. “The first duty… Brexit Britain’s Nato… Read More »

NATO survival will depend on Germany

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Europe is $100 billion short of strategic autonomy. Fabrice Pothier Politico Berlin could close that gap. The United States will… NATO survival will… Read More »

Flynn, Russia and the World of Conspiracy Thinking

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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a well deserved reputation for conspiracy thinking. Melvin Goodman CounterPunch Presumably he will assume that the U.S. intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the.. Ironically, the Kremlin, which has lived historically in a… Flynn, Russia and… Read More »

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the… Dan Lamothe and Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the… Defense Secretary Mattis… Read More »

My generation fought for equality and security. But that spirit seems lost now

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Brexit Britain is stumbling blindly into separation from a stable community – and social injustice is on the rise. Franklin Medhurst The Guardian We need to rediscover what’s important to us There are alive… My generation fought… Read More »

Why NATO needs a European pillar

OBERVIECHTACH, GERMANY - JANUARY 19:  Soldiers of armored infantry battalion Panzergrenadierbataillon 122 of the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, attend a ceremony to mark their pending deployment to Lithuania on January 19, 2017 in Oberviechtach, Germany. A total of 450 soldiers from the unit as well as armored equipment that includes Marder light tanks will begin deploying at the end of January as part of the NATO mission "Enhanced Forward Presence" to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the three Baltic states.  (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

If Europe tries to protect the alliance only by ‘buying’ American commitment through increased defense spending, it will fail. Jean-Marie Guehenno Politico Europeans have every reason to worry about U.S. President Donald Trump. He has declared… Why NATO needs… Read More »

China upset at disputed islands mention in Japan-U.S. meeting

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China’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern on Monday after Japan got continued U.S. backing for its dispute with Beijing over islands in the… Reuters A joint Japanese-U.S. statement after the weekend meeting in the United States said the two leaders affirmed that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan security treaty covered the… China upset at… Read More »

Can Trump and Netanyahu Make Progress Toward the “Ultimate Deal”?

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As U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to meet, the fundamentals of the… Ofer Zalzberg ICG What aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are Trump and Netanyahu likely to discuss at their meeting in Washington on 15… The meeting will be crucial for the… Can Trump and… Read More »

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

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While campaigning, Trump said he would attempt to bring Turkey and the Kurds together after years of hostilities in order to fight ISIS. Amir Tibon Haaretz Facts on the ground may force the U.S. president down a different path.. Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was “a big fan of the Kurds.” … Trump Faces Dilemma… Read More »

North Korea Fires Unidentified Ballistic Missile

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The launch came as Trump hosted Japan’s prime minister in Florida. The Huffington Post North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast early on Sunday, the first such test since U.S. President Donald Trump was elected, and… The test was of a medium- or… North Korea Fires… Read More »

The age of hyper-terrorism and ‘low cost’ terrorism

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On February 13, 2016, while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reflected on the terrorist attacks in Paris over the previous year. Michael Rubin AEI “We have entered…a new era characterized by the lasting presence of ‘hyper-terrorism,’ he declared, adding, “There will be attacks. Large-scale attacks… The age of… Read More »

Leading economists agree: closing borders is not the answer to inequality

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US President Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the US-Mexican border. Ashwini Deshpande The Conversation Britain wants to retreat into its shell to become an isolated island state. In France, far-right… Leading economists agree… Read More »

No decision yet on arming Kurds to fight Islamic State, Trump tells Turkish leader

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ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to convince President Trump in a telephone call that arming Kurdish fighters in Syria to fight the Islamic State would be counterproductive to the… Kareem Fahim and Adam Entous The Washington Post One of Erdogan’s objectives in the call was to try to… No decision yet… Read More »

China’s Naval Shipbuilding Sets Sail

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The United States needs to reengineer a naval shipbuilding “sweet spot.” Andrew S. Erickson The National Interest China has parlayed the world’s second-largest economy and second-largest defense budget into the world’s largest ongoing comprehensive naval buildup, which has already yielded the… All that is only part of an… China’s Naval Shipbuilding… Read More »

Colombia opens talks with ELN rebels

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The Colombian government has opened the first round of peace talks with the ELN rebel group, seeking to end a 53-year conflict that has killed more than… SANGOLQUI – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet The negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN) – the country’s last active rebel group – mark a new milestone in the… Colombia opens talks… Read More »

Chinese ships sail near disputed Japanese islands

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The sailing comes just days after US Defense Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed America’s commitment to defending Japan and its disputed islands. Brad Lendon CNN According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, protests were lodged with the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo and in Beijing through the… Tensions have flashed numerous times in recent years over the… Chinese ships sail… Read More »