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GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on Trump

By Josh Rogin Josh Rogin is a columnist for the Global Opinions section of The Post. With only two months left until the presidential election, the most senior national security figures in the Republican Party are largely staying on the sidelines, even though almost all are said to privately oppose Donald Trump becoming commander in chief. Many of their more junior colleagues are calling on them to get off the… Source: GOP senior statesmen continue to hold their fire on ... Read More »

British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers

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Deployment of HMS Diamond part of EU crackdown as number of migrants trying to cross Mediterranean reaches record level Chris Stephen A British warship will arrive off the Libyan coast in the next few days in a dramatic attempt to intercept and arrest people smugglers as the flow of migrants trying to cross the… Source: British warship sent to Libya to target people-smugglers | Politics | The Guardian Read More »

Can Israel become a maritime power?

A commission of former Israeli and American navy admirals and policymakers is calling for the Jewish state to take a far greater role in securing and administering the Eastern Mediterranean, so the US doesn’t have to. BY HAVIV RETTIG GUR Several years ago, before the onset of the Arab Spring, the eminent historian Bernard Lewis suggested that Israel’s future in the Middle East was more secure than many assumed. In measurable ways, the nearer… Source: Can Israel become a maritime ... Read More »

Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

Even though the European integration has been built and developed on a “pacifist” platform after the Second World War’s tragedies, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands keep selling arms worth billions of dollars to Asia-Pacific nations. BY EMANUELE SCIMIA  Despite its efforts, the European Union (EU) has never been an influential actor in the geopolitical space ranging from the Eastern Arabian Sea to the Western Pacific… Source: Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia – Asia Times Read More »

In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon

Two years ago, the Cameroonian government declared war on Boko Haram. Despite some progress, the group’s violent impact is still seen and felt deeply in the remote north of the country… Source: In the Tracks of Boko Haram in Cameroon | International Crisis Group Read More »

Saudi forces are killing civilians in Yemen, so why is the UK still arming the regime?

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Did the British government lie in court about Saudi arms deals? Andrew Smith “We have a long-standing relationship with the Saudi armed forces, particularly the Royal Saudi Air Force… We’ll support the Saudis in every practical way short of engaging in combat.”… Source: Saudi forces are killing civilians in Yemen, so why is the UK still arming the regime? | openDemocracy Read More »

Jean Marie Guehenno on European Defense After Brexit

What’s next for the European Union after Brexit? When it comes to defense policy, Germany and France need to step up to the plate. For Germany this will mean greater spending — and more foreign deployments… Source: Jean Marie Guehenno on European Defense After Brexit – SPIEGEL ONLINE Read More »

Sorry, Folks. There Is No Rules-Based World Order.

There isn’t one, there won’t be, and it’s dangerous to pretend there could be. Patrick Porter If there is one concept, endlessly recalled, that rings through debate about foreign affairs, it is the “rules-based” international order. The notion that all are bound… Source: Sorry, Folks. There Is No Rules-Based World Order. | The National Interest Blog Read More »

Is Turkey turning its back on the US?

On a cool day in Istanbul the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was opened to much fanfare. Rose Asani Hundreds, if not thousands, came to watch Turkey’s President Erdogan unveil a masterpiece in design and engineering. Named after the conquering Ottoman Sultan who expanded the Empire into the Middle East, it has been billed as a ‘bridge to the future’ for the… Source: Is Turkey turning its back on the US? | Coffee House Read More »

ASIO push to ‘streamline’ judicial safeguards criticised by legal groups

A push by domestic intelligence agency ASIO to reduce the level of judicial safeguards in terrorism investigations has been criticised by a peak legal group. By political reporter Francis Keany Special warrants currently allow ASIO to question and detain people for up to a week without charge. Under the proposal only the Attorney-General, and… Source: ASIO push to ‘streamline’ judicial safeguards criticised by legal groups – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege

First buses of evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb, as rebels prepare to cede control of area to government forces. Residents and rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya on Friday, part of an evacuation deal to end one of the longest stand-offs in Syria’s five-year-long war… Source: Syria: Evacuation of Daraya begins in deal to end siege – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow

Ankara is carrying out a full-scale ground operation in Syria. This format has not been coordinated with Moscow and threatens to undermine the warming of Russian-Turkish relations… Source: Turkey has gone further than promised in Syria, says Moscow | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Militiaman who became Libya’s oil kingpin

Eastern militiaman’s support for the central government could end the conflict. By ADAM NATHAN  RA’S LANUF, Libya — Ibrahim Jadhran has gone from an alleged car thief imprisoned in Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s most notorious prison to a warlord in charge of a powerful militia sitting on billions of dollars of oil money. Now he’s one of the… Source: Militiaman who became Libya’s oil kingpin – POLITICO Read More »

Can Saudi Arabia Escape the Trap of Endless War in Yemen?

Riyadh can’t bomb its way out of this one. Thomas W. Lippman It took only two days after the collapse of Yemen peace talks in early August for the Saudi-led coalition to resume its intense bombing of the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. With it… Source: Can Saudi Arabia Escape the Trap of Endless War in Yemen? | The National Interest Read More »

How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria

America has chosen to placate Turkey rather than back Kurdish anti-Isis forces. By Michael Horowitz It almost seems like someone took the US strategy, and turned it upside down. Five days ago, US jets were scrambled to protect Kurdish forces in their self-declared Northern Syria Federation from… Source: How US turned its back on its only ally, the Kurds, in effort to appease Turkey in Syria Read More »

On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC

The comprehensive Colombia peace deal faces major challenges, including a 2 October plebiscite, disarmament and UN verification. But after four years of talks in Cuba, Colombians have passed a new landmark in the long search for an end to 52 years of armed conflict… Source: On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC | International Crisis Group Read More »