Leadership

What’s next for the West?

Double, double toil and trouble. Politico Wrecking ball or master negotiator? Either way, Donald Trump is rewriting the rules of international diplomacy. In the span of just a few days, the U.S. president blew up the G7 summit and signed a nuclear deal with North Korea. Europe was left reeling. POLITICO asked experts what’s next for the West. The West is finished Ulrike Guérot is founder and director of the think tank European Democracy Lab and professor for European policy and the study of democracy ... Read More »

Deep Freeze and Beyond: Making the Trump-Kim Summit a Success

The greatest risk to the 12 June summit between the U.S. and North Korea is mismatched expectations. ICG To avoid a return to escalatory rhetoric, both parties should keep hopes modest and adopt an action-for-action approach as part of a four-step plan for denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula. What’s new? The on-again, off-again summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is upon us. The parties are in the throes of preparation for the historic 12 ... Read More »

Typhoon Trump blows G7 off course

Other leaders thought they’d kept the club together — until the US president tweeted his fury. David M. Hersenhorn Politico LA MALBAIE, Canada — As host of this year’s G7 summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to have just one over-arching goal: to get through the gathering without U.S. President Donald Trump blasting it to pieces. Trudeau succeeded — for all of about 90 minutes. Just an hour and a half after Trudeau finished his concluding news conference, an ... Read More »

Turkey’s currency turmoil and upcoming election – what you need to know

The Turkish lira has dropped more than 15% this year against the US dollar and the government is doing all it can to stem the flow. Gulcin Ozkan The Conversation Turkey’s central bank just raised the country’s main interest rate by 1.25 percentage points (to 17.75%) in a bid to stabilise the lira and halt surging inflation. This follows an emergency rate rise on May 23 of three percentage points. With elections on the horizon, this is a trying time ... Read More »

Europe’s youth wave

The average EU leader is now under 50, with populists leading a generational shift. We map the new crop and the crumbling center. Ryan Heath Politico In 2018 European politics it’s hip to be young, male and railing against the establishment. While many expected the Continent’s economic crisis to upend the political order, the backlash took longer to build, and unfurled itself at the ballot box rather than the street, starting with the election of then 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras in… ... Read More »

Increasing the Stakes in DR Congo’s Electoral Poker

A moment of waning international attention has led some in President Kabila’s camp to revisit the idea of an internationally-opposed third presidential term. Nairobi/Brussels ICG African and Western leaders must maintain unity, redouble efforts to dissuade Kabila from pursuing this course and ensure preparations for elections in 2018 continue apace. What’s new? Allies of President Joseph Kabila suggest increasingly overtly that he could seek a third term in office; international actors, led by Angola, firmly reject that idea. Meanwhile, preparations ... Read More »

Zimbabwe: Lack of Reform Risks Credible Elections

President Mnangagwa Should Act on Pledge for Free, Fair Vote (Harare) – The Zimbabwe government’s failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for July 30, 2018. HRW Despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s repeated promises that elections will be free and fair, the ability of voters to freely choose their leaders is in serious doubt. Human Rights Watch research in May, including interviews across the country, found that security force involvement in the electoral ... Read More »

The Presidential Fight over War Powers Could Strip the Constitution of Its Value

The Trump administration is trying to render Congress irrelevant on matters of war and peace. That would be a big mistake. Daniel R. DePetris The National Interest In the late evening of April 13, 2018, President Donald Trump delivered a brief statement to the nation announcing that the U.S. military—in partnership with its French and British allies—launched a… The strike was designed to send a warning to Bashar al-Assad that any additional chemical attacks on the battlefield would elicit a ... Read More »

Dr Anwar Gargash: solving the Qatar crisis must involve tackling the ‘trust deficit’

In an exclusive interview, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs says a solution to the Yemen war must be UN-led Naser Al Wasmi and Arthur MacMillan The National The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash has said there will be no backing down over a year-long boycott of Qatar, saying the onus is on Doha to change its policies. In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with The National addressing regional affairs, he said a “deficit of trust” ... Read More »

UK’s Labour Party Leader Vows to Return Parthenon Marbles to Greece

The leader of the UK’s labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, is the latest public figure to declare that colonial-era objects that were taken unlawfully should be returned to their country of origin. ArtForum If elected prime minister in the next general election, which will take place in 2022, Corbyn has pledged to return the famous Parthenon Marbles to Greece. Also known as the Elgin Marbles, the fifth-century sculptures—made under the sculptor Phidias—were taken from the Parthenon, an ancient temple dedicated to ... Read More »

Trump’s Nixonian Moment has Arrived

Trump just had his Nixon moment. In asserting via a tweet that he had the power to pardon himself President Trump veered into the direction of Richard Nixon who said to David Frost in the famous 1977 interviews that “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal, ” or he was aping Nixon from a 1973 press conference when the latter declared “I am not a… David Schultz CounterPunch In either case, Trump’s tweet shows increased ... Read More »

The Information That Democracy Needs

Whitlam Oration | 5 June 2018 Bret Walker SC There are reasons why we are committed to open justice. They urge the importance in nearly all cases of court hearings being held in public. They have led to the ample availability of parties’ positions, as well as the eventual published reasons for judicial decision. Nowadays, not only are submissions in the High Court published on the internet, but counsel face the ordeal of broadcast speech – and vision. Perhaps, too ... Read More »

Somalia and the Gulf Crisis

The quarrel between Gulf monarchies has spilled into Somalia, with the fragile state now caught between the rival interests of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. ICG The competition has already aggravated intra-Somali disputes. All sides should take a step back before these tensions mount further. What’s new? The rivalries underpinning the June 2017 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) crisis – particularly between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the one hand and Qatar and, by extension, Turkey on the other ... Read More »

From coffee house to White House?

Could Howard Schultz be the next Democrat candidate for the Presidency of the United States His resignation as Executive Chairman of Starbucks has fuelled speculation that he’s planning to run in 2020. EuroNews Schultz built the famous coffee chain up from 11 cafés in Seattle in 1982 to today’s 28 000 stores in 77 countries. He’s never been shy of intervening in political debate – last year in response to Donald Trump’s anti-immigration push he promised that Starbucks would hire ... Read More »

Jordan PM quits over tax protests, reformer named successor

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Monday accepted the resignation of his embattled prime minister and named a leading reformer in his place, hoping to quell the largest anti-government protests in recent years that… AMMAN – Associated Press Hurriyet The kingdom is a key military and political ally of the West in a turbulent region, and any threat to Jordan’s stability is viewed with concern, particularly by neighboring Israel and by the U.S. Prime Minister Hani Mulki’s resignation came after several days ... Read More »

Surprising catch behind my idea for new political party

I’m thinking I’ll start a new party. Political, not daiquiri. And not a party of protest, like One Nation or the Shooters. Elizabeth Farrelly Brisbane Times A party of central purpose. Because honestly, this can’t continue. The lying and conniving, the greed and gutlessness, the shameless expedience and entrenched short-termism. Someone’s gotta sort them out, right? Give them a proper run for their money. It’ll be the TT Party, and it’ll stand for simple decency. Nothing grand or utopian. Just ... Read More »