Diplomacy

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering War Clouds

Armenia and Azerbaijan are once again on collision course along increasingly active front lines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. ICG Mediators Russia, France and the U.S., should pressure Yerevan and Baku to tone down inflammatory rhetoric, agree to talks and take steps towards… Executive Summary A year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s April 2016 violent flare-up, Armenia and… Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering… Read More »

Tillerson Present as Exxon Signed Major Deal with Saudi Arabia During Trump Visit

During his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump announced an array of economic agreements between the U.S. and… Steve Horn CounterPunch While the $350 billion, 10-year arms deal garnered most headlines, a lesser-noticed agreement was also signed between ExxonMobil and… In addition, ExxonMobil’s press release for the agreement mentions that Darren Woods, the company’s CEO, was in the room for the… Tillerson Present as… Read More »

India blocks Australian bid to join Exercise Malabar naval war games

India has declined an Australian request to take part in multilateral naval exercises in July over fears it could unnecessarily enflame diplomatic tensions with… Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene ABC For a quarter of a century military assets from the United States and India, and more recently Japan, have come together for joint annual defence drills — known as Exercise Malabar — north of… In 2007, Australia participated in Exercise Malabar but the Rudd government then withdrew from the ... Read More »

Russia: West to blame for chaos, terror in Greater Middle East

The Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Western states, which pursued regime change policies and funded militants, are to blame for the chaos and terror attacks in the Greater Middle… DONi News Agency Sergei Lavrov made the remarks during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh… Combating terrorism topped the meeting’s agenda, with the two… Russia: West to… Read More »

Kenya’s Rift Valley: Old Wounds, Devolution’s New Anxieties

While the chance is small that August 2017 elections ignite a major conflict, county governorship races could well trigger inter-ethnic clashes in the Rift Valley, Kenya’s populous economic heart. ICG The government should train police in non-violent methods that de-escalate crises, and restart grassroots peacebuilding initiatives. Executive Summary The Rift Valley is the crucible of Kenya’s intercommunal conflicts and… Kenya’s Rift Valley… Read More »

Germany votes: European dilemmas in the Federal Election

SUMMARY The European Union that Germany and its partners have built together since the early 1990s has been an environment highly conducive to German… By Almut Möller with case studies by Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Sebastian Dullien & Kadri Liik ecfr.eu With the United Kingdom and the Trump administration calling into question the EU model of regional order, Berlin has made a strategic choice to seek to strengthen the… It has started to build coalitions of partners around core policies in a ... Read More »

Kenya’s Rift Valley: Old Wounds, Devolution’s New Anxieties

While the chance is small that August 2017 elections ignite a major conflict, county governorship races could well trigger inter-ethnic clashes in the… ICG The government should train police in non-violent methods that de-escalate crises, and restart grassroots peacebuilding initiatives… Executive Summary The Rift Valley is the crucible of Kenya’s intercommunal conflicts and… Kenya’s Rift Valley… Read More »

Kissinger Conjures Up Bad Images to this Day

Under the revealing, if not chilling, heading ‘Does Henry Kissinger have a Conscience’, 11. Jon Lee Anderson, ‘Does Henry Kissinger have a conscience?’, New Yorker, 20 August 2016.View all notes Jon Lee Anderson brought back memories of Henry A. Kissinger and… Aris Petasis Taylor & Francis online The latest evidence came to light when thousands of American military and… Here is what Jon Lee Anderson wrote about… Kissinger Conjures Up… Read More »

China Protests as G7 Leaders Call for ‘Demilitarization’ of East, South China Seas

The G-7 leaders call on parties in the South China Sea to demilitarize features. Ankit Panda The Diplomat Following two days of meetings in Taormina, Italy, on May 26 and 27, the heads of state and government from the Group of Seven (G-7) countries — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German… This year’s communiqué, like last year’s, drew… China Protests as… Read More »

MERKEL: Germany can no longer ‘fully rely’ on the US

German chancellor Angela Merkel distanced herself from the US and the UK during a campaign event in Munich on Sunday. Sonam Sheth and Reuters Business Insider “The times in which [Germany] could fully rely on others are partly over. I have experienced this in the last few days,” Merkel said during the event. “We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands.” Though she did not mention them by… MERKEL: Germany can… Read More »

Britain can no long ‘be depended on’ – Merkel in thinly-veiled dig over Brexit

ANGELA Merkel has hit out at Britain as well as the US, saying that they are no longer reliable partners and said Europe had to “take its fate into its… Jon Rogers Express The German Chancellor, 62, told a party rally in Munich: “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the… “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.” Angela Merkel added: “We… Britain ... Read More »

What Vietnam Can Offer America

U.S. policy must achieve a U.S.-Vietnam alliance that can neutralize Chinese primacy in Southeast Asia. Alexander Vuving The National Interest When Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc travels to the United States later this month, he will be the first national leader from Southeast Asia and the third from an Asian—but not Middle Eastern—country after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and… Although this does not mean that Vietnam is the… What Vietnam Can… Read More »

The Memo: Pope, Trump set for first meeting

When President Trump and Pope Francis meet for the first time at the Vatican on Wednesday, every move will be scrutinized for signs of… Niall Stanage The Hill That’s hardly surprising given the taut history between the two men. More than a year ago, Francis criticized Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico — and the then-candidate for the White House shot… Francis said in February 2016 that… The Memo: Pope… Read More »

Turkey’s Varied Tactics of US Lobbying

Exclusive: Turkey has built one of the premier foreign lobbies in Washington by paying powerful politicians, spreading around money to arms manufacturers, and… By Jonathan Marshall (This is the fifth in a series on foreign lobbying) ConsortiumNews  For all the furor over retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, which got him fired after just 24 days on the job as President Trump’s first national security adviser, his… A federal grand jury has subpoenaed all records of that work as ... Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani denounces US’ Middle East ignorance

Iran’s president fires back at Trump’s funding ‘terrorists’ accusation, saying Americans don’t know the region. Source: Reuters news agency Al Jazeera Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran’s help, responding to criticism from US President Donald Trump who… Trump called for a US alliance with Muslim countries aimed at… Iran’s Rouhani denounces… Read More »

UN urges Libyan government to shut ‘inhumane’ refugee centres

Call comes as Libya Quartet meets in Brussels to discuss ways to prevent deadly Mediterranean… Patrick Wintour The Guardian The UN refugee agency has called on the Libyan government in Tripoli to close its refugee detention centres, describing conditions as inhumane and… The call comes as the Libya Quartet meets in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean from Libya to… UN urges Libyan… Read More »