Diplomacy

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies

­ The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. Adrian Campbell The Conversation The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the… Why Russia, Turkey… Read More »

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment

Russia’s military on Jan. 6 said it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria, with Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier ordered to leave the conflict zone first. Hurriyet MOSCOW – Agence France–Presse “In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the… Russia starts scaling… Read More »

Obama, Kissinger and Nuland: Cyprus 1974 – Cyprus 2017

In July 1974 the US-controlled Athens military junta organized a coup d’état in Cyprus and an assassination attempt against the President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios. Dimitris Konstantakopoulos * Defend Democracy Press Everything was executed in exactly the same way as it had been a year before in Santiago Chile. (Cyprus is an… Obama, Kissinger and… Read More »

Why Iran Wants So Many Ballistic Missiles

Iran and the West both see a terrifying threat on the other side. Farhad Rezaei The National Interest Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s arsenal of ballistic missiles has received only scant scholarly attention. At best… Why Iran Wants… Read More »

Italian banks: It’s Rome’s turn to confront Berlin’s aggressiveness

Italy, after Greece, is now the next target of the archetypical Teutonic aggressiveness, aimed this time at making the life difficult for Paolo Gentiloni the new Prime Minister. Dennis Kefalakakos The European Sting The problems Rome has with the country’s banking system are being exaggerated and used by Berlin to either pave the road leading outside the euro area or turn the country into an impoverished, obedient and second rate euro… Italian banks: It’s Rome’s… Read More »

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2017

From Turkey to Mexico, the list of the world’s most volatile flashpoints got a lot more unpredictable this year BY JEAN-MARIE GUÉHENNO Foreign Policy The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our ability to cope with the… 10 Conflicts to… Read More »

Dealing with the Cyprus problem: an alternative proposal

In recent years a consensus has developed on dealing with the division of Cyprus: things will get better only if there is a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation on the island. Andreas Theophanous Europe’s World But this is not necessarily the case as the solution that will be discussed at talks in Geneva from 9 to 12 January has a… Dealing with the… Read More »

Guéhenno to Trump: You Cannot ‘just crush’ ISIS

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President and CEO, speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the international challenges that are likely to persist in 2017 and the growing need for robust international structures to meet the… ICG In a broad discussion with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the… Guéhenno to Trump… Read More »

UK’s EU envoy quits over ‘muddled thinking’ on Brexit

British diplomats must challenge “muddled thinking” and “ill-founded arguments” on Brexit, the UK’s ambassador to the EU has said in his resignation letter. By ESZTER ZALAN EuObserver Sir Ivan Rogers delivered his thinly veiled criticism of the British government on Tuesday (3 January), quitting his post 10… UK’s EU envoy… Read More »

Erdogan’s Turkey is no ally of the United States.

Among Donald Trump’s odd fixations are foreign strongmen. They are a reality and must be dealt with. Doug Bandow The American Spectator Sometimes they can and do aid U.S. policy. But just because they are quick to toss opponents into jail doesn’t mean that they necessarily are the sort of decisive leaders Washington should back. On Election… Erdogan’s Turkey is… Read More »

Could an Embassy in Jerusalem Bring Us Closer to Peace?

As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to assume office, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been forced onto his agenda by President Obama’s decision to have the United States abstain on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements. Martin Indyk The New York Times Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his desire to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying he viewed it as the “ultimate deal.” But he has also pledged to… Could an Embassy in… Read More »

Building Totalitarianism in Europe – The Last Coup of Victoria Nuland

Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State, did not spend much time and energy with Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. Dimitris Konstantakopoulos Defend Democracy Press She has another very urgent and pressing problem to solve, before leaving the State Department, and this is the “Cyprus conflict”. The way she wants to solve this conflict is by transforming a second member of the EU, after Greece, into a protectorate. As the proposed solution for Cyprus is higlhy unstable, ... Read More »

Why We Don’t Dwell on Turkish Deaths in the West

Turkey is alone. First, we’ll take a look at the racist reasons for this. Robert Fisk Counterpunch If 39 men and women had been slaughtered in Paris or Brussels or Berlin on New Year’s Eve, the headlines would ripple on for three or four days. Two or three days if the victims had been western European. But of course, this being Turkey, which is a… Why We Don’t… Read More »