Diplomacy

The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria

The terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul on 28 June was by no means an unpredictable development. Indeed, it was the probably inevitable next stage in the deterioration of relations between the government of Turkey and the Islamic State organisation—from collusion, via tolerant indifference, to antagonism and now to full scale confrontation. Source: The Istanbul attack and Turkish policy toward Syria | The Strategist Read More »

Duterte’s South China Sea dilemma

Fresh into office, the Philippines’ newly-elected President Rodrigo Duterte is set to face arguably his toughest foreign policy challenge. Though much of his political capital is currently directed… Source: Duterte’s South China Sea dilemma – Asia Times Read More »

NATO-Russia talks must tackle Ukraine ‘withdrawal’: Poland

Planned NATO talks with Moscow should be focused solely on Russia’s “withdrawal” from Ukrainian soil, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said July 5. The minister was reacting to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg’s announcement July 4 that the transatlantic alliance is set to hold formal talks with Russia shortly after a summit in Warsaw this week. Source: NATO-Russia talks must tackle Ukraine ‘withdrawal’: Poland – INTERNATIONAL Read More »

‘Blair is world’s worst terrorist’: families of Iraq war victims react to Chilcot report

Relatives of military personnel killed in conflict welcome findings while some say former PM must face consequences.. Tony Blair has been described as “the world’s worst terrorist” by a woman who lost her brother in the Iraq war. Sarah O’Connor broke down in tears as she answered questions on the long-awaited Chilcot report, which concluded that Blair had gone to war before “peaceful options for disarmament” had been exhausted… Source: ‘Blair is world’s worst terrorist’: families of Iraq war victims ... Read More »

‘Credibility of Europe’s trade policy at stake’

Commission dubbed ‘traitors’ for handing over approval of Canada trade deal to national parliaments.. If there was ever such a thing as an easy trade deal for the EU, Canada was supposed to be it. As Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s trade minister, put it last month: “If the EU cannot do a deal with Canada, I think it is legitimate to say: Who the heck can it do a deal with?”… Source: ‘Credibility of Europe’s trade policy at stake’ – POLITICO Read More »

UK’s Brexit vote makes united Ireland suddenly thinkable

Protestant unionists are queuing for Irish passports in Belfast and once quiet Catholic nationalists are openly campaigning for a united Ireland, signaling deep shifts in the United Kingdom’s most troubled province since Britain voted to leave the EU. Eighteen years after a peace deal ended decades of fighting between mainly Catholic nationalists who favor a united Ireland and mainly Protestant unionists who favor remaining part of the United Kingdom, Britain’s Brexit vote is making people on both sides of the ... Read More »

UN condemns internet access disruption as a human rights violation

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a non-binding resolutioncondemning countries that intentionally disrupt citizens’ internet access. The resolution builds on the UN’s previous statements on digital rights, reaffirming the organization’s stance that “the same rights people have offline must also be protected online,” in particular the freedom of expression covered under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights… Source: UN condemns internet access disruption as a human rights violation | The Verge Read More »

Brexit: Dual nationality on the table for Britons?

It is more than a week since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and there is still little certainty regarding the future status of EU citizens currently living in the UK, or of British people living elsewhere in the EU. While many British citizens are happy to potentially wave goodbye to freedom of movement within the EU, some Britons would like to hold on to the opportunity to live and work in the other 27 countries that make up ... Read More »

China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling

China will hold military drills in the disputed South China Sea, the government said on July 3, ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing’s maritime claims in the resource-rich area. The drills will be held in waters around the Paracel Islands from July 5 to 11, with other ships prohibited from entering the waters during that time, a short statement by the maritime safety administration said… Source: China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling – ... Read More »

Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’

Ankara’s foreign policy of ‘zero problems with neighbors’ produced ‘zero neighbors without problems.’ It’s now changing tack.. Turkey’s move to restore relations with Russia and Israel this past week marks a notable pivot in its foreign policy with repercussions for the war in Syria, the migration crisis, and the tourism and energy industries in the Mediterranean… Source: Turks seek ‘more friends, fewer enemies’ – POLITICO Read More »

Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence

Israeli leaders call for expansion of settlements in West Bank as two Palestinians and an Israeli killed on Friday.. Two Palestinians and an Israeli settler have been killed in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli leaders threaten to build more Jewish-only settlements in the territory… Source: Israel vows more settlements amid West Bank violence – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Politics for the planet: why nature and wildlife need their own seats at the UN

Whether we consider wild weather, unprecedented Arctic melting and global temperatures, or the Great Barrier Reef, the global environment is generating alarming news. Predictions of multi-metre sea level rises, the collapse of marine biodiversity and food chains, and global warming far beyond 2℃ are equally concerning. Is our system of global environmental law and governance adequate to this crisis? Our short answer is “no”, but what should be done? We believe new… Source: Politics for the planet: why nature and ... Read More »

Preventing Renewed War in South Sudan

Juba/Addis Ababa/Brussels The honeymoon period is now over for the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, which formally ended the civil war in August 2015. Its guarantors need to act urgently in the next days to save it and prevent the country from returning to full-scale combat. The agreement successfully enabled the return of Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO), to Juba and the subsequent formation of the Transitional Government of ... Read More »

Ukraine’s PM: ‘We will join EU within 10 years’

Volodymyr Groysman: ‘We are going the European way.’.. * By CYNTHIA KROET  Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said on Friday that he is convinced his country will join the European Union within the next decade. Groysman, who took office last April, told German newspapers of the Funke media group that Ukraine sees its future in the West, despite the ongoing conflict in the country’s east… Source: Ukraine’s PM: ‘We will join EU within 10 years’ – POLITICO Read More »

Russia agrees to talks with NATO after Warsaw

Moscow has agreed to a Russia-NATO council after the alliance’s summit in Warsaw next month, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on June 29, as both sides seek to defuse military tensions exacerbated by the Ukraine crisis. NATO held its first formal meeting with Russia’s envoy to the alliance in almost two years in April, but the talks did little to ease tensions triggered by the Ukraine crisis in 2014… Source: Russia agrees to talks with NATO after Warsaw – ... Read More »

East China Sea: Preventing Clashes from Becoming Crises

Dangerous aerial and naval encounters are rising as China and Japan spar over disputed islands in the East China Sea. A promising reconciliation process has floundered. To prevent an accident tipping the dispute into open hostility, both sides urgently need a credible crisis management protocol to insulate any negotiations from their broader rivalry… Source: East China Sea: Preventing Clashes from Becoming Crises – International Crisis Group Read More »