Diplomacy

Turkey’s Difficult Détente With Russia

ANKARA—Turkey’s always-complex zigzags between its Western allies and their respective strategic rivals are more than notorious. By: Burak Ege Bekdil, Russia is a case in point. A year ago Turkey and Russia were on the brink of war over Syria. Today they are in a… Turkey’s Difficult Détente… Read More »

Moscow, Ankara to discuss deploying air defense systems to Turkey

Russia and Turkey are planning to convene to set an intergovernmental military-technical cooperation commission before the end of the year, a Russian military official said on Monday. Daily Sabah Speaking to Interfax, Alexandr Fomin, the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said the most important topic on the… Moscow, Ankara to… Read More »

A more dangerous world is probably coming after the US election!

The level of irrationality, confusion and negative energy is the most astonishing signal emanating out of the US presidential election. <style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style> By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos * It is a strong indication that, whatever the result, we should be prepared for an escalation in the already serious tensions dominating our world. It is probably the first time, since the… A more dangerous… Read More »

US presidential elections – the meaning of a farce

“We got the experience, we lost the meaning”, T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets by Dimitris Konstantakopoulos (*) Human kind is facing the most formidable threats of all its history –The planet is going rapidly towards an irreversible climatic disaster, facing simultaneously all sort of threats to its ecosystem – We are facing again the… US presidential elections – the… Read More »

Nobel Peace Laureates Warn: Trump Presidency Would Bring Grave Risks

It is unusual for us to comment on an American election, even more so in the eleventh hour. José Ramos-Horta Óscar Arias Sánchez John Hume  But what is at stake at the moment in the U.S. election affects us all. The Presidential election in the world’s most powerful democracy has descended into name calling, disinformation and… Nobel Peace Laureates… Read More »

The Libyan Political Agreement: Time for a Reset

The UN-brokered peace process in Libya has stalled, leaving unresolved pressing issues like worsening living conditions, control of oil facilities, people-smuggling, and the struggle against jihadist groups. New negotiations are needed to engage key actors who have been excluded so far. Executive Summary The… The Libyan Political… Read More »

Gina Miller on her Brexit legal challenge: ‘This had to be done’

The woman who put Theresa May’s plans for leaving the EU in peril is convinced she has done the right thing, despite the vitriol Alice Ross The businesswoman at the centre of the legal challenge to ensure parliament is consulted before Theresa May triggers Brexit has said the landmark case was motivated by her fear that the… Gina Miller on… Read More »

Article 50 ruling: EU envoys warn Brexit delay ‘unwelcome’

EU diplomats say need for Westminster vote and parliamentary scrutiny on Britain leaving union may skew timetable Jon Henley, Jennifer Rankin and Philip Oltermann Official reaction on the continent to the high court’s ruling on article 50 has been muted, with national governments and the European commission regarding the… Article 50 ruling… Read More »

China and India’s Slow-Moving Path to ‘Water Wars’

There’s a smarter way to handle the Brahmaputra conflict. Satu Limaye, Joel Wuthnow, Nilanthi Samaranayake China’s September 30 announcement that it would temporarily divert the Xiabuqu—a domestic river that feeds into the mighty Brahmaputra running from Tibet through Northeast India and… China and India’s… Read More »

How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today’s migration

Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence – who make up most of the participants of a “caravan” estimated at between 7,000 and 8,000 people – are slowly moving through Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States and receiving refuge. Joseph Nevins The Conversation President Trump has responded by characterizing the caravan as, among other unflattering things, “an onslaught” and “an assault” on the United States. Trump’s statements, which do not accurately characterize the makeup and motivations of the migrants, ... Read More »

‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a growing threat to UK, says MI5 head

Exclusive: In first newspaper interview given by a serving spy chief, Andrew Parker talks of terror, espionage and balance between secrecy and privacy Ewen MacAskill and Paul Johnson Russia poses an increasing threat to the stability of the UK and is using all the sophisticated tools at its disposal to achieve its aims, the director general of MI5 has told the Guardian. In the first newspaper interview given by an… ‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a… Read More »

Hillary Clinton and Nuclear Weapons: More Dangerous Than Trump?

No ally’s fate is important enough for the United States to risk a nuclear war. Christopher Layne With his customary keen insight, the Financial Times commentator Edward Luce recently observed that GOP nominee Donald Trump’s Achilles heel is a lack of character. Because of this, Trump’s opponents argue, he… Hillary Clinton and… Read More »

Scotland ‘could become successor state within the EU’

Nicola Sturgeon is set to publish plans within the next few weeks which would see Scotland become the official successor state to the UK within the European Union (EU). The proposals will include a plan for Scotland to forge a soft Brexit on its own within the UK. However, it is also expected that there will be plans for Scotland to… Scotland ‘could become… Read More »

Syria: The Next U.S. President’s First 100 Days

America’s goal should be ending the civil war, not regime change. Amitai Etzioni According to the Washington Post, there is already a lively debateamong Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s foreign-policy advisers about what is to be done in Syria if she becomes the next president. Arguments are between those who… Syria: The Next… Read More »