Diplomacy

The Unbearable Lightness of Schulz Cyprus Journey 

It is a truism to say there is a price to everything in the world we live in. As more and more ‘atmospheric’ noise is made by international actors (UN, EU) about the imminence of a Cyprus settlement, it is vital that we shed at least some light on the real cost of the settlement and pose the fundamental question… Such an exercise of estimating the multiple costs involved in the implementation of the three-state settlement – one Greek… Source: ... Read More »

New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle

United Nations negotiations begin today in New York on the elements of an international agreement to govern the conservation and sustainable use of the high seas. Every country will have a seat at these inaugural negotiations on conservation beyond their borders. More than half of the world’s ocean… Source: New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle Read More »

The Putins of the EU by Nina L. Khrushcheva

Hungary and Poland, once beacons of hope for liberal democracy in post-communist Europe, now have leaders who are determined to emulate Russian President Vladimir Putin, hollowing out independent democratic institutions and suppressing citizens’ fundamental freedoms. The question is whether the EU will follow through with sanctions… Source: The Putins of the EU by Nina L. Khrushcheva – Project Syndicate Read More »

It’s time that the US faced up to the ‘G word’ and finally recognised the Armenian genocide

All week, the G-word has been rattling around the foreign ministries of the world. Ever since John Kerry – he of Israeli-Palestinian peace “in six months” fame – announced that Isis was committing genocide against Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, we’ve been trying to work out just what he’s talking about. Even the poor old Canadians and their super-liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, have since been refusing to recognise the Isis atrocities as “genocide” – the attempt to exterminate an entire race ... Read More »

Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria

Moscow entered and exited the conflict all within five months. Vladimir Putin’s surprise announcement that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops stationed in Syria will lead to much speculation over his true motives for doing so. Has the Russian military, as his announcement claimed, actually achieved its… Source: Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria | The National Interest Read More »

Japanese history textbooks come under fire

By Todd Crowell TOKYO China and South Korea have both officially protested new history textbooks that emphasize Japan’s control over disputed islands — yet another irritant in Tokyo’s relations with its near neighbors. The new textbooks designated for first- and second-year high school students, which… Source: Japanese history textbooks come under fire Read More »

Taking Stock of Historic Trip To Cuba by Barack Obama

It wasn’t always easy, but in the end Barack Obama and Raúl Castro did the wave together in the stadium. Veit Medick was in Cuba, traveling with the US president’s press corps. Impressions from a memorable state visit… Source: Taking Stock of Historic Trip To Cuba by Barack Obama – SPIEGEL ONLINE Read More »

Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone?

China opened up a new front for South China Sea conflict this week when one of its coast guard vessels collided with an Indonesian coast guard ship in the process of towing a captured Chinese vessel alleged to be engaged in illegal fishing. In a remarkably direct and frank statement, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister protested China’s… Source: Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone? – Lawfare Read More »

Stephane Dion Calls On UN To Rethink Canadian Professor’s Appointment

LONDON, Ont. — Canada’s foreign affairs minister is questioning the appointment of a Canadian law professor to a key United Nations job. Stephane Dion is calling on the UN Human Rights Council to review the appointment of Western University law professor Michael Lynk as its Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine… Source: Stephane Dion Calls On UN To Rethink Canadian Professor’s Appointment Read More »

Chinese media laud hacker for US spying

Spying on the US is a service to China, state-run media said on March 24, singing the praises of a man who confessed to hacking American defence contractors on Beijing’s behalf. Chinese national Su Bin, 50, pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from the companies, including plans for transport planes and fighter jets… Source: Chinese media laud hacker for US spying – ASIA Read More »

Armed Conflict: Mediation, conciliation and peacekeeping | José Ramos-Horta

Key-note address by Jose Ramos­-Horta at the dinner preceding the final 16th retreat of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear ICM and IPI Colleagues:I am honored to be the keynote speaker for the Independent Commission on Multilateralism’s final 16th retreat. I do know this privilege stems from the kindness of our Chair, the Hon. Rudd and SG Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri; this… Source: Armed Conflict: Mediation, conciliation and peacekeeping | José Ramos-Horta Read More »

Turkey must accept responsibility for downed jet to restore relations – top Russian senator

Russian is ready to resume normal relations with Turkey on condition that Ankara takes the blame for the November downing of the Russian combat jet on the anti-terrorist mission in Syria, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko has said. “Russia-Turkey relations currently could be much better, to put it softly,” Matviyenko, whose role chairing Russia’s upper house of parliament makes her one of the country’s most influential officials, told RIA Novosti. “As you know, Russia is not… Source: Turkey must accept ... Read More »

Israeli-Turkish Relations Appear to be Thawing

Ankara’s increasing isolation believed behind the Turkish thaw […] A phone call from Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, represents a subtle but clear sign of improvement in the two Mediterranean states’ diplomacy. The warming in relations between the erstwhile allies follows a suicide bombing in… Source: Israeli-Turkish Relations Appear to be Thawing – The Media Line Read More »

SAS deployed in Libya since start of year, says leaked memo

King Abdullah of Jordan indicates US was briefed about plans for Jordanian special forces to operate alongside… Randeep Ramesh The Guardian SAS forces have been deployed in Libya since the beginning of the year, according to a confidential briefing given to US congressional leaders by the king of… A leaked memo indicates the US… SAS deployed in… Read More »