Diplomacy

Labour leaders come together in final plea for votes

Labour party leaders from across the UK will come together today to make a final appeal for their supporters to back a Remain vote in the EU referendum.. London mayor Sadiq Khan, Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones, Labour In For Britain head Alan Johnson and Scottish leader Kezia Dugdale will join Jeremy Corbyn at a rally in King’s Cross, central London. The show of unity is aimed at persuading undecided Labour supporters to stick with the European Union… Source: Labour ... Read More »

The day after Britain votes

‘You’re never the same after a near-death experience.’.. When David Cameron honored his pledge to hold a referendum on Europe following an unexpectedly resounding election triumph last year, the choice put before British voters was roughly this: Keep the status quo ante or leap into an unknown. At some point in the last few months, status quo came off the ballot. Whether the U.K. stays or not after Thursday’s vote, there’s no business as usual to return to for Britain, ... Read More »

Seizing the Moment: From Early Warning to Early Action

After a period of relative calm, an upsurge of crises is testing the international system, pitting major powers and regional players against one another and highlighting the weaknesses of preventive diplomacy. Governments and international organisations were taken by surprise by the Arab uprisings in 2011 and slow to react to crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) in the years that followed. Global and regional rivalries have weakened diplomacy over Syria, Ukraine and the South China Sea. ... Read More »

Turkish Stream: Will Russia’s energy interests overcome its political considerations?

Baku, Azerbaijan, By Aygun Badalova – Trend: The Turkish Stream gas pipeline project can be used as a tool for Turkey to normalize its relations with Russia, given the importance of Turkish gas market for Russia, says Agnia Grigas, energy and political risks expert, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Turkish Stream, meant to carry Russian natural gas to Turkey through the Black Sea, was suspended by Russia following the deterioration of the relations between Ankara and Moscow after ... Read More »

Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria

Says ISIS Faces Difficulty, Loss Would Put Israel in ‘Hard Position’ by Jason Ditz In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel’s long-standing position that it “prefers ISIS” over the Syrian government to a whole ‘nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war… Source: Israeli Intel Chief: We Don’t Want ISIS Defeated in Syria — News from Antiwar.com Read More »

Is this the next UN Secretary General?

While the U.S. election steals the media spotlight, Stefan Labbé updates on another important leadership campaign — that for Secretary General of the United Nations.. This December, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will finish his second five-year term. So far, 11 candidates have come forward to replace him in what is often said to be the world’s most impossible job. For an organization that proselytizes transparency and good governance, the selection process for the next Secretary General (SG) is opening up ... Read More »

M’sia, Philippines, Indonesia agreed to establish trilateral maritime patrols

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia have agreed in principle for their respective armed forces or relevant agencies to establish a trilateral maritime patrol working group to… Source: M’sia, Philippines, Indonesia agreed to establish trilateral maritime patrols – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo Read More »

Germany supports Russia’s initiative on Nord Stream-2 — Russian Energy Minister

Germany supports Russia’s initiative on the implementation of the Nord Stream-2 project, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters, TASS reported. “Germany supports the Russian initiative on Nord Stream (2),” the Minister said. He added that the project fully complies with the European legislation… Source: Germany supports Russia’s initiative on Nord Stream-2 — Russian Energy Minister Read More »

3 Reasons China Fears Brexit

China’s economic opportunities in Europe would vanish with Britain’s departure.. Ivan Lidarev No doubt, the United States stands to lose a great deal from a Brexit. In recent months, countless commentators, as well as the Obama administration, haveemphatically made this point. But few analysts have noted that the same holds true for China. Britain’s departure from the EU would be a costly economic and political blow to China, which worries Beijing. Thus, China has quietly but… Source: 3 Reasons China ... Read More »

Palestinians say they are negotiating sea border with Egypt

Palestinians say they have started negotiations with Egypt to determine the boundaries of their undersea territory that could be exploited for resources as a first step to determining the sea borders of a Palestinian state. Source: Palestinians say they are negotiating sea border with Egypt | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR Read More »

Premarket: Sell-off abates as Brexit opinion seen shifting

Shares, oil and bond yields rose on Friday after a tumultuous week and as campaigning for Britain’s EU membership vote next week was suspended after the killing of a pro-”Remain” politician. European bourses rebounded 1.5 per cent after a third straight week of falls and bond markets saw benchmark 10-year German bond yields claw back up to the zero mark as risk appetite slowly began to return… Source: Premarket: Sell-off abates as Brexit opinion seen shifting – The Globe and ... Read More »

Fear and Loathing in the Levant: Turkey Changes its Syria Policy and Strategy

Turkey’s strategic position in northern Aleppo and the Manbij pocket has collapsed, forcing the Turkish government to recalibrate its Syria policy. This shift in Turkish policy began in June 2015, when Turkish officials began to speak openly about the need for a safe zone between the Euphrates River and the opposition held city of Azaz. This policy proposal differed from Turkey’s previous insistence on a comprehensive no-fly-zone over all of Syria, enforced with American, Turkish, and other allied aircraft. This ... Read More »

Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel

European commission says Turkey has not met conditions of possible deal including border security and human rights issues.. Turkey has missed an EU deadline that would have allowed its citizens visa-free travel through most of Europe, amid ongoing tensions over a controversial migration deal… Source: Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel | World news | The Guardian Read More »

The economic shock of a ‘Brexit’

By Sebastian Mallaby Sebastian Mallaby is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist. He is an editor at InFacts.org, a website campaigning to keep Britain in the European Union. LONDON For the first time since the start of Britain’s referendum fight over Europe, the polls predict “Brexit.” The four most recent national surveys put the “Leave” side ahead with margins of between one and 10 percentage points. Most people, including ... Read More »

The US Navy is sending more ships to East Asia amid rising tensions with China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet will send more ships to East Asia to operate outside its normal theater alongside the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a move that comes at a time of heightened tensions with China. The Third Fleet’s Pacific Surface Action Group, which includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Momsen, was deployed to East Asia in April… Source: US Third Fleet expands East Asia role as tensions rise in ... Read More »

Putin’s Vision of the Future

Vladimir Putin saved Russia from the scavengers of the Yeltsin era. What’s more, he’s fundamentally re-forming the world’s biggest country in ways few understand. Unfortunately, most of this select group are bitter enemies of the notion of a Russian led world. While think tanks and “new world” evangelists in the west promise change and progress, Putin and his colleagues are at work, resolutely forging a new Russia… Source: Putin’s Vision of the Future Read More »