Diplomacy

Tony Blair: Brexit’s Stunning Coup

London — THE decision of British voters in Thursday’s referendum to leave the European Union will have vast consequences for Britain, for Europe and for the world. By TONY BLAIR * For a day, the British people were the government, and by 52 percent to 48 percent, they took the decision to go… Source: Tony Blair: Brexit’s Stunning Coup – The New York Times Read More »

Cameron and Kenny agree to open talks on new Border plan

Leaders hold phone conversation Friday as Britain dismisses need for poll on Northern Ireland’s future.. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron have agreed that officials will immediately discuss issues such as the common travel area and the Border with Northern Ireland following the Brexit referendum result… Source: Cameron and Kenny agree to open talks on new Border plan Read More »

Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second indyref

NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday fired the starting gun for another Scottish independence referendum on a tumultuous day that saw a series of dramatic developments following the UK’s decision to quit the EU.. The First Minister said it was “highly likely” a second independence poll would be held and set out a two-year time-table as she reacted to an EU referendum result that forced an emotional David Cameron to resign as Prime Minister… Source: Nicola Sturgeon announces plans for second indyref – ... Read More »

Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit

The geography reflects the economic crisis of the 1970s, not the 2010sIt became clear early on in the night that Leave had extraordinary levels of support in the North East, taking 70% of the votes in Hartlepool and 61% in Sunderland. It subsequently emerged that Wales had voted for Leave… Source: Thoughts on the sociology of Brexit – Political Economy Research Centre Read More »

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

Venezuela is in full-fledged crisis: food and medicine are scarce, violent crime is surging, and the government is blocking democratic ways forward. The international community and the Organization of American States should press for political dialogue, the opening of legal paths to a presidential recall referendum in 2016, and permission for humanitarian aid to enter the country… Source: Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice – International Crisis Group Read More »

Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer

The signing in Havana today of agreements on the “end of the conflict” and the referendum mechanism for the Colombian population to approve the final peace deal provides the strongest assurance yet that the 52-year armed conflict between the government and the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), is finally coming to an end… Source: Agreements on the End of the Conflict and the Referendum Bring Peace in Colombia Closer – International Crisis Group Read More »

Australia backs India to join nuclear supplier club, China hesitates

Australia will formally back India to join the club of nuclear suppliers at a summit in Seoul on Friday, a move that will finally lay to rest a bitter stoush over selling uranium to the nuclear armed giant. But China has signalled it could veto the bid because India has refused to sign the international treaty to stop the spread of atomic weapons… Source: Australia backs India to join nuclear supplier club, China hesitates Read More »

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 »