Diplomacy

Buhari’s Nigeria: Boko Haram Off Balance, but Other Troubles Surge

The peaceful election in March 2015 of President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general, raised hopes that some of Nigeria’s most pressing security problems could soon be tamed. One year later, the new government has struck at the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency. But Nigeria is sliding deeper into other difficulties. Senior Nigeria Analyst Nnamdi Obasi looks at the main challenges… Source: Buhari’s Nigeria: Boko Haram Off Balance, but Other Troubles Surge | Crisis Group Read More »

Pakistan’s Jihadist Heartland: Southern Punjab

Once-tolerant southern Punjab has become a base for jihadist groups. Socio-economic grievances, political alienation and poor education provide a near endless source of recruits. To reverse the tide, the government must end a climate of impunity, block hate speech, improve rule of law, and refocus counter-terrorist action to target all jihadist groups… Source: Pakistan’s Jihadist Heartland: Southern Punjab – International Crisis Group Read More »

French and German leaders mark Verdun battle centenary

The French and German leaders mark the 100th anniversary of Verdun, the longest battle of World War One and one of its most brutal.. France and Germany have marked the 100th anniversary of the World War One battle of Verdun in north-eastern France with a call for European unity. France’s Francois Hollande and Germany’s Angela Merkel used Verdun as a symbol of both reconciliation between their nations and of EU integration… Source: French and German leaders mark Verdun battle centenary ... Read More »

Britain will be forced to join an EU ARMY unless we leave, says Armed Forces Minister

THE Minister in charge of Britain’s military has become the first member of the Government to confirm that if the UK remains under Brussels control it will be forced to join an EU army.. Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt made the warning following revelations in the Daily Express that the Lisbon Treaty obliges Britain to join the EU Army. It also follows further shocking revelations that a plan to create it will be tabled the day after… Source: Britain will ... Read More »

Russia Ready to Improve Ties With Turkey But Ankara Should ‘Act First’

Moscow is ready to restore relations with Turkey, but the first step is up to Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. According to him, it is still unclear why Turkey hit the Russia’s Su-24 military aircraft. Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s willingness to resume relations with Turkey, but said the Ankara government should make concrete steps in this direction… Source: Russia Ready to Improve Ties With Turkey But Ankara Should ‘Act First’ Read More »

Blatant Hypocrisy: the Latest Late-Night Bailout of Greece

The new late night deal in the Eurogroup on the new bailout for Greece is another blatant hypocrisy by the dominant European Union powers, their partner-cum-competitor IMF (aka the US) and the Greek establishment (now represented by the SYRIZA government). The new deal is an uneasy compromise subject to a continuing tug-of-war between the US (through its proxy, the IMF) and the EU… Source: Blatant Hypocrisy: the Latest Late-Night Bailout of Greece Read More »

Turkish singer steps down as UNESCO goodwill ambassador in protest of Turkey stance

Revered Turkish singer Zülfü Livaneli, who has been holding a post as UNESCO goodwill ambassador since 1996, has resigned, accusing the organization of “hypocrisy”, Turkish daily newspapers reported on Wednesday. Livaneli noted in his resignation letter that UNESCO has remained silent in the face of human rights violations, attacks on free speech and… Source: Turkish singer steps down as UNESCO goodwill ambassador in protest of Turkey stance – Turkish Minute Read More »

What does appointment of new Turkish prime minister mean for Moscow?

RBTH asked Russian and Turkish experts if there any hope of normalizing relations between the two countries under the new head of the Turkish government.. Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) elected Binali Yildirim as the new head of the party at its extraordinary congress on May 22 and, in accordance with Turkish law, appointed him as the new prime minister… Source: What does appointment of new Turkish prime minister mean for Moscow? | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias

The 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan reached a milestone with the formation of a transitional government in Juba in April. Yet fault lines like those in the Equatorias remain outstanding. A committed, inclusive political response is vital to stop low-level conflicts continuing indefinitely… Source: South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias – International Crisis Group Read More »

The Iranian Moment and Turkey

Turkey is in a critical position as a consequence of both its proximity to multiple crises and its unique exposure to deteriorating security relationships in both the south and the east. It must keep regional conflicts from further undermining the country’s internal security. It must also strengthen ties to NATO and EU partners whose demands on Turkey are set to increase, but… Source: The Iranian Moment and Turkey | The German Marshall Fund of the United States Read More »

China and US tensions: what are the sticking points

Analysis Beijing: A cornerstone of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, the United States’ strategic ‘pivot’ to Asia has long been seen by Beijing as a cynical ploy to counter its rise. This week Barack Obama made history by announcing the lifting of a decades-old US arms embargo on Vietnam, its former Cold War enemy, a move sure to raise eyebrows in China. Entering the final months of his presidency, Obama is in Vietnam and Japan to underscore Washington’s commitment to the region, putting potential ... Read More »

In historic move, U.S. lifts arms sales embargo to Vietnam

HANOI — The Obama administration announced Monday that the United States would fully lift a longstanding U.S. embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam, a decision that reflects growing concerns about China’s military clout and illustrates the warming bilateral ties between the former enemy nations. President Obama unveiled the new arrangement at a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during the… Source: In historic move, U.S. lifts arms sales embargo to Vietnam – The Washington Post Read More »

The Left on the Run in Latin America

In 2004, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, launched the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas, a regional alliance of leftist leaders designed to subvert a hemispheric free trade agreement that the United States had been pushing for a decade. In the years that followed, Washington’s hope of a trade pact of 34 nations faded, and its clout in the region diminished as… Source: The Left on the Run in Latin America – ... Read More »

Mona Siddiqui: Support for staying in EU growing by the day

IN the first of our series of key voices in the debate over Scotland’s future, Professor Mona Siddiqui presents the case for staying within the EU.. As Chair of the Scotland Stronger In Europe advisory group, I have been pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm that volunteers from across the country, from Orkney to Dumfries, have shown in taking the case for staying in the… Source: Mona Siddiqui: Support for staying in EU growing by the day – The Scotsman Read More »

Lords of Navigation: Grotius, Freitas, and the South China Sea

The debate over maritime jurisdiction is an old one.. The ornate Tower of Belém, with its faded ivory parapets, still stands proudly above the Tagus River, a monument to a distant era. Built in 1502 to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s expedition to the East Indies, the fortress was the final gateway navigators would pass before entering the sea beyond. Further afield, along the shorelines of Africa and Asia, Portuguese explorers erected stone pillars, padrões, as reminders of home and… Source: ... Read More »

Vote Leave embroiled in race row over Turkey security threat claims

Brexit group ‘appealing to prejudice’ with argument that Turkey’s accession to EU would put Britons at greater risk of crime.. The official campaign to leave the EU fronted by Michael Gove has been accused of “stoking the fires of prejudice” after it claimed that continued membership would put Britons in danger as a result of a high level of criminality among Turkish citizens… Source: Vote Leave embroiled in race row over Turkey security threat claims | Politics | The Guardian Read More »