You could be forgiven for thinking the Cold War has returned with a vengeance, what with the United States imposing sanctions on Moscow and big-power envoys like Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and her Russian counterpart, Vitaly Churkin, regularly hurling Syria- and Ukraine-related insults at each other across the horseshoe-shaped U.N. Security Council table.
Here Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warning the North Koreans today, saying they must stop with the provocative acts. They fired artillery into South Korean waters, which prompted an artillery response from South Korea today.
The world's nuclear weapons proliferators watch each other. Theylook for warnings and opportunities in how their peers are treated. Iran haltedits nuclear weapons development after Saddam was toppled for several years.Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi also got cold feet.
The latest round ofnuclear negotiations with Iran, the April 8-9 talks that just concluded inVienna, marked a midpoint between the interim accord of Jan. 20 and the July 20date to sign a permanent deal.
From Ian:Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians' "Anti-Normalization" MovementPalestinian Authority security forces used force to disperse and arrest Palestinian activists who tried to prevent Indians from performing a dance in Ramallah on April 12.
From Ian:Amb. Alan Baker: Ten Fundamental Facts Underlying the Peace Process1. There is no such thing as the “Palestinian territories.” Such an entity has never been determined as such in any binding international document, agreement, or resolution. The final status of the West Bank is still an agreed-upon negotiating issue and should not be prejudged by any political declaration or statement.2.
President Barack Obama embarks for his Asia trip during aninauspicious season for American diplomacy. Across the board America'sbilateral relations with the great powers are at their lowest points since Obama took office in 2009. Our European allies find us unpersuasive,our Asian allies find us unreliable, and Russia and China find us irresoluteand inconsistent.
The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes and other creeps!The world has seldom been as dangerous as it is now. Rogue regimes—governments and groups that eschew diplomatic normality, sponsor terrorism, and proliferate nuclear weapons—threaten Great Satan around the globe.
TheU.S. hasn't been able to slow the steady stream of foreign companies touring Iran,but senior Obamaadministration officials say they are keeping them from signing businessdeals while nuclear negotiations continue.
Here is the speech that Binyamin Netanyahu gave at the AIPAC conference this morning.I bring you greetings from Jerusalem -- (cheers, applause) -- the eternal, undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish people. (Cheers, applause.)I want to thank all of you for working so tirelessly to strengthen the alliance between Israel and America.
When it comes to foreign policy, President Obama in hisState of the Union address said little, but his words spoke volumes. Justdays after Secretary of State John Kerry sought at the World Economic Forum todefend the Obama Administration against mounting charges of disengagement, the president's remarks reinforced the impression of an administration lacking aforeign policy vision.
Ukraine. Thailand.Venezuela. None of those civildisturbances are situations that might remotely engage the U.S. military, evenif Putin gets all fraternal with his assistance to Ukraine. And Syria, while awar, isn't something I think the U.S. military needs to worry much aboutgetting involved in.
In his State of the Union addresson Tuesday, President Barack Obama will appeal directly to the American people toshore up support for his ambitious second-term foreign-policy goals. But theaudience the president really needs to win over is his nominal Democraticallies on Capitol Hill, who've shown arecurring willingness to buck the White House on a number of key foreign-policyinitiatives.
Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question:Which Should America Choose - Shi'ites, Sunnis or Neither? The Independent Sentinel: We need to bomb ISIS. We should have bombed them a month ago when they were on the Syria-Iraq border.
Of all of Syria's "friends," not many are wishing Assad a hearty congrats over his new term in office.The post North Korea Congratulates Syria’s Brutal Dictator On His Recent ‘Election’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.
From Ian:J Street Endorses Palestinian Refusal to Recognize Israel as Jewish StateIn a development that is not sending shockwaves through the pro-Israel community, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” advocacy group J Street has declared its support for the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.