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 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.
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.
The Islamic State scored a major victory today over Syrian leader Basher Assad's forces when they broke through after a two week siege to capture the strategic Tabqa airbase southwest of their northern stronghold of Raqqa. Hundreds of the 1,000 Syrian soldiers trapped there were killed.
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.
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.
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.
PresidentBarack Obama's defensive remarks yesterday in Manila trying to explain hisforeign policy strategy have garnered substantial headlines. Hisrefusal to describe any strategic principles and priorities was notable, as wasthis lament: Typically, criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force ...
For three bloody years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has proved time and time again that his relationship with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad is more important to him than winning the world's approval.
Gee, President Obama seems quite eager to blame the Bush administration for his pulling American troops out of Iraq. As James Taranto notices, Obama's defense of his policies shifts around from explaining why he didn't achieve a Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqis and then saying that he would have pulled the troops out anyway.
Two events have converged, which signal the poor fit betweenPresident Barack Obama's positive narrative about Iran in the nuclear talks andTehran's negative role as a sponsor of terrorism described by the StateDepartment.
From Ian:Melanie Phillips: The Failure of the Mideast 'Peace Process'In Israel, there is bewilderment that it alone is being held responsible for the absence of peace. After all, while Mr. Netanyahu has accepted the prospect of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, Mr. Abbas has said repeatedly that the Palestinians will never accept that Israel is a Jewish state.
From Ian:Khaled Abu Toameh: Why Abbas Endorsed Hamas DemandsEvidently, Abbas has reached the conclusion that unless he hurries up and declares his support for the Palestinian "resistance" groups in the Gaza Strip, his people will march on his office and force him to quit.
ByLt. James Schmitt, USAFBestDefense guest columnistIf there's one lesson to be learned in theRussian invasion of Crimea, it is that hard power acts faster than soft power.The international outrage against Russia for its actions traveled at a fractionof the pace of the Russian troops moving out of their bases in the region.