Angela Merkel Was Underestimated, and It Became Her Superpower

Her 16-year reign is evidence that effective politics doesn’t require losing your humanity.

#germany, #international-relations, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government

Can Macron Lead the European Union After Merkel Retires?

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, would love to fill the German chancellor’s shoes. But a Europe with no single, central figure may be more likely.

#elections, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government

For India’s Military, a Juggling Act on Two Hostile Fronts

Tensions with China and Pakistan stretch a cash-starved military, while the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban removes a potential ally.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #himalayas, #india, #international-relations, #ladakh-india, #modi-narendra, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #territorial-disputes

France, Striving for Global Power, Still Struggles to Get It

Though often seen as vanity or pique, France’s assertiveness abroad is calibrated to manage a quandary it has faced since World War II: how to act as an independent power while depending on allies.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #arms-trade, #cold-war-era, #de-gaulle-charles, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states-international-relations

Australia’s Submarines Make Waves in Asia Long Before They Go to Sea

Some nations fear an accelerated arms buildup in a region where larger countries have already ramped up their military spending or capabilities.

#australia, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-asia, #east-china-sea, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #submarines-and-submersibles, #territorial-disputes, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Australia’s Submarine Deal Adds to Asia Arms Buildup

Some nations fear an accelerated arms buildup in a region where larger countries have already ramped up their military spending or capabilities.

#australia, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-asia, #east-china-sea, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #india, #international-relations, #japan, #submarines-and-submersibles, #territorial-disputes, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Macron Takes on U.S., a Big Gamble Even for a Bold Risk-Taker

For President Emmanuel Macron of France, a debacle over a lost submarine deal with Australia suggests that the NATO alliance is debilitated through lack of trust.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states

France Recalls Ambassadors to the United States and Australia in Protest of Submarine Deal

The French foreign minister said the decision was made by President Emmanuel Macron.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #international-relations, #le-drian-jean-yves, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #united-states-international-relations

Merkel Leaves the German Economy With Trouble Under the Hood

Chancellor Angela Merkel steered Europe through crises, and Germany has boomed during her tenure. But she has ducked changes needed to ensure the success lasts, analysts say.

#automobiles, #computers-and-the-internet, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #germany, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

France Is Outraged by U.S. Nuclear Submarine Deal With Australia

French officials accused President Biden of acting like his predecessor, saying they were stabbed in the back and not consulted.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #france, #great-britain, #international-relations, #johnson-boris, #le-drian-jean-yves, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Why Australia Bet the House on Lasting American Power in Asia

Less than three years ago, Australia’s leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China. A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #great-britain, #international-relations, #morrison-scott-1968, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states

Submarine Deal Shows Australia’s Big Bet on U.S.

Less than three years ago, Australia’s leader said his country need not choose between the U.S. and China. A nuclear submarine deal shows that much has changed since then.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #great-britain, #international-relations, #morrison-scott-1968, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states

Despite Covid Risks, Many Leaders Plan to Attend U.N. General Assembly

Unlike the annual meeting last year, conducted almost entirely virtually because of pandemic restrictions, the United Nations is expecting leaders from at least 83 countries to speak in person.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #general-assembly-un, #guterres-antonio, #international-relations, #united-nations

Iran and I.A.E.A. Reach Last-Minute Deal on Nuclear Monitoring

The temporary agreement should keep Tehran from censure for noncompliance by the nuclear agency, a move that could have derailed already suspended nuclear talks.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #grossi-rafael, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #international-relations, #iran, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #raisi-ebrahim

Quandary at U.N.: Who Speaks for Myanmar and Afghanistan?

Governments of the two countries have been toppled by pariah regimes. Will they get seats at the world’s biggest diplomatic table anyway?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #general-assembly-un, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #isaczai-ghulam-m, #kyaw-moe-tun, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #united-nations

Spain Arrests Former Venezuela Spy Chief Accused of Drug Trafficking

Hugo Carvajal, the former intelligence chief, had been hiding in Madrid, the police said, trying to avoid extradition to the United States.

#carvajal-hugo, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #extradition, #fugitives, #guaido-juan, #international-relations, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #spain, #venezuela

The Delta Variant and China’s Need to Change Its Covid-19 Policy

The benefits of the zero-infections policy have dropped in relation to the costs of implementation, and there are signs it is becoming counterproductive.

#australia, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #nanjing-china, #national-bureau-of-statistics-china, #new-zealand, #politics-and-government, #singapore, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wechat-mobile-app, #wuhan-china

He Worked With the U.S. in Afghanistan. Now the Taliban Is Threatening Him.

Rasheed worked with the U.S. in Afghanistan. Now he is facing threats from the Taliban.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #international-relations, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

I Was Left Behind in Afghanistan. I’m Terrified.

Rasheed worked with the U.S. in Afghanistan. Now he is facing threats from the Taliban.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #international-relations, #taliban, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Colombia’s Troubles Put a President’s Legacy on the Line

In an interview, Iván Duque defended his performance amid the pandemic and social strife, which could prompt a leftward shift in elections next year.

#colombia, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #duque-ivan, #income-inequality, #international-relations, #peace-process, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #south-korea

Let’s Not Pretend That the Way We Withdrew From Afghanistan Was the Problem

Our ignominious exit reflects the failure of America’s foreign policy establishment at both prediction and policymaking.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #draper-robert-1959, #international-relations, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Real Winner of the Afghan War? It’s Not Who You Think.

Pakistan, nominally a U.S. partner in the war, was the Afghan Taliban’s main patron, and sees the Taliban’s victory as its own. But now what does it do with its prize?

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #bajwa-qamar-javed, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #belt-and-road-initiative-china, #bin-laden-osama, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #grenier-robert-l, #haqqani-khalil-ahmed, #i-s-i, #international-relations, #muslims-and-islam, #obama-barack, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wang-yi

Naftali Bennett Backs Hard Line on Iran, Softer Tone With U.S.

In an interview before meeting with President Biden, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he opposed U.S. efforts to restore a nuclear deal with Iran and ruled out peace talks with the Palestinians.

#bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-jerusalem, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #new-york-times, #nuclear-weapons, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

Afghanistan Faces Economic Shock as Sanctions Replace Foreign Aid

The Taliban will be under pressure to keep a fragile economy afloat.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-monetary-fund, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #security-council-un, #taliban, #treasury-department, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-bank

How the U.S. Exit from Afghanistan Helps China

Unlike the United States, China brings no baggage to the table in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #beijing-china, #china, #international-relations, #pakistan, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #wang-yi

South Koreans Now Dislike China More Than They Dislike Japan

There is growing anti-China sentiment in South Korea, particularly among young voters. Conservative politicians are eager to turn the antipathy into a presidential election issue.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #international-relations, #millennial-generation, #moon-jae-in, #people-power-party, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #south-korea, #voting-and-voters, #xi-jinping, #youth

China’s Vaccine Diplomacy Stumbles in Southeast Asia

Several Southeast Asian nations are raising doubts about the efficacy of China’s vaccines. The Biden administration has recently offered to provide shots, “no strings attached.”

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #southeast-asia, #united-states-international-relations, #vaccination-and-immunization

Three People I Would Interview About Afghanistan

Imagining conversations on Afghanistan.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #international-relations, #pashtun-ethnic-group, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

A Pricey Drive Down Montenegro’s Highway ‘From Nowhere to Nowhere’

The Montenegrin leader says that an almost $1 billion Chinese-built highway approved by his predecessor has badly strained the country’s finances.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #corruption-institutional, #djukanovic-milo, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #foreign-investments, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #krivokapic-zdravko, #montenegro, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic

Broadcaster Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Images Aired During Olympic Parade

The South Korean broadcaster MBC showed photographs associating pizza with Italy, Chernobyl with Ukraine and Count Dracula with Romania in its coverage of the opening ceremony.

#athletics-and-sports, #international-relations, #mbc, #names-geographical, #news-and-news-media, #olympic-games-2022, #parades, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

Political Crisis in Haiti as Two Prime Ministers Claim Power

Despite the interim prime minister’s claim that he is in charge after the president’s assassination, a volatile political situation poses yet another challenge to democracies in the Western Hemisphere.

#aristide-jean-bertrand, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitutions, #haiti, #henry-ariel, #international-relations, #joseph-claude, #moise-jovenel-1968, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

Ethiopia Leader, Stung by World Condemnation, Denies Troops Were Defeated

A day after his troops withdrew from the Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed defended the military campaign but said it was no longer bearable.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Royal Drama Unfolds in Court, but a Prince at the Center of It Is Absent

Two prominent figures are on trial in Jordan accused of plotting to destabilize the kingdom. One is an adviser to Saudi Arabia’s leader, and the Saudis have been trying to disrupt the trial.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #awadallah-bassem, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-zaid-sharif-hassan, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #hamzah-bin-hussein-prince-of-jordan, #international-relations, #jordan, #middle-east, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #saudi-arabia, #treason-and-sedition, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Iran Bets on Religion, Repression and Revolution

The next Iranian president’s past tells us something about the country’s future.

#elections, #international-relations, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #khomeini-ruhollah, #politics-and-government, #raisi-ebrahim

A Roadblock for Iran’s President-Elect: He’s on the U.S. Sanctions List

Ebrahim Raisi, who is accused of grave human rights violations, has also been penalized by the European Union.

#content-type-personal-profile, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #politics-and-government, #raisi-ebrahim

U.N. General Assembly Demands Myanmar Junta End Coup and Stop the Killings

A resolution adopted Friday by the General Assembly is the most widespread condemnation yet of the Feb. 1 coup, a sharp diplomatic slap that contradicted the junta’s claim it has not been isolated.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #general-assembly-un, #international-relations, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #united-nations

Taiwan Accuses China of Blocking Access to BioNTech Vaccines

The two sides have traded accusations about whether political motivations are keeping the Taiwanese people from receiving immunizations amid the island’s first major Covid-19 outbreak.

#biontech-se, #chen-shih-chung, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #germany, #international-relations, #pfizer-inc, #shanghai-fosun-pharmaceutical-group, #shortages, #taiwan, #vaccination-and-immunization

China, Russia Team Up for a Space Race With the U.S.

The two countries have pledged to cooperate on expeditions to the moon and to an asteroid, setting the stage for a new space race with the United States and its partners.

#china, #china-manned-space-agency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-relations, #international-space-station, #mars-planet, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #politics-and-government, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #russia, #space-and-astronomy, #space-stations

Samantha Power Still Believes America Can Help Save the World

Can the new head of U.S. foreign aid make America good again?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #national-security-council, #power-samantha, #state-department, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

NATO, Crime, Jupiter: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #democratic-party, #disabilities, #education-k-12, #international-relations, #juno-spacecraft, #justice-department, #lordstown-motors-corp, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #novavax-inc, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Boris Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ Makes Shaky Start at G7 Summit

The prime minister’s plan to introduce his vision of a nimble, trade-savvy U.K. was upended by a spat over Northern Ireland.

#european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #group-of-seven, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #northern-ireland, #united-states-international-relations

Biden and the Democrats Love NATO. Should They?

It antagonizes Russia, keeps Europe subservient and facilitates endless wars. What’s there to love?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #democratic-party, #europe, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #russia, #stoltenberg-jens, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

G7 Leaders Offer United Front as Summit Ends, but Cracks Are Clear

Biden and other Western leaders had tough words for Russia and China after wrapping up a meeting in England, but they had trouble finding common ground on some big issues.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cornwall-england, #forced-labor, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-seven, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

A photographic journey shows how ‘Bibi’ put his stamp on Israel — through his toughness and the search for security in an unstable region.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #elections, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #hezbollah, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #photography, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Senate Passes Bill to Bolster Competitiveness With China

The wide margin of support reflected a sense of urgency among lawmakers in both parties about shoring up the technological and industrial capacity of the United States to counter Beijing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #democratic-party, #energy-department, #innovation, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #national-science-foundation, #politics-and-government, #research, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #shortages, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Make China ‘Lovable,’ Xi Said. But Don’t Expect Softening.

Xi Jinping’s remarks to top Communist Party leaders suggest Beijing will focus on courting allies rather than easing its rhetoric against the U.S. and Europe.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping

New Zealand Court Clears Way for Murder Suspect’s Extradition to China

The Supreme Court insisted on assurances from Beijing that the man, accused of killing a Chinese woman in 2009, would not be tortured and would get a fair trial.

#china, #extradition, #international-relations, #new-zealand

U.N. Suspends Iran’s Voting Rights for Delinquent Dues. Iran is Furious.

Iran and four other countries were disqualified from voting in the General Assembly because they haven’t paid dues for two years. Iran blamed sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.

#central-african-republic, #china, #comoros, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #general-assembly-un, #guterres-antonio, #international-relations, #iran, #office-of-foreign-assets-control-united-states-treasury, #sao-tome-and-principe, #somalia

A Wave of the Hand Sets Off Spain-Morocco Migrant Fight

Spanish officials say Morocco increasingly sees migrants as currency for financial and political gains after it let up to 12,000 flood into a Spanish enclave in North Africa over two days.

#ceuta-spain, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #illegal-immigration, #international-relations, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #morocco, #politics-and-government, #spain

Belarus Plane Crisis Tightens Lukashenko’s Awkward Embrace of Putin

For years, the leader of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, has played the West against Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Now, weakened and isolated, he is losing leverage.

#belarus, #hijacking, #international-relations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryanair-holdings-plc, #united-states-international-relations