Putin’s Tough Talk

Russian troops massed on the border of Ukraine, a dissident gravely ill, new sanctions. What’s it all mean?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #solarwinds, #zelensky-volodymyr

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Biden to Declare Atrocities Against Armenia Were Genocide

The designation for the World War I-era killings would further fray U.S. relations with Turkey, but it is a risk the president appears willing to take to further human rights, officials said.

#armenia, #armenians, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #ottoman-empire, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Pentagon Seeks Aircraft Carrier for Afghanistan Withdrawal

Military officials said the request was headed to the desk of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, who is expected to decide soon.

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In Russia, a Military Buildup That Can’t be Missed

Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its southwestern border with Ukraine was meant to send a message, analysts say.

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Biden, Setting Afghanistan Withdrawal, Says ‘It Is Time to End the Forever War’

The president said the main objective of ensuring that Afghanistan would not be a launching pad for terrorism had been achieved and that it was time for American troops to come home.

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NATO Is Expected to Confirm Its Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The alliance’s mantra has always been “in together and out together,” so with the U.S. leaving, the pullout would not come as a surprise.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government

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‘Global Britain’: Boris Johnson Pins U.K. Future on U.S. Ties

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s blueprint for Britain’s economic, security and diplomatic future is a tighter embrace of Washington, with policies aligning London with President Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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The Fighter Jet That’s Too Pricey to Fail

The F-35 is a boondoggle. Yet we’re stuck with it.

#boeing-company, #defense-and-military-forces, #f-35-airplane, #military-aircraft, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #smith-david-a, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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A Top Democrat Warns Against a Hasty Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

Senator Jack Reed said he favored seeking an extension of the May 1 deadline for withdrawing troops that President Donald Trump and the Taliban negotiated last year.

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Seeking Fresh Start With Iraq, Biden Avoids Setting Red Lines With Iran

The administration’s measured response to a rocket attack in Erbil sharply contrasts with a Trump-era campaign against Iran that, more often than not, caught Iraq in the crossfire.

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Biden Tells Allies ‘America Is Back,’ but Macron and Merkel Push Back

All three leaders seemed to recognize, though, that their first virtual encounter was a moment to celebrate the end of the “America First” era.

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Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

The new president’s vow to restore the trans-Atlantic alliance is welcome, but Europeans want a more balanced relationship, with more dialogue and less diktat.

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Biden Faces Deadline on Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The question is whether the small contingent of American troops can accomplish anything after 20 years — and whether full withdrawal would clear the way for Taliban advances.

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European Court Backs Germany in Case Over 2009 Killings of Afghan Civilians

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Germany sufficiently investigated the bombing in Afghanistan that killed up to 90 civilians.

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Biden Inherits Growing Risks on Nuclear Arms Control

With Russia, China and North Korea all modernizing their nuclear arsenals, and Iran enriching, allies want U.S. reassurance. But they are less inclined to believe it.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #iran, #merkel-angela, #middle-east, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Declaring Democracy Won’t Be Subverted, Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

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Biden Demands Russia and Myanmar Reverse Course

The president is about to discover how years of sanctions fatigue — exacerbated in the Trump administration — and a decline in American influence may make it difficult to deliver on his promises.

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U.S. Should Slow Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Bipartisan Panel Urges

A study group appointed by Congress finds that removing international forces by the May 1 date set in the 2020 U.S.-Taliban peace agreement could lead to a civil war in Afghanistan.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #ayotte-kelly-a, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #dunford-joseph-f-jr, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #khalilzad-zalmay, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #stoltenberg-jens, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Macron Tells Biden That Cooperation With U.S. Cannot Be Dependence

In a “very agreeable call,” the French president told his American counterpart that Europe wanted “strategic autonomy.” In an interview with foreign media, he also reflected on the pandemic and threats to democracy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j

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Mike Pompeo Leaves State Department With a Dubious Legacy

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks to his political future, his turbulent tenure is characterized by investigations into his leadership and ethics.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #israel, #koch-charles-g, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

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A German Town Warily Considers a Future Without a Deep U.S. Presence

American culture, friends and jobs are part of the fabric of Vilseck, home to a U.S. military base. President Trump has forced its people to think about what it would mean to lose that.

#bavaria-germany, #defense-department, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oktoberfest, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Ex-Military Officers Criticize Spain’s Government and Praise Franco

The comments by former officers, and some current ones, struck a raw nerve in a country that had been ruled by a military dictatorship.

#defense-and-military-forces, #franco-francisco, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #spain, #spanish-socialist-workersparty

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The World Is Full of Challenges. Here’s How Biden Can Meet Them.

The incoming administration needs to update American policy to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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U.S. Takes Tougher Tone With Turkey as Trump Exits

Officials said President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. must keep from alienating the government in Ankara even as the U.S. and European allies try to curb Turkey’s military ambitions with sanctions.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-transition-us, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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NATO Needs to Adapt Quickly to Stay Relevant for 2030, Report Urges

After France’s president said NATO was suffering “brain death,” the alliance sought advice on how to stay vibrant as it faces new challenges from Russia and China.

#defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #stoltenberg-jens, #united-states-international-relations

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Boris Johnson, Seen as a Trump Ally, Signals Alignment With Biden

The prime minister wants to show that Britain remains a vital ally. On climate change and military spending, he is promising major steps that will be welcomed by the president-elect.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cummings-dominic-1971, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #global-warming, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Europe Lauds Biden but Wonders: What Will He Want? How Long Will He Stay?

Allies welcomed an American president who sees them as allies, not rivals. But with the U.S. so polarized, and with the possibility of a Republican-controlled Senate, they are also wary.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Diplomat Coughs Online, and European Allies Wonder if They Were Exposed

A senior State Department official who tested positive for the coronavirus after a trip to Europe has angered other diplomats and irritated foreign officials whom he could have infected.

#biegun-stephen-e, #brussels-belgium, #budapest-hungary, #chatham-house-the-royal-institute-of-international-affairs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hutchison-kay-bailey, #kerry-john, #london-england, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #paris-france, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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In Pandemic U.K., Brexit Is an Afterthought, as Is Trump

British voters who opted in 2016 for leaving the European Union seem ready to move on from the president, who is widely disliked despite his cheerleading for that cause.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #farage-nigel-1964, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020

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Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Hurt American Alliances

It has become impossible for democracies to believe it is in their interest to take Trump’s America seriously.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #european-union, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #world-health-organization, #world-trade-organization, #xi-jinping

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After Trump, Will International Relations and Trade Ever Be the Same?

And it won’t come back even if and when he’s gone.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #customs-tariff, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020, #protectionism-trade, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #world-health-organization, #world-trade-organization

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The Shrinking of the American Mind

What wasn’t said at the debates was as telling as what was.

#biden-hunter, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations

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Europe Wonders if It Can Rely on U.S. Again, Whoever Wins

America’s deeply polarized politics have marked foreign policy, too, undermining Washington’s authority and reputation for reliability.

#europe, #european-union, #group-of-seven, #international-trade-and-world-market, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #world-trade-organization

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Warring Sides in Nagorno-Karabakh Agree to Cease-Fire Talks

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are coming to Moscow for a Russian-brokered negotiation on a limited truce to exchange prisoners and casualties.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #caucasus-russia, #defense-and-military-forces, #moscow-russia, #nagorno-karabakh, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v

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The Trouble in the South Caucasus Extends Far Beyond One Small Enclave

Hundreds of people have already died in fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Bigger neighbors can help stop the bloodshed.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #armenians, #azerbaijan, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #nagorno-karabakh, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #politics-and-government, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #turkey

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Armenia’s Leader Seeks Trump’s Help as Conflict Rages With Azerbaijan

Nikol Pashinyan, Armenia’s prime minister, said he was promised a call with President Trump over Turkey’s role in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Then Mr. Trump fell ill.

#armenia, #armenians, #azerbaijan, #defense-and-military-forces, #nagorno-karabakh, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #pashinyan-nikol, #russia, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #united-states-international-relations

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Turkey Jumps Into Another Foreign Conflict, This Time in the Caucasus

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already intervened militarily in Syria, Libya and Iraq this year. His aggressive policies put him increasingly at odds with Russia.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #international-relations, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #turkey

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U.N. General Assembly: Live Updates

As world leaders meet for the 75th United Nations General Assembly this week, the gatherings are virtual, but the challenges all too real.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #general-assembly-un, #manhattan-nyc, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #nuclear-weapons, #treaties, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations

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Can Biden Fix What Trump Broke?

E.U. leaders are still learning to navigate a world ever more dangerous for them, while relations with the United States grow more and more awkward.

#balkan-states, #baltic-sea, #belarus, #berlin-germany, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #group-of-seven, #johnson-boris, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trudeau-justin, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Allies and Former U.S. Officials Fear Trump Could Seek NATO Exit in a Second Term

President Trump is said to have spoken privately for years about withdrawing from the alliance, a move that critics say would be a major victory for Russia.

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U.S.-Russia Military Tensions Intensify in the Air and on the Ground Worldwide

Recent altercations in Europe, the Middle East and off the coast of Alaska have heightened tensions between the two rival powers.

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Turkey and Greece Have Let Their Latest Feud Get Too Hot

It’s time to listen to Germany and take a step back.

#cyprus, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #greece, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

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Turkey Braces for Yet Another Currency Crisis

A sharp drop in the value of the lira is testing businesses and residents while they are coping with the pandemic.

#antalya-turkey, #bulgurlu-hakan, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #grundig-ag, #home-appliances, #istanbul-turkey, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #turkey, #us-dollar-currency, #ventilators-medical, #world-bank

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Belarus Protests Eclipse Rally in Defense of Defiant Leader

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Minsk to oppose President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko’s declared election victory.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v

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Turkish Aggression Is NATO’s ‘Elephant in the Room’

Despite being a NATO member, Turkey has bought Russian air defense. And a recent push into Libya and its energy ambitions nearly led to armed conflicts with France and Greece.

#defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #europe, #european-union, #mediterranean-sea, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Still Defers to Putin, Even as He Dismisses U.S. Intelligence and the Allies

Say this about President Trump’s approach to Moscow: It’s been consistent.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #germany, #internet-research-agency-russia, #justice-department, #national-security-agency, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. to Cut 12,000 Forces in Germany

Defense Department officials say the redeployments will enhance American security and its ability to respond to threats. Allies and some in Congress see it as punishment to Germany.

#cold-war-era, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #landstuhl-regional-medical-center, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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The Next Global Flash Point

In the Eastern Mediterranean, the West has retreated. That leaves Turkey and Russia to fill the vacuum.

#al-qaeda, #assad-bashar-al, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-council-on-foreign-relations, #european-union, #foreign-workers, #hifter-khalifa, #international-relations, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #muslim-brotherhood-egypt, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #trump-donald-j

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Three Marines, Now Focus of Russian Bounties Investigation, Show the Costs of an Endless War

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is now described as training, advising and assisting Afghan troops. But American forces are still patrolling areas that are as deadly as they were in 2001.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bagram-air-base-afghanistan, #fire-department-nyc, #hendriks-robert-a-1976-2019, #hines-benjamin-s, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #slutman-christopher-k-a-1976-2019, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-marine-corps

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He Changed His Country’s Name. Will North Macedonia Punish Him?

Zoran Zaev led North Macedonia into NATO and toward the European Union by altering its name. That could cost him in an election on Wednesday.

#elections, #european-union, #mickoski-hristijan, #names-geographical, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #republic-of-north-macedonia, #zaev-zoran-1974

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