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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U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis

The Biden administration is close to completing a review of Trump-era weapons sales to the two Gulf Arab states. Democrats in Congress oppose the deals.

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‘Maximum Pressure’ on Iran Has Failed

A return to the nuclear deal is the first step out of the morass.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Looks to Build on Secret Portions of Taliban Deal to Reduce Violence

In the final weeks before the U.S. is set to withdraw from Afghanistan, officials are trying to negotiate with the insurgent group and stave off a Taliban spring offensive.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #doha-qatar, #peace-process, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Children Trapped by Colombia’s War, Five Years After Peace Deal

Despite a 2016 peace deal with the FARC, Colombia’s long internal conflict continues. Seldom has that been as evident as this month, when the government bombed a rebel camp full of young people.

#child-soldiers, #colombia, #duque-ivan, #guayabero-river-colombia, #peace-process, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #rural-areas, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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North Korea Launches Missile Test as Tensions Rise With U.S.

The test was the first by Pyongyang since President Biden took office and came after it accused the United States and South Korea of raising “a stink” on the Korean Peninsula.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Tensions With Arab Allies Undermine a Netanyahu Pitch to Israeli Voters

The Israeli prime minister has presented himself as a global leader, but that image has been dented by tensions with Jordan and the United Arab Emirates as Israeli voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

#defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #international-relations, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-arab-emirates

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Why Is It So Tough to Leave Afghanistan?

The foreign policy establishment just can’t admit when it got things wrong.

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U.S. Pushes U.N.-Led Peace Conference in Letter to Afghan Leader

In blunt terms, Secretary of State Antony Blinken seeks to jump-start stalled negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

#blinken-antony-j, #ghani-ashraf, #kabul-afghanistan, #khalilzad-zalmay, #peace-process, #shariah-islamic-law, #taliban, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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How to Help Endangered and Impoverished Peoples

Séverine Autessere’s “The Frontlines of Peace” is a biting account of the humanitarian aid industry by a worker who was on the ground.

#autesserre-severine, #books-and-literature, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #somaliland, #the-frontlines-of-peace-an-insiders-guide-to-changing-the-world-book, #united-nations

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How to Unite a Deeply Divided Kosovo? Name a Lake After Trump

A lighthearted suggestion by a U.S. envoy hoping to bridge a vast rift between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo has taken on a life of its own — only to be ridiculed by local residents on both sides.

#balkan-states, #grenell-richard, #kosovo, #names-geographical, #peace-process, #reservoirs, #secession-and-independence-movements, #serbia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Afghan Civilian Casualties Soared After Peace Talks’ Start

Fighting intensified in the last quarter of 2020, after talks between the Afghan government and Taliban began. Before then, it had been a less deadly year than before.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #peace-process, #taliban, #united-nations

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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.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-department, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #obama-barack, #peace-process, #taliban, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace? Try Confederation

Politicians and experts should not doubt a two-state solution. But they should finally consider a plausible version of it.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #ramallah-west-bank, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j

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The New Alliance Shaping the Middle East Is Against a Tiny Bug

Israeli sensors on the Persian Gulf, across the water from Iran, are part of an epic battle in the Middle East. Just not the one we’re used to.

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Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Despite the move, analysts believe the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement remain distant.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #west-bank

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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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Why Did the Taliban Free an Imprisoned Afghan Police Officer?

The internal debate in Washington over the fate of an Iranian prisoner in Afghanistan illustrates one of the difficult decisions the end of a war brings.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #iran, #khalilzad-zalmay, #peace-process, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Strong Views and ‘Close to the Boss’: How U.S. Envoy Reshaped a Conflict

David Friedman, President Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer-turned-ambassador, leaves his post having radically overhauled policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #friedman-david-m-1958, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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He Calmed Gaza, Aided Israel’s Arab Ties and Preserved Hopes for Peace

After six years of quiet diplomacy as the U.N.’s Middle East envoy, Nickolay Mladenov leaves his post to a chorus of praise from an unlikely choir.

#international-relations, #israel, #middle-east, #mladenov-nickolay-e, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-nations

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What to Know as Troubled Afghan Peace Talks Enter a New Phase

The Afghan government and the Taliban are set to continue negotiations toward a cease-fire in early January, but several fundamental issues stand in the way of progress.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #doha-qatar, #milley-mark-a, #peace-process, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Trump Incentives for Signing Peace Accords With Israel Could Be at Risk

Diplomatic sweeteners for joining the Abraham Accords that were offered to Morocco, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates could be rejected by Congress or reversed by the incoming Biden administration.

#bahrain, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #houthis, #israel, #morocco, #peace-process, #presidential-election-of-2020, #saudi-arabia, #september-11-2001, #state-department, #sudan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-sahara, #yemen

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Morocco Joins List of Arab Nations to Begin Normalizing Relations With Israel

Morocco follows Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates in setting aside generations of hostilities toward the Jewish state, part of a major foreign policy effort of the Trump administration.

#kushner-jared, #peace-process, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Biden Says He Wants to Stand Up for Democracy. Here’s Where to Start.

The United States has been far too lenient against Egypt’s brutal dictator.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #egypt, #egyptian-initiative-for-personal-rights, #egyptian-americans, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #peace-process, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Afghan and Taliban Negotiators Agree on Peace Talks’ Procedures

Afghan government and Taliban officials said they had finalized the terms to guide future talks, opening the door to a new phase of negotiations toward a long-term peace.

#afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #doha-qatar, #ghani-ashraf, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #trump-donald-j

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A Responsible Withdrawal From Afghanistan

The Biden administration should support a regional effort to stabilize the country.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #doha-qatar, #iran, #peace-process, #taliban, #terrorism, #zawahri-ayman-al

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For Netanyahu and Israel, Trump’s Gifts Kept on Coming

Allowing the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard the ability to emigrate to Israel was just the latest in a long list of prizes for America’s closest ally in the Middle East.

#adelson-sheldon-g, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pollard-jonathan-j, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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After War Between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Peace Sees Winners and Losers Swap Places

A deal brokered by Russia ended the fighting for now over Nagorno-Karabakh, leaving Armenians to pack up and burn their houses as they retreat, while Azerbaijanis plan a return to long-lost lands.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #azerbaijan, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #peace-process, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Biden Victory Brings Sighs of Relief Overseas for Foreign Leaders

Foreign leaders showered the president-elect with congratulations. For many, the importance of this election was as much about removing Mr. Trump as ushering in Mr. Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #elections, #peace-process, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Indigenous Colombians, Facing New Wave of Brutality, Demand Government Action

“If we don’t stand before the world and say, ‘This is happening,’ we will be exterminated,” a protest leader said. After a long civil war, a new type of violence is sweeping Indigenous communities.

#bogota-colombia, #colombia, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duque-ivan, #peace-process, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #south-america

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