I’m Ukraine’s Foreign Minister. Putin Must Be Stopped.

Now is not the time to accept unfavorable cease-fire proposals.

#peace-process, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

David Trimble, Peace Prize Winner in Ulster Strife, Dies at 77

A onetime Protestant firebrand, he surprised adversaries when he helped broker peace in Northern Ireland with the Good Friday pact of 1998.

#great-britain, #irish-republican-army, #nobel-prizes, #northern-ireland, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #trimble-david, #ulster-unionist-party

Biden’s Mideast Message: Good News for Israel, Small Steps for Palestinians

To Israelis, President Biden’s visit was mostly a source of celebration of growing ties with Arab countries. For the Palestinians, Mr. Biden brought funding and sympathy — but no long-term plans.

#abbas-mahmoud, #abu-akleh-shireen, #arabs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #heaney-seamus, #hospitals, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

Why the Latest Palestinian Leader in the West Bank Is Unpopular

Hussein al-Sheikh is considered a possible successor to Mahmoud Abbas, 87, the Palestinian Authority president. But as a liaison to Israel, some critics call him a “spokesman of the occupation.”

#abbas-mahmoud, #content-type-personal-profile, #fatah-al, #israeli-settlements, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #ramallah-west-bank, #sheikh-hussein-al, #west-bank

Biden Bans Most Antipersonnel Land Mine Use, Reversing Trump-Era Policy

The move effectively returns to a 2014 policy that forbade the use of the weapons except in defense of South Korea.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #korean-demilitarized-zone, #mines-explosive, #peace-process, #treaties, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How to Stop Colombia’s Surging Violence

Neither candidate has a clear plan to contain rising levels of conflict and armed violence in the countryside.

#colombia, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #elections, #hernandez-rodolfo-1945, #peace-process, #petro-gustavo, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

Israel Signs Trade Deal With U.A.E.

The agreement highlighted deepening ties between Israel and parts of the Arab world. Once ratified, it will remove tariffs on 96 percent of bilateral trade, the two governments said.

#dubai-united-arab-emirates, #international-relations, #israel, #peace-process

Estonia’s Tough Voice on Ukraine Urges No Compromise With Putin

Kaja Kallas, the prime minister, remembers Soviet annexation and repression and sees the same brutality in occupied Ukraine, which she believes is fighting for all of Europe.

#defense-and-military-forces, #estonia, #europe, #european-union, #kallas-kaja-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #reform-party, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #women-and-girls, #zelensky-volodymyr

Baking Challah in Dubai: A Jewish Community Heads Out Into the Open

The increasing openness of Jewish life in the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai is another sign of an emerging new reality in the Middle East, where Israel’s isolation by the Arab world is ebbing.

#anti-semitism, #arabs, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-arab-emirates

How the Yemen War Connects to Saudi Arabia and Iran

Yemen was already the Arab world’s poorest country before its civil war began in 2014. Then a Saudi-led coalition joined the fight against the Iran-backed Houthi militia, spreading the ruin.

#bombs-and-explosives, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #houthis, #iran, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #sana-yemen, #saudi-arabia, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #yemen

Yemen’s President Steps Down, Hands Power to Presidential Council

President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi abdicated days after a two-month cease-fire took effect, signs that his Saudi allies may be looking for a path out of the bloodshed.

#defense-and-military-forces, #hadi-abdu-rabbu-mansour, #houthis, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #yemen

Yemen’s Warring Parties to Begin First Cease-Fire in 6 Years

The two-month truce, brokered by the United Nations, offers hope for a reduction of violence in a war that has rattled the Arabian Peninsula and caused a humanitarian crisis.

#defense-and-military-forces, #houthis, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #united-nations, #yemen

What to Know About Israel’s Summit With 4 Arab Countries

Four Arab foreign ministers will meet in Israel’s Negev desert on Sunday, along with their U.S. counterpart. The talks mark a realignment of Middle Eastern powers, accelerated by the war in Ukraine.

#arabs, #bahrain, #blinken-antony-j, #egypt, #europe, #international-relations, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #morocco, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Grimmest Dilemma

The Biden administration is facing an old Cold War dilemma: Be weak or risk a world war.

#defense-and-military-forces, #internal-storyline-no, #mariupol-ukraine, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #peace-process, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Ukraine’s Cause Is Righteous. That Shouldn’t Shape Policy.

The Iraq war showed us how dangerous policy driven by moral imperatives can be.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iraq-war-2003-11, #mazarr-michael-j, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Finding a Way Out of the War in Ukraine Proves Elusive

Attempts at diplomacy have hit a stone wall as President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia refuses to engage in any serious negotiation, but his endgame is unclear.

#biological-and-chemical-warfare, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

It’s Time to Offer Russia an Offramp. China Can Help With That.

China is uniquely placed to play the role of mediator for economic, political and ideological reasons.

#china, #peace-process, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Looking for an Endgame in Ukraine

Three scenarios for a place where our support for the Ukrainians, our sense of our own interests and the realities of Russian power might converge.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Ukraine’s Zelensky Accuses Western of Appeasement

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine reminded his Western counterparts of what was supposed to be an unforgettable lesson from Europe’s past.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #munich-germany, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-war-ii-1939-45, #zelensky-volodymyr

Ukraine and a Post-Pax Americana World

We’ll miss it when it’s gone.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Israeli leader, Naftali Bennett, Meets Bahrain Counterpart, Signaling Regional Shift

The trip by Naftali Bennett, the first official visit to Bahrain by an Israeli prime minister, showcased growing ties between his country and several Arab governments.

#arabs, #bennett-naftali, #international-relations, #khalifa-hamad-bin-isa-al, #khalifa-salman-bin-hamad-bin-isa-al-1969, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #palestinians, #peace-process

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to Make Historic Visit to Bahrain

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was set to fly to Bahrain on Monday in the first visit by an Israeli premier to the Gulf state, which is seen as a proxy for Saudi Arabia.

#bahrain, #bennett-naftali, #international-relations, #israel, #khalifa-salman-bin-hamad-bin-isa-al-1969, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government

Emmanuel Macron Recounts Face-Off With Vladimir Putin

The French leader recounted his face-off with Vladimir Putin and dismissed Washington’s exchange of letters with Moscow, gambling that his diplomacy could pay off before April elections.

#elections, #europe, #european-union, #france, #international-relations, #lavrov-sergey-v, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Armed Nationalists in Ukraine Pose a Threat Not Just to Russia

Kyiv is encouraging the arming of nationalist paramilitary groups to thwart a Russian invasion. But they could also destabilize the government if it agrees to a peace deal they reject.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kyiv-ukraine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #peace-process, #russia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Europe Calls for Peace, but Not at Any Price

Two days of intense diplomacy on both sides of the Atlantic leave the standoff over Ukraine with Russia frozen in place.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #duda-andrzej-1972, #europe, #germany, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #peskov-dmitri-s, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Putin Warns the West and Ukraine, but Keeps His Intentions a Mystery

President Vladimir Putin said diplomatic ideas raised in a meeting by French President Emmanuel Macron were worth pursuing, but did not rule out a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

#defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine

In Responses to Russia, U.S. Stands Firm on Who Can Join NATO

In responses to Moscow’s security demands, the U.S. and NATO rejected a demand that Ukraine never join the alliance but offered more transparency on missile deployments in Eastern Europe.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #poland, #romania, #russia, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #treaties, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

India’s Militarized Nagaland Calls for End to Army Impunity

A deadly mistaken ambush by soldiers seeking rebels in the country’s northeast has renewed attention on a special powers act that residents say perpetuates fear and harassment.

#deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #modi-narendra, #nagaland-india, #peace-process, #search-and-seizure, #terrorism

U.K. Foreign Secretary Inherits Thorny Issue: Northern Ireland Talks

Liz Truss is taking charge of Brexit talks after the surprise resignation of David Frost. If she is successful, it could give her a significant political boost.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-court-of-justice, #european-union, #frost-david-1965, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #truss-elizabeth-1975, #united-states-international-relations

Zalmay Khalilzad Battles Critics in U.S. and Afghanistan

Zalmay Khalilzad, who stepped down as the envoy for Afghanistan after the U.S. exit, has defended the deal he negotiated with the Taliban during the Trump administration.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #ghani-ashraf, #khalilzad-zalmay, #peace-process, #state-department, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Qatar to Represent U.S. Interests in Afghanistan, Blinken Says

The Gulf nation will also help process visas for thousands of people trying to flee the Taliban.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #blinken-antony-j, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #immigration-and-emigration, #peace-process, #qatar, #state-department, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas

Ethiopia’s War Is Tearing the Country Apart

The war is spiraling out of control, but peace is still possible.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #peace-process, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Pakistan Reaches Cease-Fire With Resurgent Taliban Militants

The Pakistani government said it would offer amnesty for insurgents who are willing to disarm.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #defense-and-military-forces, #khan-imran, #pakistan, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #tehrik-e-taliban, #terrorism, #yousafzai-malala, #zardari-bilawal-bhutto

Inside the Unraveling of American Zionism

How a new generation of Jewish leaders began to rethink their support for Israel.

#anti-semitism, #beinart-peter, #clergy, #dermer-ron, #diaspora, #east-jerusalem, #forward-the, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #hebrew-union-college, #hebrew-union-college-jewish-institute-of-religion, #hebron-west-bank, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jewish-theological-seminary-of-america, #jews-and-judaism, #los-angeles-calif, #millennial-generation, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pew-research-center, #pittsburgh-pa-shooting-2018, #rabbis, #rabin-yitzhak, #taglit-birthright-israel, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #west-bank, #western-wall-jerusalem

‘Shrinking the Conflict’: What Does Israel’s New Mantra Really Mean?

Short of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett wants to “shrink” it. Critics say it’s just a new term for the old policies.

#bennett-naftali, #goodman-micah-1974, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Five Years After Peace Deal, Colombia Is Running Out of Time, Experts Say

A treaty with rebels in 2016 called for the end of a decades-long war. But that is not the same as achieving peace, and the window for doing so may be closing.

#coca-plant, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duque-ivan, #income-inequality, #land-use-policies, #peace-process, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #rural-areas, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

In Reversal, Israel’s New Government Engages With Palestinian Authority

The government has held high-level meetings with Palestinian officials and aided the Palestinians economically, a sharp change from the previous government.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #fatah-al, #gantz-benny, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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

Trump’s Taliban Deal Showed the Folly of Personal Diplomacy

The conduct of diplomatic relations shouldn’t rest solely on the shoulders of presidents.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #peace-process, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Our ‘Broken Windows’ World

The end of Pax Americana is an invitation to chaos. 

#afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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

Did the War in Afghanistan Have to Happen?

In 2001, when the Taliban were weak and ready to surrender, the U.S. passed on a deal. Nearly 20 years later, the Taliban hold all the cards.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bin-laden-osama, #brahimi-lakhdar, #bush-george-w, #civilian-casualties, #crocker-ryan-c, #dobbins-james-f, #karzai-hamid, #obama-barack, #peace-process, #rumsfeld-donald-h, #taliban, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

China Offers the Taliban a Warm Welcome While Urging Peace Talks

Worried about the war in Afghanistan, China has stepped up diplomatic efforts with the government and the group to encourage a political settlement after the U.S. withdrawal.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #baradar-abdul-ghani, #china, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi

As Secular Peace Effort Stutters in Israel, Religious Mediators Hope to Step In

The inclusion of an Islamist party in Israel’s government has spurred a group of imams and rabbis hoping to build a religious-based peace movement.

#abbas-mansour, #arabs, #darwish-abdullah-nimar-1948-2017, #hamas, #imams, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #melchior-michael-1954, #muslims-and-islam, #netanyahu-benjamin, #odeh-ayman-1975, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #raam-party-israel, #rabbis, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Tribunal Convicts Former Serbian Officials of Crimes in the Balkans

It was the first time in the three decades of the tribunal’s history that officials in the wartime Serbian government were found guilty of playing a role in atrocities in neighboring countries.

#balkan-states, #belgrade-serbia, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #croatia, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #europe, #hague-netherlands, #international-criminal-tribunal-for-the-former-yugoslavia, #karadzic-radovan, #kosovo, #milosevic-slobodan, #mladic-ratko, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #serbia, #simatovic-franko, #srebrenica-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #stanisic-jovica, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Multi-Sided Civil War Could Grip Afghanistan, U.S. General Warns

“Civil war is certainly a path that can be visualized,” said Gen. Austin S. Miller, commander of the U.S.-led forces. “That should be a concern for the world.”

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ghani-ashraf, #miller-austin-scott-1961, #peace-process, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Meeting Blinken, Israel’s Top Diplomat Aims to Fix Netanyahu ‘Mistakes’

Israel’s foreign minister, Yair Lapid, is determined to repair his government’s fraught relationship with Washington Democrats, but he does not necessarily speak for his own right-wing prime minister, Naftali Bennett.

#bennett-naftali, #blinken-antony-j, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #lapid-yair, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations

Biden Says Afghans Must ‘Decide Their Future’ as U.S. Troops Withdraw

Mr. Biden told President Ashraf Ghani that the United States would still offer security assistance, as well as diplomatic and humanitarian aid.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #ghani-ashraf, #humanitarian-aid, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #peace-process, #taliban, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pakistan’s Imran Khan Talks About U.S. Ties, Afghanistan

Pakistan’s prime minister on Afghanistan, India and the future of the relationship with America.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #ghani-ashraf, #khan-imran, #pakistan, #peace-process, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Mediators Push to Restore Cease-Fire in Gaza After Overnight Strikes

Foreign diplomats worked to calm tensions on Wednesday after the first armed exchange between Hamas and Israel since an 11-day air war in May.

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts