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

Departure of Netanyahu Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

The departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is a relief for Democrats, but Iran and the Palestinians could test Mr. Biden’s relations with a fragile new Israeli government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #iran, #israel, #lapid-yair, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Shift in Israel Provides Biden a Chance for Better Ties

The departure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is a relief for Democrats, but Iran and the Palestinians could test Mr. Biden’s relations with a fragile new Israeli government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #iran, #israel, #lapid-yair, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

U.S. Weighs Possibility of Airstrikes if Afghan Forces Face Crisis

The Pentagon is considering whether to intervene with warplanes or drones in the event that Kabul is in danger of falling to the Taliban, though no decisions have been made.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kabul-afghanistan, #military-aircraft, #military-bases-and-installations, #peace-process, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Netanyahu vs. Israel’s Change Coalition Is Like Trump vs. Biden

The desire of the anti-Netanyahu coalition to oust him is so great that they are breaking the biggest political taboo in Israeli political history.

#abbas-mansour, #bennett-naftali, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #lapid-yair, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

Were My Criticisms of Israel Fair?

The road to peace starts with the end of war crimes.

#defense-and-military-forces, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Real Peace Depends on Recognizing Israel’s Right to Exist

Accepting Israel’s right to exist is a prerequisite for a lasting peace.

#israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinians, #peace-process, #zionism

There Is a Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A two-state solution remains our only viable option. 

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process

On Israel-Palestine, Biden Must Revive a Two-State Solution

President Biden must re-energize the possibility of a two-state solution.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #republican-party, #tel-aviv-israel, #united-states-international-relations, #zionism

In Israel, Blinken Pushes U.S. Support for Rebuilding Gaza

Standing beside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel vowed “a very powerful response” if Hamas were to break a fragile cease-fire.

#abbas-mahmoud, #blinken-antony-j, #hamas, #humanitarian-aid, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Blinken Hopes to Solidify Hamas and Israel’s Cease-Fire

The secretary of state will also use his trip to the region this week to work on humanitarian aid for Gaza but has no plans to pursue full-fledged peace talks.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #egypt, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

As Israel’s Dependence on U.S. Shrinks, So Does U.S. Leverage

Israel has quietly sought, and perhaps achieved, a large measure of autonomy from its half-century of reliance on the United States.

#blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Joe Biden’s Sudden Opportunity to Make Peace

The latest Israel-Palestinian conflict could result in a peace deal — if the Americans are willing to broker it.

#arab-israeli-war-1973, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

After High-Wire Act, Biden Faces Tough New Middle East Tests

The administration is considering how to recalibrate its policy in the region in light of the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians without distracting from other priorities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #mcgurk-brett-h, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nides-thomas-r, #palestinians, #peace-process, #ratney-michael, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #united-states-international-relations

A Cease-Fire, and New Ideas in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

The cease-fire between Hamas and Israel didn’t come a second too soon.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #carnegie-endowment-for-international-peace, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #west-bank

When Palestine Shook

Palestinians have reasserted that they have one flag and one struggle.

#israel, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations

Publicly Supportive, Biden Is Said to Sharpen His Tone With Netanyahu in Private

Mr. Biden has spoken publicly about how he once sent Mr. Netanyahu a photograph with the inscription, “Bibi, I don’t agree with a damn thing you say, but I love you.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Colombian Rebel Commander ‘Jesús Santrich’ Said to Be Killed in Venezuela

The guerrilla leader, once a supporter of Colombia’s historic peace deal, then a strong opponent, had become a symbol of the country’s rocky path to peace.

#colombia, #hernandez-seusis-pausivas-jesus-santrich, #marin-arango-luciano-1955, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #venezuela

Europe Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire in Israel-Palestinian Fighting

European Union foreign ministers, save Hungary’s, want the fighting to stop now and decry “unacceptable” civilian casualties in Gaza.

#borrell-fontelles-josep, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinians, #peace-process, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Democrats, Growing More Skeptical of Israel, Pressure Biden

Among Democrats in Congress, attitudes toward Israel have grown more critical as the party base expresses concern about the human rights of Palestinians.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #house-of-representatives, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinians, #peace-process, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Kushner’s Israel-Palestine Peace Plan Has Failed

There’s no ignoring the plight of the Palestinians. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jerusalem-israel, #kushner-jared, #palestinians, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Where Biden Is (and Isn’t) Turning Back Trump’s Israel Policies

After a sharp rightward shift by the U.S. on the issue, President Biden must decide how far to move back to the left.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

If the Left Got Its Wish for Israel

An ill-devised peace would inevitably lead to an even worse war. 

#abbas-mahmoud, #arab-israeli-war-1967, #hamas, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #peace-process, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Violence Shakes Trump’s Boast of ‘New Middle East’

Trump officials said the Abraham Accords between Israel and four Arab states would transform the region, but new Israeli-Palestinian clashes lay bare the limits of that change.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #greenblatt-jason-d, #hamas, #israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Violence in Israel Challenges Biden’s ‘Stand Back’ Approach

The president came to office seeing little opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He may now be forced to get more involved.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Biden Should Watch the Palestinian Short Film ‘The Present’

Children in the West Bank and Gaza grow up feeling that their fate is controlled by people who don’t care about them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #elections, #gaza-strip, #movies, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

Taliban Spreadsheet Records Perceived U.S.Violations

The Taliban have been recording and contesting every perceived U.S. violation of the troop withdrawal deal.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

I Met a Taliban Leader and Lost Hope for My Country

Afghan women know the cost of the wars started by men, and we will continue to suffer after American forces withdraw.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #peace-process, #taliban, #womens-rights

South Korean Leader Urges Biden to Negotiate With North Korea

In an interview with The New York Times, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged the United States to sit down with North Korea.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #south-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #peace-process, #september-11-2001, #speeches-and-statements, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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.

#arms-trade, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #drones-pilotless-planes, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #israel, #military-aircraft, #peace-process, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

‘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

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

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

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

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

Why Is It So Tough to Leave Afghanistan?

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

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #national-security-council, #peace-process, #polls-and-public-opinion, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations