It is all too easy to call for dramatic new military action, and draconian new security measures, as part of a natural human reaction to the horrifying events in Paris. It is equally inevitable that such calls have already come in the form of political opportunism and as part of a search for status and media visibility.
It is one of the grim ironies of the terrorist attacks in Paris that only a few hours earlier, the media had been calling to ask if the reported killing of “Jihadi John” had somehow marked a “turning point” in the war against terrorism.
Transatlantic unity on sanctions played a key role in achieving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran over its nuclear program.
Chinese President Xi Jinping received the reddest of red-carpet treatments in London last week, with Xi being treated to a 21-gun salute, a royal carriage ride down the Mall, an address to both Houses of Parliament, followed by a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace and a visit to the Prime Minister’s official residence Chequers.
Over the past 18 months, Greece has been led by two very different prime ministers and governments: those of the center-right New Democracy leader, Antonis Samaras (from June 20, 2012, until January 26, 2015), and the far-left Syriza leader, Alexis Tsipras (who was elected on January 26 and reelected on September 20).
There are so many different views of America overseas that any effort to generalize is dangerous, and at least partially misleading. It would be equally dangerous, however, to ignore the growing level of criticism of U.S.
With the world’s attention focused on Russia’s ongoing combat operations in Syria, many may have missed an important summit in Paris, which brought together the presidents of France, Russia, and Ukraine and the German chancellor on October 2.
NATO defense ministers met last week in Brussels, amid growing turmoil and uncertainty around NATO’s southern and eastern borders.
Recent polls indicate that a plurality of Swedes now favor NATO membership—41 percent in favor, with 39 percent opposed.
According to reliable press reports, President Vladimir Putin has already made major changes in the Russian military role in Syria. No one can yet estimate how many more forces and weapons Russia will provide, but so far Putin’s major actions include: