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Americas / Blog

The US and Cuba – A Big Win for Diplomacy

US and Cuban flags. Photo source: Day Donaldson via Flickr Creative Commons.

More than half a century had to pass before the US and Cuba reopened their respective embassies and started to work towards fostering amiable and cooperative relations. The diplomatic breakthrough was a result of both the political will of Barack Obama and Raul …

Secretary Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister US Government work via Flickr
Americas / Blog

US and Iran: Path for peace or cause for friction?

P5+1 Leaders stand with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif after the Nuclear Deal conference in Geneva Switzerland, US Government work via Flickr.

After sixty years of delicate relations between the United States and Iran, an agreed nuclear framework defended by President Barack Obama has produced a historic breakthrough. The deal will officially set the scene for …

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons
Asia / Blog

Britain and the AIIB: Is the US right to criticise?

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons

On the 12th March 2015 Britain announced, to the surprise of many, that it would become a founding member of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It was a move that has exposed cracks in the so-called ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK, …

China's Chief Naval Commander Adm. Wu Shengli and U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert salute in Beijing during a July meeting. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
Americas / Asia

America’s China paradox: Military leaders bridge a political divide

China’s Chief Naval Commander Adm. Wu Shengli and U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert salute in Beijing during a July meeting. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

Go search “China U.S.” in Google News.

Looks pretty grim, doesn’t it? As of late, tussles over territory, trade disputes and fundamentally …

Source: US Mission to Geneva, Eric Bridiers on Flickr
Americas / Blog

Power Play: US Foreign Policy under United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power

Photo Source: US Mission to Geneva via Flickr.

In her Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Problem from Hell, Samantha Power argued that the United States has the responsibility to intervene when genocide is committed abroad, and she denounced the US government for its reluctance to combat or even condemn genocide. “When innocent life is being taken on …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Band of Brothers? Jordan between the US and Syria

Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison, U.S. Air Force, via Wikimedia Commons.

“..We in it shall be remembered-we few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother..” William Shakespeare, Henry V

Jordan: 2,300 US military troops and Jordanian forces have completed-week long military exercises in Jordan. …