Diplomacy and Politics Articles

Mourners pay their respects at the place where Boris Nemtsov was murdered near the Kremlin, with St. Basil’s Cathedral in the background, Moscow, Russia, March 2, 2015 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
Global Insights

Nemtsov Killing Puts Human Rights in Spotlight of U.S.-Russia Tensions

By Richard Weitz
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The assassination last week of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov presents a challenge for Washington. Current tensions in U.S.-Russia relations make engagement on human rights unlikely. Yet the U.S. must somehow find ways to support the democratic vision for Russia advocated by Nemstov. more


Diplomatic Fallout

At U.N., Russia Is Now the Indispensable Nation

By Richard Gowan
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Commentators in the U.S. and Europe increasingly fear that Russia is set on a destructive course. Yet Western diplomats at the U.N. are often impressed by Russian maneuvers there. A recent spurt of diplomacy in particular demonstrated Moscow’s continued ability to use the U.N. to its advantage. more

Global Insider

Myanmar Fighting Imperils Broader Peace Efforts With Ethnic Rebels

By The Editors
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Ongoing clashes in Myanmar between ethnic Kokang rebels and government forces near the Chinese border have so far left over 160 dead. In an email interview, Jasmin Lorch, a research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, discussed ethnic rebels in Myanmar. more

Strategic Horizons

Making Libya a U.N. Protectorate Would Be Wise but Impossible

By Steven Metz
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Libya is a mess and rapidly getting worse, as the Islamic State moves in. Only one option has even a theoretical chance of turning Libya around: a United Nations protectorate. But there are very few nations with enough surplus military power to commit to what could be a very long-term operation. more

Global Insider

Opposition Upset in St. Kitts and Nevis Unlikely to Make Waves

By The Editors
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Last week, the opposition Team Unity coalition ousted the Labour party in St. Kitts and Nevis’ parliamentary election after 20 years in power. In an interview, Wouter Veenendaal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, discussed domestic politics in St. Kitts and Nevis. more

World Citizen

One Month On, Gauging Saudi Arabia’s New King

By Frida Ghitis
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One month has passed since King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud ascended to the throne to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He took power at a moment of turbulence and potentially lasting, dramatic change. Understanding how he will steer his country is a matter of great interest around the globe. more

Libya Needs More Than Unity Government to Halt IS Rise

By Mohamed Eljarh
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Four years after the revolution began to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, Libya today faces a new and very real threat: militants affiliated with the Islamic State. But the group’s advance must be understood in the wider context of Libya’s civil war, and Libyans cannot tackle it alone. more

The Deluge: Algeria’s Pending Succession Crisis

By Azzedine Layachi
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Algeria today faces important challenges, including social transformations, economic uncertainty and political sclerosis. All of these issues might become exacerbated by a pending leadership succession, the smoothness of which is far from guaranteed, due to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s poor health. more

After Years of Talk, U.S.-India Defense Ties Gain Traction

By Saurav Jha
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s January visit to India saw some long-awaited movement on the two countries’ Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI), touted by both sides as a means to transform the current buyer-seller defense relationship into one based on coproduction and co-development. more

In Context

Maduro Gets More Desperate Amid Venezuela’s Disarray

By Maria Savel
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stepped up his crackdown on his political opponents with the arrest last week of the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, on trumped-up charges of plotting a coup. Maduro has only grown more desperate as state coffers empty and an economic crisis deepens. more

Strategic Horizons

The U.S. Must Prepare for the Dissolution of Iraq

By Steven Metz
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Iraq is an artificial creation cobbled together from provinces of the old Ottoman Empire by outsiders. Dissolution into three parts—a Sunni Arab west, a Kurdish north and a Shiite section in the south—is so likely that American strategists should be thinking about how to respond. more