In the week since the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet snapped the world’s attention onto the war in Ukraine, President Obama has made three statements, called several world leaders, identified the parties responsible and repeatedly expressed moral outrage.
Subscribe now to receive the Media Roundup and/or Leading Indicators by email every weekday.
Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises at once, and the interlocking nature of them all is making the current upheaval more complicated.
A team of Pentagon officials is heading to Ukraine to help the country rebuild its fractured military, a mission that lawmakers and analysts expect will result in recommendations for greater military assistance in the country’s fight against pro-Russia separatists amid international outrage over the downing of a commercial airplane.
Despite making important strides in the first dozen years of its existence, the International Criminal Court (ICC) faces a daunting task if it hopes to create a reputation as a truly global institution.
Venezuelan soldiers and officials have begun removing hundreds of families from a half-built 45-storey tower that dominates Caracas. Correspondents say that the eviction of 3,000 squatters from the Tower of David is proceeding peacefully.
A U.S. judge has ordered Argentina and its creditors to meet "continuously" to avoid the nation defaulting on its debts. Argentina has been in a legal dispute with investors holding debt from the nation's default in 2001-2002.
Even as the president garners international praise for pushing through reforms in energy, education and taxes, voters are less willing to embrace platitudes without true transparency.
After weeks of ballot-counting, Indonesia’s elections commission released the official results from the country’s presidential election, the first with a non-incumbent candidate in 10 years.
Prabowo Subianto, declared the loser in the Indonesian presidential vote, will appeal to the Constitutional Court, claiming widespread irregularities, his campaign said.
Militant Islamists are suspected to have blown up a major bridge in north-eastern Nigeria, disrupting transport links with Cameroon, residents said. Cars and lorries loaded with goods are stranded on the highway unable to cross the Ngala Bridge, they told the BBC.
Niger, with its exploding population and its vast unfertile territory, has one of the lowest rates of contraceptive use in the world, a researcher reports.
Separatists shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets over a town close to where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed, a Ukrainian defense ministry spokesman said.
U.S. intelligence officials say they are now nearly certain it was pro-Russian separatists who fired the SA-11 antiaircraft missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight last week, and that the separatists likely did not know they had hit a commercial airliner until after it had slammed to the ground.
Fighters from the Nusra Front, al Qaida’s official affiliate in Syria, on Tuesday seized three strategic towns on the border with Turkey in a major blow to U.S.-backed moderate rebels.
In a surprise visit on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, and Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority.
Islamic State militants claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an overnight suicide bombing in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad which killed 33 people, one of the deadliest recent attacks in the Iraqi capital.
Iraq’s parliament will meet Wednesday to elect a new president, a crucial step toward naming a new prime minister and government, but questions are growing about whether anyone can save the country after the collapse of its army and the loss of as much as half its territory to the radical Islamic State.
Iran now has the motivation to endorse another candidate in Baghdad -- naturally, one who is beholden to Tehran.
Rand Paul will fight the GOP hawks, and Joe Biden could run to the left of Hillary Clinton.
There are strong arguments to suggest they should, if only the political hang-ups could be overcome.
Has the West become accustomed to crises taking place in the Middle East, no longer caring about them (with the Syrian conflict serving as a prime example here)?
After having grown up in the United States as an undocumented immigrant, Rufino Santiz Díaz decided to return to Chiapas, Mexico -- and now finds himself caught between two worlds.
Both India and China have had strong strategic motives for taking part in RIMPAC this year.
After a high-level meeting in Berlin this week, this long-standing but veiled cooperation may have a firmer legal and political base.
It's neither pleasant nor polite to say it, but the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been the best thing to happen to President Obama's policy on Ukraine in weeks.
The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has focused the world’s attention on Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. But the most basic questions are still unanswered: What is Russian President Vladimir Putin up to? How far will he go? And what should the United States do about it?
Will the West do nothing to hold Russia to account for 298 innocent souls?
The more pressure the international community applies, the stronger anti-Western sentiment will become and the higher Putin's ratings will climb.
When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union’s attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences.
The conflict in Gaza is playing out on two fronts: on the ground, and in the media. And when it comes to the latter, some say Israel is losing ground.
Unfortunately, as effective as Benjamin Netanyahu has been at destroying Palestinian rockets, he’s been even more effective at destroying hope and strengthening despair.
In just five years, Syria has gone from being the world’s second-largest host of refugees to the second-largest producer of them.
Egypt has never been the impartial mediator between Israelis and Palestinians that Washington expects, and continued fighting is in its interest.
Hamas cannot beat Israel in an open military confrontation. That’s no secret. Hamas knows it as well as anyone.
It almost seems like the inescapable destiny of the Gazan people is that every two years a war breaks out in their country, with airstrikes and an Israeli ground offensive that takes a heavy toll on civilians.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on July 22 approved the U.S.-Vietnam agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala said Tuesday he is replacing his prime minister following an embarrassing political scandal that marks the start of his sixth cabinet and his third year in office.
Warships, submarines, aircraft and helicopters of India, the U.S. and Japan have gathered in the north-western Pacific as the three nations get ready to kick off their trilateral Malabar naval exercise on Thursday.
South Korea and Japan resumed their high-level talks in Seoul on Wednesday on Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II.
An escalation of fighting between the Philippine army and a breakaway Muslim rebel group in the country's south killed 18 people in a single day of violence, the military said Tuesday.
China has offered to train maritime personnel in the Maldives as well as boost its involvement in infrastructure projects in the island nation, as Beijing moves forward with plans to deepen its economic links with the region through its new “maritime silk road” initiative.
Seleka rebels have demanded that Central African Republic be partitioned into a Muslim north and a Christian south, a surprise move at talks aimed at halting religious violence, sources at the meeting said Tuesday.
South Sudanese rebels who want to mend ties with Uganda and press for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan left Kampala without meeting the president, blaming miscommunication between the two sides, a rebel official said Tuesday.
The government will introduce legislation to stop foreigners buying land in South Africa but does not think it wise to expropriate existing foreign-owned land, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said.
The attack by rebels on the Democratic Republic of Congo presidential guards' barracks Tuesday left at least eight people dead, officials said.
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have finally resolved the sugar trade dispute which has been raging between the two countries over the source of sugar entering Kenya.
Traders and other organizations transacting business in South Sudan are beaming with smiles of satisfaction after Ethiopian Airlines was granted permission to operate direct flights between Entebbe and Juba starting next week.
For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to make trips to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan in September, the Tehran Times said.
- July 23, 2014
- July 22, 2014
- July 21, 2014
- July 18, 2014
- July 17, 2014
- July 16, 2014
- July 15, 2014
- July 14, 2014
- July 11, 2014
- July 10, 2014
- July 9, 2014
- July 8, 2014
- July 7, 2014
- July 3, 2014
- July 2, 2014
- July 1, 2014
- June 30, 2014
- June 27, 2014
- June 26, 2014
- June 25, 2014
- June 24, 2014
- June 23, 2014
- June 20, 2014
- June 19, 2014
- June 18, 2014
- June 17, 2014
- June 16, 2014
- June 13, 2014
- June 12, 2014
- June 11, 2014