Media Roundup

United States

Top News

Opinion

The Retreatniks

By John Feffer | Foreign Policy in Focus

Foreign policy hawks are aflutter about "American retreat," yet they're the ones stonewalling on sending U.S. representatives to global institutions.

Burying the Hatchet With Iran

By David Crist | Foreign Policy

For over three decades, Washington and Tehran have been mortal rivals. Can they use the nuclear deal to mend ties and build a new order in the Middle East?

The Americas

Opinion

Keep the U.S. Naval Station at Gitmo Open

By Robert N. Hein and Joson Tama | Miami Herald

Regardless of the fate of the detention facility, keeping U. S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay open is the right decision for the United States and the region in the near term.

Decision Time on Venezuela

By Jorge G. Castañeda | Project Syndicate

For the last 15 years, major Latin American countries have largely ignored the crisis in Venezuela, refusing to condemn or support its leadership's incompetence and abuses. Now that President Barack Obama has decided to classify Venezuela formally as a “national security threat” to the US, this is about to change.

Off the Radar

Japan FM to Visit Cuba

Latin American Herald Tribune

Japanes Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is planning a visit to Cuba in late April, national public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.

St. Lucia to Open Embassy in Taiwan

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of St. Lucia is set to open an embassy in Taiwan eight years after the countries agreed to end a decade-long rupture of diplomatic ties.

Europe

Opinion

The Ukraine Invasion Has Slipped Beyond Putin’s Control

By John Lough | Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a formidable communications challenge because of the need to maintain domestic support for his actions in Ukraine — both among the elite and in society at large — while also trying to prevent the emergence of a more unified Western response to his policies.

Off the Radar

Africa

Off the Radar

Middle East

Opinion

Why Iran’s Hardliners Fear a Deal

By Sadegh Zibakalam | Politico Magazine

A nuclear pact means our regime will have to surrender its No. 1 justification for its actions: anti-Americanism.

Where Is Yemen's President?

By Adam Chandler | The Atlantic

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi may have fled his country by sea as it hurtles toward civil war.

Asia / Pacific

Off the Radar

Sri Lanka's Sirisena Meets China's Xi Amid New Look at Ties

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

Sri Lanka's new president held talks Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation.

North Korea's Neighbors Push to Resume Six-Party Talks

Reuters

Russia and China discussed resuming six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program this week, while a South Korean diplomat said five of the participants had agreed on conditions to present to Pyongyang for restarting the negotiations.

Top News

Opinion

The Retreatniks

By John Feffer | Foreign Policy in Focus

Foreign policy hawks are aflutter about "American retreat," yet they're the ones stonewalling on sending U.S. representatives to global institutions.

Burying the Hatchet With Iran

By David Crist | Foreign Policy

For over three decades, Washington and Tehran have been mortal rivals. Can they use the nuclear deal to mend ties and build a new order in the Middle East?

Opinion

Keep the U.S. Naval Station at Gitmo Open

By Robert N. Hein and Joson Tama | Miami Herald

Regardless of the fate of the detention facility, keeping U. S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay open is the right decision for the United States and the region in the near term.

Decision Time on Venezuela

By Jorge G. Castañeda | Project Syndicate

For the last 15 years, major Latin American countries have largely ignored the crisis in Venezuela, refusing to condemn or support its leadership's incompetence and abuses. Now that President Barack Obama has decided to classify Venezuela formally as a “national security threat” to the US, this is about to change.

Off the Radar

Japan FM to Visit Cuba

Latin American Herald Tribune

Japanes Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is planning a visit to Cuba in late April, national public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.

St. Lucia to Open Embassy in Taiwan

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of St. Lucia is set to open an embassy in Taiwan eight years after the countries agreed to end a decade-long rupture of diplomatic ties.

Opinion

The Ukraine Invasion Has Slipped Beyond Putin’s Control

By John Lough | Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a formidable communications challenge because of the need to maintain domestic support for his actions in Ukraine — both among the elite and in society at large — while also trying to prevent the emergence of a more unified Western response to his policies.

Off the Radar

Off the Radar

Opinion

Why Iran’s Hardliners Fear a Deal

By Sadegh Zibakalam | Politico Magazine

A nuclear pact means our regime will have to surrender its No. 1 justification for its actions: anti-Americanism.

Where Is Yemen's President?

By Adam Chandler | The Atlantic

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi may have fled his country by sea as it hurtles toward civil war.

Off the Radar

Sri Lanka's Sirisena Meets China's Xi Amid New Look at Ties

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

Sri Lanka's new president held talks Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation.

North Korea's Neighbors Push to Resume Six-Party Talks

Reuters

Russia and China discussed resuming six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program this week, while a South Korean diplomat said five of the participants had agreed on conditions to present to Pyongyang for restarting the negotiations.