The Paris climate accord, signed by 175 countries in April, was a high point of success for the United Nations. The U.N. has also managed to focus governments around the world on sustainable development goals. Yet, on the security side of the equation, for which the U.N. was principally founded, the record is largely one of failure. (continued)
In March 1946, Winston Churchill famously declared that an "iron curtain" had descended across the European continent, casting a decades-long chill between East and West known as the Cold War. A new chill is in the air once again as China and Russia seek to draw a new "digital curtain" across the world in a joint effort to thwart the Western web from penetrating their cultural space.(continued)
ISTANBUL -- Nowadays, Turkey is going through a difficult period, and there is a growing sense of public anxiety following attacks by militants from ISIS and the PKK. But the current political climate, with its heated debates about big issues like secularism, is not unique in Turkey's history: the country has been here before.
BEIRUT -- Negotiations over the future of Syria are not taking place in Geneva. They're taking place on the battlefields of Idlib and Aleppo. And it's not the opposition that's winning: it's the Assad regime, backed by Russia. This victory will have grave consequences for the U.S. and Europe-led security infrastructure in the Middle East and beyond.
Late Friday afternoon, reports circulated that Erdogan expressed admiration for Hitler's Nazi government. If it was a statement made by a democratic figure, it would be treated as a bad joke in poor taste. But for the authoritarian Erdogan, it's a rare instance of his honesty, showing how the strongman really feels.