If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.
Amidst the emergence of politically-right-wing forces in Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claims to be shocked and outraged by recent violence.
The world has already warmed up by 0.8 C--nearly half the 2 C target--and, according to CAT, is on track for 2.9-3.1 C of warming by 2100.
It is fascinating to read the comments that accompany the public debate around the approval of the Iran agreement. It is so obvious that it is better than the current situation that I find it necessary to spell the economic case on behalf of the agreement.
The Minsk protocols seemed tenuous at best and the future of the region uncertain. Yet as autumn rolls around, the conflict has been largely contained and its outcome is being decided around a negotiating table instead of on a battle field.
Having bullied Ukraine and sparking Western sanctions, Putin looked to China, hoping Beijing would bail him out of economic isolation. What he did not expect was the significant slowdown of the Chinese economy, which obviously tamed the dragon's appetite for carbohydrates.
Is the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East by raising an American flag over every Arab country? War should be the last resort, but the great chessboard of the world is maneuvering against the United States, and analytically, we are wholly unprepared to go to war if our enemies unite.
Siberia, the vast region with the once terror-inducing name, was singularly failing to live up to its fearsome reputation this warm autumn afternoon on the banks of the Angara River.
In a world full of surprises -- the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the weakness in the Chinese economy, the battles within the European Union, the making of the Iran deal, the slide in the American stock market -- one of the greatest surprises of all has been the sudden rebirth of Russian power under Vladimir Putin.
No doubt, the bombastic Donald is an unlikely president. Yet what may be most extraordinary about his campaign is that on foreign policy, at least, he may be the most sensible Republican in the race.
President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown have both been pushing the envelope of efforts to bring climate change under control and running up against major ingrown opposition to their efforts.
This account was compiled from an interview done by ADST in 1995 with Kempton B. Jenkins, who was posted to Embassy Moscow during this tense time and recounts Ambassador to the Soviet Union Llewellyn E. Thompson's (aka "Tommy") meetings with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrey Gromyko.
There were only a few things wrong with the massive parade today in Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, Victory over Japan Day. The folks doing the celebrating only tangentially represent the Chinese who most actively resisted the Japanese invaders. And the celebration itself, meant to signify China's emerging superpower status, fell a little flat.
BEIJING -- China's enhanced transparency lends an excuse for some to sensationalize the "China Threat." In fact, China has reiterated that it's an internationally accepted practice to showcase advanced weapons and equipment in a parade. It is a reflection of the level of military modernization which signals a positive energy that China will maintain world peace together with others and it is not directed against any other country.
Washington obviously intends sanctions to cause economic hardship, but for what purpose? In the early 1990s Khartoum supported Saddam Hussein's Iraq against America and dallied with Islamic radicalism, even inviting Osama bin Laden to stay. However, that practice ended after 9/11.
Diplomats working in the USSR had to contend with a wide range of difficulties -- poor bilateral relations, KGB surveillance, tough living conditions, Russian winters. For those serving in 1977, you could add one more thing to that list -- a massive fire.