Diplomacy

 

Joe Biden Is Actually Listening

The world can take solace that the potential next U.S. president is fundamentally a politician at heart.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greet during the India-Israel Business Summit in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

India’s Alliance With Israel Is a Model for the World’s Illiberal Leaders

From arms deals to occupation in Kashmir and the West Bank, Modi and Netanyahu increasingly share the same ethnonationalist worldview.

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Document of the Week: Czech Pol to China: Piss Off

A local Czech politician tells China’s foreign minister not to “open your trap” again about his country’s relations with Taiwan.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a diplomatic summit.

U.S. Envoy Says Former Officials’ Call for Russia Rethink Is ‘Shameful’

James Gilmore, Trump’s ambassador to the OSCE, said he was “embarrassed” by calls from experts—including some of his former colleagues—to normalize ties with Russia.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the virtual Republican convention in a pre-recorded video from Jerusalem, Israel, on Aug. 25.

Is Trump Touting His Diplomatic Achievements to Get Reelected?

Both parties have featured speeches from key diplomats at their conventions, with Mike Pompeo making a controversial cameo at the RNC—but they aren’t proposing much that’s new.

Palestinian protesters prepare to burn images of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and U.S. President Donald Trump, during a demonstration in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 14 against a U.S.-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations.

The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

The deal defers the idea of annexation rather than burying it, and could exacerbate tensions between Iran and the Gulf States.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres meets Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2018.

China’s Soft-Power Grab

Beijing is ramping up support for U.N. and a host of other international organizations, racking up more influence even as Washington is in headlong retreat.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko (left) and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk during a meeting in Minsk, Belarus, on Feb. 1

The U.S. Was Set to Send an Ambassador to Belarus. Then Came the Crackdown.

Lawmakers threaten to block the confirmation of the first U.S. envoy to Belarus in over a decade. But others say an ambassador is needed now more than ever.

Hassan Ayad sticks his hand through concrete blocks as he is congratulated by a friend on his recent engagement while the two Palestinian men stand on opposite sides of Israel's security wall in East Jerusalem on September 23, 2003.

Oslo Is Dead, the Two-State Solution Isn’t

A two-state solution remains the only politically viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and, with the right Israeli and U.S. leaders, it can be achieved outside the Oslo framework.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before Congress.

Trump’s Hand-Picked State Department Watchdog Quits Less Than 3 Months Into the Job

The latest high-profile departure underscores the turmoil at Foggy Bottom, and officials fear it will weaken an important watchdog already under fire from top Trump officials.

A homeless man panhandles along a street in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Aug. 16.

To Avoid a Coronavirus Depression, the U.S. Can’t Afford to Alienate the World

America needs a cooperative global economy to dig itself out of the downturn. That will require deft economic diplomacy, not bluster and bullying.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo’s Strategy Depends on Beijing’s Own Paranoia

The U.S. secretary of state is raising the temperature with China to force decoupling.

Chinese communist leader Chairman Mao Zedong shakes hands with U.S. President Richard Nixon in Beijing during Nixon’s visit to China on Feb. 21, 1972.

Document of the Week: Pompeo Buries U.S.-China Engagement Policy

A glimpse back at the beginning. Nixon and Kissinger’s vision of friendship with China is being put to rest by Trump administration.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres speaks in New York.

Big-Power Rivalries Hamstring Top U.N. Missions

Big and small powers increasingly handpick U.N. special representatives, testing the authority and independence of the U.N. secretary-general.

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