Foreign Policy

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 07:27
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave a lengthy press conference on January 26, in which he reflected on the performance of Russian diplomacy in 2015. Among a number of issues, he addressed Moscow’s obligations under the December 1994 Budapest Memorandum on security assurances for Ukraine.
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 05:56
Challenges to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule are becoming professionalised, as demonstrated by the attacks on two military camps in Bujumbura last December. Godfroid Nyombare – Nkurunziza’s former chief of secret service and main plotter of the failed coup last May – has reportedly created an armed rebellion. And security forces have started using rape as a weapon of war, signalling their intent to break Bujumbura’s quartiers contestataires psychologically as well as physically.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 09:21
Due to a scheduling quirk, all the terms of all 15 members of the A.U.’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) expire this year. At this summit, a new PSC must be elected. There will be some familiar names, most obviously Nigeria, which has de facto permanent member status (each region selects three countries to represent it, and Nigeria’s influence in West Africa is such that its selection is guaranteed).
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 22:55
Amid ongoing concerns about gun violence in the United States and Mexico, a new report highlights several bureaucratic obstacles hampering US efforts to stem the flow of illicit arms to its southern neighbor.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 05:38
The affair highlights the capabilities and limits of the Mexican Armed Forces, and how the close, but troubled, Mexico-U.S. relationship has evolved in the decade since December 2006, when former president Felipe Calderon launched the war against the cartels by deploying the Mexican Army into the state of Michoacán.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 06:40
The U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes of Africa, Mr Thomas Perriello, would be visiting Burundi as part of his government’s efforts at ending crisis in the country. The African Media Hub of the U.S. Department of State said in a statement that the Envoy would be visiting crisis-ridden Burundi, as well as Brussels, Belgium, Rome and Italy.
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 07:14
Sudan made headlines last week when it became the first African state to cut diplomatic ties with Iran following the attack on Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran, as tension escalated over the Saudi execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr for terror-related offences. It was joined by Djibouti and Somalia, while Egypt condemned the attacks without going as far as severing diplomatic ties.
Friday, January 8, 2016 - 08:35
The collapse in Saudi relations with Iran after the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric marks a grim start to the new year for Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. Since succeeding his half-brother, Abdullah, who died in January 2015, the 80-year-old Salman has gone to war in Yemen, faced Islamic State-backed suicide bomb attacks inside his borders, and watched rival Iran sign an historic nuclear accord brokered by the U.S., the kingdom’s strongest ally for the past 50 years.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 06:31
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter urged Turkey on Tuesday to do more to help destroy Islamic State militants as he kicked off a tour of the Middle East that aims to drum up regional support for the military campaign.