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Liberation of Mosul and the fight against ISIS

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:07:44 GMT2017-07-25T07:07:44Z

The United States, Slovakia, and the entire Global Coalition will continue to support our regional partners until ISIS has been defeated and the suffering ends. Iraqi civilians flee their homes during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, in March 2017.




NATO offers to broker compromise in Turkish-German stand-off

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:06:46 GMT2017-07-25T03:06:46Z

NATO's secretary general is offering to broker a visit by German lawmakers to troops serving on a Turkish air base in an attempt to heal a rift between the two allies which is disrupting anti-Islamic State operations. The mediation offer by NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, announced on Monday, came as Ankara itself sought to limit the economic fallout from the damaging row with Berlin, dropping a request for Germany to help it investigate hundreds of German companies it said could have links to terrorism.




An East-West flashpoint that needs more attention

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:58:21 GMT2017-07-25T00:58:21Z

Local conflicts and crises in different parts of the world continue to threaten global and regional peace and security. Often, managing these conflicts leads not to cooperation, but to greater confrontation.




Germany's President: Trump is 'irritating'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:43:23 GMT2017-07-24T20:43:23Z

Much of Europe, especially members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, have taken umbrage with President Donald Trump and his policies since he took office six months ago. And no other NATO or European power possesses as strong a voice as Germany, an economic and diplomatic stronghold led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.




Ukraine's Ministry Of Defense: We Are Ready To Counteract Provocations At West-2017 Exercises

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:22:02 GMT2017-07-24T16:22:02Z

It is not ruled out that provocations against Ukraine could be carried out by Russia under far-fetched pretexts during the Russian-Belarusian military exercises West-2017, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on Facebook, Gordon writes. "Holding of Russian exercises West-2017 causes concern.




Polish president blocks judiciary reforms after days of protests

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:08:46 GMT2017-07-24T12:08:46Z

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday that he would veto two of three bills passed by parliament in a judicial reform that has triggered nationwide street protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicization of the courts. Duda is an ally of the ruling right-wing, euroskeptic Law and Justice party and, although he had threatened to water down one of the bills, his veto of a second bill was a surprise.




Trump country Republican proposes free-trade deal with Turkey

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:11:52 GMT2017-07-24T10:11:52Z

Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., hopes a deal would provide direct benefits to his home state, which is in the heart of Trump country. "Turkey doesn't have [very much] coal of its own naturally, so they need that."




The flip side of Euro-Atlantic integration

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:15:09 GMT2017-07-24T06:15:09Z

The Euro-logo is projected onto the main building of the European Central Bank, ECB during a rehearsal of the "Luminale" in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, on March 12, 2016. Photo - AFP The Euro-logo is projected onto the main building of the European Central Bank, ECB during a rehearsal of the "Luminale" in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, on March 12, 2016.




Newsletter: When Empires Fall

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:57:54 GMT2017-07-24T01:57:54Z

We recently wrote that the United States is losing its global standing and that we are entering a multi-polar era in which no single country will dominate. As the power shifts, we need to shape our future in a positive way.




NATO - Balkan paper tiger Part II

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:30:32 GMT2017-07-23T21:30:32Z

How do you see the consequences of Montenegro's membership in NATO for the broader region? NATO continues to creep eastward, now hosting thousands of troops in Latvia, a clear provocation against Russia, which has no claims on it or anyone else. Slovenia is a member since 2004, Bulgaria and Romania are members since 2007, Albania joined in 2009, and Croatia in 2013.




Russia to blame for 'hot war' in Ukraine - U.S. special envoy

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:11:30 GMT2017-07-23T17:11:30Z

Russian aggression is to blame for violence in eastern Ukraine, where people are dying in what should be seen as a "hot war" rather than a "frozen conflict", the U.S. special envoy to the Ukraine peace talks said on a visit to Ukraine on Sunday. Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, was appointed to his current role on July 7 to help resolve the conflict between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, which has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.




Top U.S. General Says Russia Just One Of Many Security Threats Facing Country Today

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:34:15 GMT2017-07-23T12:34:15Z

The top U.S. military officer has told a security conference that Russia is the "most capable state actor" that the United States faces, but it is just one of many security challenges in today's environment. General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on July 22 said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado that "Russiaa is one of the threats that we face right now, and is the one that is the most militarily capable."




Armenia will participate in NATO Noble Partner military exercises in...

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:59:56 GMT2017-07-23T07:59:56Z

Agenda.Ge . Georgia's Minister of Defence Levan Izoria announced today that the large-scale Noble Partner 2017 exercises will start on July 30, with the involvement of five NATO member and three ally countries.




Opinion: Donald Trump's Plan to Save Western Civilization

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 03:38:09 GMT2017-07-23T03:38:09Z

This wasn't what his campaign promised. Candidate Trump put America First. He proposed a creative solution to the problem that has confronted every president since the collapse of the Soviet Union, namely that the United States lacks an adversary against which to define itself and orient its foreign policy.




Pentagon Withholds $50 Million in Pakistan Military Aid

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:11:45 GMT2017-07-22T23:11:45Z

U.S. Secretary for Defense Jim Mattis arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, June 29, 2017. The Pentagon has withheld tens of millions of dollars remaining in military aid to Pakistan after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis decided that Islamabad was not taking enough action to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.




Police: Errant US bombing kills 12 Afghan security forces

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:44:11 GMT2017-07-22T18:44:11Z

An errant U.S. airstrike confirmed by the Pentagon killed 12 Afghan National Police officers and wounded two others, as another 11 police were killed and six wounded in clashes with the Taliban, Afghan officials said Saturday. The death toll in Friday's airstrike was determined after a site inspection of the compound in the Gereshk district, said Helmand provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Safi.




Spotlight: Analysts say Turkey's bid for Russian S-400 missiles may raise questions in NATO

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 14:18:06 GMT2017-07-22T14:18:06Z

Turkey's intention to purchase Russia n-made S-400 air defense system may leave its NATO allies with the feeling that Ankara is drifting away from the West, analysts told Xinhua. "Such a move would be perceived as getting away from NATO," said Haldun Solmazturk, a retired army general in the Turkish military.




How Donald Trump Redefined ‘the West’

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:59:57 GMT2017-07-11T08:59:57Z

In his Warsaw speech, the president tried to balance nationalism and postwar liberalism. Instead he combined them into an unholy hodgepodge.



Warm Reception for Trump as He ‘Hit Poland’s Most Profound Notes’

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:25:38 GMT2017-07-06T20:25:38Z

If Mr. Trump was looking for a soft entry point for his second trip to Europe as president, after the stinging reaction of many continental leaders to his first visit, he found it.



A Democracy Road Trip Through Hungary

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 20:53:16 GMT2017-07-01T20:53:16Z

Beyond Budapest, and across generations, people are working to keep the illiberal forces of Viktor Orban at bay.



Congress Steps Up on Foreign Policy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:21:06 GMT2017-06-22T08:21:06Z

Lawmakers of both parties have provided reassurance to allies and have countered some of President Trump’s worst moves.



NATO Fighter Jets Buzz Plane Carrying Russia’s Defense Minister

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:02:26 GMT2017-06-21T17:02:26Z

The face-off over the Baltic Sea was the latest aerial encounter between Moscow and the West at a time of heightened tensions.



Allies Start Planning a Life Without America

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 19:30:25 GMT2017-06-17T19:30:25Z

As President Trump retreats, other countries regroup.



What Helmut Kohl Taught Bill Clinton

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:40:17 GMT2017-06-16T22:40:17Z

The German chancellor showed that global politics is not a zero-sum game, which today’s leaders seem to have forgotten.



Trump Commits United States to Defending NATO Nations

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:12:15 GMT2017-06-09T23:12:15Z

The president made the remarks more than two weeks after declining to do so during a trip to Europe, a stance that disturbed traditional American allies.



Trump Team’s Shifts Jolt Some Allies and Soothe Others

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:22:17 GMT2017-06-09T19:22:17Z

Remarks by the president cut in two directions, appearing to undermine his secretary of state on Qatar, but reassuring NATO allies by vowing to defend them.



Germany to Withdraw Forces From Incirlik Base in Turkey

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:02:07 GMT2017-06-07T11:02:07Z

The Turkish government refused to guarantee that German lawmakers could visit troops at the facility, deepening a rift between the NATO allies.