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U.S. Treads Water on Cyber Policy as Destructive Attacks Mount

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:39:38 GMT2017-07-26T06:39:38Z

The Trump administration's refusal to publicly accuse Russia and others in a wave of politically motivated hacking attacks is creating a policy vacuum that security experts fear will encourage more cyber warfare. In the past three months, hackers broke into official websites in Qatar, helping to create a regional crisis; suspected North Korean-backed hackers closed down British hospitals with ransomware; and a cyber attack that researchers attribute to Russia deleted data on thousands of computers in the Ukraine.

There are a lot of problems with Trump's plans on trade

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 02:37:22 GMT2017-07-26T02:37:22Z

However, it makes a big difference whether the administration decides to go with quotas on current steel imports or initiate a tariff. Quotas would be harmful, First, for all the talk about trade deficits with China, we don't import all that much steel from China.

Former NATO Supreme Commander Backs New Russia Sanctions

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:04:09 GMT2017-07-25T22:04:09Z

U.S. Admiral James Stavridis answers a question during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium in 2011. With U.S. lawmakers expected to finalize new sanctions on Russia this week, former NATO Supreme Commander James Stavridis told VOA that would be a positive move, since he believes President Donald Trump's administration has taken too weak a stance on Russia.

Macedonia's New Leaders Set Sights on NATO, EU Membership

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:04:08 GMT2017-07-25T22:04:08Z

Macedonia's defense minister reaffirmed her government's commitment to joining NATO and the European Union, saying in an interview that the nation's new government fully understands that success or failure is in its own hands. "Nobody will bring it to us," Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska told VOA's Macedonian service.

China and Russia Hold First Joint Naval Drill in the Baltic Sea

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:10:22 GMT2017-07-25T20:10:22Z

As part of a budding military partnership, China and Russia hold joint military exercises in the strategic European sea for the first time, monitored by NATO.

EU- turkey talks fail to ease friction over detentions

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:50:24 GMT2017-07-25T19:50:24Z

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, talks with Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah during his departure ceremony in Kuwait City, Kuwait, Monday, July 24, 2017. Erdogan later flew to Qatar on the final leg of a Gulf two-day tour, which also took him to already took him to Saudi Arabia, aimed at forging a resolution to the diplomatic standoff gripping the Gulf nation and four fellow Arab countries BRUSSELS - High-level talks that European Union officials had with Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday did not appear to ease tensions between the 28-nation bloc and Ankara over a wave of detentions of human rights defenders, journalists and others.

EU- turkey talks fail to ease friction over detentions

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:50:23 GMT2017-07-25T19:50:23Z

High-level talks that European Union officials had with Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday did not appear to ease tensions between the 28-nation bloc and Ankara over a wave of detentions of human rights defenders, journalists and others. After the meeting in Brussels, European enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn expressed "very strong concern" about the detentions, while Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu defended them as a necessary part of his country's fight against extremism.

Turkey Working to Resolve Issues With Germany, Hopes Ties Will Improve, Minister Says

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:35:17 GMT2017-07-25T17:35:17Z

Turkey is working to resolve issues with Germany and hopes ties will improve in the coming days, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusgolu said on Tuesday, marking a rare sign of optimism in the recently fraught relationship between the NATO allies.

Russia, China hold naval exercise in Baltic

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:09:23 GMT2017-07-25T13:09:23Z

Ships of the Russian and Chinese navies have begun exercises in the Baltic Sea, watched from afar by neighboring NATO countries uneasy about Russia's growing military assertiveness. Russia and China have conducted joint exercises for several years, but the maneuvers that began Tuesday were the first in the Baltic, whose shores include Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, countries that expressed concern about Russia in the wake of the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Mattis bristles at Pentagon waste of $28 million on Afghan uniforms

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:02:25 GMT2017-07-25T11:02:25Z

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has criticized Pentagon officials for wasting as much as $28 million by making a questionable choice of forest camouflage-patterned uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers. The uniform pattern was selected without evaluating its effectiveness when only 2.1 percent of Afghanistan is covered by forests, the U.S. government's top watchdog on Afghanistan said in a report last month.

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.

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.