Obama and the Muslim world
The Muslim opinion will keenly watch how he navigates to bridge the growing hiatus between the blueprint that he of his own volition laid out in his two landmark speeches last year — in Ankara in April and Cairo in June — and the U.S. policies.
The Yemeni Ambassador: D.C.‘s Dean of Diplomacy — and Dancing
Al-Hajjri comes from the kill-them-with-kindness school of diplomacy. He totes bags of Yemeni almonds, pistachios and coffee with him around town, and most of Washington's élite, from Saudi princes to four-star generals, have been invited to his home — a sprawling mansion near American University.
A Path for Peace in South Asia
Huffington Post (blog)
It has been a grim start to the New Year and the new decade in South Asia. Vested interests, hardened obsessions, and old habits continue to push India and Pakistan in the direction of ruinous conflict. While military planners in both countries plan and prepare for the next war, politicians and diplomats remain determined not to talk except on their own terms.
Sobering up on Arab-Israeli Peace
Almost a year into his presidency, Barack Obama has begun to sober up. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the administration's policy on the Arab-Israeli issue, where a series of tactical mistakes (none fatal) have left the president and his team battered but wiser when it comes to what's possible and what's not.
African Union Will Focus on Continental Peace This Year, Says Official
Voice of America
An African Union (AU) official says its Peace and Security Council is scheduled to hold a meeting Friday ahead of the Central African Republic’s upcoming general election... El-Gassim Wane, spokesman for the African Union, said the meeting will also focus on the mandate of the continental body’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia which expires this month.
Analysis: Israel listening to world opinion?
A decision by Israel to take legal advice during combat marks a belated acknowledgment that its international standing has been badly wounded by last year's bombardment of Gaza. Israel now realizes it can no longer ignore criticism of alleged war crimes, which it denies.
NASA Chief Touts International Cooperation
The United States must reach out to other countries to increase international cooperation in space, NASA chief Charles Bolden told an audience of astronomers this week.
Obama on track in Asia
The Japan Times
With one exception, U.S. relations with East Asian countries are better today than when the Obama administration took office. This is no small accomplishment since the Bush administration left Asia in good shape.
From the charm to the offensive
If a single impulse has defined Chinese diplomacy over the past decade, it is its smile: near and far, China has waged a charm offensive. With its land neighbours, India excepted, China has amicably settled nearly all border disputes; it has abjured force in dealing with South-East Asian neighbours over still unsettled maritime boundaries.
‘No Word from America before Blacklisting’
Presidency officials yesterday moved to play down claims that the United States found it “very easy” to blacklist Nigeria in the war against terrorism because of the absence of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua from the country.
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