Acknowledging the failure of fifty years of economic sanctions, President Obama announced his intention to "leave behind the legacy of both colonization and communism" and normalize relations with the island nation.
Just months after President Vladimir Putin erased $32 billion in Cuban debt, Russia's ties with the Caribbean island are coming under increasing strain as the ruble collapses and President Barack Obama re-establishes diplomatic ties and eases a five-decade embargo.
President Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba will test a theory that has been popular for years in Democratic circles, and a few Republican ones too. The Castro government doesn't fear the embargo and interminable hostilities with the United States; it has thrived on them, so the thinking goes. What worries the island's control-minded leaders far more is change.
An overwhelming majority of Israelis believes relations with the US have been harmed due to the bad relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, according to a Smith Research poll taken in honor of Thursday’s Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference.
Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s return to power in December 2012, Japan’s diplomatic relations with South Korea have continuously worsened. Abe’s persistent stance on the Yasukuni Shrine, the Dokdo/Takeshima territorial dispute and the ‘comfort women’ issue has elicited fierce opposition from the South Korean government.
Implemented properly, a “new type of great power relations” could help the U.S. and China reframe their relationship.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is staging the first ever Diplomatic Week aimed at fostering closer ties between the Diplomatic and Consular Corp and The Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou wants to lock in a legacy before leaving office in 2016. He will be remembered for opening talks with Taiwan’s arch-rival China in 2008 after six decades of chill that hobbled the half trillion-dollar economy and sparked threats of war.