Transatlantic relations between the US and the EU are in turmoil amid uncertainty over Brexit and calls for a European army. Is this just temporary tension or a major divide in the making? We spoke to Mathew Burrows, a veteran CIA analyst and former National Intelligence counselor who’s taking part in the EMERTECH 2018 Conference. SS: Trump’s remarks kind of undermining the British Prime Minister, they don’t really fit into this special relationship, true friendship narrative that the UK and the United States have shared for decades and decades. How close and how special has the relationship is the relationship with Trump at the helm of America, really? MB: How special is it with the British? SS: Yeah. MB: I think, first, I’m not sure that the special relationship will be that special after they leave the EU, because for Americans, Britain was the entryway into the European Union, both in an economic sense, but also in the political sense, … [Read more...] about Fear in Washington of a more independent EU foreign policy – ex-CIA analyst
Here's what Russia has in store for the world. Russia stands accused of meddling in Western elections, cosying up to dictatorial regimes in the Middle East and supporting fringe political groups within the European Union. What exactly does Russia have in store for the world in 2019? The Moscow Times asked six experts in Russia's foreign policy to weigh in. Moscow Wants a Veto on U.S. Foreign PolicyRussia’s goals with the United States are incoherent and inarticulate. What’s more, they are not defined in ways that lend themselves to being achieved through traditional diplomacy. Rather, Russia is seeking to dismantle the U.S.-led international order and secure a veto over U.S. actions abroad. The Kremlin’s fear of “crumbling under U.S. pressure” has pushed it into an unyielding, intransigent posture across a range of issues. The “all or nothing, everything is linked” approach hampers Russia’s diplomacy, reducing its … [Read more...] about Foreign Policy Experts Map Russia’s Grand Designs for 2019.
In a message sent to a conference in the northeastern city of Mashad on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif highlighted the importance of Iran's foreign policy towards its neighbors, Trend reports referring to IRNA. In the message to the confernce dubbed 'Elaboration on Iran's Foreign Policy towards Neighbors Focusing Supreme Leader's Guidelines', Zarif highlighted the leader's remarks saying that his excellency has attached special attention to the importance of neighboring countries in Iran's forign policy. Zarif referred to a speech delivered by the leader early this year in which Ayatollah Khamenei ealaborated on the issue. In parts of his speech, the leader said,'Territorial vastitude of our country and adjacency to international open waters are among its potentials. We do not use them completely. One of the two coasts of the Persian Gulf belongs to us. Major part of the Oman Sea is ours. We have 15 neighbors whcih is a great potential for our country. Iran is located … [Read more...] about Leader’s remarks on neighbors opening new chapter in Iran’s foreign policy: FM
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18 By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend: The report presented at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg was in the interests of Azerbaijan, co-chairman of the EU-Azerbaijan parliamentary cooperation committee, Azerbaijani MP Javanshir Feyziyev said Dec. 18, Trend reports. He said that the report not only reflected the territorial integrity, protection of Azerbaijan's borders, but also the settlement of conflicts in the Eastern Partnership countries in line with the principles of peace and territorial integrity. "In addition, the document mentioned helping refugees and forced migrants, as well as people suffering from conflicts in the Eastern Partnership countries," he added. Feyziyev said that this time also Armenia traditionally reacted to the reports submitted to the European Parliament. The proposal of the Armenian lobbyists was rejected with 525 votes against, he noted. "All this is the result of an independent foreign policy pursued by … [Read more...] about MP: Thanks to President Aliyev’s foreign policy, Europe supports Azerbaijan’s stance
News / UK by Press Association 18/12/2018, 12:02 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The UK’s relationship with the USA is under “disturbing pressure”, and if Donald Trump secured a second term in the White House it would result in “longer lasting” damage to the alliance, peers warned. The Lords International Relations Committee said the actions of the Trump administration over issues including the Paris climate change deal, the Iran nuclear accord and steel tariffs had been “contrary to the interests of the UK”. After an inquiry which took evidence from senior politicians and foreign policy experts on both sides of the Atlantic, the peers said the UK may have to place “less reliance” on reaching a common position on foreign policy with Washington than it had in the past. In a wide-ranging report examining the shifting state of global affairs, the committee … [Read more...] about Trump’s foreign policy decisions putting strain on UK-US relations, peers say