The United States, defeated in Syria, went to Geneva to accept the conditions of the winner, Russia. The summit of June 16, 2021 should put an end to hostilities on the condition that the Biden Administration holds its troops. Western Europeans will have to pay the bill. China is confirmed in its position as Russia’s partner.
Under President Donald Trump, Washington seriously challenged or outright withdrew from more than a dozen international agreements or institutions, including the Paris climate accord, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Iran nuclear deal, and the World Health Organization etc. Due to his rough language, he has offended some close allies and created […]
In April 2021, the EU adopted its Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, which has been signed by the 27 foreign ministers of the EU member states. The conclusions of the special committee that developed the strategy show that the EU recognises the growing importance of the region and reaffirms […]
Part I, Part II, Part III Jewish fundamentalism In the history of modern Judaism, there are two messianic movements with fundamentalistic patterns of both theological thought and political practice: the religious Zionists and ultra-orthodox Jews. The first group is known as Gush Emunim (Bloc of the Faithful) and they are […]
On the diplomatic stage, there is nothing to beat Russian-American summits in sheer theatrics. When the leaders of the two most powerful nuclear powers on earth sit face to face, anything can happen. What happened in 1985 is a classic example. In the shadows of Ronald Reagan’s famous characterisation of […]
The first-ever meeting between President Putin and President Joe Biden held on 16 June 2021 in Geneva carries high importance. Being realistic, one should not have expected any major breakthrough, but being optimistic, we must believe that it is just beginning and hope such high-level contacts will lead to better […]
The highly anticipated Putin-Biden Summit resulted in very few tangible outcomes, but obsessing over that fact misses the most important point, which is that their leaders confirmed that there’s a mutual will to improve their relations. Presidents Putin and Biden went into Wednesday’s summit with the intention of rescuing their […]
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit in Brussels on Monday reminds us once again of what a hoax the United States had perpetrated on the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 by assuring him that the western alliance would expand “not one inch eastward” once Moscow allowed German […]
Part I The European countries have their own plans, while welcoming the US leadership and resuscitating trans-atlanticism but not jeopardising their cooperation with China. They will tread softly regarding Washington’s calls to crack down on China. Cooperation in the business circles will not be dented because enterprises will vote with […]
The United States is not the hyper-power it dreamed of being. It has endured a terrible military defeat in Syria with a hundred allied states. Even if they continue to delude themselves, the time of reckoning has come. To survive, Washington has no choice but to ally itself with one of its adversaries. Russia or China? That is the question.
The G7 has come a long way since its inception in the mid-1970s at the initiative of then French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt to discuss the world economy and consult on an international economic policy following the first oil shock and the collapse of […]
Biden is surprisingly attempting to accomplish what Trump was unable to pull off due to selfishly politicized “deep state” pressure at the time, and that’s responsibly regulate the US’ comprehensive competition with Russia so as to free up the strategic resources to more aggressively “contain” China, which should therefore earn […]