Archived posts from category ‘Diplomacy’
ARMY OF GOD Chapter Six Preview
On Monday, Cartoon Movement will publish the latest installment of ARMY OF GOD by myself and artist Tim Hamilton. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the conflict in Congo; this one hones in on the U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton and their efforts to combat the violence, rape and kidnapping that has followed Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in their tear through the countryside.
by NICK OTTENS Poor Susan Rice was exasperated last week. The American ambassador to the United Nations saw the first step toward international intervention in Syria go up in smoke over the weekend when China and Russia blocked a Security Council resolution that would have urged President Bashar al-Assad to resign. The two veto wielding [...]
by ROBERT BECKHUSEN In October, China ordered the deployment of a 25,000-ton, 300-bed hospital ship dubbed the “Peace Ark” into the Caribbean Sea. The goal: provide humanitarian aid and put on a friendly face for China’s growing international ambitions. This “soft power” mission was similar to related and ongoing U.S. humanitarian missions conducted in the [...]
by DAVID AXE Lately, every major Chinese military development has provoked the same response from the U.S. government. The American reaction to the appearance of new aircraft, ships and missiles is to ask, essentially, “What’s it for?” The brief, maiden test cruise two weeks ago of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s first aircraft carrier, the [...]
by NICK OTTENS A month after Bahraini Shiites first took to the streets to protest against their Sunni dominated government, the nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreed to deploy troops to guard energy facilities and infrastructure in the country. Opposition members characterized the move as an “occupation” if not “a declaration of war.” [...]
by ROBERT BECKHUSEN NPR correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro just returned from Libya after spending three weeks in the country. Since her arrival, rebels concentrated in the eastern city of Benghazi attacked south and westwards toward the central Libyan loyalist stronghold of Surt. But the rebels were driven back. Now Gaddafi forces are in striking distance of [...]
As tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Egypt’s major cities again on Sunday, the United States is wondering what impact the unrest and possible regime change could have on American foreign policy in the region. For 30 years, Egypt has been a factor of stability in the Middle East and it continues to play an instrumental role in both advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and containing Iran.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited different countries in Central Asia to push for improved political freedoms in the former Soviet republics and affirm their role as security partners of the United States. As the war in Afghanistan drags on, these countries, many of which are battling internal disorder, remain significant as part of America’s supply routes.
As a military target, the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group in Congo makes other armed bands look easy, in comparison. Even the Taliban — a notoriously fleet-footed group that easily blends in among Afghan civilians — is easier to find, fix and destroy.
Axeghanistan ’10: Bagram Shura Video
There’s a new Afghanistan war plan. Last fall, NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal rolled out more restrictive rules of engagement, heralding a “population-centric” approach to the war. U.S. President Barack Obama announced more U.S. troops. While U.S.-led forces in eastern Afghanistan doubled their efforts to prop up faltering local governance, troops in the south identified [...]
Is Sudan Paying Off Rebels?
Last week, the government of Sudan under President Omar Al Bashir signed a ceasefire agreement with the Justice and Equality Movement, the major rebel group threatening Sudan. “The agreed ceasefire between the government of Sudan and JEM is an important first step towards reducing violence in Darfur and comes on the heels of important new agreements between the governments of Chad and Sudan to reduce tensions along their shared border,” said U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley.