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Boris Johnson : Dream or Disaster?

Helmut Sorge | Posted : July 27, 2019

 

Two days ago, Boris Johnson was appointed as the new prime minister of the United Kingdom after Theresa May stood down over her failure to lead Britain out of the European Union.

Below is an international press review of events leading to this British political change of scenery by Helmut Sorge, former Foreign editor, and Middle East expert for Germany's leading newsmagazine "Der Spiegel", and columnist at the Policy Center for the New South. 

Turkey: An Election with Major Consequences

Helmut Sorge | Posted : July 17, 2019

 

In Turkey, Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu decisively won the rerun of the mayoral election in Istanbul last weekend. The new elections were called after pressure from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost the original vote in March by a narrow margin.

Below is an international press review of events leading to the elections' results, by Helmut Sorge, former Foreign editor, and Middle East expert for Germany's leading newsmagazine "Der Spiegel", and columnist at the Policy Center for the New South. 

Angela Merkel: We are the Dawn of Difficult and Uncertain Times

Helmut Sorge | Posted : July 12, 2019

 

"German chancellor Angela Merkel may be forced to cede her power earlier than expected after episodes of violent and controllable shaking in public has led party officials to fear for her health." Announcements we have been reading in the press these past days. Below is an international press review of events leading to these times of uncertainty, by Helmut Sorge, former Foreign editor, and Middle East expert for Germany's leading newsmagazine "Der Spiegel", and columnist at the Policy Center for the New South. 

Two State Solution

Helmut Sorge | Posted : July 01, 2019

One week ago, Bahrain has hosted the "Peace to Prosperity" workshop to discuss what the United States has described as the economic part of President Donald Trump's "deal of the century", his proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinian leadership boycotted the meeting on June 25 and 26 in Manama, leading critics to question the credibility of the event.

Below is an international press review of events preceding the workshop by Helmut Sorge, former Foreign correspondent, Foreign editor, and Middle East expert for Germany's leading newsmagazine "Der Spiegel". 

Sanctions: America's Chokehold

Helmut Sorge | Posted : June 21, 2019

The New York Times reported this morning that after the shot down of an U.S. drone by Iranian forces, President Trump ordered military retaliation, but called it off in the early phase. Below is a facts' review through the international press perspectives.

Stratégie américaine dans l’Indo-Pacifique: La théorie réaliste, encore et toujours

Abdelhak Bassou | Posted : June 19, 2019

Les Etats-Unis ont alternativement défendu le système westphalien et fustigé ses principes d’équilibre des forces et de non-ingérence dans les affaires intérieures d’autrui en les prétendant immoraux et démodés. Il leur est même arrivé de faire les deux à la fois. Ce qui ne les empêche pas de continuer à affirmer la validité universelle de leurs valeurs pour l’édification d’un ordre mondial pacifique et de se réserver le droit de les soutenir à l’échelle planétaire.

Henri Kissinger (L’ordre du monde, 2014)

The caliphate Declared Bankcruptcy, Islamic State is going Global

Helmut Sorge | Posted : June 12, 2019

The illusion ended in an agricultural hamlet, a forgotten place in Eastern Syria named Baghuz Al-Fawqan. A fantasy, the resurrection of Islamic greatness and rules of a caliphate, known thirteen hundred years ago, reduced to a junkyard, a sober, disturbing, memorial of betrayal and misapprehension.  Publicly the self-appointed caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghadi, did not order his fighters to resist to the end, accept the fate of martyrs, promised to ascent to   paradise.  1300 IS fanatics fought to death, sacrificing themselves in and around Baghuz, 1.5 square miles of savagery, a minor Stalingrad near the desert. During the final hours of the assault, the sky was brightly lit, and napalm, bombs, rockets hit the area with such ferocious precision and devastation that CNN war reporter Ben Wedeman concluded,” it is hard to imagine anyone is still alive”.

EU democracy is alive and well as the battle for Europe’s top jobs starts

Thomas Richter | Posted : May 27, 2019

The author is an alumnus of the 2018 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program

As European citizens wake up on Monday morning, democracy is alive and well in Europe. Voter turnout increased to 50,5% compared to with 42,6% in 2014, the highest for two decades as voters across the continent responded to the populist threat.

A bubbling tide of chest beating jingoistic nationalists

Helmut Sorge | Posted : May 20, 2019

The year 1912. The ocean liner “Titanic” was a technical wonder of the world. At least for the British. The unsinkable pride of the “White Star Fleet”, built in Northern Ireland, made to board 3511 passengers and crew. In the early hours of April 15th, 1912, the glory on the sea hit an iceberg, nature   displayed the fragility of progress and technology.  A tragedy. Realizing his  time had come, too soon but  nevertheless, Wallace Hartley, an onboard band leader, chose the  appropriate  religious hymn for the tragic occasion, “Nearer my God to Thee”, to play one last time on his violin, a splendid gift by his fiancée. Then he was hauled by the icy water into the unimaginable depth of the ocean, never realizing that he was transforming into a figure of history.

Abiynomics: The Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict

Joseph Hammond | Posted : May 16, 2019

The author is an alumnus of the 2018 Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders program

Last year Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took a big step toward stabilizing the Horn of Africa when he agreed to sign a long-disputed peace agreement with Eritrea - one that previous Ethiopian governments had refused to sign beca of the border demarcation within the agreement would seem to leave Ethiopia to blame for sparking the conflict in 1998 that eventually caused as many as a quarter of a million casualties.

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