THE PERNICIOUS TROUBLE WITH DIPLOMATIC PRE-CONDITIONS

Beijing had taken Seoul to task for deploying an American missile defence shield on its territory. The primary target of the High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is, of course, North Korea’s nuclear ballistic programme. But the Chinese also saw it as an instrument of erosion of their nuclear deterrent. They had started to boycott South … Lire la suite de THE PERNICIOUS TROUBLE WITH DIPLOMATIC PRE-CONDITIONS

A CENTURY ON FROM THE ARMISTICE, SOME PROSPECTS FOR PEACE

This year, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It was Europe’s suicide, and after a relatively peaceful century (1815-1914), marked by the anchoring of the rule of law, monetary stability, trade, reciprocal cultural influences, industrial development, scientific research, public education. The lesson of this horrible conflict has … Lire la suite de A CENTURY ON FROM THE ARMISTICE, SOME PROSPECTS FOR PEACE

WHY WE NEED TO WORK WITH RUSSIA IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The latest Syrian-Israeli military incident is not simply an unfortunate slip-up. It indicates an escalation in the Middle East, one fraught with danger in the short- and medium-term. On Saturday, February 10, shortly before dawn, a drone guided from Syrian territory entered Israeli airspace. It was immediately chased and shot down by Israeli Defence Force … Lire la suite de WHY WE NEED TO WORK WITH RUSSIA IN THE MIDDLE EAST

UKRAINE, PALESTINE, ISRAËL : LES RAVAGES DE LA DIPLOMATIE ÉMOTIONNELLE

De tous temps, la diplomatie a été une affaire de constructions à long terme. Qu'il s'agisse de tracer des frontières, de nouer des alliances, d'édifier des unions douanières, de rédiger des règles internationales, de déléguer partiellement sa souveraineté, l'art diplomatique exige du temps. «Il faut qu'on laisse le temps au temps. Personne ne passe du … Lire la suite de UKRAINE, PALESTINE, ISRAËL : LES RAVAGES DE LA DIPLOMATIE ÉMOTIONNELLE