The US-Russian Cold-Shoulder War

by Robert E. Hunter …we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early September…Russia’s disappointing decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum was also… Continue Reading  

U.S.-Taliban Talks Set to Begin

by Jim Lobe via IPS News Nearly 12 years after the United States ousted the Taliban from power, the White House announced Tuesday that the United States will begin formal talks with the militant Islamist group in Qatar later this… Continue Reading  

Washington Mulls Surprise Rouhani Victory in Iran Vote

by Jim Lobe via IPS News The surprise victory of Hassan Rouhani in Iran’s Jun. 14 election has provoked a range of reactions here, ranging from cautious optimism about possible détente between Tehran and Washington to outright rejection of the… Continue Reading