Russia vs. Belarus: Money for Sovereignty?

by Tatyana Ivanova Russian President Vladimir Putin may be plotting to repeat the Crimean scenario in Belarus. At the beginning of the year, Putin started talking about a deeper integration of Russia and Belarus. This was a surprise even to… Continue Reading  

Trump at the UN: Through a Glass Darkly

by Robert E. Hunter For decades, the United Nations General Assembly has been treated to annual sermons by the president of the United States. Almost all the world’s nations—outside the old Communist bloc—saw these sermons as demonstrating America’s leadership and… Continue Reading  

Multiple Diplomatic Spats with Saudi Arabia

by James M. Dorsey The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human… Continue Reading  

Things Fall Apart

by John Feffer Democracy can be messy. In the northeast corner of Spain this week, democracy was downright chaotic. Catalans went to the polls on Sunday to vote in a referendum on whether to stay in Spain or go their… Continue Reading  

The Future of the Kurds

by Graham E. Fuller Of all the peoples of the Middle East who have suffered through  various wars and manipulations by the US and other foreign powers over the past century, the Kurds are probably the only people whose national… Continue Reading