International Relations

Netanyahu urges international "red lines" to stop Iran

Netanyahu urges international "red lines" to stop Iran

By Jeffrey Heller

JERUSALEM 

Sun Sep 2, 2012

 

(Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Sunday to set a "clear red line" for Tehran's atomic program that would convince Iran they were determined to prevent it from obtaining nuclear arms.

Iran’s heading of the Non-Aligned Movement: Lead up to more confrontation?

Iran’s heading of the Non-Aligned Movement: Lead up to more confrontation?

Andrew Ortendahl and Andrea Stricker

August 29, 2012

Iran recently took over leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), a 120-nation consortium of developing countries, for a period of three years. Iran is now hosting the group’s 16th Summit in Tehran where member states are gathered to discuss issues of mutual importance. However, it is disappointing given Iran’s intransigence about its unresolved nuclear case that so many member states decided to send top-level representation. Those attending should deliver a clear message to Iran that its many violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions and lack of transparency with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are unacceptable and a blemish on the NAM’s struggle for the peaceful resolutions of conflicts.

Egypt's Morsi Firms China Ties

Egypt's Morsi Firms China Ties

Wall Street Journal

28 August 2012

President Mohammed Morsi on his first official trip outside the Middle East took early steps to tie Egypt more tightly to Beijing, at a time when China's wider reach in the region is posing an increasing challenge to U.S. influence there.Mr. Morsi secured new Chinese credit for economic development in Egypt, and met Chinese President Hu Jintao at Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Tuesday, the first day of his state visit. His trip will also include a closely watched stopover in Iran.

Tehran, Opposition Jostle for U.N. Chief's Ear

Tehran, Opposition Jostle for U.N. Chief's Ear

Wall Street Journal

28 August 2012

BEIRUT—The Islamic Republic of Iran and its various opposition group are competing to capitalize on U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's first visit to Iran on Wednesday.

Russia’s War Games Make Georgia Nervous

Russia’s War Games Make Georgia Nervous

Andrey Tselikov

27 August 2012

In June and July Russia held several military exercises with its regional partners. There are more to come in August and September. Of course, none of the planned events are quite as extensive as the one that an Iranian news agency falsely reported on June 19th, in a bit of wishful thinking. There won’t be joint war games involving 90,000 troops held in Syria by Russia, China and Iran.

If the U.S. Can't Engage Russia Culturally, Maybe Through Trade

If the U.S. Can't Engage Russia Culturally, Maybe Through Trade

Aug 26 2012

The plight of three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot has received widespread international attention. The young women were given two-year jail terms last week for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after they performed a profane anti-Putin "punk prayer" in front of the altar of Moscow's main cathedral several months ago.

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