Tag Archives: Diplomacy

Suspension of US aid to Ethiopia is yet another example of Trump’s disregard for Africa

Workey Tadele, a radio operator, at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in December 2019. Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images

Workey Tadele, a radio operator, at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Guba in Ethiopia in December 2019. Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images Yohannes Gedamu, Georgia Gwinnett College America’s Department of State recently suspended $130 million worth of aid to Ethiopia because of “a lack of progress” on negotiations pertaining to the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on …

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UN general assembly: why virtual meetings make it hard for diplomats to trust each other

Sorry I can’t be there: German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the UN general assembly virtually. Evan Schneider / UN Photo

Marcus Holmes, College of William & Mary; Mark NK Saunders, University of Birmingham, and Nicholas John Wheeler, University of Birmingham Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the US, recently said that achieving trust in diplomacy is “about the cues and nuances” that come from face-to-face interactions. What Mirpuri did not elaborate on, however, is that reading others when you’re in the …

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Morocco and Western Sahara: a decades-long war of attrition

The flag of Western Sahara is displayed during a march outside the Moroccan embassy in Madrid, Spain. EPA-EFE/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI

The flag of Western Sahara is displayed during a march outside the Moroccan embassy in Madrid, Spain. EPA-EFE/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI Flora Pidoux, Université de Montréal It’s been more than 40 years since Morocco claimed sovereignty over Western Sahara, setting off a conflict that seems no closer to resolution. In 1975 Spain abandoned its colonies in North Africa, with the exception of …

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How countries in conflict, like Iran and the US, still talk to each other

Diplomacy has provided a solution for how countries in conflict can communicate. Shutterstock/cybrain

Diplomacy has provided a solution for how countries in conflict can communicate. Shutterstock/cybrain Klaus W. Larres, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Even countries that have broken ties with each other need to communicate in times of crisis and war. That includes the U.S. and Iran, which have not had an official way to talk directly to each other …

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Afghanistan’s peace process is stalled. Can the Taliban be trusted to hold up their end of the deal?

Afghan security personnel inspect the rubble of Afghanistan’s intelligence services building after a car bomb blast claimed by the Taliban killed at least 11 people, July 13, 2020. AFP via Getty Images

Afghan security personnel inspect the rubble of Afghanistan’s intelligence services building after a car bomb blast claimed by the Taliban killed at least 11 people, July 13, 2020. AFP via Getty Images Sher Jan Ahmadzai, University of Nebraska Omaha Five months after the United States signed an historic accord with the Taliban – the Islamic militant group that sheltered al-Qaida …

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