Angelina Jolie to work with NATO to combat sexual violence

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said Wednesday she would work with the NATO military alliance to combat sexual violence."As a humanitarian, it's an interesting step for me," Jolie told a press conference in Brussels with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.Jolie, a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said she was "honored to be working with (Stoltenberg) over the coming months and years"."We are very clear that this effort must ...

Will the Hague convictions bring peace to the Balkans?

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Over 20 years after the crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian war, two commanders were sentenced by the United Nations-backed International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Many, especially in Europe, felt it as a historic moment, associating it with the Nuremberg trials that brought to justice many Nazi war criminals responsible for the Holocaust and the atrocities of the second world war. “I was in Bosnia in 1995-1996, I was there when those atrocities ...

Turkey signs missile accord with Paris and Rome

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Turkey on Wednesday signed a letter of intent opening the way to Ankara buying ground to air missiles from a French-Italian consortium. The letter signed by the Turkish, French and Italian defense ministers allows the Eurosam consortium to “analyze and define the needs” of the Turkish military, a French source told AFP. Though the deal is at an extremely early stage, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed it as positive cooperation between alliance members, after Ankara ...

UN ends month-long Libya talks in Tunisia without proposing new date

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Month-long UN-backed talks aimed at bridging differences between rival Libyan factions ended on Saturday with no discernable progress towards stabilizing the country and paving the way for elections. A month ago UN envoy Ghassan Salame, the latest in a series of Libya envoys since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising ended Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year rule, announced a one-year action plan for a transition toward presidential and parliamentary elections. Since then the UN has ...

ANALYSIS: Is the West benefiting from chaos in the Arab world?

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Among many Arab and Western circles, there is a subtle conviction that Western countries and other major players are benefitting from the current instability across the Arab world and that this is the reason why the situation isn’t changing in the region. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, founder and president of the Emirates Policy Center in Abu Dhabi, expressed this concept clearly during her speech at a NATO conference on Arab geopolitics held this week. But Nicola De Santis, Head of the Middle East ...

Arab world needs its own Marshall Plan, says former PM of Jordan

Friday, 6 October 2017

The Arab world needs a serious investment plan if it wants to avoid more destruction, and the Gulf countries are the only ones that can build it, Samir al-Rifai, former prime minister of Jordan and vice president of its Senate has said.“The Arab world needs its own Marshall Plan. Everyone should step up because otherwise the region can spiral even further”, said al-Rifai in an exclusive interview to Al Arabiya English in Rome.Also read: Political tolerance as the foundation of a ...

Former NATO official: It is for Arabs to take destiny into their hands

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The world we live in is shaped by rapid changes of all kinds; technological, economic, political and military. It requires new tools for understanding these changes and deciding on matters related to them. Like it or not, those best equipped to cope effectively with novelty will prosper. We experience an unprecedented degree of freedom. No power is a true hegemon and everyone can participate with different influences, values and interests. Another novelty is the presence as international actors ...

Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, wounds five civilians

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Five civilians were wounded when a car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led international mission in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, security officials said. Captain William Salvin, a spokesman for NATO’s Resolute Support mission, confirmed an attack had occurred and said a team was on the scene to recover the vehicle. “There are no Resolute Support casualties as a result of the explosion,” Salvin he said in an emailed statement. Afghan security ...

Trump assembles national security team to forge new Afghanistan strategy

Saturday, 19 August 2017

US President Donald Trump assembled his national security team at the Camp David presidential retreat on Friday to forge a way ahead in Afghanistan, almost 16 years after the war began.Trump must decide if he wants to continue on the current course, which relies on a relatively small US-led NATO force to help Afghan partners push back the Taliban, or try a new tack such as adding more forces - or even withdrawing altogether.The White House released a statement Friday afternoon saying Trump had ...

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