Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov raised a lot of eyebrows when he voiced Kremlin concern on September 3 that the “situation in Armenia is heating up.” "Yes, [the weather] was quite hot today," wisecracked Armenia's maverick leader, Nikol Pashinian, when asked to comment on Lavrov’s observation. Pashinian’s quip on September 3 epitomizes the new prime minister's carefree attitude toward relations with Russia, tiny Armenia's longtime “big brother” upon which Yerevan is dependent economically and militarily. Pashinian was equally relaxed when asked about a much ballyhooed congratulatory phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to former Armenian President Robert Kocharian for his 64th birthday on August 31. “It is a matter of personal relations,” said Pashinian on September 4.Putin’s call -- reportedly his first birthday greeting for Kocharian in more than a decade -- was featured on the Kremlin website and came just two … [Read more...] about Moscow Watches Anxiously As Pashinian Realigns Armenia’s Foreign Policy
Jakarta. The Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia, an independent think-thank on foreign relations, will host the next edition of its flagship conference in Jakarta on Oct. 20. FPCI founder Dino Pati Djalal, a former Indonesian deputy foreign minister, said he aims to repackage discussions to repeat the success of the annual Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy. More than 6,500 people attended last year's conference, while in 2016, the Indonesian Museum of Records recognized the annual event as the world's largest conference focusing on Indonesian foreign policy. Dino said this year's conference, with the broad theme of "A Dangerous Drift: Ideas to Fix a Broken World," will repackage discussions to prevent it from becoming "dry" and only appealing to the small group of people who share the same interests. "Our aim this year is to get more than 7,000 [attendees]," said Dino, who is also a former Indonesian ambassador to the United States. The FPCI is currently in the … [Read more...] about FPCI to Host Next Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy Next Month
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump pulled the plug on an upcoming trip to North Korea by his secretary of state, he pointed a finger of blame at China and the global superpower’s trade practices. In his recent trade breakthrough with Mexico, Trump praised the country’s outgoing president for his help on border security and agriculture. Both developments offered fresh evidence of how Trump has made trade policy the connective tissue that ties together different elements of his “America First” foreign policy and syncs up them with his political strategy for the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s 2016 triumph was paved in part by his support among blue-collar voters in Midwestern manufacturing states that narrowly supported him over Democrat Hillary Clinton, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. His aggressive trade tactics, epitomized by tariffs and standoffs with longtime economic partners and allies, are aimed at reversing … [Read more...] about Trump sees mixing trade, foreign policy as good politics
By Tabia Princewill Macron, May, Merkel: three heads of powerful Western states visited Nigeria in rapid succession and one marvels at the fact that no real summary of what Nigeria benefits from these diplomatic dialogues seems to exist. If it does, it’s neither extensively discussed nor debated. In other climes, foreign policy can either bring down a government or propel it to electoral victory: the consequences of the Iraq war, its perception as a failure by most Americans in part enabled Barack Obama’s victory. As for Theresa May, her supporters in the United Kingdom include many pro-Brexit, anti-immigrant and anti-European Union, EU, voters.One wonders, in fact, why the Buhari administration, isn’t trumpeting Nigeria’s gains from the perhaps unprecedented visit of not one but three world leaders. In fact, given the United Kingdom’s precarious economic future due to Brexit, one would imagine that Nigeria would have a strong position from which its … [Read more...] about What is Nigeria’s foreign policy?
President Trump is poised to promote an international finance official tied to Sen. Marco Rubio to lead Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council, making him the fourth member of an unofficial team of top pro-democracy Cuba hardliners who are executing and advocating for the administration’s Latin American policies. Mauricio Claver-Carone, an attorney who rose to prominence in conservative foreign policy circles as a writer for the Capitol Hill Cubans blog and as the executive director of the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC, advised Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He then joined Trump’s transition team for the U.S. Treasury department, where he later worked on and was instrumental in U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s president, who was labeled a “dictator” by the Trump administration.Story Continued Below Now the acting head of the International Monetary Fund, Claver-Carone will work under National Security Advisor John Bolton and … [Read more...] about Trump packs foreign policy team with Cuba hardliners from Florida