Saturday, February 14, 2015

Declaring War on Islamic Terrorism is Not the Answer, Says LeBaron

A White House conference on countering violent extremism will “reinforce international will to take on the difficult issues posed by radicalization,” according to the Atlantic Council’s Richard LeBaron.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A 'Glimmer of Hope' in Ukraine?

A new deal that would end the fighting between Ukrainian security forces and Russian-backed separatists is being met with skepticism amid an escalation in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

 

Airstrikes will Strengthen ISIS, says Fayyad 

The ongoing coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham will do very little to destroy the militant group and may, in fact, enhance its ability to recruit more fighters, according to Salam Fayyad, a former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ukraine’s Fate Hangs in the Balance in Minsk, Once Again

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine are meeting in Belarus’ capital Minsk on February 11 to hammer out a deal to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Monday, February 9, 2015

US, Germany Seek a United Front on Ukraine 

The question of providing defensive weapons to Ukraine’s security forces will dominate the meeting between US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on February 9.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Obama ‘All In’ on Pushing Trade Promotion Authority

The passage of trade promotion authority legislation in the US Congress is critical for the administration to bring the best trade deals to Congress, a senior US official said on February 5.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Republican Lawmaker Makes Push for Trade Promotion Authority

Opponents in the US Congress of trade promotion authority legislation must realize that they are not giving up their constitutional rights to the president by considering this measure, but are, in fact, setting parameters for negotiations, a top Republican lawmaker said on February 5.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Europe Taking Steps to Wean Itself off Russian Gas

Europe has seized the opportunity provided by the Ukraine crisis to improve its energy security, according to Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy in the European Commission.

Ukraine Urgently Needs ‘Front-Loaded’ Financial Aid Package, says Ukrainian Finance Minister 

Ukraine urgently requires a “front-loaded” financial package from the International Monetary Fund to help its economy recover from the challenges posed by a recession and a war with Russian-backed separatists, according to Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko.

Europe Taking Steps to Wean Itself off Russian Gas 

Europe has seized the opportunity provided by the Ukraine crisis to improve its energy security, according to Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy in the European Commission.