12:05 am September 15, 2014 | No Comment
That, I think, is essentially another way of stating Obama’s strategy; it’s a Cold War strategy, one that will settle for a stalemate in case the enemy is too strong for the proxies to defeat. In this case, the enemy is the Islamic State and the proxies are the Syrian rebels, the Kurds, the Shi-as and the Sunni tribes that won’t accept the Islamic State.
12:40 am September 1, 2014 | 3 Comments
At the opening session of the Bali Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations last week, both President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa paid tribute to the late Indonesian diplomat-statesman Ali Alatas.
8:45 pm August 24, 2014 | No Comment
The Islamic State (IS), formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), now a self-styled caliphate, seems to have succeeded where diplomacy has failed. It has managed to make strange bedfellows of key players in the Middle East who wouldn’t normally give each other the time of day.
12:15 am August 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
As I write, the breaking news is that a convoy of 262 white-painted trucks sit at the Ukraine-Russia border awaiting inspection by Ukrainian authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross — to make sure they’re not actually smuggling materiel.