COP24’s last-minute compromise to save Paris Agreement – Victory of multilateral efforts

COP24’s last-minute compromise to save Paris Agreement – Victory of multilateral efforts

NDO – Crunch negotiations have successfully concluded in Poland, with a consensus reached on steps taken to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. With nearly 200 countries and territories adopting a common agenda for the future of the planet, it’s also seen as a major triumph of international cooperation, especially in the context of multilateralism at risk of weakening against the protectionism trend and extreme nationalism. (12 hours ago)

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Constructive actions needed to ease Russia-Ukraine tensions over Black Sea clash

  Nov 29, 2018 13:14:33
NDO – Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are on the rise after Russian forces seized three Ukrainian naval ships in the Black Sea, followed by mutual accusations and criticisms between Moscow and Kiev. Not only that, the case also risks escalating seriously, causing negative impacts on the Russia-West ties as a whole and the relations between Russia and the United States in particular.  

Issue of chemical weapons in Syria, a guise for parties to blame each other

  Nov 28, 2018 16:30:56
NDO – Russia has recently sent chemical experts to the Syrian city of Aleppo to investigate suspicions of the Syrian insurgents using chemical weapons. As everything is still in a state of “ambiguity”, the issue of chemical weapons has been used by the parties as a guise to blame each other. And, the true victims of the war are still the innocent civilians. 

Migration crisis in Central America, a barbed problem

  Nov 27, 2018 17:45:07
NDO – The bustling border crossing between San Diego (United States) and Tijuana (Mexico) has resumed operations, only a few hours after being closed due to tensions involving hundreds of immigrants seeking to cross into the US. However, Washington is still struggling to find a way out of the crisis of migrants arriving from Central America and cool the growing tensions in the southern border region. 

Turkey applies flexible foreign policy to ensure national interests

  Nov 24, 2018 17:32:32
NDO – Experiencing a lot of turbulence in its relations with powers, Turkey has recently been adjusting its foreign policy towards becoming more flexible. The transcontinental country in Eurasia has taken moves to strongly facilitate its ties with Russia, while easing tensions with the United States and its European allies. These foreign policy adjustments are aimed at helping Ankara strengthen its position and ensure its strategic interests in the region.  

US response to Khashoggi’s killing: "All bark and no bite"?

  Nov 22, 2018 11:46:02
NDO – Despite skepticism from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) regarding the involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US President Donald Trump still announced a firm partnership with Saudi Arabia. The binding interests with the US’s strategic ally made it impossible for the White House leader to “crack down on” the king of oil, although Saudi Arabia is being faced by intense pressure from the international community.  

Israel-Hamas ceasefire reached, but disagreements remain

  Nov 19, 2018 12:48:31
NDO – Under the mediation of Egypt, Israel and Palestine’s armed groups in the Gaza Strip, including the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), have reached a ceasefire agreement to end the worst escalation of violence in the region since 2014. The deal has “undermined” tensions between Israel and Hamas which risk pushing Palestine’s coastal land to the brink of war. However, Israel’s defence minister Avigdor Lieberman announcing his resignation shortly after the ceasefire has revealed disagreements within the Israeli government over the Gaza issue. 

Difficulties expected as RCEP negotiation deadline missed again

  Nov 16, 2018 12:12:52
NDO – At the recent 2nd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit in Singapore, leaders of RCEP countries agreed to push back the finalisation of the deal until next year. So once again, the RCEP fails to meet the set negotiation deadline. The multiple postponements of the negotiation conclusion could possibly drive the agreement to face great difficulties. 

A diplomatic breakthrough towards resolving deep conflict in Libya

  Nov 15, 2018 12:50:56
NDO – An international conference on Libya recently concluded in Palermo, Italy with a glimmer of hopes for opening a peaceful door to the North African nation. Key Libyan political leaders have pledged to follow a United Nations-backed political process. This is considered a significant diplomatic breakthrough aimed towards resolving the deep conflicts between the rival factions in Libya. 

CPTPP opens up opportunities for cooperation and development

  Nov 14, 2018 16:44:35
NDO – After being ratified by an array of member countries, including Vietnam, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), featuring the participation of 11 economies in the Asia-Pacific region, is expected to create a new motivation for regional economic growth. 

Pause signal between US and China, a “low note” of hopes

  Nov 13, 2018 13:06:58
NDO – In the context of constantly escalating tensions in United States-China relations over recent months, the meetings between senior officials of the two sides last weekend is considered a necessary “low note” helping both countries move towards “dialogue instead of confrontation”. 

US mid-term elections: Balance resumed

  Nov 08, 2018 12:24:15
NDO – The US midterm elections 2018 has concluded with the results not beyond expectations of observers and the US public opinion, with President Donald Trump’s Republican Party retaining control of the Senate and the Democrats regaining control of the House of Representatives. The equilibrium in the US politics has been restored, but the danger of divisiveness and competition has also been resumed, as each party controls a chamber of the bicameral US Congress. 

US-Iran tensions pushed to new level

  Nov 06, 2018 13:27:15
NDO – The latest package of US sanctions, aimed mainly at Iran’s oil and financial sectors, officially took effect on November 5 as planned. Washington has stated that these are the strongest measures, while Tehran also stays ready to take measures in response and retaliation. The new move of the White House has been criticised by many parties as being wrong, pushing tensions between the US and Iran to a new level. 

A “narrow gate” seeks to maintain EU-Iran economic ties

  Nov 03, 2018 12:16:42
NDO – In the context of the United States imposing economic sanctions against Iran and planning stronger sanctions aimed at Tehran from November 4, especially in the oil sector, the European Union (EU) is seeking every possible way to “escape” the aforementioned sanctions, aiming to protect the interests of European businesses in Iran. 

A positive sign for removal of deadlocks in US-Russia relations

  Nov 02, 2018 14:05:17
NDO – Russian and United States officials are actively preparing for a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump, scheduled to take place in Paris, November 11. US National Security Adviser John Bolton also announced that the White House has sent an invitation to President Putin to visit Washington.