Middle East at risk of new confrontation

Middle East at risk of new confrontation

NDO – One of the reasons US President Donald Trump dismissed outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to the disagreements regarding the Iran nuclear deal. The move shows Washington's "determination" to withdraw from the historic deal. Iranian officials have reaffirmed Teheran's stance on not re-negotiating the deal. The confrontation between the US and Iran has raised tension in the region, raising fears of a new arms race as Iran will not compromise on its controversial missile programme.  (Mar 17, 2018)


US attack on Syria – a sceptical decision

  Apr 11, 2017
NDO – An unexpected decision made by the US President, Donald Trump, to launch rockets targeting the Syrian military base, has upset recent analyses on US’s strategy in the Middle East nation. The Pentagon's first direct military intervention in Syria raged scepticism that "chemical weapons" could once again be used as a "card". The move has even caused a divide within the US and is also a blow to Russian-US relations in the fight against terrorism.  

Adding fuel to the fire in Syria

  Apr 08, 2017
NDO – Early on the morning of April 7, from its warships USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea, the US launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base near the central city of Homs, Syria. This is the biggest substantial escalation of the US military over the past six years of the Syrian civil war, which may pose potential risk of exacerbating tensions in the region while threatening to completely shatter all efforts to seek a political solution to the crisis in this Middle Eastern country.  

Fuelling new source of energy for US-Turkey relations

  Apr 04, 2017
NDO – US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson recently made a visit to Turkey as the most senior American official to visit the country since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. With the goal of providing new energy for a relationship that had undergone tension under the previous US President, Tillerson 's visit is expected to relieve scepticism and strain between the two NATO allies. 

Significant milestone

  Mar 30, 2017
NDO - Escalating tensions between Turkey and European countries are pushing the two sides further apart. Turkey does not hesitate to show its tough stance despite the prospect that the country’s door the European Union (EU)’s membership may shut. However, serious damage can force the parties to consider more carefully when making their decision for a relationship which has not as sweet as it could be. 

Responding to terrorism – a global challenge

  Mar 26, 2017
NDO – Foreign ministers and representatives from more than 60 nations have gathered in Washington capital of the US to discuss comprehensive and multi-dimensional measures to put an end to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). 

Unceasing migrant influx to Europe

  Mar 24, 2017
NDO—The migration wave continues to strike Europe at a steady rate, despite the efforts of countries on both sides of the Mediterranean to stop the influx of migrants from the Libyan coast to Italy. The recent meeting of interior ministers from the central Mediterranean countries in Rome, Italy has shown their determination to address the root cause of the problem.  

New wine into old wineskins

  Mar 21, 2017
NDO – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently wrapped up his official trip to three Northeast Asian countries, including China and the US’s two key allies, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan. The visit aimed to redefine Washington policy in the strategic region under President Donald Trump.  

“Frexit” stirs concern across EU

  Mar 17, 2017
NDO – Concern about a "Frexit" scenario (France leaving the European Union - EU) is growing in Europe as French far-right Front National (FN) Party President, Marine Le Pen, who has advocated for France to leave the EU, is increasingly gaining ground in the race to become the next President of France. After Brexit (when the UK left the EU) last year, "Frexit" would put the EU at risk of folding due to greater challenges. 

RoK in political turmoil

  Mar 16, 2017
NDO - The tense situation in the Republic of Korea (ROK) resulting from the political scandal has temporarily cooled down after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote on March 10 to impeach President Park Geun-hye as well as remove her immunity from prosecution over corruption claims. However, the aftershocks have shown signs of political instability and social unrest. The next president of the Green House must prioritise two urgent tasks: strengthening people's trust and uniting the country.  

Nuclear agreement implementation gives Iran chance at development

  Mar 15, 2017
NDO—A number of opportunities for cooperation have opened up with Iran since the nuclear deal between the Islamic nation and the P5 + 1, namely the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany, came into effect. The breakthrough deal between Tehran and the West has generated expectations of an Iranian economic revival after years of crippling sanctions. 

US still stuck in Afghan “fire pan”

  Mar 13, 2017
NDO—The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering a new strategy to address the increasingly volatile and complex security situation in Afghanistan. After nearly 16 years of fighting terrorism in this South Asian country, the US remains bogged down, even deeper, into its most persistent war ever.  

ROK in a critical situation

  Mar 09, 2017
NDO – The Republic of Korea (ROK) is currently in a tough period faced with numerous difficulties both at home and abroad. The “Choi Soon-sil scandal” continues to shake domestic politics and is causing deep social divisions. Meanwhile, missile tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and controversies with China concerning the United States’ deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in the ROK are posing a lot of “headaches” for the Seoul administration.  

Ally struggle

  Mar 08, 2017
NDO - The world is witnessing new strains in relations between Turkey and Germany after a 'war of words' erupted between Turkish leaders and the member countries of the European Union (EU). The tension runs the risk of damaging the awkward relations between Ankara and the key member of NATO after the failed coup attempt in Turkey in July of last year.  

Saudi Arabia moving in a new direction

  Mar 06, 2017
NDO - Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is more than halfway through his month-long tour to Asia. In addition to reaching economic targets and extending the country’s influence, the tour also reflects Riyadh’s new direction of diplomacy at a time when concerns have arisen about its relations with its closest ally – the US.