A step forward

A step forward

NDO - After reconciliation efforts, the United Nations (UN) announced that Yemen's warring parties have agreed to new measures to enforce a ceasefire and facilitate a troop pullback from the flashpoint port of Hodeidah. This is a step on a long road to open the door for negotiation. (Jul 19, 2019 17:29:16)

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Containing the fire of conflict

  Jul 15, 2019 16:18:22
NDO - With the US House of Representatives adoption of a defence-policy bill aiming at limiting President Donald Trump's use of force against Iran, the fire of conflict which might lead to a military confrontation between the US and Iran have been initially contained. In the context that the US and its allies have intensified the deployment of warships to the Gulf, the international community is hoping for diplomatic efforts to ease tensions. 

Tripartite meeting expected to help remove “detonator” for Middle East crises

  Jun 29, 2019 17:15:44
NDO – National security advisers of the United States, Russia and Israel recently convened for a meeting in Jerusalem to discuss regional issues, with a focus on the situations in Iran and Syria. During the first-ever tripartite security conference, Russia, the US and Israel, whose security interests are closely associated with outstanding issues in the Middle East, could make proposals aimed at reducing tensions and removing the “detonator” for regional crises. 

General expectations

  Jun 28, 2019 15:41:42
NDO - Leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) big economies, together with important guests and international organisations, arrived in Osaka, Japan, for a summit on June 28. The summit is expected to contribute to affirming the importance of free and fair trade, as well as the promotion of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reform process. 

Core issue

  Jun 27, 2019 15:13:55
NDO - The administration of the US President Donald Trump has officially kicked off the economic part of the new Middle East peace plan with a hope to attract the participation and contributions from Arab countries and allies. The political part of the plan is still a mystery. However, the Palestinians strongly opposed this ambitious plan, insisting on the two-state solution, the core issue in the Middle East peace process. 

Lack of trust

  Jun 25, 2019 16:49:06
NDO - The first sketches of the new Middle East Peace Plan, which the US has long praised as a “deal of the century”, will be revealed at an international economic conference to be held in the capital of Bahrain on June 25-26. However, the absence of the “main player”, Palestine, seemed to undermine the extent of the event in Manama as well as the ambitious scheme of Washington.  

A controversial deal

  Jun 21, 2019 17:49:08
NDO - The rift in the relationship between the US and Turkey have become more severe as Ankara criticised Washington for not acting like an ally. The disagreement between the two sides is in regards to Ankara's procurement of the Russian S-400 defence system. 

Tensions escalate in the Middle East

  Jun 19, 2019 18:35:51
NDO – The United States has decided to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East for “defensive purposes” against the air, naval, and ground-based threats in the region. 

Global efforts strengthened to reduce plastic waste

  Jun 17, 2019 16:28:24
NDO – Environment and energy ministers from G20 countries recently convened a meeting in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, during which they agreed to set up a new international framework in order to tackle the problem of marine plastic waste, one of the most pressing threats to the environment presently. 

Signals from “black gold” prices

  Jun 14, 2019 16:10:59
NDO - The world oil prices rose after two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman yesterday. However, world oil prices have witnessed periodic dropping in recent days. The fall in the price of “black gold” is a signal that the health of the global economy is in danger of falling, leading to the prospect of a significant drop in oil demand. 

Britain’s disorientation in leaving EU

  Jun 12, 2019 15:52:30
NDO - British Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement of stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party is officially triggering a lively contest in British politics to replace her. 

The unhealing rift

  Jun 05, 2019 14:05:20
NDO - Efforts in sitting together to find a solution to the common problems of Arab states in the Persian Gulf seem to have failed to achieve the expected results, as internal division has become more and more profound. Unresolved disagreements and fierce controversies have caused the Gulf countries to sink deeper into the regional diplomatic crisis. 

A suitable choice

  Jun 03, 2019 14:45:33
NDO - The US, Russia and Israel have agreed to hold a trilateral meeting this June for the three countries’ national security advisers to discuss ways to deal with regional security issues, especially the situation in Syria. 

An urgent call for protection of the Earth

  May 27, 2019 14:13:23
NDO - Youth climate strikes are spreading around the world. Tens of thousands of students in 130 countries and territories around the world have taken to the streets to call for political action in response to climate change. The spirit of Swedish young activist Greta Thunberg, who launched a week-long climate rally called "Fridays for Future", has spread among students all over the world.  

European Parliament elections 2019, a “test” for EU model

  May 23, 2019 11:22:36
NDO – From May 23 to 26, more than 420 million voters of 28 European Union (EU) member countries will cast their ballots to elect 751 members of the European Parliament (EP) for the 2019-2024 tenure. The elections take place while the EU is facing numerous difficulties and the building of a strong and unified EU is becoming an urgent requirement for the alliance.