LONDON As Britain ponders the fallout from leaked diplomatic telegrams from its ambassador to Washington, it ponders an awkward question. Was the so-called “special relationship” deliberately sabotaged by Britain’s own officials or politicians releasing the material for their own political ends, or was the United Kingdom the victim of an attack by a foreign power?
LONDON For those who accuse U.S. President Donald Trump of being more at home in the company of dictators, autocrats and authoritarian rulers than with democratic leaders, the past week has provided ready ammunition.
LONDON, June 27 World leaders have no shortage
of global issues to discuss at this week's Group of 20 summit
but, perhaps more than ever before, most will be more focused on
their own domestic politics than on international diplomacy.
LONDON When Barack Obama was preparing his fight for a second term as U.S. president in 2012, his administration was preoccupied with two big foreign policy crises.
LONDON, June 14 Sometime next month, Russia may
shipping its S-400 air defence system to Turkey. It is a move
that divides NATO, may see the Turkish military kicked out of
the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project, and demonstrates just how
central yet divisive high-tech weapons exports have become.
LONDON, June 7 As head of Beijing's strategic
nuclear forces and its fastest rising general, Chinese Defence
Minister Wei Fenghe had a reputation for "doing more and saying
less". It was a methodical, determined approach that made him a
clear favourite of President Xi Jinping, placing him at the
heart of China's remarkable military revolution and its efforts
to dominate the region.
LONDON, May 30 Maritime security experts say
there was likely https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-saudi-oil-usa-iran-security-analysis/tanker-attacks-near-uae-expose-weaknesses-in-gulf-arab-security-idUKKCN1SL1BH
less than four kilograms of explosives in the limpet mine that
tore open a gash in the stern of Norwegian oil tanker "Andrea
Victory" as she lay at anchor off the United Arab Emirates on
May 12. As with additional attacks against three other vessels
and two major oil pipeline facilities https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-saudi-oil-attacks/saudis-falih-says-oil-pumping-stations-hit-by-explosive-laden-drones-idUKKCN1SK14P
in nearby Saudi Arabia, there was little chance of the attacks
causing catastrophic damage or disrupting the world's supply of
LONDON, May 13 This week, dignitaries and
Western military veterans celebrated the seventieth anniversary
of the Berlin airlift, the mammoth year-long effort to break a
ground blockade by the Soviet Union. Whether the United States
and its allies would go to the same length to support an ally
today, however, remains a very open question.
LONDON, May 8 When former Chinese army officer
Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei in 1987, his business plan appears
to have been relatively simple. By reverse engineering
foreign-built phone switches and other basic telecoms equipment,
the firm could undercut international rivals and become a
worldwide market leader.
LONDON When Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral caught fire on April 15, it was only a matter of minutes before conspiracy theories were swirling across social media.