Diplomatic Law News

A Bad Idea: Using the 2001 AUMF as Legal Rationale for Striking ISIS.

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama’s Dangerously Vague New War.

Airstrikes by U.S. and Allies Hit ISIS Targets in Syria.

America ‘too dumb’ to stop Isis, says ex-intelligence boss Mike Flynn.

America usurped: China becomes world’s largest economy – putting USA in second place for the first time in 142 years.

America’s perpetual war on terror by any other name.

Amid Ebola Panic, Separating Fact From Fiction.

An Israeli Strike on Iran.

Another Iraq war is coming – the only question is whether we want to win.

Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan.

Arab League Stance Muddies U.S. Case.

Arab States Skeptical of U.S. Plan to Combat Islamic State Militants.

Are the U.S. and Venezuela Quietly Making Diplomatic Progress?.

Are war crimes being committed in Gaza?

As civilian casualties rise in Gaza, UN Rights Council agrees probe into alleged ‘war crimes’.

Asia’s drifting boatpeople a looming humanitarian crisis: U.N.

Assault On Diplomats – What Diplomatic Law Says.

A Strategy for Defeating ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

As US Bombs ISIS in Syria, Even Some Pro-War Pundits Express Skepticism.

Austrian presidential election has echoes of Trump-Clinton clash: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/1/austria-presidential-election-has-echoes-of-trump-/

Austria far-right candidate Norbert Hofer defeated in presidential poll: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38202669

Bahraini prince loses diplomatic immunity and could face arrest if he returns to Britain over claim he tortured protesters during Arab Spring uprising.

Baroness Warsi quits as Foreign Office minister over Gaza.

Baroness Warsi resigns from Government over Gaza.

Baroness Warsi resigns in Gaza protest.

Baroness Warsi resigns over Gaza conflict saying she ‘can no longer support Government policy’.

Bashar Assad And ISIS Committing War Crimes In Syria: UN Report.

Battle for Ukraine: How a diplomatic success unravelled.

Battle for Ukraine: How the west lost Putin.

Belfast demonstrators protest at BBC Gaza coverage.

Belhaj v Jack Straw, former Head of Counter-Terrorism at MI6 Sir Mark Allen, The Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the Security Service (MI5).

‘Belhaj v Jack Straw’ – Judgment of the Court of Appeal 30.10.14. Causes of action pleaded: false imprisonment, trespass to the person, conspiracy to injure, conspiracy to use unlawful means, negligence and misfeasance in public office.

Benjamin Netanyahu ridiculed over appearance at Paris solidarity march.

Bill on severing diplomatic ties with RF registered in Ukraine parliament.

Bill Targets ISIS And The Endless War On Terror.

Bombing jihadis is futile, says top British general.

Boris Johnson blasted for not getting tough with Russia amid fears Putin is planning fresh invasion of Ukraine: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1595036/boris-johnson-blasted-for-not-getting-tough-with-russia-despite-fears-putin-is-planning-fresh-invasion-of-ukraine/

Britain in talks with Iran about threat from Iraq as Clegg hints at letting the US use airbases to target extremists.

Britons more opposed to Syria air strikes since Commons vote.

Britain wants to restart Assange talks with Ecuador.

Cameron kicks off EU diplomacy push with Juncker talks.

Can Kosovo serve as a model for Syria intervention?.

Chancellor Osborne is a very good friend of Israeli government: Former cabinet minister Sayeeda Warsi (Times of India).

Charlie Hebdo attack: what are the implications of the Paris shootings for counterterrorism policy in Europe?

Charlie Hebdo attacks: Pope Francis condemns ‘fundamentalist terrorism’.

Charlie Hebdo Exposes Southeast Asia’s Hypocrisy.

‘Charlie Hebdo’ Investigation Turns Toward al Qaeda, Syria Connections.

China Backs Russia on Ukraine.

China calls for restraint in Ukraine crisis.

China denounces U.S. for sending ‘wrong message’ to Hong Kong protesters.

China detains scholar, bans books in crackdown on moderate voices.

China Leap-Frogging US Deterrence In the Pacific.

China neutrality valuable for Ukraine crisis.

China sends mediator to Israel and Palestine for talks on Gaza ceasefire.

China urges U.S. to ensure inviolability of diplomatic staff, premises.

China’s foreign minister urges Israel, Hamas to stop fighting, says will provide aid to Gaza.

China’s Hong Kong Mistake.

China’s Maritime Disputes.

China’s Outer Space Programme: Diplomacy of Competition or Co-operation?

China’s Space Diplomacy.

China’s space diplomacy starting to take off.

China’s War on Maritime Law.

China – Why is the South China Sea contentious?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13748349

China – Territorial Disputes in the South China Seas: http://www.cfr.org/global/global-conflict-tracker/p32137#!/conflict/territorial-disputes-in-the-south-china-sea

China and Russia Plan Naval Exercises in South China Sea: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-china-drills-idUSKCN1080O8

China – Law and diplomacy on South China Sea: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-on-south-china-sea-law-and-diplomacy-on-south-china-sea/article8845081.ece

China – Beijing rejects tribunal’s ruling in South China Sea case:/www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/12/philippines-wins-south-china-sea-case-against-china

China should plan to take Taiwan by force after Trump call, state media says: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/15/china-plan-taiwan-force-trump-call-state-media

China: Why Donald Trump Really Shouldn’t Play Games With China Over Taiwan: http://time.com/4603128/china-taiwan-russia-vladimir-putin-xi-jinping-donald-trump-realpolitik/

China: China should be prepared to invade Taiwan after Donald Trump questions One China Policy, says state-owned newspaper: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-taiwan-invade-donald-trump-one-china-policy-global-times-a7476756.html

China: Taiwan Is Both Exhilarated and Unnerved by Trump’s China Remarks: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/world/asia/trump-taiwan-china.html?_r=0

Chomsky: Israel committed ‘war crimes’ in Gaza.

Contents of the United States diplomatic cables leak (Israel).

Could Australia’s ‘stop the boats’ policy solve Europe’s migrant crisis?.

Crimea and South China Sea Diplomacy – Russia’s big move shows both the limits and importance of diplomacy in territorial disputes.

Crimea votes to join Russia, Obama orders sanctions.

Crisis in eastern Ukraine should be settled through diplomacy – OSCE chairman.

David Cameron to meet Iran leader over Isis campaign: PM to meet Hassan Rouhani in New York for first bilateral talks in decades, signalling improvement in countries’ relations.

David Cameron’s gastronomic diplomacy: 13 courses, from lobster terrine to mountains of cheese.

Defeating ISIS: From Strategy to Implementation.

Dempsey Discusses Anti-ISIL Strategy at Senate Hearing.

Despite airstrikes, questions remain over Obama’s ISIL strategy.

Devyani Khobragade: Bureaucratic and diplomatic negligence.

Diplomacy, immunity and justice – After the Bahraini precedent, will leaders from Egypt, Israel and Syria have to think twice before travelling abroad?

Diplomatic immunity – Saudi official with diplomatic immunity ‘brought personal slave to Britain’, MPs told: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/saudi-official-diplomatic-immunity-brought-8464493

Diplomatic immunity – Foreign embassy staff accused of human trafficking and child sex offences: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36856918

Diplomacy not bombs will defeat Isis – the West is being sucked into sectarian conflict.

Diplomacy Not More Arms Needed in Iraq and Syria.

Diplomacy, Putin, and What Comes After a Cease-Fire in Ukraine.

Diplomatic Courier.

Diplomatic Service and Overseas List.

Diplomats Traffic Workers Under Legal Immunity.

Drunken Saudi diplomats avoid UK law.


Ebola and the law: a discussion of public health authority and its practical limits.

Ebola: An Opportunity for Public Diplomacy.

Ebola Bribes and Parliamentary Diplomacy.

Egypt’s Morsi cuts off diplomatic relations with Syria, orders embassy closed (Security Law Brief – Georgetown Law Center on National Security and the Law).

Embassy workers use ‘diplomatic immunity’ in UK to avoid sexual assault allegations.

EU Ambassador to Iraq Admits: We’re Funding ISIS by Buying Their Oil.

EU counts humanitarian cost of Iraq crisis.

EU leaders to declare: ‘We cannot take more migrants’.

EU to discuss more Russia sanctions, police support in Ukraine.

EU – ‘Apple ordered to pay €13bn after EU rules Ireland broke state aid laws’ (Guardian 30.08.2016): https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/aug/30/apple-pay-back-taxes-eu-ruling-ireland-state-aid

EU – ‘Britain could be next target in the EU’s corporate tax fight’: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/08/29/britain-could-be-next-target-in-the-eus-corporate-tax-fight/

EU – ‘EU orders Apple to pay up to €13bn in Irish taxes – as it happened’ (Guardian 30.08.2016): https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2016/aug/30/reports-to-offer-latest-clues-on-brex–business-live

EU – ‘State aid: Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion’: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2923_en.htm,

Europe’s boat people- For those in peril.

Experts on Diplomatic Law Meet at Edinburgh Law School.

Explainer: the law of the sea and asylum seekers.

Ex-PM of Qatar to invoke diplomatic immunity in UK torture case.

FACT SHEET: Strategy to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Faculty Experts on 2014 Ebola Crisis: International Law, Economics and Trade.

Fight fear of Ebola with the facts.

Fighting the spread of ISIS – Rory Stewart.

Flayed: Raid on KSA diplomat’s home in India.

Former U.S. Diplomats Praise Iran Deal.

France’s Hollande urges action on ‘massacres’ in Gaza.

France – 84 killed in Nice by lorry during Bastille Day celebrations – how the attack unfolded: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/84-killed-in-nice-by-lorry-during-bastille-day-celebrations—ho/

France – 2016 Nice attack: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Nice_attack

France – Terrorism in France: Terror attacks and plots in Paris, Nice and Normandy: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/693917/Terrorist-attacks-France-terrorism-threat-security-Islamic-State-ISIS-Paris-Nice-Normandy

France’s response to terrorism – Loss of faith: http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21702746-french-are-growing-impatient-lofty-calls-persevere-against-terror-loss-faithFrom Iran to Syria: diplomacy, not war, can bear fruit.

Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel.

Gaza conflict: UN chief Ban urges end to fighting.

Gaza conflict: UN launches probe into possible Israeli war crimes, US votes against it.

Gaza Genocide and Arab Fratricide.

Gaza: how international law could work to punish war crimes – The security council will be vetoed, but now that Palestine is a state there’s another route to justice.

Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Kill Fleeing Civilians.

Gaza strikes rage on as diplomacy falters.

Gaza Strip fighting defies diplomatic solutions big and small.

Gaza war prompts Latin America to break ties with Israel.

Germans lament diplomatic ‘disaster’ in Greece talks.

Germany went ‘rogue’ to freeze green cars law, say diplomats (EurActiv.Com 22 July 2013).

Greece debt crisis: Eurozone backs €7bn bridging loan.

Greece debt crisis: German MPs vote ‘yes’ to bailout talks.

Greece Defaults on IMF Loan Despite New Push for Bailout Aid.

Greek Debt Crisis: Germany Flexes Its Muscles in Talks With Bailout Ultimatum.

Hague: British Embassy in Damascus ‘suspended’.

Hands-free diplomacy on Ebola.

H.E. Mykola Baltazhy: Russia Could Benefit from Ukraine’s Ties to EU.

Hillary Clinton slams Maliki, ‘dysfunctional’ Iraq government.

Hillary Clinton urges caution for US in Iraq.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Wicked’ Iraq Problem.

History’s Judgment: The Iraq Surge Failed.

Hong Kong in crisis: Does former colonial ruler have any responsibility?

House approves Obama’s Iraq-Syria military strategy amid scepticism.

House Dems Call For Diplomatic And Legal Solution To Syria Crisis.

How New Strategy to Defeat ISIS Can Work.

How Palestine might become a state.

How Saudi Arabia helped ISIL take over north of Iraq.

How Southeast Asia has created its own humanitarian crisis.

How To Beat ISIS: Pentagon Strategy To Defeat ‘Imminent Threat’ From Militants.

How Will Pakistan Respond to the Crisis in Yemen?

If David Cameron wins vote to strike Isis in Syria, it is vital that the end goal of a peace settlement is not forgotten.

In Airstrikes, U.S. Targets Militant Cell Said to Plot an Attack Against the West.

In their cynicism about Putin, western diplomats are making the Ukrainian crisis worse.

India bar on envoy ‘violates diplomatic law’, Italy says.

Indian Consular Officer’s Arrest Highlights Distinctions in Immunity Law.

Indian media say Delhi walks ‘diplomatic tightrope’ over Crimea.

India’s opposition BJP gives strong message to Pakistan and US.

India’s Space Diplomacy.

‘Inequality’ is behind the rise of Isis, says author Thomas Piketty.

International criminal court urged to investigate Gaza ‘crimes’.

International Diplomacy News (Globalpost).

International Law and the Gaza War.

International Law on Airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.

Iran and Syria.

Iran begins diplomatic effort to solve Yemen crisis.

Iran, Britain officially resume diplomatic relations (21.02.2014).

Iran dispatches diplomats to tackle Yemen crisis.

Iran is ready to help Iraq if asked, Rouhani says.

Iran: Nuclear deal is new chance for regional cooperation.

Iran, Russia discuss Israel war on Gaza.

Iran: US, UK Will Launch Diplomacy Push After Presidential Elections.

Iran summons Saudi diplomat over plane interception in Yemen: ISNA.

IRAQ: Another humanitarian crisis in the Middle East.

Iraq crisis: Isis advances are helping to thaw relations between the West and Iran.

Iraq crisis: ISIS militants push towards Baghdad -June 13 as it happened.

Iraq crisis: Let’s help, but not with boots on the ground, by Richard Williams.

Iraq crisis: Opinion from the experts – what’s happened and what’s next?

Iraq Crisis: UK’s SAS On Way as West Considers Intervention.

Iraq crisis: US embassy workers evacuated as Republicans slam Obama.

Iraq crisis: Will the West reach out to Russia, Iran, Syria for solution?

Iraq faces existential crisis as Sunni insurgency gains ground.

Iraq Isis Crisis: Turkey Threaten Military Action if 80 Citizens are Harmed in Mosul by Islamic Militants.

Iraq War Debate: Watch George Galloway’s Controversial Speech.

Iraq Inquiry: http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/

Iraq – Tony Blair could face prosecution yet – focus on oil and follow the money: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/11/tony-blair-prosecution-war-crimes-hague-geneva-pillage-economy-iraq-chilcot

Iraq war inquiry has left the door open for Tony Blair to be prosecuted: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/06/iraq-war-inquiry-chilcot-tony-blair-prosecute

Iraq – Chilcot report: Tony Blair could be sued for ‘every penny’ by families of soldiers killed in Iraq War: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/chilcot-tony-blair-iraq-war-soldiers-families-sue-every-penny-prosecution-a7126386.html

Iraqis sceptical about war on ISIL.

Isil fighters disperse within Syrian and Iraqi cities to evade US air attacks.

ISIL Targets Saudi Intelligence.

ISIL, US intervention and the rise of the Iranian model Western media’s caricaturish coverage of Iran masks an uncomfortable truth.

ISIS, a Game Changer for Algeria.

Isis air strikes: Obama’s plan condemned by Syria, Russia and Iran.

ISIS creating ‘provinces’ outside of Syria and Iraq.

ISIS Force Remains Low-Tech: DoD Data.

ISIS May Pose A Growing Threat To Jordan; Amman Sends Intelligence Reports To NATO.

ISIS Militants Shoot Down Iraqi Helicopter, Killing 2.

ISIS oil is going to its enemy, the Syrian regime: Cheap oil creates some strange bedfellows.

Isis plans to use immigrant boats from Libya to cause terror in Europe and close shipping routes.

Is it legal to sign the EU’s pact with Ukraine?

Is the Arab-Israeli conflict going to be the war that never ends?

Is the ICC the Right Response to the ISIS Crisis?

Is There a Diplomatic Solution to ISIS Crisis? U.S. Could Turn to Aid, Arms Embargo & Engaging Foes.

Is the Syrian Crisis Nearing the point where Diplomacy Can make a Difference?

Israel accepts truce plan; Hamas balks.

Israel approves Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire with Hamas.

Israel: Diplomacy Wins As Turkey Halts ‘Freedom Flotilla’ To Gaza.

Israel in diplomatic talks with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait: FM.

Israel Mulls Retaliation for Palestinian Diplomatic Moves.

Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: International Criminal Court key to breaking cycle of injustice for war crimes.

Israel seeks to end Gaza operation unilaterally.

Israel targets top Hamas leader as cease-fire collapses.

Israel to U.S.: Opposing Russia would endanger our security – White House remains incensed over Jerusalem’s breaking of ranks over Ukraine.

Israel – Israel and Turkey Officially Announce Rapprochement Deal, Ending Diplomatic Crisis: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.727369

Israeli destruction of buildings in Gaza is illegal, Annan says.

Israeli massacre in Gaza amounts to war crime: Larijani (Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani has denounced Israel’s brutalities and massacres in the besieged Gaza Strip as war crimes).

Israeli military agrees to temporarily halt Gaza attacks.

Israeli minister Tzipi Livni given diplomatic immunity for UK visit.

Israeli Pullback Won’t Quell Questions About “War Crimes”.

Italy’s FM urges more diplomatic efforts to resolve mounting Libya crisis.

Italy referendum: ‘Period of uncertainty’ predicted after Matteo Renzi’s defeat – as it happened: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/dec/04/italian-referendum-and-austrian-presidential-election-live

Italy: Matteo Renzi’s referendum defeat risks Italy political crisis: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38204189

Italy: Matteo Renzi’s Italian referendum defeat ‘threatens survival of the euro,’ warn German business leaders: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/04/renzi-battle-survival-italians-go-polls-vote-seen-referendum/

Italy could have snap elections as early as February, says minister: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/06/italy-could-have-snap-elections-early-february-says-minister/

Jack Straw faces legal action over Libya rendition claims.

Japan’s far-flung island defense plan seeks to turn tables on China: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-military-china-exclusive-idUSKBN0U107220151218

Japan – Chinese newspaper slams Japan over reported Miyako missile plan: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/15/national/chinese-newspaper-slams-japan-reported-miyako-missile-plan/#.V7hB79eju8A

Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount – reports: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/14/japan-to-develop-missile-as-tensions-with-china-mount-reports

Jihadists returning from Syria pose threat to Morocco.

John Kampfner’s website.

John Kerry: ISIS Action Is Not a War, It’s Counter-Terrorism.

John Pilger’s website.

Kerry to visit Paris amid scramble to counter Charlie Hebdo march criticism.

Killing of Syrian civilians ‘crime against humanity’, says US ambassador.

Kim’s Vanishing Act Risks North Korean Game of Thrones: Broken Ankle or Broken Regime?

Kofi Annan resigns as Syria envoy.

Kofi Annan’s pro-Israel policy discredits the UN.

Law expert on Chinese consul killings: Diplomatic immunity was rightly implemented.

Leading With Diplomacy to Strengthen Stability in Space.

Le Monde diplomatique.

Libya: Isis bomb explodes at Spanish embassy in Tripoli.

Libya migrant boat sinking: EU ministers head into crisis talks as more than 700 migrants feared dead.

Libya profile – Timeline.

Malala Yousafzai, Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Adds to Her Achievements and Expectations.

Malaysia and Thailand turn away hundreds on migrant boats – An estimated 6,000 Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis are stranded at sea as south-east Asian nations turn back refugees.

Malaysia turns away 2 boats of Rohingya, Bangladeshi migrants; Thailand gives food to 3rd boat.

Map showing Russian military activity in and around Ukraine (12 August 2016) published online by the Institute for The Study of War: http://www.understandingwar.org/sites/default/files/Russia%20in%20Ukraine%20August%202016_Final_FLAT.pdf

Max Hastings: Why, with heavy heart, I believe we have no choice but to go to war again.

Mapping Obama’s Strategy to Defeat ISIS in Iraq.

Merkel and Putin: Ukrainian Diplomacy.

MH17 victims’ families face lengthy battle for compensation.

Middle East countries sign up to Obama’s coalition against Isis: Leaders of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon pledge to ‘stand united’ and express openness to contribute to US war effort.

Morocco, Algeria compete over Libya.

Morocco Withdraws From US-led Coalition Against ISIS.

Moscow steps up attacks on Turkey as Vladimir Putin accuses Ankara of letting Isis smuggle out oil.

Mosque Attacks Spark Fears of Blowback After ‘Charlie Hebdo’.

Move over America: China overtakes US as world’s biggest economy (kind of).

MPs back Palestinian statehood alongside Israel.

MPs debate Palestine and Israel.

MPs support UK air strikes against IS in Iraq.

Nepal earthquake: tensions rise over slow pace of aid.

Nepal earthquakes: Looming crisis for children’s emotional health – UNICEF.

Netanyahu: Iran greater threat than ISIL.

New air strikes on ISIS, Turkey hints at military role.

New Commons’ Defense Committee chairman supported by Labor and Lib-Dem.

Nigel Farage Thinks David Cameron Raised Terror Threat Level To Steal Ukip’s Thunder.

Nine legal questions if Scotland votes yes.

Nobel Peace Prize.

Nobel Peace Prize winners: from 1901-2014.

North Korea nuclear tests: what did they achieve?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17823706

North Korea’s nuclear programme: How advanced is it?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11813699

North Korea accused of ‘maniacal recklessness’ after nuclear test triggers earthquake: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/09/north-korea-nuclear-test-earthquake

North Korea’s Nuclear Blasts Keep Getting Stronger: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/10/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-weapons-tests.html?_r=0

Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza – The Israeli government has already proven that it fears international isolation.

Obama Administration Says U.S. Is ‘At War’ With ISIS.

Obama announces ‘core coalition’ to confront Isis threat.

Obama: Iran nuclear deal debate is a choice between diplomacy and war.

Obama’s anti-ISIL strategy lacks a political goal.

Obama’s ‘core coalition’ won’t defeat ISIS ‘monster’ without Mideast nations.

Obama’s ISIL strategy leaves unanswered questions.

Obama’s Isis coalition was built at Iran’s expense, and Rouhani knows it.

Obama’s Isis strategy: The least worst option.

Of war crimes and double standards.

On Jordan’s true role in the anti-ISIS alliance.

Outcry erupts as Wellington wants diplomat tried under its laws.

PA foreign minister visits ICC in push to try Israel for war crimes in Gaza.

Pakistan PM to intensify diplomatic efforts to solve Yemen conflict.

Palestinian Leader Urges U.N. to Press for Deadline to End Israeli Occupation.

Palestinian leaders poised to join ICC in order to pursue Israel for war crimes.

Palestinian minister says “clear evidence” of Israeli war crimes.

Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel.

Palestine vote: MPs take historic decision to recognise Palestinian state.

Panama’s diplomatic row with Venezuela indicative of growing presence on world stage.

Paris attack: Isis has created a new kind of warfare.

Pentagon: US ground troops may join Iraqis in combat against Isis.

Philippines Takes China to Court: End of Diplomacy in the South China Sea?

Probe Launched Into ‘Israel War Crimes In Gaza’.

Professor and Ex-Diplomat Mietek Boduszynski Shares his Libya Crisis Expertise in Los Angeles Times.

Professor Lawrence Gostin Says Ebola Crisis Could Have Been Averted, Calls for International Health Systems Fund.

Putin could attack Baltic states warns former Nato chief – Vladimir Putin could mastermind a hybrid attack on a Baltic state to test whether Nato would mobilise, warns Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia ‘have ignited time bomb by funding global spread of radical Islam’.

Qatari sheikh flees United States after racing his $1.4million Ferrari through Beverly Hills

Questioning Sweden’s ‘Bold’ Diplomatic Initiative.

Recovery in Nepal – Almost a week after the earthquake in Nepal, villagers wait at a police station for food to be distributed.

Renzi ‘hopes for Putin’s help on Libya’, urges diplomacy on global issues.

Report: Israeli diplomats beat up Indian immigration officer in Delhi.

Report: Turkey’s Border Towns Provide a Welcoming Market for ISIS Oil.

Return of Elgin Marbles would ‘ruin’ museums, warns leading historian.

Revealed: How the Yemen Crisis Wrecked Xi Jinping’s Middle East Travel Plans.

Rory Stewart – Fighting the Spread of ISIS.

Rory Stewart: Iraq was Britain’s biggest ever blunder; we must learn the lesson of our failure.

Rory Stewart: It’s hard to believe we can build a credible state after so many years of failure.

Rory Stewart MP: Parliament needs to pose some difficult questions about our defence policy.

Rory Stewart: Time to end the war in Afghanistan.

Rory Stewart: Why the use of chemical weapons in Syria should change our response.

Russia and China veto UN move to refer Syria to international criminal court.

Russia: Between Empire and Modernity -As it bullies its neighbors, Russia seems to have chosen a short-sighted approach to power.

Russian Diplomats Are Trolling the U.S. Space Program.

Russian Foreign Ministry: it is time London recognized Assange’s right to political asylum.

Russia, Iran, China Condemn Israel’s Attack on Gaza.

Russia Is Testing NATO’s Resolve in Eastern Europe.

Russia Tells Iraq It’s ‘Ready’ to Support Fight Against ISIS.

Russia, Ukraine commit to Minsk accords in call with France, Germany: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-merkel-idUSKCN0YF0N8

Russia – What Minsk Means: http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/04/11/what-minsk-means/

Russia – Former Nato commander’s new book predicts invasion of Baltic as Putin bids to ‘make Russia a great power again’: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/former-nato-commander-s-new-book-predicts-invasion-of-baltic-as-putin-bids-to-make-russia-a-great-a7036911.html

Russia – West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander  (18 May 2006): https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/18/west-russia-on-course-for-war-nato-ex-deputy-commander

Russia – The paradox of the Minsk Agreements: http://www.russia-direct.org/opinion/paradox-minsk-agreementsRussia – Ukraine joining NATO would be trigger for war with Russia: http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/ukraine-joining-nato-would-be-trigger-for-war-with-russia/news-story/a8c91f47dcf67b5877bbacd51c8132a5

Russia – The United States and NATO Are Preparing for a Major War With Russia: https://www.thenation.com/article/the-united-states-and-nato-are-preparing-for-a-major-war-with-russia/

Russia – Putin Attacks Ukraine as NATO Bolsters Defense ‘Russia wants to punish Ukraine for moving toward NATO, and they want to make clear to NATO that they can take Ukraine any time they want’: http://europe.newsweek.com/putin-attacks-ukraine-nato-bolsters-defense-480017?rm=eu

Russia – Russian Military Forces Staging Near Ukraine: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-military-forces-staging-near-ukraine/

Russia ups the ante in Ukraine with eye on G20: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2196fd08-63c9-11e6-a08a-c7ac04ef00aa.html#axzz4HnQ0qCge

Russia -Ukraine fighting threatens to reignite full-scale conflict: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/72925b56-4daf-11e6-8172-e39ecd3b86fc.html#axzz4HnQ0qCge

Russia – Agence France-Presse: Russia on the spot as fears mount over east Ukraine conflict: https://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/ukraine-abroad/agence-france-presse-russia-on-the-spot-as-fears-mount-over-east-ukraine-conflict-371718.html?flavour=full

Russia – Ukraine prepares for ‘full-scale Russian invasion along all fronts’ as rebels launch heaviest shelling for a year in possible prelude to attack: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3747551/Ukraine-prepares-scale-Russian-invasion-fronts-rebels-launch-heaviest-shelling-year-possible-prelude-attack.html

Russia Readies for War Putin is building a ‘super army’ and preparing for a ‘large scale’ conflict as Nato struggles to control him, intelligence experts claim: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1291950/russia-war-putin-is-building-a-super-army-and-preparing-for-a-large-scale-conflict-as-nato-struggles-to-control-him-intelligence-experts-claim/

Russia – Military experts: NATO prepares for war against Russia: http://www.pravdareport.com/world/americas/28-06-2016/134849-war-0/

Russia – THREAT OF WAR Fears of all-out conflict in Ukraine as sabre-rattling Vladimir Putin places 40,000 troops and armoured vehicles along the border: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1631749/fears-of-all-out-conflict-in-ukraine-as-sabre-rattling-vladimir-putin-places-40000-troops-and-armoured-vehicles-along-the-border/

Russia – NATO ON EDGE: Top military chief warns Putin is ready to start World War Three ‘OVERNIGHT’: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/692601/NATO-military-chief-warns-Vladimir-Putin-invade-Poland-start-World-War-Three

Russia – In Europe and Russia, There’s Talk of War: http://europe.newsweek.com/europe-and-russia-theres-talk-war-481510?rm=eu

Russia may be moving Buk missile launchers back into Eastern Ukraine:  http://www.smh.com.au/world/russia-may-be-moving-buk-missile-launches-back-into-eastern-ukraine-20160819-gqx6nl.html

Russia – ‘A very dangerous game’: Russia vs. Ukraine showdown reaches risky new level: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ukraine-russia-tension-1.3724892

Russia – Ukraine issues note of protest over Putin’s trip to Crimea (TASS): http://tass.com/world/895126

Russia – Putin Flies Into Crimea As Ukraine “Prepares For An Invasion: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-19/putin-flies-crimea-ukraine-prepares-invasion

Russia – Map. Situation in eastern Ukraine August 21, 2016, 00:00 EET: http://liveuamap.com/en/2016/21-august-map-situation-in-eastern-ukraine-august-21-2016

Russia – British Army Say Russia, Ukraine Conflict Rehearsal For World War 3: http://yournewswire.com/british-army-say-russia-ukraine-conflict-rehearsal-for-world-war-3/

Russia – Ukraine war updates: daily briefings as of August 21, 2016: http://empr.media/news/conflict-zone/russia-ukraine-war-updates-august-21-2016/

Russian army can outgun British, leaked report warns: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/aug/10/russian-army-can-outgun-british-according-to-leaked-report

Russia – Crimea tension: What is Russia’s end game?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37074732

Russia – Interview with Andrey Kortunov (Part 1): Russia & Ukraine: http://www.dahrendorf-forum.eu/interview-with-andrey-kortunov-part-1-russia-ukraine/

Russia – Interview with Andrey Kortunov (Part 2): Russo-European Relations beyond Europe: http://www.dahrendorf-forum.eu/interview-with-andrey-kortunov-part-2-russo-european-relations-beyond-europe/

Russia – Shock in the Kremlin as Putin fires chief of staff Sergei Ivanov: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/12/shock-in-the-kremlin-as-putin-fires-chief-of-staff-sergei-ivanov/

Russia – Putin sacks EVERY commander in his Baltic fleet in Stalin-style purge ‘after top brass refusal to follow his orders to confront Western ships’ : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3685805/Putin-sacks-commander-Baltic-fleet-Stalin-style-purge-brass-refusal-follow-orders-confront-Western-ships.html

Russia – The Moscow Times: Putin fires Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine: http://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/ukraine-politics/the-moscow-times-putin-fires-russias-ambassador-to-ukraine-419802.html

Putin Orders Army Drills as Merkel Accuses Russia on Ukraine: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-25/putin-orders-military-drills-as-merkel-accuses-russia-on-ukraine

Russia is teetering on the brink of ‘all out war’ with Ukraine: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/russia-is-teetering-on-the-brink-of-all-out-war-with-ukraine-a7207411.html

Russia – Ukrainian President: Putin wants all of my country: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/24/world/ukraine-amanpour-poroshenko/

Russia – Thanks to the EU’s bungling, Russia will inevitably win in Ukraine: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/27/thanks-to-the-eus-bungling-russia-will-inevitably-win-in-ukraine/

Russia preparing for ‘full scale invasion’ of Ukraine & ‘weak’ Europe powerless to stop it: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/707700/Russia-preparing-full-scale-invasion-Ukraine-weak-Europe-powerless

Russia is warming up for a full-scale INVASION of Ukraine – and Europe is too weak to stop it, warns President Poroshenko: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1740752/russia-is-warming-up-for-a-full-scale-invasion-of-ukraine-and-europe-is-too-weak-to-stop-it-warns-president-poroshenko/

Sanctions law poses obstacle in final diplomatic push with Iran.

Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria.

Saudi Arabia’s Quiet Revolution: https://rusi.org/publication/newsbrief/saudi-arabia%E2%80%99s-quiet-revolution

Saudi billionaire gains legal immunity in Britain with career as Caribbean diplomat.

Saudi diplomats escape drink-driving prosecution as Pakistani officials accused of rape and kidnapping.

Saudi royals use diplomatic status to make a mockery of the law.

Sisi’s Egypt Has Radically Changed The Dynamic Of Israel-Palestine Negotiations.

South Asia Analysis – Space Diplomacy can boost development.

South China Sea: Regional States Push Back Against China – South China Sea claimant states have begun pushing back against China’s assertiveness.

Space Diplomacy.

Spain freezes arms exports to Israel over Gaza op. This is the second country to announce sanctions over weapons sale to Israel in the past 24 hours.

Spectre of Isis used to erode rights in Morocco.

Stumbling Into War, by James Rubin.

Surge in number of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya.

Syria air strikes: Boris Johnson disputes David Cameron’s 70,000 Syrian ‘moderate fighters’ claim.

Syria air strikes: MoD disputed David Cameron’s claim there are 70,000 moderate rebels.

Syria crisis: Diplomacy has not worked, says William Hague.

Syria crisis: UK puts forward UN proposal.

Syria: Law and Diplomacy.

Syrian Diplomatic Recognition in International Law by Chibli Mallat (Jurist 07.02.2012).

Syrian refugees in Turkey criticise US air strikes against Isis.

Syria strikes complicate Obama’s U.N. diplomacy.

Syria told to suspend embassy operations in Washington.

Syrian conflict: US and Russia agree peace moves: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37324872

Syria – U.S.-Russian Syria peace deal raises rebel doubts as fighting rages: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKCN11G09P

Syria – Boris Johnson welcomes new US-Russia Syrian peace deal: http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/709381/Boris-Johnson-welcomes-US-Russia-Syrian-peace-deal

Syria – Aleppo: Is a no-fly zone the answer?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37621825

Syria – Security Council Fails to Adopt Two Draft Resolutions on Syria, Despite Appeals for Action Preventing Impending Humanitarian Catastrophe in Aleppo: http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12545.doc.htm

Syria – A no-fly zone for Aleppo risks a war that could engulf us all: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/12/no-fly-zone-aleppo-war-russia-syria

Syria – Boris Johnson rejects MPs’ calls for no-fly zone over Syria: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/british-mps-debate-syrian-no-fly-zone-tame-rogue-elephant-russia-970222632

Syria – West must stop ‘pulverisation’ of Aleppo – Boris Johnson: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37646781

Syria’s Aleppo: 99 civilians killed in two days: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/syria-aleppo-99-civilians-killed-days-161013105613354.html

Syria: Aleppo’s evacuated civilians face uncertain future in freezing war zones: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/16/syria-aleppo-civilians-uncertain-future-freezing-war-zone

Syria: Armed opposition groups committing war crimes in Aleppo city: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/05/syria-armed-opposition-groups-committing-war-crimes-in-aleppo-city/

Syria: John Kerry and the death of diplomacy – Diplomacy for diplomacy’s sake doesn’t achieve anything in that conflict: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/12/john-kerry-death-diplomacy-161212092820022.html

Syria: Ghosts of Aleppo – Aleppo and its residents have endured a horrific war for the last five years: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/12/ghosts-aleppo-161215074014624.html

Syria: East Aleppo under heavy attack again despite ceasefire – Civilians stay up all night awaiting evacuation but buses fail to leave as shelling of rebel-held territory resumes: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/syrian-government-renews-shelling-east-aleppo-161214082824963.html

Syria: After Aleppo, what happens to Syria’s besieged towns? – East Aleppo was one of 40 besieged towns. Now residents of towns under regime siege fear they might face a similar fate: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/aleppo-syria-besieged-towns-161214060522596.html

Syria: Aleppo battle: Raids on Syria city ‘probably war crime’ UN says: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38320647

Syria: Reports of execution-style killings in Aleppo point to war crimes: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/12/syria-reports-of-execution-style-killings-in-aleppo-point-to-war-crimes/

Syria: Russia behind hundreds of Aleppo ‘war crimes’ – Syrian groups tell UN: http://www.independent.ie/world-news/middle-east/russia-behind-hundreds-of-aleppo-war-crimes-syrian-groups-tell-un-35298864.html

Syria: ‘Russia highly likely to be responsible for Aleppo war crimes’: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-12-16/russia-behind-304-attacks-in-aleppo-that-may-constitute-war-crimes/

Syria: Aleppo’s horrors suggest the west is now impotent when confronted by savagery: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/11/aleppo-war-horrors-bombing-hospitals-geneva-conventions

Syria: Why the West won’t go to war over Aleppo There are four clear motivations for military action. They reveal why the UK is unlikely to enter Syria’s complex civil conflict:  http://news.sky.com/story/why-the-west-wont-go-to-war-over-aleppo-10617642

Syria: Meeting of international anti-Isis coalition overshadowed by West’s failings over Aleppo – The reaction of the incoming US President-elect, Donald Trump, to the situation in Syria in Iraq is also a key topic of discussion: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/isis-latest-aleppo-donald-trump-battle-mosul-raqqa-syria-civil-war-bashar-al-assad-russia-iran-a7478206.html

The Best Strategy to Handle ISIS: Good Old Containment.

The boat people crisis in South-east Asia.

The Diplomat.

The Guardian view on calls for a grand coalition against Islamic State: Do America and its allies need to go into Syria to defeat Isis?

The Guardian view on the Iran nuclear deal: a triumph of diplomacy.

The Guardian view on Cameron’s European diplomacy: tilting at windmills.

The human rights community’s consensus: Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza.

The Irresistible Illusion by Rory Stewart.

The laws that allow intelligence agencies to spy on foreign diplomats (The Guardian 16 June 2013).

The Lost Art of Diplomacy: David Cameron to Europe’s Rescue?

The only cure for Libya is diplomacy, military restraint and patience.

The Relevance Of Humanitarian And Diplomatic Law To The Conflict In The Gulf by Gennady M. Danilenko.

The rise of Isis: Terror group now controls an area the size of Britain, expert claims.

The role of air strikes in Iraq.

The Role of Diplomacy in Countering ISIS.

The two things the west must change if it wants to win the fight against Isis.

The Use of Force Against ISIS.

The US-Iranian-Syrian diplomatic dance.

The US Just Expanded Its War Against ISIS In One Very Important Way.

The Washington Diplomat.

‘The world stands disgraced’ – Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15.

“They were war crimes”: The specific, legal case for international charges against Israel.

Ticking Diplomatic Clock a Cover for Israeli Assaults on Gaza.

Timeline of Iran’s Foreign Relations.

Timeline of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant events in 2014.

Top US military chiefs face Congress to build support for Obama Isil strategy.

Total Tax Contribution of UK Financial Services’ published by the City of London Corporation in 2015: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/economic-research-and-information/research-publications/Documents/Research-2015/Total-Tax-2015-OnlineFinal.pdf

Troubled Waters: Rescue of Asylum Seekers and Refugees at Sea.

Turkey backs ISIS to eliminate Assad: NATO member’s hesitation raises questions about its motives.

Turkey deploys tanks on its borders to hold back human tide of Syrians fleeing ISIS.

Turkey looks to Bosnian war as precedent for Syria.

Turkey ready to join ISIS fight?

Turkey warns Israel of ‘consequences’ over Gaza.

Turkey we need you: There can be no further prevaricating over Isis.

Turkey’s ISIL dilemma.

Turkey coup attempt: Government cancels 50,000 passports as global concern grows over crackdown: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-coup-attempt-erdogan-news-latest-government-cancels-50000-passports-amid-international-a7163961.html

Turkey coup: World leaders call for ‘restraint and moderation’ as President Erdogan continues purge: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-coup-8000-police-officers-removed-across-the-country-as-president-erdogan-continues-purge-a7142111.html

Turkish coup d’état attempt (2016): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Turkish_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat_attempt

Turkey’s President Erdogan seeks to rein in spy agency after coup: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36934889

Turkish Coup Attempt (Cause): http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/what-caused-the-turkish-coup-attempt-214057

UK and Iran agree to re-establish direct diplomatic relations (20.02.2014).

UK and Syria.

UK government can be sued over rendition claims, judges rule.

UK outlaws Isis militant group behind Iraqi attacks.

Ukraine crisis: Diplomacy fails to yield result as Russia stays put in Crimea.

Ukraine crisis: Obama urges Putin to pursue diplomacy.

Ukraine questions.

Ukraine ‘teetering on brink’ senior UN political official warns Security Council.

UK – Hinkley Point nuclear deal: Theresa May demanded national security checks on Chinese investors, says Vince Cable: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/30/theresa-may-opposes-chinese-investment-in-britain-vince-cable-sa/

UK -Who is Theresa May? A profile of Britain’s new Prime Minister: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/theresa-may-who-is-the-woman-bidding-to-be-the-next-tory-leader/

UK -Theresa May (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresa_May

UK -Boris Johnson made foreign secretary by Theresa May: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36789972

UK – Boris Johnson told to act over Saudi execution threat: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/30/saudi-arabia-al-nimr-beheading-calls-boris-johnson-act

UK – Liam Fox to head new department for international trade in Cabinet position: http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/689228/Liam-Fox-to-head-new-department-for-International-Trade

UK to open 3 new government offices across the US: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-to-open-3-new-government-offices-across-the-us

UK – Liam Fox may be a virtual minister – but he’s vital to Britain’s future success: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/27/fox-may-be-a-virtual-minister–but-hes-vital-to-britains-future/

UK – Department for International Trade (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_for_International_Trade

UK – Britain to ‘leverage’ £11bn of foreign aid to build new trade deals after Brexit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/30/britain-to-leverage-11bn-of-foreign-aid-to-build-new-trade-deals/

UK – Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Priti Patel as International Development Secretary mean for policy?: http://www.newstatesman.com/world/2016/07/cabinet-audit-what-does-appointment-priti-patel-international-development-secretary

UK – New International Development Secretary Priti Patel called for department to be SCRAPPED: http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/689531/Priti-Patel-International-Development-Secretary-Theresa-May-Prime-Minister-Cabinet

UK – The new International Development Secretary wanted to scrap what is now her department: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/new-international-development-secretary-priti-patel-called-for-department-for-international-a7137331.html

UK and Iran agree to re-establish direct diplomatic relations (20.02.2014).

UK Diplomacy (Huffington Post).

UK – Jo Cox’s husband says she was killed because of her political views: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/21/jo-coxs-husband-says-she-was-killed-because-of-her-strong-views

UK – MPs pay tribute to Jo Cox MP: http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2016/june/recall-of-the-house-of-commons-/

UK – MPs around the world sign pledge to uphold legacy of Jo Cox: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/21/mps-around-world-sign-pledge-uphold-legacy-jo-cox

UK outlaws Isis, the militant group behind Iraqi attacks.

UK parliament approves air strikes against Isis in Iraq – as it happened.

UK should do more in Iraq, says Committee.

UK to re-open Iran embassy says Hague.

UN human rights body to investigate claims of Israeli violations in Gaza: UN human rights body to investigate claims of Israeli violations in Gaza.

UN Involvement.

UN issues Gaza war crimes warning as flights to Israel resume.

UN strongly condemns killing of US diplomats in Libya.

UN Webcast – The United Nations Web TV.

UN will treat Crimea as part of Ukraine, not Russia, Western diplomats say.

UN’s Navi Pillay warns of Israel Gaza ‘war crimes’.

U.S. Ambassador: Syrian War Crimes on the Level of Hitler’s.

U.S. ambassador to India resigns after diplomatic row.

U.S. calls on world’s diplomats to rush funds, aid to West Africa to battle Ebola crisis.

U.S. Diplomacy on Gaza Has Little Sway on Israel.

U.S. diplomat: There is no military solution to the Libyan crisis.

U.S. ‘encouraged’ as UAE and Saudis offer help in coalition attack on Isis.

U.S. greenlights diplomatic mission for Syrian opposition.

U.S. Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle.

U.S./Israeli Hypocrisy on Human Rights.

U.S.-led coalition seeks to exclude Iran from fight against Islamic State: Iran is a huge player in both Iraq and Syria, but involvement in new group could cause Saudis to drop out.

U.S. May Engage Iran in Talks Over Iraq Crisis.

U.S. needs precision politics if bombs are to defeat Isis.

U.S.- Russian Astronauts: Diplomatic Tensions in Space?

U.S.- Saudi interests remain ‘aligned’, Obama tells King Abdullah.

U.S. Says Iran’s Pick for U.N. Envoy Won’t Get a Visa.

U.S. Suspends Diplomatic Relations with Syria.

U.S. war crimes ambassador stepping down in ‘frustration’ – Stephen Rapp pushed vigorously to prosecute Syrian regime atrocities, was thwarted by legal roadblocks.

USA – Clinton v Trump: convention speeches conjure two vastly different Americas: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2016/jul/31/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-convention-speeches-america

USA – Hillary Clinton sees post-convention boost over Trump, but will it last?: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/30/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-post-convention-poll

USA – The economists’ guide to choosing between Trump and Clinton: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/30/trump-clinton-economy-policies-sanders-supporters

USA – The Obama Doctrine: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/the-obama-doctrine/471525/

USA -Diplomats’ Dissent Over Syria Widens Policy Split Between Obama and Clinton: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-06-17/diplomats-dissent-over-syria-widens-policy-split-between-obama-and-clinton

USA: 5 Reasons why Trump will win – Michael Moore: http://michaelmoore.com/trumpwillwin/

USA: Top Political Expert Predicts Trump Win: “This Election Keeps Me Sleepless”: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/top-political-expert-predicts-trump-win-election-keeps-me-sleepless-944403

USA: presidential results (CNN): http://edition.cnn.com/election/results/president

USA: US Election 2016 (BBC): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/us2016/results

USA: Donald Trump’s win was predicted by Allan Lichtman — the US election expert who has called every result since 1984: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election-expert-right-about-trump-all-along-allan-lichtman-a7408131.html

USA: Aftermath – 16 writers on Trump’s America: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/21/aftermath-sixteen-writers-on-trumps-america

USA: Professor predicted Trump win, says he will be impeached: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/15/politics/allan-lichtman-professor-predicts-trump-impeachment-erin-burnett/

USA: The Guardian view on President-elect Donald Trump: a dark day for the world: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/the-guardian-view-on-president-elect-donald-trump-a-dark-day-for-the-world

USA: White House says Vladimir Putin had direct role in hacking US election: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/15/white-house-putin-russia-hacking-us-election-trump

USA: Putin turned Russia election hacks in Trump’s favor: U.S. officials: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-cyber-idUSKBN1441RS

USA: Trump in Denial as Evidence Grows Spymaster Putin Behind Election Hacks: http://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-denial-evidence-grows-spymaster-putin-election-hacks/story?id=44225512

USA: Donald Trump ‘obviously aware’ Russia was involved in US election hacking, White House states – Mr Trump is facing growing pressure to respond to the alleged hack: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-russian-cyber-attack-rex-tillerson-vladimir-putin-hacking-election-vendetta-hillary-a7476096.html

USA: Why the CIA Thinks Russia Wanted Trump to Win: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/why-cia-thinks-russia-wanted-trump-win-n695131

USA: Trump could face Capitol Hill showdown with Tillerson pick: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/12/politics/donald-trump-rex-tillerson-secretary-of-state/

USA: Kissinger lauds Trump’s pick for secretary of State: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/310442-kissinger-trumps-state-pick-a-good-appointment

USA: The Guardian view on Donald Trump’s team: not the new normal: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/14/the-guardian-view-on-donald-trumps-team-not-the-new-normal

USA: Trump eyes Kissinger, 93, as go-between with Russia: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/trump-eyes-kissinger-93-as-gobetween-with-russia/news-story/bfeffa0ea6d83a08f2dd3988c2a1d7b7

USA: Moscow would welcome Henry Kissinger’s expertise in Russia-US relations – Kremlin: https://www.rt.com/news/371940-kremlin-welcomes-kissinger-trump/

Vatican set for diplomatic clash with Italy over ‘Vatileaks’ prosecution.

Vietnam Threatens Legal Action Against China.

Vietnam’s Extensive Strategic Partnership with Japan.

Warsi hits back at Osborne: ‘George is a good friend of the Israeli government’.

War on Isis: Complicated Syrian battlefield increases chances of air strikes hitting the wrong targets.

War with Isis: Obama demands Turkey closes stretch of border with Syria.

Washington Pays Lip Service to Israeli War Crimes: U.S. Veto Power Ensures Israel’s Impunity from International Law.

‘We are here to support freedom. We will not be beaten’: 3.7MILLION people march across France as world leaders are joined in Paris for moving tribute to 17 terror victims.

We Don’t Know Whether We’re at War with ISIS.

We must destroy Isis but not play into their hands – the wrong response would create countless new recruits.

West may need new bases to deter Putin – UK defence committee chief.

West Rebuffs Egypt Proposals for Military Intervention in Libya.

West to blame for rise of Islamic State, says UK spy chief.

Western diplomatic pressure building on Syria over alleged chemical weapons attack.

What Actually Constitutes A War Crime?

What Going to War in Syria Would Really Mean for the U.S.

What Obama Should Have Said: Alternatives to Another War.

White House declares America IS ‘at war’ with ISIS 24 hours after John Kerry denied it.

Who are Isis? The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

Who is in the anti-Islamic State coalition and what they are contributing?

Who, What, Why: Does Devyani Khobragade have diplomatic immunity?

Why China Must Pay Attention to the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Why is EU struggling with migrants and asylum?

Why ISIS Is Our Problem – In search of a strategy.

Why won’t Turkey help save Kobane from Isil?

Will Paris Shooting Force a Policy Shift in France?

With ambassador out, Obama administration trying to fix rift with India?

World briefing: the US-led coalition against Isis in Iraq and Syria.

Xi Jinping must change China’s repressive policies to end Tibet crisis.

Yemen crisis: Houthi rebels are Iran stooges, says Hadi.

Yemeni Rebels Fire at U.S. Embassy.