Author: Gabriel Gluskin-Braun

Local Factions And International Rivalries Threaten Unity Negotiations In Libya

In the last week of January, Libyan representatives participating in United Nations-organized dialogue reached agreement on a set of rules for nominating candidates for temporary leadership positions to oversee national elections. This process is aimed at creating a unified Libyan government, bridging the rival governments of Tripoli, in the west,

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Germany To Iran: Don’t Waste Chance For Rapprochement With U.S.

At a panel convened to discuss the state of the Iran nuclear deal, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged Iran to take advantage of the opportunity presented by a new American presidential administration to re-enter diplomatic talks over its nuclear program. Maas’ overture comes as the virtual panel brought together

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U.S. Bolsters Support For Taiwan And Tibet, Angering China

As a part of the 2021 omnibus spending bill advanced by the United States Congress in December, legislation passed reaffirming American support for independence movements in Tibet and Taiwan. According to the South China Morning Post, the Tibet Policy and Support Act was passed as an amendment to the spending

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Explosives-laden Boat Hits Fuel Ship At Saudi Port

A small boat laden with explosives rammed an oil tanker at the port of Jeddah along the coast of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia on December 14th. The attack, which no one has taken credit for, struck the Singapore-flagged BW Rhine, causing hull damage, a fire, and a small

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U.S., E.U. Say They Do Not Recognize Venezuelan Parliamentary Vote

Following recent legislative elections in Venezuela, the United States and the European Union have condemned the plebiscite as illegitimate. The election, conducted on December 6th, saw President Nicolás Maduro’s Great Patriotic Pole coalition win over two-thirds of the cast ballots. The victory solidifies Maduro’s control over the National Assembly, the

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UN Special Rapporteur Calls For Ending Sanctions On Qatar

UN Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan on Thursday, November 12th called for the Saudi-led coalition of Arab states to end their years-long blockade and sanctions program targeting Qatar. A statement released by the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner announced that Douhan observed in a two-week trip to the country that

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