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Section: Foreign Policy (USA)

      Sisyphus Just Needs a Hand
      Jan27

      Sisyphus Just Needs a Hand

      Life in Europe these days often feels like a world in which boulders are slowly rolled up steep hills, only to come crashing back down — no more so than in Greece, where a new leftist government just won elections that European central bankers worry will stall much needed economic reforms. From the United Kingdom to the Ukrainian border, Europe...

      The Problem With Big Speeches at High Altitude
      Jan27

      The Problem With Big Speeches at High Altitude

      George Shultz once facetiously (but correctly) quipped that when you don’t have a policy, the pressure grows to give a speech. Coherent policy or not, words really are important — particularly if you’re the secretary of state in charge of the diplomatic vision that defines the department. Still, the rhetoric needs to be anchored in...

      FP’s Situation Report: One U.S. spy convicted as three Russian spies are exposed; War reignites in Ukraine; Washington may go solo in Yemen; Exclusive details on DoD’s 2016 budget request; and more from around the world.
      Jan27

      FP’s Situation Report: One U.S. spy convicted as three Russian spies are exposed; War reignites in Ukraine; Washington may go solo in Yemen; Exclusive details on DoD’s 2016 budget request; and more from around the world.

      By David Francis with Sabine Muscat One American spy is convicted and three Russian spies are exposed. A federal jury convicted former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for leaking secrets to New York Times’ reporter James Risen. FP’s Justine Drennan: “The conviction is a major win for the Obama administration, which has cracked down on...

      Undercover Banker: Feds Bust Russian Spy Ring in New York
      Jan27

      Undercover Banker: Feds Bust Russian Spy Ring in New York

      On April 8, 2013, Victor Podobnyy sat down for a conversation with his boss, Igor Sporyshev, in the New York offices of Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, the SVR. Podobnyy had recently met a consultant who hoped to strike it rich in Russia’s oil industry, and Podobnyy hoped to pump him for information. “He got hooked on Gazprom,”...

      Washington to Play Bigger Role in Yemen Terror Fight
      Jan27

      Washington to Play Bigger Role in Yemen Terror Fight

      The United States is continuing airstrikes against al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen while facing questions about how to carry on such operations without a trusted partner on the ground following the collapse of the country’s fragile, pro-Western government. The U.S. strategy until now has been centered on CIA drone strikes on al Qaeda...

      Guns, Lies, and Videotape: The War In Eastern Ukraine Is Back On in Full
      Jan26

      Guns, Lies, and Videotape: The War In Eastern Ukraine Is Back On in Full

      After a bloody weekend in eastern Ukraine that left 30 civilians dead and more than 100 wounded, ambassadors from Ukraine and NATO announced that they would hold a special meeting Monday to discuss the recent upswing in fighting near the strategic cities of Mariupol and Debaltseve. The last such meeting of ambassadors from NATO and Ukraine...

      Inside the White House Fight Over the Slaughter in South Sudan
      Jan26

      Inside the White House Fight Over the Slaughter in South Sudan

      Salva Kiir Mayardit, South Sudan’s president, founding father, and longtime darling of Washington’s political class, stands accused of presiding over security forces responsible for killing thousands of civilians in a 13-month-long civil war that has heightened fears of genocide and fueled international calls for the imposition of a...

      Malaysia Airlines’s Latest Woe: An Attack by the ‘Cyber Caliphate’
      Jan26

      Malaysia Airlines’s Latest Woe: An Attack by the ‘Cyber Caliphate’

      With two of its planes down last year, you’d think Malaysia Airlines might be due for a break. Some hackers apparently disagree. For several hours beginning Sunday night, Malaysia Airlines’s website displayed the words “ISIS WILL PREVAIL” and “404 — Plane Not Found: Hacked by Cyber Caliphate” over the image of a Malaysia Airlines...

      FP’s Situation Report: Internal U.S. dispute stymies U.N. push for South Sudan arms ban; Chaos reigns in northern Nigeria; Greek elections cast doubt on Europe’s future; and more from around the world.
      Jan26

      FP’s Situation Report: Internal U.S. dispute stymies U.N. push for South Sudan arms ban; Chaos reigns in northern Nigeria; Greek elections cast doubt on Europe’s future; and more from around the world.

      By David Francis with Sabine Muscat An internal Obama administration squabble stalls U.N. efforts to ban weapons shipments to South Sudan. Foreign allies and even some top U.S. officials have for months sought to slap an arms embargo on South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his security forces, who are suspected of killing thousands of...

      Mediating Mass Murder
      Jan26

      Mediating Mass Murder

      Salva Kiir Mayardit, South Sudan’s president, founding father, and long-time darling of Washington’s political class, stands accused of presiding over security forces responsible for killing thousands of civilians in a 13-month long civil war that has heightened fears of genocide and fueled international calls for the imposition of a...