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NDLR: Voici le texte de mes remarques hier soir lors de la présentation du nouveau livre du Professeur Irnerio Seminatore, Directeur de l’Institut Européen des Relations Internationales (IERI) et de l’Academia Diplomatica Europaea (ADE), deux institutions Bruxelloises. Son livre, publié chez l’Harmattan, s’intitule “l’Europe entre utopie et realpolitik.” La conférence a eu lieu à l’Istituto… » read more

Posted by Gerald Loftus

Years ago in a community development project in Ramallah, when it was still just a sleepy, recently-occupied West Bank town, one of my fellow volunteers, a devilish Turk named Ali, gave me language lessons. In Turkish body language, said Ali, you have the nodding of the head up and down for “yes,” the shaking side… » read more

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“NATO is watching us watching them.” Such was the sentiment – confirmed by the impressive NATO presence, including several Assistant Secretary General (ASG)-level officials – at the end of this week’s two-day “NATO Shadow Summit.” The event, the first of the name, inspired in part by the new organisation “NATO Watch” (along with principal partners… » read more

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The weekend of 20-22 March in Brussels saw the fourth edition of the Brussels Forum, an annual conclave of government, think tank, and journalistic interest from both sides of the Atlantic. Moderated by such well-known figures as Nik Gowing and Lyse Doucet from the BBC, it’s a chance for elected officials (the US Congress had… » read more

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NDLR pour les francophones: mon clavier QWERTY n’ayant pas d’accents, je mets mon texte EN LETTRES MAJUSCULES. Celcui est le texte d’une présentation lors d’un débat organisé le 16 mars par l’Institut Européen de Relations Internationale (IERI), en présence de Guy Spitaels et Katya Long. ————————– IL Y A DEUX MOIS, LORS DE L’INVESTITURE DE… » read more

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This is my answer – which first appeared in The Hegemonist – to the question: “What is the biggest foreign policy challenge the U.S. faces?” —————————- Others will say it’s brokering a Middle East Peace, solving climate change and resolving energy dependence, or defeating obscurantist terrorist groups. All these are important, vitally so. But I… » read more

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With the just-completed NATO foreign ministerial meeting and Hillary Clinton’s “twofer” openings to both Russia and Iran, Transatlantic diplomacy is back, and it’s about time. In the conduct of Transatlantic relations in the political-military realm, NATO has one big advantage over the European Union: the U.S. has a seat at the table, instead of across… » read more

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Thanks to the good people at Euractiv and Blogactiv, I have this wonderful new soapbox from which to spout. Please bear with me as I learn the foibles of WordPress, after having mastered TypePad for my other blog, Avuncular American. How, you might well ask, does an American, avuncular or otherwise, claim to be a… » read more

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