A drastic decision

A drastic decision

NDO—The Pentagon has delivered a draft plan to defeat the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) to the White House. Accordingly, US military officials made strategic adjustments, calling for more drastic action in the war against terrorism, as the plan provided a framework for a broader plan and looked at the IS around the world, not just in Iraq and Syria. (Mar 03, 2017)


Europe at the risk of division

  Feb 10, 2017
NDO – Populism is developing vigorously in Western countries and played a major role in the controversial ‘Brexit’ of the UK as well as the victory of Donald Trump’s Presidential election in the US. Western countries are now facing the risk of facing a new political shock as France's far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen who has an anti-EU stance has taken dominance in French election polls.  

Doubts turning up in Middle East

  Feb 08, 2017
NDO – The waters off Yemen’s coast are witnessing developments that threaten to increase tensions in the region. A US destroyer has recently arrived in the waters to protect Yemen under the threat of attacks from insurgent Houthi rebels against government troops. Meanwhile, tensions in US-Iran relations are also unearthing latent doubts in axis of relation, heating up the atmosphere in the region affecting interests among concerned parties. 

Message of peace

  Jan 18, 2017
NDO—A conference on peace in the Middle East took place on January 15 in Paris with the attendance of diplomats from over 70 countries, igniting international efforts seeking to terminate the prolonged conflict between Israel and Palestine. As the international community was concerned about the possible outbreak of a new spell of violence in the Middle East, the conference issued a joint statement in favour of a peaceful solution to the problems between the two states, claiming it was the only way to bring peace to the region.  

Door of peace ajar

  Jan 12, 2017
NDO - Nearly six years since the 'Jasmine Revolution' in Tunisia permeated into Libya, creating a wave of insurgency to oust the regime of the Libyan leader Gaddafi, the North African country is still struggling to find way out of political crisis.  

EU faces major challenges ahead

  Jan 11, 2017
NDO – The European Union (EU) has left behind a turbulent year and has entered 2017 with confidence and hope for better things. But Europe still faces major challenges ahead including increased risks of terrorist attacks, severe migration crises, unexpected elections and the UK’s final separation with Brexit. 

Ceasefire gives hope to Syria peace process

  Jan 07, 2017
NDO - A cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey and upcoming peace talks in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, offer a glimmer of hope for the key to Syria’s peace process. The moves have illustrated the growing role played by Russia and Turkey on the Syrian chessboard while the US seems to have reluctantly become an observer.  

Goals and challenges for UN

  Jan 05, 2017
NDO – In his impressive address to staff on his first working day as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres stressed the need for the UN to reform in order to address global challenges as well as terrorism and conflicts. The request to reform is both a goal and challenge for the world’s largest multilateral organisation. 

Victory and challenges

  Dec 27, 2016
NDO – The United National (UN) Security Council has approved a resolution demanding Israel cease Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian territory in a unanimous vote, which indicates the strong support of the international community for the two-state solution.  

A tough mission

  Dec 24, 2016
NDO – The unstable security situation in Afghanistan is becoming more and more serious in the final days of the year with the Taliban conducting continuous terrorist bombings and causing huge losses in terms of human lives and property. Fifteen years have gone by, but the battle against terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan has yet to report any signs of ending, and is even predicted to become fiercer and more arduous in the years ahead.  

A tricky road for Iran

  Dec 23, 2016
NDO – The door for Iran to reintegrate onto the world market has opened widely after nearly one year since the historic nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers took effect. However, it has remained a difficult road for the Islamic country to restore ties with the United States after the US Congress recently passed a law on the extension of sanctions on Iran, regardless of President Obama’s last efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal from being pushed to the brink of collapse.  

A Christmas without peace

  Dec 22, 2016
NDO – As people around the world are cheerfully preparing for Christmas and decorating the Christmas tree in hope for a New Year full of peace and happiness, Europe and other countries have sounded the alarm on violence and bloody terrorist attacks, which pose the risk of spreading globally.  

When determination is challenged

  Dec 21, 2016
NDO—Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov,was assassinated in front of TV cameras, giving the public a massive shock. Occurring at a sensitive time, when both Russia and Turkey are embarking on an attempt to resolve the conflict in Syria, the incident was intended to hurt the relationship between Russia and Turkey, as well as to throw cold water on all efforts to end the Syrian civil war.  

Warnings of terrorist threats in Sahel, Africa

  Dec 18, 2016
NDO – At a recent international conference on terrorism in Algeria, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui, announced that around 2,500 jihad fighters from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation had fled the war zone in the Middle East to Africa’s Sahel region.  

A crucial turning point

  Dec 16, 2016
NDO—A resounding victory for the troops of the Syrian government in the strategic city of Aleppo has dramatically transformed the state of affairs of the war in this Middle Eastern country. That the guns have fallen silent in Aleppo does not mean the end of the civil war; however, Assad’s triumph can be seen as a crucial turning point in the conflict in Syria, which has now lasted nearly six years.