Efforts needed to ease global tensions

Efforts needed to ease global tensions

NDO – Many countries have agreed that establishing political dialogue is the only solution to finding a way out of the Syrian crisis after the recent series of air strikes deployed by the United States (US) and its allies aimed at the Middle East country. That every disagreement should be resolved through peaceful means based on international laws and the principle of respecting nations’ independence and sovereignty, is the common viewpoint shared by many nations regarding the complexity of the current situation in Syria.  (Apr 18, 2018 12:50:34)

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Middle East at risk of new confrontation

  Mar 17, 2018 17:58:15
NDO – One of the reasons US President Donald Trump dismissed outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to the disagreements regarding the Iran nuclear deal. The move shows Washington's "determination" to withdraw from the historic deal. Iranian officials have reaffirmed Teheran's stance on not re-negotiating the deal. The confrontation between the US and Iran has raised tension in the region, raising fears of a new arms race as Iran will not compromise on its controversial missile programme.  

Military actions risk fanning the flames of conflict in Syria

  Mar 13, 2018 12:54:31
NDO – The situation of the Syrian battlefield has been proceeding in a complex manner with the simultaneous presence of many military fronts. While Syrian government forces are intensifying their campaigns to recapture eastern Ghouta from the rebels, the Afrin enclave in northern Syria sees the expansion of Turkey’s “Olive Branch” campaign. The Syrian battlefield shows no signs of cooling down in the context of a proxy war currently taking place between world powers.  

APEC SOM3 and related meetings conclude in Ho Chi Minh City

  Aug 30, 2017 22:17:51
NDO/ VNA – The third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) and related meetings wrapped up in Ho Chi Minh City on August 30 after 13 days of working.  

A "stalemate" in Afghanistan

  Apr 26, 2017 22:06:58
NDO – The Taliban's recent deadly raid on April 21 that killed more than 140 Afghan government soldiers and injured many others has created a security shock in the host country and for foreign troops stationed there. Once again, the alarm of security instability has been raised, warning that the fight against terrorists and extremists in the South Asian country will be further prolonged and complicated.  

Turkey referendum: A significant milestone

  Apr 24, 2017 11:37:49
NDO – A narrow majority of Turks voted ‘Yes; to change the constitution to move the country from a parliamentary to a presidential system of government, which will grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Despite winning the referendum, President Erdogan still faces a number of challenge as the result has deepened divisions among parties in the country as well as in the relations between Turkey and the European Union (EU). 

French Presidential election: the unexpected and unpredictable factors

  Apr 17, 2017 17:00:39
NDO – The race to become head of the Élysée palace is turning out to be a presidential election that is fraught with the most unexpected and unpredictable factors in French history. 

US attack on Syria – a sceptical decision

  Apr 11, 2017 11:10:22
NDO – An unexpected decision made by the US President, Donald Trump, to launch rockets targeting the Syrian military base, has upset recent analyses on US’s strategy in the Middle East nation. The Pentagon's first direct military intervention in Syria raged scepticism that "chemical weapons" could once again be used as a "card". The move has even caused a divide within the US and is also a blow to Russian-US relations in the fight against terrorism.  

Adding fuel to the fire in Syria

  Apr 08, 2017 17:24:47
NDO – Early on the morning of April 7, from its warships USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea, the US launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat air base near the central city of Homs, Syria. This is the biggest substantial escalation of the US military over the past six years of the Syrian civil war, which may pose potential risk of exacerbating tensions in the region while threatening to completely shatter all efforts to seek a political solution to the crisis in this Middle Eastern country.  

Fuelling new source of energy for US-Turkey relations

  Apr 04, 2017 17:01:54
NDO – US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson recently made a visit to Turkey as the most senior American official to visit the country since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. With the goal of providing new energy for a relationship that had undergone tension under the previous US President, Tillerson 's visit is expected to relieve scepticism and strain between the two NATO allies. 

Significant milestone

  Mar 30, 2017 11:48:30
NDO - Escalating tensions between Turkey and European countries are pushing the two sides further apart. Turkey does not hesitate to show its tough stance despite the prospect that the country’s door the European Union (EU)’s membership may shut. However, serious damage can force the parties to consider more carefully when making their decision for a relationship which has not as sweet as it could be. 

Responding to terrorism – a global challenge

  Mar 26, 2017 15:34:06
NDO – Foreign ministers and representatives from more than 60 nations have gathered in Washington capital of the US to discuss comprehensive and multi-dimensional measures to put an end to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). 

Unceasing migrant influx to Europe

  Mar 24, 2017 15:49:07
NDO—The migration wave continues to strike Europe at a steady rate, despite the efforts of countries on both sides of the Mediterranean to stop the influx of migrants from the Libyan coast to Italy. The recent meeting of interior ministers from the central Mediterranean countries in Rome, Italy has shown their determination to address the root cause of the problem.  

New wine into old wineskins

  Mar 21, 2017 17:56:48
NDO – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently wrapped up his official trip to three Northeast Asian countries, including China and the US’s two key allies, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan. The visit aimed to redefine Washington policy in the strategic region under President Donald Trump.  

“Frexit” stirs concern across EU

  Mar 17, 2017 11:41:00
NDO – Concern about a "Frexit" scenario (France leaving the European Union - EU) is growing in Europe as French far-right Front National (FN) Party President, Marine Le Pen, who has advocated for France to leave the EU, is increasingly gaining ground in the race to become the next President of France. After Brexit (when the UK left the EU) last year, "Frexit" would put the EU at risk of folding due to greater challenges.