In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu wrote that “the key to victory is the ability to use surprise tactics.”
India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is a man who knows how to spring diplomatic surprises.
He bookended 2015 with them.
In January, Mr. Modi broke with protocol to meet U.S. president, Barack Obama, on the . . . → Read More: Has Modi visit to Lahore made a difference?
(By Edward E. Curtis IV) On Oct. 19, 2008, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and secretary of state Colin Powell went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to endorse Barack Obama for president. Troubled by accusations that Obama was secretly a Muslim, Powell asked the obvious question: “What if he is?”
One reason . . . → Read More: Majority of the Muslims stand with the west against ISIS
US President Barack Obama’s business-like meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit at the weekend belies a spate of bellicose comments made by the Pentagon towards Moscow. So, who is in control: Obama or the generals?
The two leaders held an earnest 35-minute face-to-face discussion on the opening day . . . → Read More: Who is actually in control of United States of America
(By Lisa Kassenaar and Josh Wingrove) Justin Trudeau promised that half his cabinet would be female if he was elected prime minister. On Wednesday he kept true to his word and also named a minister for climate change, a sharp contrast to his predecessor, Stephen Harper, a champion of Canada’s oil industry.
Trudeau named . . . → Read More: PM Trudeau fills his cabinet with women
(By JAKE CARTER) He said the joint statement issued after the meeting between Prime Minister Sharif and US President Barack Obama had dispelled the negative impressions being created in media about the bilateral ties Pakistan’s nuclear program and action against militancy.
“The leaders emphasised the importance of a sustained and resilient dialogue process between the . . . → Read More: Nawaz assured Obama action on LeT
SOME diseases cause political as well as health problems—and so it is with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea. Nine people have died, 122 more have been infected and the authorities have put over 2,800 people into quarantine, including an entire village, Jangduk, south of Seoul.
But the country is fighting two wars, . . . → Read More: Korea’s battle with MERS
(By ROBERT FISK) It amazes me that all these warriors of the air don’t regularly crash into each other.
Let me try to get this right. The Saudis are bombing Yemen because they fear the Shia Houthis are working for the Iranians. The Saudis are also bombing Isis in Iraq and the Isis in Syria. . . . → Read More: Middle East: Here a bomb, there a bomb… everywhere a bomb!
(By JOSH ROGIN) President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything . . . → Read More: Why is US President avoiding Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg?
(By F.S. AIJAZUDDIN) AFTER THE VISIT OF INDIAN FOREIGN SECRETARY S. JAISHANKAR TO ISLAMABAD, 3-4 MARCH 2015.
No two countries in recent history have bickered for so long and with such tenacity as India and Pakistan. The Germans argued with the Danes for years over Schleswig-Holstein; it is now a province of greater Germany. For . . . → Read More: An endless dispute