The Biden Zelensky Relationship: Who to Trust?

US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak often on the phone. But on a phone call in June, the conversation went very differently. Biden told Zelensky that he had just authorized $1 billion for more military assistance. Instead of thanking Biden, Zelensky complained about what he wasn’t getting and began listing the … Continue reading “The Biden Zelensky Relationship: Who to Trust?”

It Was Never About Ukraine

In his March 21 press briefing, State Department spokesman Ned Price told the gathered reporters that “President Zelenskyy has also made it very clear that he is open to a diplomatic solution that does not compromise the core principles at the heart of the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine.” A reporter asked Price, “What are you saying … Continue reading “It Was Never About Ukraine”

The Cuba Embargo: Isolating America

Once a year, Cuba raises its head above the fence around America’s backyard and calls out to the world to condemn its imprisonment. And, once a year, the US, despite all its lofty rhetoric of international order and democracy, ignores the voice of the United Nations General Assembly and goes on starving the people of … Continue reading “The Cuba Embargo: Isolating America”

Signs of Diplomacy in Ukraine? Finding a Faint Pulse.

As the intense combat and missile strikes show, peace is still a distant hope in Ukraine. But, for the first time in a long time, a faint diplomatic pulse has been found. In early November, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and privately pushed him to "signal an openness to … Continue reading “Signs of Diplomacy in Ukraine? Finding a Faint Pulse.”

Is this the Time for Peace?

For months, the US refused to hold any diplomatic talks with Russia. Then, suddenly, on November 6, it was revealed that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan "has been in contact with Yuri Ushakov, a foreign-policy adviser to Mr. Putin" and with Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. Sullivan then went to Kiev for talks with … Continue reading “Is this the Time for Peace?”

Checking In On China-Russia Relations

Xi Xinping and Vladimir Putin have said that their "relationship even exceeds an alliance in its closeness and effectiveness." They have said that the "friendship between the two States has no limits" and that it is "a relationship that probably cannot be compared with anything in the world." But China has seemed very restrained in … Continue reading “Checking In On China-Russia Relations”

Look Who’s Talking – Slivers of Hope in Ukraine

There is no scarcity of reasons to despair of hope for a push for a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine. Thirty Democrats in the House were pilloried for suggesting only that the US open diplomatic channels parallel to full military and economic support for Ukraine. When Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded to a Turkish … Continue reading “Look Who’s Talking – Slivers of Hope in Ukraine”

First Strike: The US and the World’s Most Dangerous Nuclear Policy

On October 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not use nuclear weapons; on the same day, US President Joe Biden said he would. Two days earlier, at talks being held between the US, Japan and South Korea, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman explained that the "ironclad" US commitment to defending Japan and … Continue reading “First Strike: The US and the World’s Most Dangerous Nuclear Policy”

US Admits Iran Is Not Building a Nuclear Bomb

America’s top diplomat for negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran said on October 30 that the US is not going to "waste time" trying to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal alive. President Biden’s special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said that “It is not on our agenda. We are not … Continue reading “US Admits Iran Is Not Building a Nuclear Bomb”

Four Ways Lula’s Victory Will Reshape the US-Led World

On October 30, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva once again became president of Brazil. In the first round of the election, Lula DA Silva won 48% of the vote versus 43% for the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. Falling short of the 50% required to win in the first round, the election headed to a … Continue reading “Four Ways Lula’s Victory Will Reshape the US-Led World”