If the age of shuttle diplomacy is really passing, nobody has told John Kerry. He recently became the most widely travelled US secretary of state in history, having flown more than 1.2m miles to visit 88 countries, some multiple times, and spent a total of 111 days up in the air.
He still has four months in office to try to beat the record set by his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, of visiting 112 countries (though she travelled fewer miles to do so). Last week he was in Geneva with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, trying to hammer out the final details of an agreement on fighting Islamic State.… Seguir leyendo »
At first glance, Obama’s Nobel peace prize looks like a «Thanks For Not Being Bush» award. The deadline for nominations was, after all, only a couple of weeks after Obama took office and his main achievement at that time was to replace George Bush. Partly for that reason, it may not help the new president very much in his domestic battles. The people who are currently accusing him of betraying American interests to please foreigners will see this award as further proof. Especially as it comes so soon after Al Gore’s win.
However, Obama’s success so far has been to defuse a good deal of international tension without giving much away.… Seguir leyendo »
Britain’s ambassador to Afghanistan believes the US strategy there is failing, Nato reinforcements would be counter-productive and that it would be better if «an acceptable dictator» came to power in Kabul in the next few years, a French satirical weekly reported yesterday.
The comments attributed to Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles were included in a diplomatic dispatch from a French diplomat in Kabul published by the French weekly, Le Canard Enchaîné, which combines investigative journalism and satire.
Reporting on a meeting on September 2, the French diplomat, Jean-François Fitou, quoted Cowper-Coles as saying: «The American strategy is destined to fail.
«The coalition presence – particularly the military presence – is part of the problem, not the solution,» Cowper-Coles is quoted as saying.… Seguir leyendo »