Posts tagged as diplomacy

Audit Office: Authorities’ competing roles hampering foreign commerce

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

While the private sector is generally happy with Estonia’s approach to commercial diplomacy, improvements could be made in communications, cooperation and organization, the National Audit Office (Riigikontroll) finds. The issues particularly relate to apparent competition and duplication in roles and tasks between state agency Enterprise Estonia, and the Ministry of Foreign affairs, which can hinder progress, the audit office wrote in a recently released report. Nonetheless, while the two bodies,…

North Korea and US Diplomacy: Toward a New Paradigm

By Nicolas Jouan on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

To the despair of international observers and amidst overwhelming international condemnation, North Korea is making its way toward a capable nuclear deterrence. On Thursday October 3, Pyongyang announced the successful testing of a long-range ballistic missile from an underwater platform, raising the prospect of an operational sea-based component to the country’s growing nuclear capabilities (which have so far been limited to the ground leg of the traditional triad). This new…

Iran president: US sanctions on foreign minister ‘childish’

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Iran’s president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country’s foreign minister, describing the move on Thursday as “childish” and a barrier to diplomacy. Hassan Rouhani’s remarks came after the Trump administration announced Wednesday it had imposed financial sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of its escalating campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic. The highly unusual action of penalizing another nation’s top diplomat…

Trump and Kim’s DMZ meeting mixes show and substance

By Zeke Miller on Monday, July 1, 2019

With those words, a deliberate step and a pat on the arm of Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea on Sunday as the two made history at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone. The made-for-television moment was unthinkable just two years ago, when the men were trading base insults and grim threats. Trump’s three-hour stop at the DMZ — of…