Posts tagged as foreign policy

Lithuanian FM candidate: No need for radical foreign policy change in Lithuania

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Lithuania does not need any radical foreign policy changes, says conservative leader Gabrielius Landsbergis who has been named as a contender for the position of foreign minister. “I believe Lithuania doesn’t need radical changes today. We need consolidation and clear messages so that the transatlantic community know that Lithuania is and has always been a reliable partner of the United States, irrespectively of what administration is in power in America,”…

America in transition: How Joe Biden can score a major foreign policy win on day one of his presidency

By Thomas L. Knapp on Monday, November 16, 2020

“President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal,” writes Tom O’Connor at Newsweek. “But a return is set to face challenges on both sides as they attempt to rebuild trust in a radically different environment than five years ago.” Those challenges? “For one, Iranian officials see no room for renegotiation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” notes O’Connor (JCPOA is the formal name of the “Iran…

Latvia aims for a seat on UN Security Council

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Latvia has set an ambitious foreign policy goal: to be a member of the UN Security Council, Latvian Television reported July 27. Latvia has never been a member of the UN Security Council. Therefore, Latvia will stand in elections in 2025 for a seat of a non-permanent member state of the UN Security Council. Diplomats, foreign experts and representatives of non-governmental organisations gathered at the country’s presidential residence in Jūrmala…

How to revamp EU foreign policy

By By Jeppe Kofod, Stef Blok and Tomáš Petříček on Monday, December 9, 2019

Jeppe Kofod is foreign minister of Denmark. Stef Blok is foreign minister of the Netherlands. Tomáš Petříček is foreign minister of the Czech Republic. The European Union has the tools to act decisively on the world stage. But it must step up and use them. As cracks appear in the pillars holding up our rules-based order, it’s becoming increasingly urgent that Europe gets its foreign policy act together. Arms control and non-proliferation…

Vilnius’ foreign policy is turning into inertia

Monday, December 9, 2019

If European security rests on three pillars, Lithuania insists on hugging just one and ignoring the others, a political scientist says, arguing that continuity in Vilnius’ foreign policy is turning into inertia. The three poles of power in Europe are Germany, France and the United Kingdom, but Lithuania, it seems, is putting “all eggs into one German basket,” Eglė Murauskaitė argued during the annual Lithuanian political science conference on Friday.…

Trump ousts hawkish Bolton, dissenter on foreign policy

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges. The sudden shake-up marked the latest departure of a prominent voice of dissent from the president’s inner circle, as Trump has grown less accepting of advice contrary to his instincts. It also comes at a trying moment for Trump…

Lithuanian foreign policy: a self-censorship problem

Friday, August 2, 2019

After almost twenty years of the voluntary political elite (with small exceptions), and sadly a considerable part of the journalists, being confined and avoiding discussions about Lithuanian foreign policy, some have started to suggest reconsidering these thoughts, Mečys Laurinkus wrote in lrytas.lt In one of the discussions about Lithuanian foreign policy, I heard a statement that, in recent years, talks about the state’s external and sometimes even internal problems were followed by agitation and fear.…

Estonian foreign policy to remain on course with small changes

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) told ERR on Monday that Estonia’s foreign policy course will continue, albeit with small changes. What he refers to as a shift of emphasis on specific policy points, mainly in the area of migration, is a result of the recent government change, Reinsalu said. In spite of Prime Minister Jüri Ratas’ reiterations that Estonia’s foreign policy course won’t change, Reinsalu was quite clear that things…

Trump’s war powers on Iran limited by U.S. Congress

Monday, July 15, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s powers to potentially take his country to war with Iran have been blocked by American legislators setting forth congressional authorization to such a move. In the U.S. Congress on Friday, July 12, members of the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the fiscal 2020 National Defence Authorization Act that would bar funding to use military force against Iran unless Congress authorizes it. Representative Ro Khanna…

Latvia’s foreign policy will remain strongly on Western geo-political course – Karins

Friday, January 25, 2019

During today’s foreign policy debates at Saeima, newly elected Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said that Latvia’s foreign policy will remain strongly on a Western geo-political course. The prime minister said that the foreign policy priorities mentioned by Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics are supported by the whole government. He said that Latvia’s Western course is based on common values with allies – democracy, rule of law and human rights.…