J. Peter Pham: President Trump’s Perfect Pick For Top Africa Post?

If Pham becomes Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, it would likely mark a shift in the tone and priorities of US-Africa relations. 

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A Young Somali American, Is The New UNA-USA and U.S. Department of State UN Youth Observer

Washington, DC – The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, announced Today (July 25, 2017) Ms. Munira Khalif as the sixth annual U.S. Youth Observer to the UN. Continue reading “A Young Somali American, Is The New UNA-USA and U.S. Department of State UN Youth Observer”

As The U.S. Gets More Involved In Somalia, Beware These Three Fallacies

​By Michael F. Harsch, Maximilian M. Meduna and Teresa Krug

The United States is getting more involved in Somalia, the nation in the Horn of Africa that has been wrestling with violent conflict and political instability for nearly three decades. Continue reading “As The U.S. Gets More Involved In Somalia, Beware These Three Fallacies”

Ilhan Omar Wants To Make America Decent Again

From Somalia to the Minnesota statehouse, a fresh new face in politics. Continue reading “Ilhan Omar Wants To Make America Decent Again”

Tillerson To Mediate Qatar Dispute Himself

After weeks of public statements and private phone calls with no apparent result, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided to personally intervene in the ongoing Persian Gulf dispute that has threatened U.S. counterterrorism operations in the Middle East. Continue reading “Tillerson To Mediate Qatar Dispute Himself”

‘Love Thy Neighbor?’

When a Muslim doctor arrived in a rural Midwestern town, “it felt right.” But that feeling began to change after the election of Donald Trump. Continue reading “‘Love Thy Neighbor?’”

UN Leashed

The UN has long been derided as little more than a talking shop. But that is not down to the UN itself, but rather, the powerful nations that seek to use it as a tool, argues Xiaochen Su. Continue reading “UN Leashed”

Try As It May, Trump Administration Can’t Avoid Qatar Crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the geopolitical crisis the Trump administration just can’t quit. Continue reading “Try As It May, Trump Administration Can’t Avoid Qatar Crisis”

Key Senator Threatens Arms Sales To Persian Gulf Countries Over Qatar Dispute

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Monday that he would “withhold consent” from all U.S. arms sales to Persian Gulf countries until the ongoing dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is resolved. Continue reading “Key Senator Threatens Arms Sales To Persian Gulf Countries Over Qatar Dispute”

Qatar Demands Difficult To Meet, Says US

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Qatar is reviewing demands by neighboring nations to end a diplomatic dispute that erupted earlier this month. Continue reading “Qatar Demands Difficult To Meet, Says US”

Qatar Airways Seeks To Buy Stakes In American Airlines

US carrier files for required permit to allow Qatar’s state-owned carrier to buy 10-percent stake in American Airlines. Continue reading “Qatar Airways Seeks To Buy Stakes In American Airlines”

US: List Of Demands To Qatar Should Be Reasonable

Tillerson says Saudi Arabia and its allies listed demands and he hopes they will be ‘reasonable and actionable’. Continue reading “US: List Of Demands To Qatar Should Be Reasonable”

U.S. Warplane Downs Syrian Army In Raqqa Province

Amman/Washington – A U.S. warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside, with Washington saying the jet had dropped bombs near U.S.-backed forces and Damascus saying the plane was downed while flying a mission against Islamic State militants. Continue reading “U.S. Warplane Downs Syrian Army In Raqqa Province”

Trump Organization Ended Qatar Push 6 Days After Swearing In

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Trump Organization dissolved subsidiaries created to pursue business opportunities in Qatar six days after Donald Trump was inaugurated as America’s 45th president, according to a new financial disclosure form filed on his behalf. Continue reading “Trump Organization Ended Qatar Push 6 Days After Swearing In”

Trump Lashes Out Over Probe Into Possible Obstruction Of Justice

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday after a report that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and he dismissed as “phony” the idea his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 U.S. election. Continue reading “Trump Lashes Out Over Probe Into Possible Obstruction Of Justice”

Qatar Says Fighter Jets Deal Shows Deep U.S. Support

Doha, Qatar – A $12 billion deal to buy U.S. F-15 fighter jets shows Qatar has deep-rooted support from Washington, a Qatari official said on Thursday, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated accusations that Doha supports terrorism. Continue reading “Qatar Says Fighter Jets Deal Shows Deep U.S. Support”

Gulf Ministers Face Off Over Qatar Airspace Row At U.N. Agency

Montreal, CA – Gulf aviation officials met on Thursday to discuss the airspace standoff resulting from the Arab world’s biggest powers decision to cut ties with Qatar, prompting Doha to invoke a 1944 international agreement to try to ease the logjam. Continue reading “Gulf Ministers Face Off Over Qatar Airspace Row At U.N. Agency”

Qatar Signs $12 Billion Deal To Buy F-15 Jets From U.S.

Qatar’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion. Continue reading “Qatar Signs $12 Billion Deal To Buy F-15 Jets From U.S.”

Trump Under Investigation For Possible Obstruction Of Justice: Washington Post

U.S. President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified officials. Continue reading “Trump Under Investigation For Possible Obstruction Of Justice: Washington Post”

Trump Says He Backed Saudi-Led Diplomatic Isolation Of Qatar

President Donald Trump said he backed a Saudi Arabia-led movement to isolate Qatar over its funding of extremist groups, once again sending conflicting signals about the U.S. stance in a dispute between American allies in the Gulf region. Continue reading “Trump Says He Backed Saudi-Led Diplomatic Isolation Of Qatar”