James ONeill

Recent Geopolitical Developments Point to a Better Future

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During her recent visit to Washington, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel was at pains to convince her United States host President Joe Biden that Germany was determined to finish the Nord Stream 2 project with Russia. The scheme is seen by the Germans as vital to Germany’s future economic well-being. It was…

Both the British and the Americans Are Having to Confront New Realities

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Brigadier Mark Totten of the British Royal Marines recently gave an interview to the Times newspaper of London. In the interview he revealed that the British were going to embark on covert tasks focusing on Russia and China. The British SAS and SBS forces were planning on new missions directed against both Russia and China…

Afghanistan Faces a New Future With Some Positive Signs

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The news from Afghanistan is not good for the Americans. The troops abandoned the Bagram military base in the dead of night without bothering to advise their Afghanistan “allies”. Looters moved in before being replaced by the Taliban forces (banned in Russia) who naturally rejoiced at the treasure trove of weapons and other equipment…

Xi and Lavrov Point the Way to a New and Better Future

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There were two important contributions made recently neither of which received much in the way of attention from the western mainstream media. The first of these was the speech given by Xi Jinping, the Secretary General of the Communist party of China and its current president. Xi commenced his speech with a stern warning to would be opponents of China…

The British Are Having Trouble Adapting to the Realities of the 21st Century

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Reports are coming through of an incident in the sea off the coast of Crimea involving a British warship and fighter jets of the Russian Air Force. The British denied that they were doing anything wrong, and similarly denied that the ship had been fired upon by the Russians. To counter that latter argument the Russians have released video…

After a Long Period in the Wilderness Things Are Looking Up for Iran

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The recent Iranian presidential election saw the Conservative Ebrahim Raisi elected to power, albeit from a small turnout of Iranian voters of less than 50% of the eligible electorate. Raisi is more conservative than his predecessor Hassan Rouhani, but there is unlikely to be significant changes to Iranian government policy, both foreign…

Sergei Lavrov’s Recent Speech Points to Some Important Lessons to be Learned

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The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov recently made a very important speech that, unsurprisingly, received very little attention from the western media. On June 9 Mr Lavrov addressed the Primakov Readings International Forum in Moscow. In his speech, Lavrov drew attention to what he persists in calling “our western…

The World is Changing, But Do the Americans Recognise It

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Last week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the most important economic forums of recent times was held. It was the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Although attended, in person or electronically, by representatives of more than 170 countries across the world, it barely attracted a mention in the western mainstream media…

Unwise to Expect Too Much From the Biden-Putin Meeting in Geneva

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A meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and United States president Joe Biden has been scheduled for June in the Swiss city of Geneva. It appears that the impetus for the meeting came from Biden who has displayed more enthusiasm for the meeting than his Russian counterpart. The Russian scepticism is well founded…

The Suffering of the Palestinians Continues and the World Simply Watches

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One of the world’s great enduring myths, persisted in by multiple political leaders, is the two-state solution in Israel – Palestine. The State of Israel was created in 1948, not least as a form of compensation for what had happened to the Jewish people in World War II. At the time of its creation, the bulk of the land in what became Israel…

The Rules Based International Order is a Misnomer That Endangers Us All

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The United States and its Western allies are very fond of quoting the importance of adherence to what they call “the rules based international order.” It is for example, central to Australia’s strategy, apparently first used by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008, and adopted by his multiple successors. It is a term that has been…

United States Plans to Recalibrate the China-Russia Relationship Doomed to Fail

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This week the United States secretary of state Anthony Blinken travels to Ukraine for meetings with the Ukrainian leadership. It is likely that he is taking a message that the Ukrainians do not want to hear: that they must cease the undeclared war against the two breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Although it is not a message that Ukrainians…


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