Category - International peace and security

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Who wins the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Who wins the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (21 May 2021) – No one wins, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will claim victory. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a means by which Netanyahu consolidates power in Israel. But it will be a Pyrrhic Victory. His continued pursuit of oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people in and of their homeland is perpetuating a decades old crime against the Palestinian people – a crime against humanity...

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Biden Administration Agenda: Domestic and Foreign Policy Minefields

Biden Administration Agenda: Domestic and Foreign Policy Minefields Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (28 April 2021) — President Biden’s domestic and foreign policy agendas are packed with many urgent and complex issues. While domestic issues are subjected to much media attention and public discourse, international affairs are often dealt with through quiet diplomacy, thus escaping the glaring light of the media in the early stages. The Biden administration is engaged in prudent diplomatic...

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Trump’s Policies Emboldened Iran and Weakened Allies: Biden’s Challenge

Trump’s Policies Emboldened Iran and Weakened Allies: Biden’s Challenge Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (10 November 2020) — After nearly four years of President Donald Trump’s bellicose policies towards Iran, the Middle East is more at risk of breaking out into widespread armed conflict than when he took office. Trump abandoned diplomacy and collaboration with European allies and other partners, while pushing unsustainable policies tied to the interests of Saudi Arabia and Israel. Trump...

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A Crisis of Credibility in Global Leadership

A Crisis of Credibility in Global Leadership Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (23 April 2020) — America, the nation the international community quite often relied on to provide leadership in times of natural disasters, threats to international peace and security, when global cooperation, collaboration, and coordination is necessary, and when collective responsibility and humanitarian response to global or regional crises is needed, has ceded that unique role. A void is created, as there is no...

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The Art of Betrayal, a Warning to Caribbean Leaders

The Art of Betrayal, a Warning to Caribbean Leaders Ambassador Curtis A. Ward  (04 November 2019) — History is replete with the phenomenon of human betrayal. But, unlike any other time in geopolitical history, trust in America’s global leadership has never hit such a dangerously low point. Trust and reliance on Washington, in a downward spiral since January 2017, has now reached its nadir with nowhere lower to go. An act of betrayal in any context is flagitious. Thus, only a naively...

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War drums in Washington, echoes of the past

War drums in Washington, echoes of the past Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (27 June 2019) — The louder the war drums in Washington the more I think of what has been and what could be. The grainy video presented to prove Iran’s culpability in the attack on the oil tankers in the Gulf of Hormuz purportedly shows the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) removing unexploded mines from the hull of one of the tankers. The video alone is not conclusive evidence to support the claim of Iran’s...

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U.S. Military Deployment in Middle East Creates Targets for Terrorist Attacks

U.S. Military Deployment in Middle East Creates Targets for Terrorist Attacks Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (26 May 2019) — By increasing its military presence in the Middle East the United States represents a tempting target for terrorists constantly looking for opportunities to attack American citizens and assets around the world. The terrorists’ dream is to do harm to U.S. citizens and especially to U.S. military personnel and assets. Terrorist groups are particularly adverse to...

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Horse trading in Sochi

Horse trading in Sochi Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (13 May 2019) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Sochi, Russia (05/14/2019) to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin to discuss what the State Department identified as the “full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges” comes at a time of when global instability touches practically every continent. The agenda is packed with security and geopolitical issues of global concerns...

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Stalemate in UN Security Council leaves Venezuelan crisis on the brink

Stalemate in UN Security Council leaves Venezuelan crisis on the brink Ambassador Curtis (April 08, 2018) — As the pressure mounts on Nicolás Maduro’s regime many analysts no longer question whether his regime will collapse but when and exactly how it will happen. Russia’s role in Venezuela is still unclear, but I strongly believe that Russia does not want a military confrontation with the United States so far removed from Russia’s borders. Military engagement in Venezuela does...

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Trump Needs a Geopolitical Victory

Trump Needs a Geopolitical Victory Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (02 Feb. 2019) — United States President Donald Trump is desperate for a win on the global stage. So far, by all measures, he is a big loser. His chaotic foreign policy, his administration’s lack of any semblance of a geopolitical strategy, has so far been anything but coherent. If we can be so generous as to ascribe a foreign policy framework or an executable strategy to his administration’s conduct of foreign affairs then...