Category - U.S. Global Policies

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U.S-Russia Daggers Drawn: Unsheathing the Sanctions Sword

U.S-Russia Daggers Drawn: Unsheathing the Sanctions Sword Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (30 July 2017) — This article could well be titled “Trump vs. Congress on Russian Sanctions,” (Part 2) as a sequel to what I wrote in The Ward Post almost eight months ago. By that time, I had already offered the probability in “Will Trump Fall on the Sanctions Sword?” that President Donald Trump would likely fall on the sanctions sword if he tried to do President Vladimir Putin’s bidding. The...

Banking & Finance Crime and Security U.S. Global Policies

Furor over AML/CFT Evaluations of Caribbean States – Who Makes the Next Move?

Furor over AML/CFT Evaluations of Caribbean States – Who Makes the Next Move? Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (16 May 2017) — A number of Caribbean governments have responded bitterly to the recent negative “evaluation” of their anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AFL/CFT) legal and administrative capacities. More specifically, the U.S. State Department 2016 INSCR named nine Caribbean countries, four of which are CARICOM Member States (Antigua and Barbuda, The...

U.S. Global Policies U.S. Politics

Drums of War Resonates Across America

Drums of War Resonates Across America  Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (14 April 2017) — What’s next for America – War or Peace?  Will the Drums of War grow louder, or will diplomacy and peace triumph? While there is hope, the future doesn’t look so good for peace. It appears from statements by President Donald Trump that U.S. military leadership is in total control of how, when and where a military response is used in furtherance of U.S. geopolitical and geostrategic objectives...

Geopolitics U.S. Global Policies U.S. Politics

Tomahawks over Syria: Trump’s Impulsive Response to Assad’s Carnage

Tomahawks over Syria: Trump’s Impulsive Response to Assad’s Carnage Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (10 April 2017) — No civilized society should tolerate or ignore crimes against humanity. The use of chemical weapons, internationally outlawed, is a war crime. The chemical weapon attack which took place on April 4, 2017 at the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria was carried out by aircraft. As at this writing, no evidence has been offered proving Syrian leader Bashar...

Caribbean Regional - Political/Social/Economic Crime and Security Geopolitics U.S. Global Policies

Trump Presidency has Consequences for the Caribbean

Trump Presidency has Consequences for the Caribbean Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (23 march 2017) — As a keen observer and analyst of American politics and government over the past several decades, I find the policies of the Donald Trump presidency so far to be disconcerting. Increased geopolitical uncertainty and instability across several regions now seem more probable than at any time in recent history. American leadership generally, and its valuable financial contributions to...