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Germany is key to reining in Russia, as in the past

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Apr 18 2014 - 3:20pm

"To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war," said Winston Churchill in 1954, supporting the principle of nations negotiating. Those wise words from a great leader who understood war should be kept in mind regarding the Geneva accord on the crisis in Ukraine.Churchill made the comment during the early years of the Cold War, after effective cooperation...

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Afghanistan election represents pronounced progress

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Apr 11 2014 - 1:28pm

Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election provides limited but promising evidence of political progress, as United States military combat forces prepare to depart later this year. Turnout of approximately sixty percent of eligible voters was high, despite Taliban intimidation and violence. The national election commission has testified that...

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Defense non-debate demonstrates American domestic preoccupations

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Apr 3 2014 - 10:42am

The Obama administration has proposed major changes in defense policy. In an earlier era these sweeping proposals would have sparked intense and highly visible discussion and debate. Unfortunately, this has not yet happened.This is the case despite combat engagement in two extremely long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The U.S. Department of Defense...

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Taiwan demonstrations against China overshadow profound cross-strait cooperation

Arthur I. Cyr
Mar 27 2014 - 12:40pm

Student and activist demonstrators opposed to cooperation with China have occupied the Taiwan parliament building for a week, an unprecedented event. Angry occupiers fear Beijing. The Cold War is over, but the legacy lingers along with the practical problems of getting a job even in today's rich economy. Yet enormous trade and...

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Intelligence controversy draws attention to South Korea

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Mar 21 2014 - 12:10pm

South Korea is dealing with growing controversy concerning efforts by intelligence operatives to influence domestic politics. Agents of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) have admitted to secret work to elect President Park Geun-hye. The Cyberwarfare Command of the South Korea Army has been accused of similar illegal interference.President...

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Ukraine crisis confirms Germany’s leadership

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Mar 14 2014 - 2:41pm

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has a positive relationship with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, and the Ukraine crisis makes that more important. Putin is not Adolf Hitler, but the history of German-Russian relations is central to addressing the current challenge. Merkel, who speaks Russian, has telephoned Putin at least three times in...

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Ukraine Turmoil Reflects Russia’s Influence’

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Feb 27 2014 - 11:57am

Violence in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, has taken dozens of lives as desperate authorities struggled to suppress growing protest demonstrations. The European Union (EU) mediated a truce announced on February 21, which has brought temporary calm and should facilitate early presidential elections.Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, now a...

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Mainland China and Taiwan greatly expand de facto cooperation

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Feb 14 2014 - 12:54pm

On February 11, history was made as representatives of China and Taiwan agreed to exchange representative offices. Face-to-face negotiations are led by Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun of China, who heads that government's Taiwan Affairs Office, and Taiwan Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi, both notably senior officials.Neither side is using...

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Germany is key to reining in Russia, as in the past

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Apr 18 2014 - 3:20pm

"To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war," said Winston Churchill in 1954, supporting the principle of nations negotiating. Those wise words from a great leader who understood war should be kept in mind regarding the Geneva accord on the crisis in Ukraine.Churchill made the comment during the early years of the Cold War, after effective cooperation...

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Afghanistan election represents pronounced progress

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Apr 11 2014 - 1:28pm

Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election provides limited but promising evidence of political progress, as United States military combat forces prepare to depart later this year. Turnout of approximately sixty percent of eligible voters was high, despite Taliban intimidation and violence. The national election commission has testified that...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 11 2014 - 1:28pm


Defense non-debate demonstrates American domestic preoccupations

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Apr 3 2014 - 10:42am

The Obama administration has proposed major changes in defense policy. In an earlier era these sweeping proposals would have sparked intense and highly visible discussion and debate. Unfortunately, this has not yet happened.This is the case despite combat engagement in two extremely long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The U.S. Department of Defense...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 3 2014 - 10:48am


Taiwan demonstrations against China overshadow profound cross-strait cooperation

Arthur I. Cyr
Mar 27 2014 - 12:40pm

Student and activist demonstrators opposed to cooperation with China have occupied the Taiwan parliament building for a week, an unprecedented event. Angry occupiers fear Beijing. The Cold War is over, but the legacy lingers along with the practical problems of getting a job even in today's rich economy. Yet enormous trade and...

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