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Tag Archives: Diplomacy

Trump Holds Phone Call with Australian Prime Minister

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Last Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull discussed a refugee resettlement deal organized by the Obama Administration (Reuters). According to senior U.S. officials, during the 25-minute call, Trump told Turnbull this is “the worst deal ever” (Washington Post). Trump also allegedly accused the Australian government of trying to send the […]

Obama Takes Final Presidential Trip to Germany

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (BBC, NYT, Reuters). Obama described Germany as his “closest international partner” in the eight years he has held the presidency (Reuters). On his final trip abroad as U.S. President, Obama issued a joint statement with Merkel, strongly defending globalization. Merkel […]

Duterte Seeks Alliances with China and Russia

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On September 26, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his intent to visit China and Russia in order to forge alliances with them. Duterte stated the Philippines was at the “point of no return” with the United States, and is seeking relations with the US’s historic rivals instead (Reuters). In order to open up business, trade […]

U.S. Complains to Russia over Diplomats’ Harassment

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Secretary of State John Kerry formally complained to Russian President Vladimir Putin, following increased intimidation of American diplomats in Russia (CNN). U.S. Department of State spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said that this issue had first been noted after imposing sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis (BBC). Diplomats from other countries stationed in Moscow have reported […]