Putin, the perpetual spoiler, tries his hand at a peace process

Russian President Vladi­mir Putin has made it his mission to reestablish his country as a dominant, indispensable player in the Middle East, one that can rival the influence of the United States. And, by some measures, he is succeeding. Not only has Russia’s 15-month-old airstrike campaign likely saved the regime of Bashar al-Assad, but it also spawned this week’s negotiations sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey to […]

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White House Questions Israeli Leader’s Commitment to Peace

Obama spokesman says the U.S. will have to “re-asses its options” after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rhetoric on a two-state solution The White House expressed doubt Friday about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after Netanyahutwice reversed his stance this week before and after a bitter election fight. “The divergent comments of the […]

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Ukraine Talks Peace, But the Fighting Rages On

Two days after launching a military assault on pro-Russian rebels, Ukraine agrees to resume negotiations, pinning the region’s hopes for peace on a feckless body called the Contact Group. The latest peace plan for eastern Ukraine is brief enough to fit on the back of a napkin, and it took just a few hours for the top diplomats of Russia, […]

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Pope Francis Prays for Peace on Easter Sunday

In his Easter address, the pontiff called for an end to conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and encouraged Catholics to help “those crushed by life’s troubles” Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine during his Easter mass in Vatican City on Sunday. “We ask [God] to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine, so that all those […]

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