16 November 2016   Leave a comment

Russia has apparently taken the election of Donald Trump as a sign that it has a freer hand in Syria.  Just hours after Trump and Putin talked on the telephone, Russia stepped up its air attacks on the city of Aleppo.  There are hints that the new US President will move back toward its traditional allies in the Middle East–Israel and Saudi Arabia.  But at this point it is very difficult to discern a clear plan or orientation.  In the meantime, the people of Syria will likely endure even greater horrors with no relief at all in sight.

Syrian Government Forces in the City of Aleppo

Spiegel has published an essay with the title, “America Has Abdicated Its Leadership of the West“.  The essay tracks American involvement in world affairs from the efforts of President Woodrow Wilson to establish an American presence in the League of Nations.  And it asserts that the American pivot away from the world started with the attacks on 11 September 2001 and that the election of Mr. Trump signals the abrupt turning away of the US from the world.

A day after the UN General Assembly voted to condemn Russia’s occupation of, and human rights violations in, Crimea, Russia announced that it was withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC).  The vote in the UN was 73 votes for to 23 against  with 76 abstentions.  Russia slammed the vote, saying that it had “nothing to do with reality“.  The Russian departure from the ICC follows the departure of several African states.

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Posted November 16, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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