Olivier Guitta: Biden’s decision to snub France will weaken, not embolden, the U.S. in its dealings with China

Olivier Guitta is the Managing Director of GlobalStrat, a security and geopolitical risk consulting company for companies and governments. On September 16 President Emmanuel Macron announced that French forces had killed Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the emir of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, in Mali. Coincidentally, al-Sahrawi had been at the…

US, China and India snub Boris Johnson’s climate meeting

The leaders of big polluters China, India and the U.S. will all swerve a climate meeting hosted by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on Monday. Johnson will “press countries to deliver on their commitments” to cut emissions and deliver on finance for…

World’s cartoonists on this week’s events

First published on Caglecartoons.com, The Netherlands, September 12, 2021 | By Joep Bertrams First published on POLITICO.com, U.S., September 9, 2021 | By Matt Wuerker First published on Caglecartoons.com, U.S., September 12, 2021 | By Rick McKee First published in The Boston Globe, U.S., September 15, 2021 | By Christopher…

US admits ‘mistake’ in Kabul drone strike that killed 10 civilians

In a U-turn, the United States military admitted on Friday that a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month was an error. “The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of US Central Command, told a Pentagon news conference. The Pentagon said an internal…

U.S., U.K. and Australia announce new security partnership for Indo-Pacific

The security grouping AUKUS will focus on advancing strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific region A week before a meeting of Quad leaders in Washington DC, the Biden administration, on Wednesday, announced a new trilateral security partnership for the Indo-Pacific, between Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. (AUKUS). Speaking to reporters ahead of a joint announcement…

Democrats shift blame for Afghanistan withdrawal chaos to Trump

Washington, DC – As Democrats in the United States scramble to defend the Biden administration against growing criticism for the country’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, a new tactic is emerging: highlighting former President Donald Trump’s role. At a congressional hearing on Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed that…