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Peter Apps

COLUMN-With 'brain death' comments, Macron highlights Europe's NATO fears: Peter Apps

08 Nov 2019

LONDON, Nov 8 Since U.S. President Donald Trump entered the White House in 2017, NATO summits have often proved diplomatically messy events. This year's gathering next month in London could be the most volatile of the lot – taking place not just against the backdrop of unpredictable looming British and American elections, but now open questioning of the alliance's future by French President Emmanuel Macron.

COLUMN-Baghdadi death marks the end of an era for 'war on terror': Peter Apps

30 Oct 2019

LONDON, Oct 30 The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi this week will not mark the end of Islamic state, nor U.S. military efforts against Islamist militancy in the Middle East and beyond. But coming against the backdrop of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria and growing Pentagon preoccupation with great-power rivals such as China, it may mark the end of an era in U.S. foreign and military policy.

COLUMN-Clinton does Democrats no favour reviving Russia conspiracy talk: Peter Apps

23 Oct 2019

LONDON, Oct 23 As a contender for the U.S. presidency in 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was besieged with opposition rumour and conspiracy theories. Last week, her most significant contribution to next year's presidential race so far became indulging in the same game, effectively accusing Democratic challenger and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of being the preferred choice of Russia.

COLUMN-Towards a post-American Middle East: Peter Apps

16 Oct 2019

LONDON, Oct 16 As protests spread across the Arab world in late 2010 and early 2011, the Obama administration struggled to decide a strategy. Torn between sticking with the autocratic strongmen who had long been America's allies or democracy-seeking protesters on the streets, it lurched one way and then the other, only rarely committing completely to an outcome.

Unfettered by advisers, Trump's presidency gets less predictable: Peter Apps

08 Oct 2019

LONDON On Monday, having effectively and unexpectedly given the green light to a Turkish military incursion against America's sometime Syrian Kurdish allies, U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter once again. If Turkey took any action that he in his "great and unmatched wisdom", considered to be off-limits, he would "totally destroy and obliterate" its economy.

COLUMN-Beset by Hong Kong protests, China's Xi showcases missiles: Peter Apps

04 Oct 2019

LONDON, Oct 4 As Hong Kong recovered from its most violent day of protests so far, Beijing's English-language "Global Times" newspaper led on the celebrations of 70 years of Communist rule. The celebrations, it argued, showed the peaceful intent and unity of Chinese society - illustrating the article with a picture of a new ballistic missile it said could drop nuclear warheads on any place on earth.

COLUMN-When politicians lie, should Facebook promote them?: Peter Apps

26 Sep 2019

LONDON, Sept 26 During the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook says it did not do enough to enforce its standards as rumour and untruth spread. In the three years since, it says it has hired up to 30,000 people to take down inappropriate or extremist content, clamp down on fake accounts and reduce interactions with so-called "fake news" by almost two thirds.

Column: Saudi oil attack shows how Iran sees new Mideast game

21 Sep 2019

LONDON If Iran's government was truly behind last weekend's cruise missile and drone attack on Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructure, it has put its potential foes across the Middle East in an awkward, uncomfortable position.

COLUMN-Saudi oil attack shows how Iran sees new Mideast game: Peter Apps

21 Sep 2019

LONDON, Sept 21 If Iran's government was truly behind last weekend's cruise missile and drone attack on Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructure, it has put its potential foes across the Middle East in an awkward, uncomfortable position.

COLUMN-Conspiracy theories risk becoming new currency of post-truth politics: Peter Apps

22 Aug 2019

LONDON, Aug 22 On Wednesday, as wildfires ripped across the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian president took to Facebook to accuse nongovernmental organizations of setting light to the trees.

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