Tuesday News Headlines
NATO Gives Political Support To Turkey
NATO’s Atlantic Council met after Turkey requested a special session under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, which permits nations to seek consultation when they believe their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened.
“We stand in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey to address instability on Turkey’s doorstep and on NATO’s border,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told an emergency meeting of the alliance on Tuesday, reports Reuters.
In what some have called a “game changer,” Turkey has engaged in the battle against ISIS, flying combat missions and making its vital airbases available to American planes.
“At the moment, Turkey has come under attack and is exercising its right to defend itself and will exercise this right until the end,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
The United States also has pledged to work with Turkey to create a safe zone inside Syria for displaced persons from the civil war that should relieve some of the refugee pressure on Ankara, according to Daily News Analysis.
UN Peacekeeping Missions Need Reform, Review
With nearly 110,000 UN peacekeepers deployed worldwide, Paul Williams of the Council on Foreign Relations argues in a new paper that the status quo is untenable.
Unrealistic mandates, unhospitable host governments, and mission creep are working to weaken peace operations have created a situation that demands the US its political influence to address these challenges,” argues Williams.
“Without a clear intellectual foundation, U.S. policy on peace operations will continue to lurch from crisis to crisis in an ad hoc manner,” he adds.
An Entrepreneur’s Vision For Cuba
The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson profiles Hugo Cancio, a Cuban-American entrepreneur, who has big plans for his changing homeland.