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By Javier Solana - Jun 20,2019
MADRID — On June 28-29, Japan will host its first G-20 summit. The initial gathering of G-20 leaders, back in November 2008, took place amid the turmoil that wracked global financial markets following the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
By Javier Solana - Mar 27,2019
MADRID — Ten years ago, during his first trip to Europe as US president, Barack Obama delivered a historic speech in Prague. Much to the delight of the crowd, Obama described a world free of nuclear arms as being both desirable and within reach.
By Javier Solana - Mar 04,2019
MADRID — In 1971, world leaders as varied as Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, US vice president Spiro Agnew and Soviet statesman Nikolai Podgorny gathered in the Iranian city of Persepolis, the ancient capital of the First Persian E
By Javier Solana - Jan 28,2019
MADRID — In March 2018, Syrian President Bashar Assad had himself filmed as he drove his car through the rubble-filled streets of Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus.
By Javier Solana - Dec 24,2018
MADRID — Sadly, 2018 will not be remembered as a year of political and diplomatic success. Though the international order had already begun to erode in 2017, the global political environment became downright chaotic, combustible and hostile this year.
By Javier Solana - Nov 29,2018
MADRID — Upon Albert Einstein’s death in 1955, the New York Times published a letter to the editor with a marvelous anecdote.
By Javier Solana - Oct 20,2018
MADRID — The annual general debate of the United Nations General Assembly is one of the most notable events on the international diplomatic calendar.
By Javier Solana - Jul 22,2018
MADRID — The annual NATO summit this month was the latest instalment in a long series of disagreements between US President Donald Trump and America’s European allies.
By Javier Solana - Jun 24,2018
MADRID — After the recent G-7 summit in Quebec, therte can no longer be any doubt that the West is in crisis. Yes, “Western” countries have often pursued divergent foreign policies, as illustrated by the Iraq War, and “the West” is itself a vague concept.
By Javier Solana - May 12,2018
AACHEN — With the decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), US President Donald Trump’s administration has demonstrated, yet again, that it is determined to destroy major global structures and agreement

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