Why the West is making Ukraine wait for fighter planes – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. The West isn’t really saying “never” on fighter jets for Ukraine — it just wants to focus first on getting Kyiv weapons for a looming offensive. That’s the sentiment emerging in the wake of US President Joe Biden’s blunt “no” — echoed to various … Read more

How activists shaped Sweden’s NATO debacle – POLITICO

Elisabeth Braw is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and an advisor at Gallos Technologies. Sweden’s process to join NATO should have been the easiest accession in the alliance’s history — then Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan decided to play hardball, mixing legitimate fears about terrorism with electoral opportunistic politicking. Unfortunately, various activists … Read more

China turns on the charm – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Beijing wants to be friends again. Chinese diplomats are fanning out with a new softer message for international partners and adversaries alike. Gone is the aggressive “wolf warrior” rhetoric. In its place, a warmer tone and a promise of economic cooperation. Vice Premier Liu … Read more

Scholz holds key to Leopards for Ukraine, but waits for Biden – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN/DAVOS — International efforts to ship Ukraine modern tanks may hinge on Germany — but it’s waiting for the US to move first, which isn’t happening. Ahead of a meeting of Western defense ministers this Friday at the US Ramstein air base in Germany, … Read more

Elite conclave mulls next leader – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. DAVOS, Switzerland — It’s the political race everyone is afraid to talk about. For 52 years the World Economic Forum has been synonymous with its founder and executive chair Klaus Schwab, whose humble manner belies what many who know him describe as great ambition … Read more

Germany’s Scholz changes defense ministers — but not his reluctance on tanks (yet) – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN — Olaf Scholz has once again rebooted his security policy, nominating a new defense minister to take the reins. But when it comes to his reluctance to send battle tanks to Ukraine, the German chancellor is still waiting for the US to take … Read more

Why Ukraine believes tanks can turn the tide of war – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LONDON — In the early years of the 21st century, military planners were pondering the unthinkable — were tanks becoming obsolete? Unmanned drones, cyber warfare and other emerging technologies were seen as the weapons of the future. As recently as 2020, some defense chiefs … Read more

Who’s not coming to Davos – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. DAVOS, Switzerland — The World Economic Forum’s annual conclave in the Swiss Alps is the greatest intersection of wealth and political power on the global calendar, but this year the balance is shifting. Each January, forum organizers became used to announcing another record-setting list … Read more

Japanese prime minister’s visit spotlights Biden’s foreign policy strategy

CNN — As President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met privately in Tokyo last year, Biden delivered a message that was as strategic as it was genuine. US support for a more assertive defense and security posture from Japan was understood, but Biden made it clear that if there was anything he … Read more

Germany looks for US to lead the way on battle tanks to Ukraine – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN/LONDON/WASHINGTON — Britain’s moves towards supplying Ukraine with battle tanks are a headache for Olaf Scholz — but it’s still unlikely that the German chancellor will overcome his reluctance to send heavy German armor without taking his lead from Washington. Scholz’s spokesperson said Wednesday … Read more