With the pandemic crisis slowly coming out of it’s peak, we look at the four world issues currently not being talked about.
A new arms race could be a reality with the US and Russia’s New Start treaty expiring next February.
This treaty put in place limits the long-range nuclear arsenals with which the US and Russia threaten each other, but tensions could rise if the treaty isn’t renewed.
Putin seems willing to renew the agreement, however, the Trump administration, seems determined to abandon the New Start treaty unless it can expand it to bring China on board, although the Chinese are not currently interested in forming a treaty.
Tensions with Iran are still ongoing.
The Iranians are currently under a UN embargo that prevents countries from selling various kinds of advanced weaponry to them in a hope to limit their power and reach.
On 8 May 2018, US President Donald J. Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which sets limits on Iran’s nuclear programme to ensure that it cannot produce nuclear weapons.
However, under the United Nations resolution that backed the nuclear deal, this arms embargo is due to expire on 18 October this year. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has already warned that if the US succeeds in its desire to have the embargo renewed, then there will be “grave consequences”.
The US has warned Tehran that they should stick to the deal.
Israel’s annexation bid in the West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently retained his post after a long election campaign, is proposing a controversial nationalist agenda which includes a desire to annex areas of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, effectively making them a permanent part of Israel.
“These areas of the country are birthplaces of the Jewish nation. It’s time to apply Israeli law over them,” Netanyahu told the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, as he presented his unity government.
“This won’t distance peace, it will bring it closer. These settlements will be part of Israel in any scenario.”
Netanyahu presented a list of 19 ministers to the Knesset, ending more than a year of political deadlock in the country.
Last month, Netanyahu and rival-turned-partner Benny Gantz of Blue and White party announced that they would be putting their differences aside and form a unity government.
Under the deal, Gantz would take over from Netanyahu as prime minister on November 17th, 2021.
Israel is expected to carry out West Bank annexation on July 1st.
Palestinian officials have threatened to abolish bilateral agreements with Israel if it goes ahead with the annexation plans, which will undermine the two-state solution.
US President Donald Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” plan, announced on January 28th, refers to Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital” and recognizes Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank.
It’s hard to believe that the UK left the European Union four months ago with it’s transition period ending on December the 31st.
The Covid-19 pandemic has left Brexit rarely in people’s minds, not the least as the virus has predicted an economic depression that could take years to recover from. Also, the UK leaving the EU will further add petrol to the flames regarding economic instability that it is a subject that parties are quite happy to not be thinking of for now.
Talks had begun again this week with negotiations being reported as ‘little to no movement’ with London and Brussels not willing to budge over their solutions.
Time is of the essence if a two-way treaty between the two parties can bring a peaceful end to the standoff.