WASHINGTON — A political crisis in Israel and setbacks to democracy in several other major countries closely allied with the United States are testing the Biden administration’s defense of democracy against a global trend toward the authoritarianism of nations like Russia and China. President Biden will deliver remarks on Wednesday at the second White House-led […]
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Sunday fired his defense minister, Yoav Gallant, setting off raucous late-night protests, a day after Mr. Gallant became the first member of his cabinet to call for a halt to the government’s contentious plan to weaken the country’s judiciary. Announced in a one-line statement by the prime minister’s […]
JERUSALEM — The Israeli defense minister, Yoav Gallant, called on Saturday night for his government to suspend its contentious plan to overhaul the country’s judiciary, arguing that the turmoil it has unleashed within Israeli society and the military has become a threat to Israel’s national security. “The rift within our society is widening and penetrating […]
Ukrainian service members moving equipment and parts from a broken down T-72 tank, left, to a functioning one, in the Donetsk region in early January.Credit…Nicole Tung for The New York Times BRUSSELS — With Russia bearing down on a strategically important city in eastern Ukraine, NATO defense ministers are meeting on Tuesday to discuss Kyiv’s […]
As the Guatemalan authorities intensify a methodical, yearslong crackdown on officials who were tasked with rooting out government corruption in the country, the government announced this week that it was investigating Colombia’s defense minister, who had led a United Nations-backed anticorruption body that was active in Guatemala until 2019. The announcement, which is straining bilateral […]
BERLIN — Within hours of being sworn into office, Germany’s new defense minister will be expected to hold talks with the U.S. defense secretary. A day later, he will represent Germany’s armed forces at a meeting with European allies awaiting critical decisions on the war in Ukraine. That would not be an easy first week […]
The Biden administration said on Friday that Russia and Iran were strengthening their military ties into a “full-fledged defense partnership,” warning that their relationship posed a threat to Ukraine as well as Iran’s geographic neighbors. “Russia is seeking to collaborate with Iran on areas like weapons development and trade,” said John Kirby, a National Security […]
Announced by Mr. Putin in September, the draft sent shock waves across Russia.
Berlin sent the first of four sophisticated missile systems to help Ukraine counter Russian airstrikes. Defense officials from more than 50 countries were discussing how to speed weapons to Kyiv in response to Moscow’s deadly missile barrage.