Joe Lauria

Joe Lauria

Joe Lauria is a veteran foreign-affairs journalist based at the U.N. since 1990. He has written for the Boston Globe, the London Daily Telegraph, the Johannesburg Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected] and followed on Twitter at @unjoe.

Case of Two Murders: Abraham Lincoln and the Russian Ambassador

The facts suggest that the murder of the Russian ambassador – like the murder of Abraham Lincoln – was the actions of an angry individual incensed by Russia’s role in the Syrian war and in the battle for Aleppo. It is doubtful that it had any higher political purpose or was the result of any elaborate conspiracy, and as was the case with Lincoln’s murder, none of the complex explanations given so far look convincing

Turkey and Iraq going to war?

The US plays a difficult and complex game as it tries to manipulate Turkish President Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman ambitions whilst pursuing its own geopolitical objectives in Iraq and Syria.

Hillary Clinton’s Ace in the Hole – Russia

The US election is going to the wire with the polls uncertain. Hillary Clinton is pulling out the stops by playing the ‘Russian card’. There is no certainty either she or Donald Trump will win enough votes in the Electoral College to secure victory, in which case the election will be decided in the House of Representatives. There is a strong possibility that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will dispute the outcome.