Global Political Calendar: What's next for Afghanistan, Brexit?
By Le Tian
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pays an official visit to China, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has continual battle with parliament and meets with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, 18th anniversary of September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
Another wild but opaque week for Brexit
It has been a headachy week for UK's new leader, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that started with rebellions in his own party, continued with failure of calling for a new election and his brother's resignation, and ended with Johnson saying he would "rather be dead in a ditch" than delay Brexit.
The new prime minister hasn't brought much change to the country's Brexit situation so far. Parliament is still rejecting the only Brexit deal reached by former Prime Minister Theresa May along with all other Brexit options. However, MPs are united against leaving the EU without a deal.
The only change Johnson brought is that he promised to deliver Brexit by October 31, "do or die."
Battles between Johnson and parliament will continuously be on show next week. One of the known playbills is Monday's planned vote on a motion on whether to hold an early election.
Meanwhile, Johnson's five-week parliament shutdown plan is scheduled to come into effect in the coming Thursday (September 12) and MPs are likely to fight against it day by day.
As Johnson's first concrete proposal for replacing the Irish backstop received a frosty reception during the meeting between his chief Brexit negotiator and the EU, Johnson Monday will visit Dublin for talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
For EU's side, the chief negotiator for the European Union over Brexit, Michel Barnier, who recently has said the Brexit talks are stuck in "paralysis," will meet the president of the European Parliament and leading lawmakers on Thursday to discuss the state of play in the Brexit process.
However does EU know what will happen next with Brexit? The brief answer might be: nobody really knows.
What lies ahead for Afghanistan, 18 years after 9/11
Americans will commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Wednesday.
On September 11, 2001, 19 members of the Islamic extremist organization Al Qaeda hijacked four U.S. commercial airplanes and deliberately crashed the planes into the U.S. Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and onto a field outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
A total of 2,977 people were killed during the attack. Then President George W. Bush signed an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) on September 18 starting the nearly two-decade-long war.
Costing billions of taxpayers' dollars and more than 2,300 American lives, the Trump administration began talks with the Taliban in January to negotiate a "peace" deal and to withdraw their 5,400 troops from Afghanistan.
After nine rounds of talks, the U.S. side recently has said it is closing in on a deal with Taliban aiming to wrap up the nearly two-decade-long war in Afghanistan. Will the "peace deal" bring peace to the Afghan people? The answer remains unclear.
Last Monday, as U.S. peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad in Afghanistan's TV announced that U.S. and Taliban reach agreement "in principle," the Taliban group launched a deadly attack in Kabul killing at least 16 people.
A Taliban car bomb also exploded last Thursday near the U.S. Embassy killing at least 10 civilians.
Day by day
Monday:Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah pays a visit to China (to September 14); British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Dublin for talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Brexit; EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives 'Brexit and the Future of Europe' at Queen's University Belfast; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and their French counterparts Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly take part in a meeting of the Russian-French Security Cooperation Council in Moscow; Tuvaluan House of Assembly election
Tuesday:President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pays an official visit to China (to September 12); Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis meets Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades in Athens; Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addresses the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
Wednesday: 18th anniversary of September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Thursday: The chief negotiator for the European Union over Brexit, Michel Barnier, meets the president of the European Parliament and leading lawmakers to discuss the state of play in the Brexit process; U.S. President Donald Trump hosts Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, at the White House; New round of U.S. 2020 presidential election Democratic candidates' debate takes place
Friday: A quiet day in politics
Saturday: A quiet day in politics
Sunday: Tunisia presidential election kicks off; 198th anniversary of Independence of Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua