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Saturday, 29 October 2011

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Global Monitor - no. 5, 29 Oct 2011

Welcome to the fifth edition of DiploSoc's Global Monitor! 
This service, released twice a week, tracks foreign policy and other international developments of (sometimes long-term) relevance to global diplomacy.
The Monitor also offers a selection of analysis articles and updates on international affairs-related publications.

Please note that this service is still under development in terms of formatting, material selection and layout--i.e. it will improve significantly over the next few weeks. 
Of course, we would welcome any feedback and suggestions

Thank you for your interest and understanding!
______________________________


NEWS
NATO Secretary General discusses NATO operations in Berlin
The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Berlin on Thursday, 27 October and met with Chancellor Angela Merkel in order to discuss Alliance operations and preparations for the summit to be held in Chicago next year.

Yalta hosts expert talks on cyber defence
For the first time, Ukraine’s leading IT companies were invited to participate in roundtable discussions on cyber defence, which were jointly organized in Yalta on 12 October by the Security Service of Ukraine and NATO.

FCO Minister comments on World Trade Organisation talks
Foreign Office Minister David Lidington commented today on discussions about Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation.

Danes oppose a two-tier EU
Denmark's European affairs minister says splitting the EU in two clubs is step in the wrong direction.

Elite commandos storm lawless Somali war zone to snatch tribal leader
British commandos made a dramatic amphibious landing on Somalia’s war-torn shores to seize a tribal leader, the Daily Mail can reveal.

Libya: Security Council ends mandate for international military operations
On Thursday, the Security Council ordered the end to authorized international military action in Libya, more than seven months after allowing United Nations Member States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians during a popular uprising against the country’s former regime.

NATO will stop bombing Libya but won’t leave
On Thursday, the UN Security Council passed a resolution announcing that Libya’s air space will be open to both NATO aircraft and local airliners starting next Monday. This resolution ends the no-fly zone introduced by the Security Council in mid March, just two days before the war.

NATO makes final decision to end Libya operation on October 31
From Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO:  Today, we confirmed the decision taken by the North Atlantic Council a week ago. Our operation for Libya will end on October 31.

Thai Defense Minister affirms strong Thai-US ties
Thai Defense Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa on Wednesday denied news report that Thailand declined an offer for help from the United States and that the US Navy withdrew several ships sent to help with relief efforts in flood-hit Thailand, saying ties between the two nations remain strong.

European Commission Disapproves of Croatian Restrictions On Hungarian MOL
The restrictive stipulations challenged the EU’s competition law, the free movement of capital within the EU, and other aspects of the acquis communautaire, as well as Croatia’s pre-accession commitment to the privatization of INA.

British Chancellor of the Exchequer visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories
British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, met Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at the British Consulate General in East Jerusalem on 28 October.

EU bailout fund chief says 'no special deal' with China
Klaus Regling, head of the European bailout fund, travelled to Beijing Friday for talks with China's finance officials. He said after his visit that "there is no special deal" with China, despite hopes that China would pitch in to the fund.

Pakistan, China joint military exercise YOUYI-IV in mid November
The joint exercise, spread over a period of two weeks, is aimed at mutual exchange of experience and information through a comprehensive training programme in real time.

Cuba, China to enhance military ties
Cuba and China pledged to enhance military cooperation during a meeting between Raul Castro and China's No. 2 military leader, their leaders announced.

Clinton: U.S. would negotiate with Taliban leader
ecretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States would be willing to negotiate with the leader of Afghanistan's Taliban if he met conditions that have been laid out.

ETA may been defeated militarily, but Basque independence has not
The drive for independence has only gained strength from the brutal way in which Basques have been treated

The Enduring Value of the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Remarks
William J. Burns, US Deputy Secretary of State
Remarks at the University of Tokyo

Hundreds of Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in West Bank
Hundreds of Palestinians clashed on Friday with the IDF and security forces in a number of locations in the West Bank.

Pakistan Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile
Pakistan on Oct. 28 said it had successfully test-fired a stealth cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

EU Security and Defence news
The e-newsletter on EU Common Security and Defence Policy activities

In Slap at Syria, Turkey Shelters Anti-Assad Fighters
Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey is hosting an armed opposition group waging an insurgency against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, providing shelter to the commander and dozens of members of the group, the Free Syrian Army, and allowing them to orchestrate attacks across the border from inside a camp guarded by the Turkish military.

U.S. drone base in Ethiopia is operational
The Air Force has been secretly flying Reaper drones on counterterrorism missions from a remote civilian airport in southern Ethiopia as part of a rapidly expanding U.S.-led proxy war against an al-Qaeda affiliate in East Africa, U.S. military officials said.

Deal for Russia to Join W.T.O. Is Accepted by Georgians
Georgian negotiators said they had accepted a Swiss compromise that would clear Russia’s path to join the World Trade Organisation in December, bringing an end to Moscow’s 18-year application process.

Eurasian Bloc Will Learn from EU
Russia will learn from the European Union and seek to avoid its mistakes as it crafts an economic bloc of former Soviet states, said Alexei Likhachyov, the deputy economy minister overseeing the effort.

UK to chair Council of Europe
Minister for Europe David Lidington announced the UK's priorities for its forthcoming Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.

In House testimony, Clinton asks for patience on Afghanistan, Pakistan
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appealed to skeptical lawmakers for patience and support Thursday as the administration tries to mend a deep rift with Pakistan, encourage negotiations with U.S. enemies and prepare for the promised withdrawal of all American combat forces from Afghanistan by 2014.

No decision taken on next steps in talks with North Korea
Kurt Campbell, assistant U.S. secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said Thursday that no decision has been made on the next steps in talks with North Korea over its nuclear programs, two days after the sides met in Geneva for a second round of discussions on the issue.

also see:
Diplomacy with North Korea Takes Center Stage in Seoul
The South Korean capital is again the focal point for intensified diplomacy concerning North Korea and its nuclear weapons and missile development.


Kosovo Serbs Begin Partial Removal of Barricades
Kosovo Serbs partially removed several barricades leading to two disputed border posts in northern Kosovo on Oct. 27 and let NATO-led KFOR jeeps pass in a bid to ease tension in the volatile region.

Uzbekistan Unseals Kyrgyzstan Border
Uzbekistan has reopened its frontier with Kyrgyzstan, 18 months after unilaterally screwing it shut. Tashkent closed the border during the bloody ouster of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April 2010, dramatically wounding trade in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Bundeswehr To Close 31 Major Bases
The German Bundeswehr will close 31 major bases and reduce the number of personnel to less than 15 at 33 other sites. Since facilities with fewer than 15 personnel no longer are officially considered to be military bases, the number of bases will fall from 328 to 264.

Germany Wavers Over Sub Sale to Israel
Germany is reconsidering its sale of a sixth submarine to Israel in the wake of new tensions over Jewish settlement construction

North China Port in $7 Billion Expansion
Dandong Port in Northern China will spend nearly $7.1 billion over the next five years to increase throughput some 67 percent at facilities with strong connections in North Asia.

Georgia's Political Shake Up: Enter the Oligarch
Bidzina (also known as Boris) Ivanishvili has taken just two weeks to shake up the entire Georgian political scene.
  

PUBLICATIONS
 Revising Russia's Energy Strategy
Briefing Paper, Chatham House

Iran and the Gulf Military Balance
An excellent 136-page CSIS paper on Military Strategy in the Gulf

U.S. and Iranian Strategic Competition: The Proxy Cold War in the Levant, Egypt and Jordan
A CSIS report
US competition with Iran has become the equivalent of a game of three-dimensional chess, but a game where each side can modify at least some of the rules with each move.


UNFPA: State of World Population 2011 Report
This UNFPA report looks at population trends around the world and argues that the right investments in people can produce positive outcomes, even as the world's population passes seven billion.

Sudan after the Loss of the South
Yasir Aramn, Secretary-General, SPLM-North, shared his vision for North and South Sudan to co-exist as two viable states in a new 'Sudanese union'.

Crisis Guide: IRAN
CFR’s excellent backgrounder and guide to the Iranian problem. A must-see.

The Gathering Storm: China’s Challenge to US Power in Asia
By John J. Mearsheimer, in The Chinese Journal of International Politics, 3 (2010): 381–96.

The Driving Forces behind China’s Naval Modernization
By Yves-Heng Lim, in Comparative Strategy, 30:2 (2011): 105-20.
Observing the decennial evolution of Chinese naval forces, this article questions assumptions that China's naval modernization can be mainly explained by the enduring salience of the Taiwan question or by a “Mahanian” impulse.


ANALYSIS
China passes the buck in Afghanistan
Chinese firms have made substantial investments in Afghanistan. The Aynak copper mine has been joined by an investment in oil fields in northern Afghanistan...

How Should Americans Think About International Organizations?
The Founders believed that nations should seek to work amicably toward common goals and in defense of mutual interests. As George Washington advised Americans in his Farewell Address, “Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

A Model for Pakistan's Revival
Those skeptical that South Asia can be stable ought to recall how dire Southeast Asia looked a generation ago. In 1965, there were few hopes of peace, let alone prosperity, for the five countries that would form the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) two years later.

Is It Time for an Anti-Turkey Coalition?
The failure of Kurdish leaders to fulfil their diplomatic agenda extends beyond the latest Turkish incursion.

Arab Spring — Chief Consequence?
Shortly after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Aluf Benn, the editor-in-chief of Haaretz, wrote a column entitled: “Mubarak’s departure thwarted Israeli strike on Iran.”

>>> Iran's Navy Threatens the Security of the Persian Gulf
The possibility of Tehran developing a nuclear weapon at some point poses a potential future threat to the international order. A real threat, however, has already materialized: Iran's fast-growing navy.

Henry Paulson's 5 Ideas for U.S.-China Relations
The former treasury secretary on how trade, technology, and regulation can build a mutually beneficial partnership

US Army Sees Imminent Cyber Threats
“I think the threat [of cyber-attacks] is very real and could potentially be very near-term,” said Brig. Gen. John Davis, U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md.

Putin and the Future of the Sino-Russian Partnership
Putin’s proposal for a Eurasian Union implies the Russia’s probable next president might try to strengthen Moscow’s control over the post-Soviet republics at the expense of Beijing as well as other external actors.

Back to the New-SSR
It’s become so fashionable to automatically diss everything Putin does that critics are rarely forced to use their brains. That’s the only way to explain the curious liberal denunciations of the Eurasian Union, a free-trade economic and political bloc of major former Soviet states that Putin is rushing to get started.

Plan Afghanistan
Why the Colombia model -- even if it means drug war and armed rebellion -- is the best chance for U.S. success in Central Asia.
By Paul Wolfowitz and Michael O’Hanlon

China Wants (Bases) an Endless War in Pakistan
Washington just got a golden opportunity to end its decade-long excursion into central Asia and deplete the power of its Pacific rival/banker, all in one fell swoop. The Chinese are seeking bases in the tribal regions of Pakistan, precisely where the U.S. fights its drone war.

The End of the American Era
Essay by Steve Walt


Monday, 24 October 2011

Global Monitor - no. 4, 24 Oct 2011

Welcome to the fourth edition of DiploSoc's Global Monitor! 
This service, released twice a week, tracks foreign policy and other international developments of (sometimes long-term) relevance to global diplomacy.
The Monitor also offers a selection of analysis articles and updates on international affairs-related publications.

Please note that this service is still under development in terms of formatting, material selection and layout--i.e. it will improve significantly over the next few weeks. 
Of course, we would welcome any feedback and suggestions

Thank you for your interest and understanding!
______________________________

NEWS
U.S. Scales Back Diplomacy in Iraq Amid Fiscal and Security Concerns
Beyond the final withdrawal of troops that President Obama announced Friday, America’s fiscal troubles are dictating a drastic scaling back of plans for diplomatic, economic and cultural programs once deemed vital to steadying Iraq, building a long-term alliance and prying the country from Iran’s tightening embrace.

U.S. pulls its envoy from Syria because of threats
The United States said on Monday it had pulled its ambassador out of Damascus because of threats to his safety in Syria.

US-North Korea nuclear talks start in Geneva
U.S. and North Korean diplomats began talks Monday on Pyongyang's nuclear program, the second direct encounter between the two sides in less than three months.

Libya's liberation: interim ruler unveils more radical than expected plans for Islamic law
Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council and de fact president, had already declared that Libyan laws in future would have Sharia, the Islamic code, as its "basic source".

Boom times fuel Argentine president's re-election
President Cristina Fernandez has been re-elected with one of the widest victory margins in Argentine history by convincing voters that she alone, even without her late powerbroker husband, is best able to keep spreading the wealth of an economic boom.

Karzai: We'd Support Pakistan In War Against U.S.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai raised a few eyebrows this weekend by suggesting that he would go to war against the U.S. -- the country without whose protection he would have been run out of Kabul years ago -- on the side of Pakistan.

After setbacks, U.S. military tries to rebuild ties with Pakistani military
A week before Clinton’s visit to Islamabad, Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti met with top Pakistani military officials and pressed for re-establishing “routine daily communication” and discussions of how to deal with insurgents.

McCain says U.S. should consider use of military action against Syria’s regime
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Sunday called on the United States to consider military action in Syria, where president Bashir al-Assad’s regime has used violence against anti-government protesters seeking democratic reforms.

Iran’s Larijani Views US Forces' Pullout from Region as "Solution to Terrorism"
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that terrorism in the region will end if the US ends occupation of the regional countries and withdraws its troops from the region.

IAEA Director General Visits China
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano today concluded an official visit to the People's Republic of China that featured bilateral meetings with top Chinese energy officials and visits to key nuclear facilities. An important highlight of his visit was the signing of a practical arrangement between the IAEA and China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) on cooperation in the field of safe nuclear power plant construction.

French Forces Join Fight Against Somali Militants
Kenya on Sunday said that France's navy bombed a town in Somalia near a stronghold of al-Shabab, the first confirmation that a Western military force is involved in the latest push against the Islamist militia.

UK Parliament praises Brazil, but regrets its ‘hardening’ policy towards Falklands
Britain’s House of Commons strongly supports a closer bilateral relationship with Brazil, which it describes as a democratic, well governed, responsible state but regrets the hardening position of Brazil towards the Falklands and the HMS Clyde incident.

Georgia urged to let Russia join WTO
The European Union has appealed to Georgia to drop its resistance to Russia’s bid for entry to the World Trade Organisation, warning that time is running short in a long-standing effort to bring Moscow into the fold.

Britain’s Master of Spin to Burnish Kazakhstan’s Image
The Financial Times reports that Astana has hired Tony Blair to form a team of consultants who will advise the energy-rich post-Soviet autocracy on how to “present a better face to the West.”

Serbs stop NATO removing roadblocks in north Kosovo
Hundreds of Kosovo Serbs prevented NATO troops in Kosovo (KFOR) from removing roadblocks on roads to two contested border crossings between the country's volatile north and Serbia early on Saturday.

Turkey and Neighbors: Disaster Diplomacy
The tremors that rippled through the South Caucasus from neighboring Turkey's powerful October 23 earthquake brought with them a diplomatic opportunity. But not all offers of help have managed to cross the region's political fault lines.

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on bilateral visit to China
Communiqué

China, EU pledge to strengthen military ties
China and the European Union pledged to strengthen military relations on Monday.
 The pledge came during Defense Minister Liang Guanglie's meeting with Catherine Margaret Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary and Development Secretary statements on Libya
Foreign Secretary William Hague, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell have made statements on the Libyan Declaration of National Liberation.

Hello Togo! Will the new Security Council play ball with the U.S.?
The U.N. General Assembly today elected four new temporary members to the U.N. Security Council: Guatemala, Pakistan, Morocco, and Togo -- part of an annual U.N. ritual that permits small and mid-sized countries a two-year chance to play alongside the world's big boys.

Hillary Clinton: US held meeting with Haqqani network
The US has held a meeting with representatives of the Haqqani militant network, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed.

Successful launch for Europe's satellite navigation system
Europe's first two fully operational Galileo satellites were successfully launched October 20 2011 from the European spaceport in French Guiana, South America.
 
PUBLICATIONS

Chatham House Debate: Is a Two-Speed Europe Sustainable in the Long-term?
This is a transcript of an event held on 19 October 2011 at Chatham House.

Iraq and US Strategy in the Gulf: Shaping US Plans after Withdrawal
CSIS Report:
The Burke Chair in Strategy has just released a major report on the situation in Iraq, and what the withdrawal of US troops means for the country and the region.

McKinsey Global Institute: The Net's Sweeping Impact on Growth, Jobs, and Prosperity
The first quantitative assessment of the impact of the Internet on GDP and growth, while also considering the most relevant tools governments and businesses can use to get the most benefit from the digital transformation.

Issue Guide: The Arab Uprisings
The following materials provide expert analysis and essential background on some of the central issues facing the countries in the throes of this historic transformation.

The bankers that rule the world
An analysis by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.

ANALYSIS

Southern Alliance: solution to Pakistan
An interesting chart to ponder.

Why Russia Fears US Afghan Plan
Having feared the US entry into Afghanistan, some in Russia now fear the United States’ exit will make it a bigger target for Islamic militants.

Towards a Mafia state in Kosovo: NATO still getting it wrong in Kosovo
In the three years since Kosovo, urged on by the United States, declared its unilateral independence, there has been no final resolution of this long-festering wound in the heart of the Balkans.

What Kim Jong-Il Learned from Qaddafi's Fall: Never Disarm
As the U.S. tries to restart multiparty talks with North Korea, it may find that the rogue state suddenly sees greater value in keeping its nuclear arsenal.

The European Union: Lessons From A Crisis
By Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal
The European Union is living decisive moments for its future. What is at stake is the greatest asset that the European peoples have available to face the challenges of the present and the uncertainties of the future: European integration.

Will US Destroy UNESCO To Stop Palestinian State?
U.S. law calls for cutting funding for any UN body that supports a Palestinian state.  UNESCO is poised to do so this week.  If it does, the U.S. would be forced to withhold its contribution equal to 22% of the organization’s annual budget, $70-million.

Asia’s Giants Colliding at Sea?
Even in an age of 24-hour globalized news, some important events only come to light well after the fact. Something of this sort happened several months ago in the South China Sea – and may shape how relations between the world’s two most populous countries, China and India, develop in the years ahead.

Métier : diplomate
La carrière diplomatique attire beaucoup de jeunes mais ils manquent parfois d’éléments pour en sentir les réalités. L’Ambassadeur André Erdős offre ici un tableau riche et vivant du métier de diplomate.

Ambassador Donna Hrinak of PepsiCo on Business and Global Policy
Interesting audio interview with a former US Ambassador doing business diplomacy for Pepsi

Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: New Capabilities for Arctic
Canada plans to spend $33 billion on 28 large combat and non-combat vessels over the next 30 years. As part of that procurement the Royal Canadian Navy is slated to receive six to eight Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (A/OPS)

On Qaddafi
Steve Walt’s comments on the demise of the Colonel
 

Don't miss the Global Poverty Project Presentation on 1 Nov. !

Friday, 21 October 2011

A FINE EVENING at the Slovenian Embassy - 21 Oct

A FINE EVENING

The Diplomacy Society received a warm welcome yesterday evening at the Slovenian Embassy in London, on our first "diplomatic" event of the year.

After a brief introduction by Embassy staff on Slovenian foreign policy aspects relating to the Western Balkans EU accession process and on Embassy work for promoting Slovenian tourism, we had a quite insightful Q&A session. We might not yet be experts on Slovenia, but we now definitely have a clearer understanding of its environment and the challenges it faces.

The evening continued in the already-classic DiploSoc fashion - drinks at a nearby Westminster pub, with everybody seeming quite excited about the whole thing.

All in all, an event nicely appreciated by the DiploSoc members and a great start to our 2011-2012 London Embassies Tour!

The DiploSoc Committee would like to express its gratitude to HE Ambassador Jarc for his generosity and openness shown to our Society.


 

Global Monitor - no. 3, 21 Oct 2011

Welcome to the third edition of DiploSoc's Global Monitor! 
This service, released twice a week, tracks foreign policy and other international developments of (sometimes long-term) relevance to global diplomacy.
The Monitor also offers a selection of analysis articles and updates on international affairs-related publications.

Please note that this service is still under development in terms of formatting, material selection and layout--i.e. it will improve significantly over the next few weeks. 
Of course, we would welcome any feedback and suggestions

Thank you for your interest and understanding!
______________________________
NEWS




Spain's ETA Declares An End To Armed Conflict
Half a century of bloodshed in the Basque country has come to a historic close after the separatist group Eta finally renounced the use of arms and sought talks with the Spanish and French governments.

EU – Ukraine trade negotiations: a pathway to prosperity
By Karel De Gucht - European Commissioner for Trade

EU wraps up trade talks with Ukraine
The European Union and Ukraine yesterday reached agreement on all elements of a “deep and comprehensive” trade deal, Karel De Gucht, the European commissioner for trade, told MEPs today (20 October).

Ukrainian president arrives in Cuba
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has arrived in Cuba on an official visit.

Gazprom considers possibility of laying third line of Nord Stream

Turkish Troops, Planes Attack Kurds in Iraq
Turkish forces crossed into Iraq Oct. 20 to strike at Kurdish rebels and warplanes pounded their bases in retaliation for the death of 24 soldiers, officials said.

France-Germany announce second EU summit
Preparations for Sunday's European Council have been thrown into disarray, with a joint announcement tonight (20 October) from France and Germany that a second summit may be necessary next week.

MEPs to endorse 5.2% budget increase
The European Parliament will call for a substantial increase in spending in the EU's 2012 budget on Wednesday (26 October) during its plenary week in Strasbourg. The MEPs will endorse a 5.2% increase compared to this year's EU budget, which totals €126.5 billion – well above the 2.02% increase recommended by member states in July.

Manila apologizes to China for collision in disputed sea
The Philippine Navy has apologized to China after one of its warships accidentally rammed a small Chinese fishing boat in disputed waters in the South China Sea, a defense department spokesman said on Wednesday.

Argentina and BRICs main trade culprits, warns EU report
Major trading nations led by Argentina, Brazil and Russia are raising barriers to international and threatening the global economic recovery, the European Union's executive arm said today.

US trying to stall UN bid
The UN membership bid is likely to come to a head on or around Nov. 11, when Security Council ambassadors plan a final meeting to decide their response, diplomats said on Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton in Oman for talks on Iran
A key Gulf ally, Oman helped secure since September 2010 the release of three US hikers jailed in Iran, two of them last month, earning gratitude from the United States.

Clinton makes unannounced trip to Afghanistan
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Afghanistan unannounced Wednesday to encourage the Afghan government to continue pursuing reconciliation with the Taliban and greater counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan even as the United States begins to exit the scene

Deputy Prime Minister visits Egypt
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will visit Cairo today to meet Prime Minister Sharaf, business leaders and young political activists.

U.S. CNO: For Navy, Asia Is Priority
The U.S. Navy will place a top priority on deploying ships in the Asia-Pacific region even as it faces possible budget cuts that could curtail other global missions, the naval chief said Wednesday.

Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton on the terrorist attacks in Turkey

Statement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Deaths of Turkish Soldiers in PKK Attacks

British Foreign Minister Discusses Sahel Security In Mauritania
British Foreign Secretary William Hague visited Mauritania, Algeria and Morocco on Tuesday (October 18th), focusing on the regional security implications of the Libyan revolution and the threat of terrorism in the Sahel.

US-Russia Missile Defense Talks Deadlocked
Missile defense talks between Russia and the United States are deadlocked, but Moscow will not make concessions at the expense of its own security, Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday.


PUBLICATIONS

Iran’s Accelerating Military Competition with the US and Arab States – Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Capabilities
Expert report from CSIS, full of graphs and data.

Strategic Studies Institute: The Arab Spring and the Future of U.S. Interests
Dr. W. Andrew Terrill explains why caution is needed in assessing U.S. interests in the events unfolding in the Middle East.

Dubai School of Government: The Impact of Facebook and Twitter
In this Arab Social Media Report, the Dubai School of Government discusses how social media tools have merged online and offline identities, while playing an arguably critical role in dramatic changes sweeping the Arab region.
Excellent report explaining the dynamics of Social Media tools during the Arab Spring – with graphs and maps.

U.S. Ground Force Capabilities through 2020
As an era of greater austerity rushes in, policymakers face numerous difficult choices about how to prioritize shrinking resources. This study is an effort to inform those choices in the particular area of U.S. ground force capabilities, based on an examination of how well current plans align with potential future challenges ground forces might be called upon to address.

U.S. Ground Force Capabilities through 2020 – Appendixes
The above represents a brief overview of the inventory of ground force capabilities that U.S. lead­ers could consider drawing upon over the next decade. Collectively, by 2016 the United States and some of its key allies plan to cut their active duty ground forces by over 174,000, a 15 percent reduction from 2009 levels. Major changes, both quantitative and qualitative, are underway, and it is likely that the toolbox of today will look very different a decade from now. The United States has already determined that additional changes will be made, though the size and nature of those changes is not yet clear.

 
ANALYSIS

Climate Change Negotiations - Der Spiegel: The Death of the Kyoto Process
There seems little possibility that next month's climate summit in Durban will produce an emissions reduction agreement -- meaning the world will soon lack any binding CO2 targets. Europe may soon find itself alone in the fight against global warming.

Will Changes In Demographics And Population Shift The Power Balance Of The World?
Population change affects economic size which in turn affects power. As a result, Europe and the US's relative power will inevitably decline. Most predictions have China as the world's largest economy and India the third largest (with the US as number two) within 20 years.

Is Global Drone Warfare Possible?
Drone technology is spreading rapidly. As many as 50 countries are developing or purchasing these systems, including China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir: A grand bargain?
U.S. strategic options: one that deserves a close look is a grand bargain: give Pakistan what it wants in Afghanistan - but on two conditions: Pakistan assumes responsibility for preventing terrorism out of Afghanistan, and Pakistan agrees to settle Kashmir along the present geographic lines.

A Smart EU Reponse to Yanukovych
The turmoil that has gripped European-Ukrainian relations following the sentencing of Yulia Tymoshenko risks jeopardizing an important strategic relationship, and both sides stand to lose big from this fallout.


China’s Overhyped Sub Threat
Beijing’s submarine fleet is not as big or powerful as US military planners once feared. Have its blue-water ambitions been overstated?

A Kingdom for a Strategy
Strategy and weather share a common limitation: People constantly talk about both yet, in today's environment, little can be done to affect either.

Obama Wears a White Hat
President Obama is right to send troops to advise African forces going after the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.

Whither the Israeli Project?
Israel’s own ‘Arab Spring’ suggests a far more complex national destiny, but one that is to be expected for a maturing state and multi-ethnic society

Federalism Over the Next 20 Years
The future may not always be democratic, but where and when countries do democratize, the pressures for federalization may prove irresistible

The Leadership Secrets of Bismarck
China is hardly the first great power to make authoritarian development look attractive. As Jonathan Steinberg’s new biography of Bismarck shows, Wilhelmine Germany did it with ease. But can even successful nondemocratic political systems thrive and evolve peacefully over the long run? The answer depends on whether authoritarian elites can tolerate sharing power.

The Millennium Development Goals After 2015
The main achievement of the 'goals' approach has probably been to encourage more aid from donor countries. Is that still what is needed? Before actors rush in to an argument about 'which goals for what', it would be far better to step back and think bigger.

Improving European Policy Towards Fragile States
An analysis of the EU's current response to fragility reveals problems with both ‘how’ the EU works in fragile contexts and ‘what’ it seeks to do.

Poland's Natural Gas Revolution
With an estimated 1.4 to 3 trillion cubic meters of potential shale gas resources across the country, Poland stands to play a significant role in reshaping Europe’s energy map — offering the country a unique opportunity for business, trade and energy security.

Revealed – the Capitalist Network that Runs the World
An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.

Macedonia’s EU Bid Still Mired By Name Issue
For the third year in a row, the European Commission (EC) has recommended the launch of accession talks with Macedonia. The latest progress report, released on October 12th, again concluded the country is ready to start negotiations.

Who Will Write The Rules For Asia-Pacific Trade? – Analysis
In the last half century, world trade has grown twice as fast as output and helped to lift the majority of the world’s people from poverty—a feat unimaginable a generation ago. When APEC leaders meet in Honolulu next month, they will represent countries that account for half of world trade. Can APEC help to keep the engine humming for another half century?

EU Forecast: Shifting Dynamics in the Western Balkans
Coupled with lingering ethnic and national tensions still plaguing the region, the integration process is likely to be a gruelling task in the ongoing negotiations between Brussels and its counterparts in the Balkans.

China And South China Sea Dispute: Internal Differences and External Ramifications – Analysis
In probably what was symptomatic of the deep divisions that exist within the Chinese leadership, the well known Chinese daily ‘Global Times’, which represents the views of the Chinese Communist Party, published two articles on the same day with very different views on what China should do about the problems it faces in the South China Sea.

FPA National Opinion Ballot Report on U.S. foreign policy: Sanctions and Proliferation
Informed Americans about international and foreign policy affairs have voiced their frustration about U.S military interventions abroad and the potential for more of such interventions.











 
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