Monday, 24 October 2011

Global Monitor - no. 4, 24 Oct 2011

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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
 

 
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