Monday, 28 November 2011

Global Monitor - no. 9, 28 Nov 2011

Welcome to the 9th edition of DiploSoc's Global Monitor! 
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Twenty-one NATO soldiers were wounded overnight, one seriously, when Serbs in Kosovo fought with peacekeepers trying to remove barricades erected against the country's ethnic Albanian authorities, the alliance said on Thursday.


African Union Force Makes Strides Inside Somalia
Analysts say the African Union has done a better job of pacifying Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital and a hornet’s nest of Islamist militants, clan warlords, factional armies and countless glassy-eyed freelance gunmen, than any other outside force, including 25,000 American troops in the 1990s.

Syria despatch: inside the battle for Homs, centre of resistance to Bashar al-Assad
The battle for Syria: angry deserters, desperate night-time battles and children shot down while playing in the street.

Ban voices deep concern over continuing violence in Egypt
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over the continuing deadly violence in Egypt in recent days and urged the country''s transitional authorities to ensure that all citizens can enjoy basic human rights.

Islamist Party Poised to Take Power in Morocco
A victory by the Justice and Development Party in Morocco's first parliamentary elections since Arab Spring-inspired constitutional changes looked set to make Morocco the second Arab country this year to bring a moderate Islamist party into power.


Obama To Host US-EU Summit Monday
U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting European Union leaders at the White House Monday for this year’s U.S.-EU Summit.

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Iran threatens to hit Turkey if US, Israel attack
Iran will target NATO's missile defense installations in Turkey if the U.S. or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic, a senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saturday.

Arab League Overwhelmingly Imposes Sanctions on Syria
The Arab League overwhelmingly approved sanctions Sunday against Syria to pressure Damascus to end its deadly eight-month crackdown on dissent, an unprecedented move by the League against an Arab state.

Yemen: Warplanes kill 80 anti-government tribesmen
A security official said that Yemeni warplanes have killed 80 anti-government tribesmen

Pakistan Condemns 'Unprovoked' Border Attack
Pakistan accused NATO and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) of a deliberate and unprovoked attack on two of its border posts along the Afghan-Pakistan border

NATO Scrambles to Contain Pakistan Fallout
NATO moved Nov. 27 to contain the damage from the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers, seeking to soothe Islamabad's rage against the U.S. and its military allies in Afghanistan over the airstrike.

China, India perform dangerous new dance of encircler, counter-encircler
Threatened by China’s rapidly growing ties with its South Asian neighbors, India is increasingly trying to penetrate Beijing’s traditional sphere of influence, and the mutual irritations are beginning to show.


Russia in 2020: Scenarios for the Future
Maria Lipman, Nikolay Petrov Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
As Vladimir Putin prepares to return to the presidency in the 2012 elections, the prospects for Russia’s future are unclear. Russia in 2020 brings together leading experts from Russia, the United States, and Europe to analyze the possible scenarios for Russia’s development in the next decade and the risks that lie ahead.

Big change whether we like it or not
Only Washington is clueless
Andrew J. Bacevich in Le Monde Diplomatique

Hostage to Conflict: Prospects for Building Regional Economic Cooperation in the Horn of Africa
Chatham House Report by Sally Healy
This report examines the economic dimensions of regional conflict and cooperation in the Horn of Africa. It asks whether, over the long term, economic drivers have the potential to transform endemic conflict among states or whether political stability is a precondition for enhancing economic cooperation. 

China’s Economy: On Track, But Challenges Abound
China’s challenge is to design a program that avoids rekindling inflation and property bubbles and, at the same time, promotes macroeconomic rebalancing.
Report by Pieter Bottelier at the Carnegie Endownment for International Peace

Social Business: A Way to Solve Society's Most Pressing Problems
This is a transcript of a speech made by Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank and Nobel Laureate (2006) on 25 November 2011 at Chatham House.
Professor Yunus discussed the partnerships he has established with global companies and governments worldwide and the ways in which microfinance can help to drive development and lift the world's poorest out of poverty.


The Arab Spring: Hello Or Goodbye To Democracy?
Are we witnessing the fading to black of the prospects for freedom and democracy in Egypt, or, is resurgent people power going to make it impossible for the military to maintain its controlling grip?

Since the midsummer slump in its relations with the Philippines and Vietnam, China has been taking diplomatic steps to repair the damage.

The cancelation of the latest talks over their disputed border, allegedly due to Chinese pressure on India over the Dalai Lama, is likely to stoke growing tensions.

3 Ways to Salvage Upcoming Global Climate Talks
Despite intransigence from China and the U.S. -- the world's two leading polluters -- the Durban conference can still do some good

The accidental killing of 24 Pakistani troops by NATO aircraft has prompted an angry response from Pakistan – and further dimmed any prospect of mutual trust.

Hamas Vows To Continue Armed Fight Against Israel
Palestinian radical group Hamas has denied a recent media report claiming that it is ready to stop armed resistance to Israel.

The Obama Doctrine: Imperialism Masked as «Humanitarian Interventionism»
The Obama administration, in yet another display of the use of Orwellian language, has embarked on a military doctrine called "Mass Atrocity Prevention" (MAP), the Pentagon operational plan to implement the White House's "R2P" or "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine.

A Face In The Crowd: Russia’s FSB Is Watching You
With each year that passes biometric technology, designed to recognise people by their physical and behavioural characteristics, becomes more sophisticated and less expensive, and today it is exploited with great enthusiasm by the state.

The New Wave in Latin America
From Brazil to El Salvador, from Uruguay to Ecuador, from Chile to Venezuela, left-of-center or hard-left parties and leaders have recently been voted into office.

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