Friday, 2 December 2011

Global Monitor - no. 10, 2 Dec 2011

Welcome to the 10th edition of DiploSoc's Global Monitor! 
This service tracks foreign policy and other international developments of (sometimes long-term) relevance to global diplomacy.
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Central banks act as euro zone crisis rages
The world's major central banks acted jointly on Wednesday to provide cheaper dollar funding to European banks facing a credit crunch as the euro zone's debt crisis drove EU ministers to urge more IMF help to avert financial disaster.

UK to expel all Iranian diplomats over embassy attack
The UK is to expel all Iranian diplomats following the storming of its embassy in Tehran, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced.

Russia parliament elections: How the parties line up
Russians go to the polls on Sunday in a parliamentary election which is expected to deliver a much reduced majority for the ruling United Russia party.

German veto threat to Serbia's EU candidacy
Germany is threatening to stop Serbia being made a formal candidate for membership of the European Union at next week's European Council.



Egypt election results put Muslim Brotherhood ahead
Analysts says preliminary results suggest Freedom and Justice party could win as many 40% of seats in new legislature

Ivory Coast: Gbagbo faces murder and rape charges
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is facing four charges of crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has said.

US Congress warns of Nigeria's Boko Haram
A US Congressional report says Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram is an "emerging threat" to the US and its interests.

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The Icelandic parliament has passed a resolution recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state.

Northern battle flares as Yemen seeks interim government
Fighting between Shi'ite rebels and Sunni Islamists wounded at least 26 people in north Yemen on Wednesday, as the new prime minister worked to form a government under a Gulf plan to avert civil war by easing President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power.

Iranian influence seeping into Iraq

U.S. fears meddling and potential for unrest after it withdraws forces


Honduras Turns to Army to Battle Drug Gangs
Honduras' Congress voted on Tuesday to deploy the army to fight encroaching Mexican drug cartels in a bid to curb violence in the world's most murderous country.

Latin America poverty level lowest in 20 years, says UN
Poverty in Latin America is at its lowest level for 20 years, the UN's regional economic body, Eclac, says.


North Korea supplying Syria, Iran with prohibited nuclear technology, report says

German newspaper Die Welt reports that Pyongyang has provided the countries with ‘maraging steel,’ used to upgrade missiles and centrifuges.

Clinton in Myanmar to urge reform

Hillary Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Myanmar in more than 50 years Wednesday, launching an historic mission to press the reclusive country's new leaders to sever illicit contacts with North Korea and deliver on reforms.

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World AIDS Day 2011

Press Statement by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, December 1, 2011

Today we pay tribute to the millions of lives lost and families affected by HIV/AIDS. We also recognize the brave individuals living with HIV who carry the burden of this disease every day. It is in their honor that we remain steadfast in our pursuit of an AIDS-free generation.


Inspired by global events, UN launches social media campaign to celebrate rights

The United Nations has launched a social media campaign to encourage people to get involved in the global human rights movement, inspired by the role played by tools such as Facebook and Twitter in the awakening that transformed parts of the Arab world this year.


UN report calls on affluent countries to halt austerity to avoid double-dip recession

The world risks falling back into recession if developed countries embark prematurely on fiscal austerity measures, according to a United Nations report released today in New York, which recommends additional stimulus measures as well as more forceful international coordination to stimulate job creation and investment.



How the 99% won in the fight for worker rights
The unsung victors in the hottest election of 2011

Andy Kroll in Le Monde Diplomatique


The Candidates and Foreign Policy

To understand the race for the Republican presidential nomination—and the role that foreign policy issues have played in it so far—it helps to recall the lay of the political land as it appeared in the first half of 2009; that is, the point at which any potential contenders for 2012 had to start planning a run.

Charles Lane in World Affairs


A Diplomatic Entrepreneur: Making the Most of the European External Action Service

A Chatham House Report by Staffan Hemra, Thomas Raines and Richard Whitman, December 2011


Aiding Governance in Developing Countries: Progress Amid Uncertainties

A Carnegie Report by Thomas Carothers and Diane de Gramont

Colombia: Post-Conflict Politics

Hemisphere Insider Volume I, Issue 7 - November 2011

By Stephen Johnson, Phillip McLean at CSIS



Climate Justice

By Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson

Before the Copenhagen climate-change summit two years ago, the two of us sat together in Cape Town to listen to five African farmers from different countries, four of whom were women, tell us how climate change was undermining their livelihoods

Fulbright at 65: An Interview with Chairwoman Anita McBride

Sixty-five years ago, freshman U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright championed a simple concept to foster understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Realpolitik and the Myanmar Spring

Wondering why Hillary Clinton is in Myanmar right now? Hint: it's all about China.

A New Theory for the Foreign Policy Frontier: Collaborative Power
The power of many can accomplish more than any one can do alone -- and that distinction is different than the traditional classification of hard and soft power

Foreign Aid: A Curse of a Cure for Afghanistan
The World Bank forecast released last Tuesday, shows concerns that the Afghan economy will enter a deep recession as the international community gradually reduces both the aid it provides to the government of Afghanistan and the start to draw down the troops by the end of 2014. It begs a question of why Afghanistan is still dependent on foreign aid.

Germans’ Righteous Stand Fans Flames in Euro Crisis: Clive Crook
Radoslaw Sikorski made a striking comment in Berlin on Monday night. “I will probably be the first Polish foreign minister in history to say so, but here it is: I fear German power less than I am beginning to fear German inactivity.”

Global Terrorism And Nuclear Proliferation After 9/11

Arguably, the more likely route by which terrorists might gain access to nuclear or other WMD capabilities is not through the possible collaboration between ‘rogue states’ and terrorist groups but through theft from improperly-secured sites in countries like Pakistan.

The Myth of United Jerusalem
Israeli policies in its capital city are undermining the possibility of a two-state solution

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