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Data Diplomacy: Updating diplomacy to the big data era

On 8 February, DiploFoundation launched a new report on the potential of big data in diplomacy. The report –  Data Diplomacy: Updating diplomacy to the big data era  – was commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. It maps the main opportunities of big data in different areas of diplomacy, proposing ways for ministries of foreign affairs to capture its potential, and describes the key considerations to take into acount for big data to flourish. The  event  was attended by diplomatic representations, international organisations, and civil society in Geneva. Read the  press release , the  full report , or the  executve summary .

Implementation of the fourth AML directive in Luxembourg: what will be the new obligations? Implementation of the fourth AML directive in Luxembourg: what will be the new obligations? 15 February 2018 The Luxembourg Parliament has now finally adopted bill n° 71281, which implements most of the provisions of the Directive (EU) 2015/849, the so-called 4th anti-money laundering directive (AMLD IV), into Luxembourg law. The bill will soon become law after its execution and publication and its provisions will immediately be applicable without a transitional period. This is a major step in the implementation of the AMLD IV, which was due to be completed by 26 June 2017 at the latest. As a reminder, in Luxembourg, the implementation of the AMLD IV has been divided into five different pieces of legislation: • the tax reform law of 23 December 2016, which has led to the insertion of criminal tax offences (fraude fiscale aggravée and es

Afghanistan is like Vietnam, but not in a way you might think

Afghanistan is like Vietnam, but not in a way you might think Lawrence Sellin The Vietcong were proxies of North Vietnam, whose leaders were ideologically motivated by communism and the unification of Vietnam. The Taliban are proxies of Pakistan, whose leaders are motivated by religious extremism. Pakistan justifies interference in Afghanistan by claiming that it is defending its national interests from interference by India in Afghanistan. It is a nationalistic argument based, in reality, on their religious differences. Reconciliation between Vietnam and the United States has been largely driven by geopolitical factors, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of China, a traditional enemy of the Vietnamese. Likewise, the conflict in Afghanistan has geopolitical roots, which have been largely overlooked in the formulation of a narrow U.S. policy based on counter-terr

When world will pay attention to Baloch plight?

A quite from anonymous Right now Baloch have zero nuisance value. Once the Baloch put their house in order and do their homework, news media and think tanks will run after Baloch people. India  can help in this regard but it is not doing anything. Are Baloch a threat to China? No. A threat to US? No. Iran or Afghanistan or even Pakistan? No. Only when at least one country feels threatened by Baloch will international NGOs, think-tanks and media pay attention to Baloch plight.

Strong political case for intervention in Maldives, but not a legal one yet By ET Bureau | Feb 14, 2018, 08.02AM IST  India’s dilemma is that it has always called for respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference in the internal affairs of countries. By: Kanwal Sibbal India is facing a quandary in Maldives: to intervene or not to intervene, with good arguments on both sides. President Yameenhas been on a collision course with India for some time, convinced that we seek his ouster in the next election. Our attempts to engage him diplomatically have failed, causing us much frustration. His foreign minister’s visit to India last month did not resolve differences. Despite serious misgivings about the internal and external direction of Yameen’s policies, India has tried to give him a long rope in the hope that he will heed India’s concerns. India has avoided coercive diplomacy. Yame

CPEC’s legal dimension CPEC’s legal dimension February 12, 2018 The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of the global Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is transforming the foundation of the economy of Pakistan on modern patterns by building Gwadar Port facilities, roads infrastructure throughout the country, and constructing new Special Industrial Zones. The first such zone has been kicked off at Gwadar on 29 January during the Gwadar Expo by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The new commercial and economic business nevertheless involve a number of legal issues pertaining to the development of the new projects under the Long-Term Projects (LTP - 2018 to 2030) inaugurated in November last during the 7th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting held at Islamabad between the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform of Pakistan and its counterpart National Development and Reform Commission of Ch

‘Balochistan has no say in national policy making’ ‘Balochistan has no say in national policy making’ Given that many often question the truth about the conditions in Balochistan, economist Kaiser Bengali’s ‘ A Cry for Justice: Empirical Insights from Balochistan’  was launched at the Karachi Literature Festival to debunk myths and mysterious surrounding the country’s largest province. Moderated by journalist Hifza Shah, the panel discussion at the  book launch included veteran human rights activist IA Rehman and former diplomat  Ashraf   Jehangir   Qazi . Commending the book, Rehman said it was a departure from the past when sweeping statements were often made about the province, but now there was empirical evidence to show that Balochistan has suffered and continues to suffer systematic economic exploitation, discrimination and neglect. Sharing information from the book, Bengali said that according to the estimate of the year  2011, the appr