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22 FEB 2018 - 10:43  DOWNLOAD POLICY BRIEF (PDF)  BACK TO OVERVIEW A NEW TRILATERAL? EU and Dutch policy towards Asia for many years revolved around little more than chiefly positive engagement of China. Attempting to manage disrupting transitions in Europe and Asia, the EU and its member states are nowadays seeking to deepen relations with so-called ‘like-minded countries’, such as Japan and India. This Clingendael Policy Brief discusses the context and key drivers of this shift in strategy and tactics in Brussels and in European capitals. It argues that success in reframing relationships with key partners in Asia requires a practical long-term vision, a reconsideration of political priorities and official language, as well as a willingness to make political trade-offs. European capitals have so far been unwilling to make most of these adjustments. In the months ahead, several test cases will show whether Europe can follow through on its intentions

Blue Whales and Tiger Sharks: Politics, Policy, and the Military Operational Artist G. Stephen Lauer     February 20, 2018 "The greatest service they can render is to remain true to themselves, to serve with silence and courage in the military way." — Samuel Huntington [1] PERCEPTIONS OF SUCCESS AND FAILURE Iraq and Afghanistan. Korea and Vietnam. The uniquely unhappy political nature of wars of limited policy aims after the Second World War and into the 21st century finds the United States military unable to disengage after intervention without the perception of defeat.[2] Without a committed local and legitimate  political  stakeholder, military force cannot forge the necessary political outcome. Without the legitimate local political capability to accept and advance U.S. policy objectives, the space and time created by military intervention cannot succeed. and extract itself. This perception of failure lies in an in

Cross Domain Concerns: Defeating a Hybrid State's Grand Strategy Victor Morris     February 22, 2018 The operational and strategic dilemmas associated with the contemporary operational environment, multinational alliances, and hybrid threat actors can be overcome. This article offers three recommendations designed to identify, mitigate and eventually overcome dilemmas which prevent NATO’s long-term mission success. Furthermore, this analysis offers a method for understanding a  hybrid state ’s grand strategy and its implications for NATO. HYBRID STATES Hybrid states  are states with a mix of autocratic and democratic features. This assessment uses the term “hybrid state”  to describe a state that blurs the boundaries between organizations and institutions to develop a grand strategy. This type of state also has low competition in elections and low constraints on governmental power. These characteristics facilitate statecraft and un

“Can China Innovate? ”: A Conversation

A Conversation  with Prof. Krishna G Palepu, Senior Advisor to the President on Global Strategy, Ross Graham Walker Professor, Harvard University, USA on “Can China Innovate? ” EVENT DETAILS DATE Tuesday, February 27, 2018 TIME 5:00 PM  - 6:30 PM (Registration: 4:30 PM ) LOCATION  WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi- 110003     CHAI R   Mr. Shivshankar Menon ,  Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India SPEAKER   Prof. Krishna G Palepu,  Senior Advisor to the President on Global Strategy, Ross Graham Walker Professor, Harvard University, USA   ABOUT THE EVENT  In 2006, the Chinese government declared its intention to transform China into “an innovative society” by 2020 and a world leader in science and technology by 2050. With its Made in China 2025 strategy, China is preparing to graduate from becoming the factory of the world to becoming to a “manufacturing superpower” by 2049.  The ambitious industrial plan has the potential to move


A Conversation with the Playwright Tony Award® winner  David Henry Hwang ( Yellow Face ,  M. Butterfly ) joins CPD and Center Theatre Group to discuss the inspiration behind his upcoming World premiere of  Soft Power , which begins at the Ahmanson Theatre May 3, 2018. Discover how Hwang collaborated with Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori ( Fun Home ) to translate China’s interests in achieving soft power into a new piece of theatre for Los Angeles audiences. Co-sponsored by  Center Theatre Group . About David Henry Hwang David Henry Hwang is a playwright, screenwriter, television writer and librettist, whose stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award® winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a two-time Finalist


Feb 20, 2018   SHARE TO MORE CPD has a long-standing tradition of working with leading UK partners to provide content on all things public diplomacy. With the recent opening of USC's office in London, CPD compiled some of this shared content, from our upcoming event with the former head of BBC television news to a look back at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Britain is known for international broadcasting through its premier service, the BBC. CPD has partnered with the BBC on a forum about soft power, and many CPD affiliates have written about the importance of this news agency. CPD-BBC: Does Soft Power Really Matter?   Read the abridged transcript from the  CPD-BBC forum  on October 2, 2014. Britain's International Broadcasting  by Rajesh Mirchandani and Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar. This issue of  CPD Perspectives  looked at the past and present of the BBC as well as a case study of the BBC Hausa Service. How to Make the News Better

FROM DIGITAL TACTICS TO DIGITAL STRATEGIES: PRACTICING DIGITAL PD Feb 14, 2018   by Corneliu Bjola , Ilan Manor On the 1st and 2nd of February 2017, the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group (DigDiploRox) took part in The Hague Digital Diplomacy Camp. Organized by the Dutch Foreign Ministry, the Camp sought to explore the continuous influence of digitalization on diplomacy. The Camp brought together scholars and practitioners of diplomacy alongside representatives of social media companies, representatives from the technology sector, non-state actors, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. During the Camp, the Oxford Group held an open discussion on the practice of digital public diplomacy. The discussion emphasized MFAs’ need to transition from digital tactics to digital strategies. Digital tactics may be understood as diplomats’ attempts to wield digital tools so as to reach large online audiences, to author online content that may go viral and to amass

FATF Week from 18-23 February 2018

FATF Week from 18-23 February 2018 Send Print Tweet The FATF will meet for six days of meetings to discuss important issues to protect the integrity of the global financial system and contribute to safety and security.  The meetings will involve over 700 delegates from the 203 jurisdictions of the FATF Global Network, as well as the UN, IMF, World Bank and other partners. The week’s meetings will conclude with the second Plenary meeting under the  Argentinean Presidency  of  Santiago Otamendi, on 21-23 February.  Among many other issues, the discussions during the Plenary will focus on: Counter-terrorist financing:  We will discuss a new counter-terrorist financing operational plan that will set out the actions the FATF will be taking in response to the changing terrorist financing threats. The new operational plan will provide a forward looking and comprehensive plan of action for FATF in tackling terrorist financing, which continues to be the FATF’s top priority. Proliferation

Jane’s Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Masterclasses

18 December 2017 Jane’s Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Masterclass.  Register Now. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is changing rapidly, with the exponential growth in the quantity and variety of publicly available information requiring OSINT analysts and teams to develop new skills, abilities, and knowledge, particularly in collating and analyzing the mass of information. In a world of increasing misinformation and the weaponisation of open source information, OSINT analysts need to ensure they keep up with the changing environment without leaving themselves vulnerable to surprise and deception. The Jane’s OSINT Masterclass provides participants with an understanding of the uses, limitations, opportunities and risks associated with the exploitation of open source information by teaching a structured approach that draws on Jane’s OSINT expertise. The Masterclass provides OSINT professionals with a comprehensive set of practical skills covering collection, monitoring, collation,

Balochistan: The Strategic Pearl

Dr. Khalil Ur Rehman, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations Qurtuba University of Science & IT, Peshawar Campus Abstract Balochistan in the post-Columbian Age is central to the New Great Game because Central Asia is once more the Historical Pivot and a Heartland to the World Island i.e., Eurasia & Africa. It remains inaccessible to sea powers. The new transportation technology is decisive in reassertion by land powers in the Asia-Pacific region. The struggles in Eastern Europe (missile shield) and South Asia (Balochistan) are two indicators amongst many.  Both regions are part of the Inner Crescent (Europe & Asia) to the Historical Pivot at the Gestalt level and are strategic routes to the Heartland whereas the Outer Crescent originates from North America goes through Atlantic, Africa, and the Indian Ocean and culminates in the Pacific Ocean. The coast lines of Pakistan, India and Iran are part of the Inner Crescent i.e., Rimland. I