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World Security Update: JustSecurity

Be sure to visit  www.justsecurity.org     INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT ON THE F.B.I. The Department of Justice (D.O.J.) Inspector General Michael Horowitz yesterday published a 500-page report looking at F.B.I. investigations during the 2016 presidential election,  including the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and the anti-Trump texts exchanged by two F.B.I. officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were involved in the Clinton case and the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Matt Apuzzo reports at the  New York Times . The report strongly criticized former F.B.I. Director James Comey for his actions during the Clinton investigation,  accused him of insubordination and said it was a “serious error of judgment” when Comey decided to send a letter to Congress in late October 2016 announcing the reopening of the Clinton case. Devlin Barrett, Karoun Demirjian, John Wagner and Matt Zapotosky report at the  Washington Post . S

Why the G7 Is a Zero

12 June 2018 Created in the 1970s, the Group of Seven has become increasingly irrelevant in a world of new emerging powers. An institution that claims to represent the main democratic economies but excludes the likes of Brazil and India cannot possibly claim the legitimacy required to exercise global leadership. Jim O'Neill Distinguished Fellow; Member of Council; Chair-elect of Chatham House Members of OXFAM dress as G7 leaders ahead of the summit at Quebec in June 2018. Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images Share     Though US President Donald Trump’s appearance at the  Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec last week was not particularly well received, I find myself sympathizing with his skepticism toward the group. I have long doubted that the annual meeting of leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States serves any useful purpose. Back in 2001, when I coined the  BRIC acronym , I predicted that the growing economic imp

Kazakhstan and China are expanding trade and economic cooperation

. According to official data, the export of domestic products to China grew by almost 37%, exceeding US$5.5 billion in 2017. To-date, the total volume of trade between the countries amounted to US$11 billion. By 2020, the countries plan to increase the trade volume figure to US$40 billion. Experts say that the One Belt, One Road initiative becomes an effective instrument of international cooperation. The statement is also highlighted by the Chairperson of China’s National Development and Reform Comission, He Lifeng. HE LIFENG, CHAIRPERSON, NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND REFORM COMISSION, CHINA:  -  This year marks the fifth anniversary of inauguration of the Great Silk Road by President Xi Jinping at the Nazarbayev University. During this time, economic, transport and cultural cooperation has expanded between our countries. The Chinese have learned more about Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is Russia's second largest economic partner in the region after China. Kazakhstan exports 20 types of fo

U.S. senator wants ‘death sentence’ for ZTE

SupChina Chinese telecom giant ZTE has had a rocky couple of months. It’s not out of the woods yet. The company nearly shut down after the U.S. Commerce Department cut off the 25-30 percent of its supply chain that comes from America on  April 14 , following an investigation that found it had violated sanctions on Iran and North Korea. Li Yuan, a new columnist at the New York Times,  calls this  a possible “sputnik moment”  for China  (paywall), because as long as the country still imports 90 percent of its semiconductor components, its  technological prosperity is “built on sand.” President Donald Trump then decided to save the company and strike the deal, in what trade adviser Peter “ Death by China ” Navarro recently  described  as “a  personal favor  to the president of China as a way of showing some goodwill for bigger efforts, such as [the nuclear summit with North Korea] in Singapore.” Details of that deal for  ZTE’s pay-to-play  were announced last week. Now a bipartisan gr

Shocking letter by Colonel Purohit to Human Rights Commission exposes how he was tortured

The 24-page handwritten complaint details the various kinds of torture Col. Purohit was subjected to By   Team PGurus  - June 14, 2018 The 24-page handwritten complaint details the various kinds of torture Col. Purohit was subjected to The shocking 24-page letter written by Lt.Col.Shrikant Purohit is now out. This is his complaint to National Human Rights Commission in December 2013, describing how he was tortured for weeks by a Military Intelligence Officer and Maharashtra Police ATS team in October and November 2008. In his complaint Lt.Col.Purohit says he was brutally tortured by Maharashtra ATS officers late Hemant Karkare, Parambir Singh (the current Thane Police Commissioner) and Military Intelligence Officer Col.Rajiv Kumar Srivastav aias RK Srivastav, then based in Delhi HQ. In his heart-wrenching complaint, Lt. Col. Purohit also accuses other Maharashtra ATS officers Mohan Kulkarni (then ACP-Mumbai in ATS) and Arun Khanvilkar (then Senior Inspector of ATS) for brutally

Artificial Intelligence and International Affairs

https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/artificial-intelligence-and-international-affairs Disruption Anticipated DATE  14 June 2018 PROJECTS International Security Department,  US and the Americas Programme AUTHORS Dr Jacob Parakilas , Mary L. ‘Missy’ Cummings , Dr Heather Roff, Kenn Cukier and Hannah Bryce ISBN978 1 78413 212 5 DOWNLOAD PDF 517 KB CONTENTS Executive Summary For all of human history, politics has been fundamentally driven by conscious human action and the collective actions and interactions of humans within networks and organizations. Now, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) hold out the prospect of a fundamental change in this arrangement: the  idea  of a non-human entity having specific agency could create radical change in our understanding of politics at the widest levels. Not least because of the influence of literature, cinema and television, popular thinking about AI can tend towards the fanciful. Fictional, apocalyptic depictions of war betw

Pedantry in motion: European intervention hits the language barrier

Commentary Ulrike Esther Franke  @rikefranke 07th June, 2018 German politicians struggle to endorse Emmanuel Macron’s proposal for a “European Intervention Initiative” not least because the term intervention sounds misleading in German. In international politics, small things can be very important. A policy’s success often hangs not only – or even mainly – on its merits, but also on more mundane things. Timing is one; language is another. This fact helps explain why Germany is struggling to support French President Emmanuel Macron’s European Intervention Initiative (E2I) – despite Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent, cautiously positive  statements  on the undertaking. Berlin’s hesitation over the French-led E2I begins with the acronym itself. For many German defence experts, the abbreviation is already taken. Last week, I spent a full ten minutes debating the E2I with another German security analyst before realising that we were talking about different things. In Germany, “the E2

The Marib paradox: How one province succeeds in the midst of Yemen’s war

Source: ECFR.eu Policy Brief Adam Baron  @adammbaron 12th June, 2018 SUMMARY The province of Marib in Yemen has undergone a remarkable transformation, from a place of conflict to beacon of relative stability even while the war continues in Yemen, including not far from Marib.Central to this improvement is the leadership shown by the province’s governor, Sheikh Sultan al-Arada, who has taken advantage of the decentralisation drive that was supposed to form part of Yemen’s post-uprising transition but which has recorded only patchy success.Marib’s newly acquired autonomy has allowed it to retain a share of its natural resource wealth, improve infrastructure, and expand government services, including paying state employees regularly and supporting a functioning judicial system.Decentralisation processes which are locally led in this way represent a core lesson for international players interested in extending stability and peace across Yemen.Europeans should work to bolster stabili