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How to Respond to Saudi Arabia After the Khashoggi Disappearance

17 October 2018 The US and European governments must move beyond rhetoric and implement sustained diplomatic measures to persuade Riyadh that political reform is its only option. Dr Neil Quilliam Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme @NeilQuilliam1 2018-10-15-MBS.jpg A portrait Mohammed bin Salman appears during a show at the King Fahad stadium in Riyadh as a part of celebrations of Saudi National Day on 23 September. Photo: Getty Images. Share     There is no doubt that the disappearance and likely death of Jamal Khashoggi will now damage Saudi Arabia’s relations with the US and Europe, should Riyadh be found responsible. (And as yet, Saudi Arabia has done little to convince that it is not responsible.) They are already trading barbs. Donald Trump has said that Saudi Arabia will be ‘severely punished’ if found responsible for Khashoggi’s death, and while he has since walked back some of his remarks, leading Republicans are pushing for a strong res

Humanability: harnessing the power of tech to add value to our lives

   Ever consider using data to reduce pollution by solving traffic congestion? What about enabling doctors to treat patients far away through technology? Verizon calls this phenomenon  humanability : giving humans the ability to do more new and more good through tech.  Learn more about it here.

Khashoggi puts global press freedom in spotlight

AXIOS Media Trends Data:  Reporters without Borders ; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios The disappearance (and presumed murder) of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi has the world wondering how much the U.S. and its allies will fight for press freedoms and justice. Why it matters:  Many in journalism worry President Trump's rhetoric on "the fake news media" has in part empowered authoritarian regimes to act out against the press without fear of U.S. repercussion. Between the lines:  The saga has also forced industry leaders to take a stand against the regime, which until this point has experienced a muted reaction from many world leaders, including U.S. allies. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof told Axios' Dan Primack on his  Pro Rata podcast  yesterday that this is in part because the seemingly-progressive regime was able to form such a large network of business relationships with U.S. companies. Media companies that were participating  in an up

Madison Avenue's trust problem

AXIOS Media Trends Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios   The world's largest advertising companies face a growing threat from clients moving more of their media strategy and creative businesses in-house. Why it matters:  The trend is happening amid a trust fallout between agencies and companies over murky ad-buying and contract bidding practices, some leading to federal investigations. Driving the news:  A new report from the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) finds that agencies are suffering more than ever from companies shifting marketing functions that were typically outsourced to agencies to teams in-house. Nearly 78% of the companies surveyed say they now have an in-house agency function, compared to 58% in 2013 and 42% in 2008. Roughly 79% percent of in-house agencies  have in-house video production capabilities and nearly half (49%) have established their in-house production capabilities within the past five years. This year, over 36% of companies  say they are

Iran Nuclear Deal Breakdown: What Does It Mean for European Business?

Geopolitical Monitor OPINION  - October 15, 2018 By  Ben H. Quandt The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), as it is formally known, is the culmination of a decade of intensifying economic sanctions, diplomacy, and negotiations. The deal was finally agreed on 14 July 2015 in Vienna between Iran and major world powers: China, France, Germany, Russia, the EU, the UK and the United States. It was adopted unanimously by the  United Nations Security Council on 20 July 2015 as Resolution 2231. The deal trades a halt in Iran’s nuclear program, along with verification protocols, for relief from economic sanctions and opening to global trade. The Obama administration never fully relieved all US-imposed sanctions; most of the primary sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and the US trade embargo remained in place. Fast-forward to 8 May 2018 and President Trump’s announcement that he will not sign the sanctions waiver. The US has decided to unilaterally reimpose economic sa