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GCSC Cyberstability Update, December 14th, 2018

GCSC Cyberstability Update, December 14th, 2018 Your weekly news updates on the GCSC, its members, and relevant developments in the field of international cyber affairs. For more information about the GCSC, please visit . THE GCSC IN THE NEWS: Internet Governance in November 2018 The article by Andrijana Gavrilovic was published by  DiploFoundation , 11 th  December 2018   An abundance of new cybersecurity declarations and resolutions, calls for ethical considerations in artificial intelligence (AI) systems development, and new rulings regarding the gig economy were among the main digital policy developments in November 2018. The  Global Commission on Stability of Cyberspace  (GCSC) has come up with six new proposed norms for state and non-state behaviour , the so-called ‘Singapore package’. The norms focus on tampering with products, vulnerability disclosure and responsibility, botnets, cyber-hygiene, and conduct of offensive cyber operations by non-stat

NYT: Few lessons from Indians voting pattern are clear

About yesterday Election result New York Times news.......  ...Few lessons from Indians voting pattern are clear ✔ Indian public does not understand Fiscal deficit & are not bothered whether it is 2.4% or 3.4%. They do not understand that subsidies & Freebees mean borrowing & borrowing have to be paid one day by someone. ✔Indian public also not bothered about GDP rate it increasesed from 3.8 to 7.4 from last four years which is more then USA, UK , japan..... ✔ Indian public will always complain. If it is not about price of Onions or Thur Dal, it will be about Petrol or Diesel. They must get everything cheap but at the same time Farmers must get good price ✔ Don't ask Indian public to change old habits. It is Govt's job to change everything ✔ Indian public is not bothered about fixing long term issues. They want it today. Not even today. NOW. ✔Indian public has short memory & narrow vision. They forget & forgive pasts. ✔ They intentionally vote as per

The Return of Political Warfare, Strategic Monitor    Strategic Monitor Danny Pronk The West currently faces a number of actors who employ a wide range of measures to influence, coerce, intimidate, or undermine its interests. Many of these measures are often collectively referred to as “political warfare”, a term originally coined by former U.S. State Department diplomat George F. Kennan in 1948. This report defines political warfare as the intentional use of one or more of the traditional implements of national power (diplomatic, informational, military, and economic) to affect the political composition or decision-making within another state. It then analyzes political warfare as it is practiced today by the Russian Federation, and explores its consequences for the rules-based international order, before concluding that political warfare is simply the expression of international relations in today’s competitive and polarized world. Introduction The West currently faces a number of actors who em

Economic diplomacy: Mahathir, BRI and Payne

Economic diplomacy: Mahathir, BRI and Payne Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. (Flickr/CTBTO) BY   Greg Earl 7 December 2018 09:00 It says something about how the international relations agenda has changed that Foreign Minister Marise Payne was 90% of the way through her 4000-word  Lowy Institute speech  last week before she even announced the only  news : the government’s rebadged “economic and commercial diplomacy” policy. In 2014 Julie Bishop and Andrew Robb were each papering the town with speeches that long about their shiny new  economic diplomacy strategy alone. Bishop had a memorable regular line: “If the goal of traditional diplomacy is peace, then the goal of economic diplomacy is prosperity. Economic diplomacy is today at the heart of the Government's foreign policy.” Payne has hardly improved on that with: “Using our full suite of diplomatic resources, we will continue to advocate for an open global economy, to support Australian businesses seeking commerc

When promises become due - an analysis of the Modi government’s term in the world’s largest democracy  © Shutterstock / Madhuram Paliwal “ We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears, ” wrote the noted 17th-century French author, François VI de la Rochefoucauld. When the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which promised inclusive growth, came to power through a landslide election victory in 2014, few believed that the government would transform India and make its “Good Days for Everyone” campaign slogan a reality within its five-year term. India is too big and complex a country and changes happen in decades rather than in election cycles. Indians are used to seeing initiatives remain slogans and become repackaged for the next election. Hence, announcements by the new government of initiatives like Skill India, Startup India and Swacch Bharath (Clean India) did not raise unreasonable expectations, at least among seasoned India watchers.     Share Print  PDF Murali Nair Inhalt au

Corrs High Vis: Episode 31 - China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Corrs Chambers Westgarth Australia ,  China  December 12 2018 In our latest Corrs High Vis podcast, we take a closer look at China’s significant investment in infrastructure, including the unprecedented Belt and Road initiative. Senior Associate Celeste Koravos sits down with Xiaoyan (Mindy) Jin, Partner at Jiangsu Baijin Law, to discuss Chinese investment more broadly and how Australian companies can improve their chances of doing business successfully in China. The podcast series, brought to you by Corrs, offers analysis and insights to help you make smarter decisions. To listen to the podcast click  here .

EVENTS @ USC U.S.-China Institute

Upcoming Events Eileen Chang's Sea Burial And Special Collection At USC East Asian Library Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 Time: 4-5:30pm Location: USC Doheny Library, Room 241 Cost: Free, please  rsvp . One of the most influential modern Chinese writers and the author of  Lust, Caution , Eileen Chang passed away in Los Angeles in 1995. Her works, considered to be among the best Chinese literature of the 1940s, examined the themes of marriage, family, love, and relationships in the social context of 1930s and 1940s Shanghai. After her death, Dominic Cheung, Professor Emeritus at USC, took care of her sea burial in San Pedro and set up the Eileen Chang Special Collection in the East Asian Library at USC in 1997. Cheung will discuss these experiences as a part of the lecture series titled  Los Angeles and Shanghai: The USC Nexus . Leta Hong Fincher: Betraying Big Brother Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 Time: 4-5:30pm Location: USC, Room TBA Cost: Free, please  rsvp .

Proportionality in the Conduct of Hostilities: The Incidental Harm Side of the Assessment

Proportionality in the Conduct of Hostilities: The Incidental Harm Side of the Assessment 10 December 2018 CHATHAM HOUSE Clarification of international humanitarian law is important in ensuring compliance with the rule of proportionality, but a culture of compliance within armed forces and groups is also crucial. Download PDF(opens in new window) Authors Emanuela-Chiara Gillard  Associate Fellow, International Law Programme Members of civil right defence conduct a search and rescue operation on destroyed buildings after an airstrike was carried out over the city of Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib province in Syria, on 6 May 2018. Photo: Hadi Harrat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Share      Summary Military operations are taking place with increasing frequency in densely populated areas. Such operations result in loss of life and harm to civilians, as well as damage to civilian objects, (including infrastructure providing essential services). In order to protect civilians, it is im

US minimum wage increases 2012 to 2018

Data:  National Employment Law Project ; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Intelligence Support for EU Security Policy

SWP-BERLIN.ORG Options for Enhancing the Flow of Information and Political Oversight SWP Comment 2018/C 51, December 2018, 8 Pages Download (PDF)  | 288 KB Download (EPUB)  | 644 KB Download (MOBI)  | 2.4 MB Since 2015, security cooperation between European Union (EU) member states has progressed at an accelerated pace. For the Union’s foreign, security, and defence policy, there is the prospect that increased cooperation and enhanced arms cooperation will create more international capacity to act. As far as internal security is con­cerned, the continuing threat of terrorism is spurring the establishment of a “Euro­pean Security Union” based on an intensive exchange of information between security authorities. In the shadow of these developments is the question of the extent to which European intelligence cooperation should also be promoted. In this particularly sensitive area, no steps towards integration that would attract public attention are to be expected. However, existi