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India rejects reference of Jammu and Kashmir, CPEC in Pak-China joint statement

ANI |  Updated:  Jul 29, 2021 20:27 IST By Naveen Kapoor New Delhi [ India ], July 29 (ANI):  India  has taken strong objection to mention of Jammu and Kashmir in the joint statement issued by  China  and Pakistan after the third round of their strategic dialogue. MEA  spokesperson  Arindam Bagchi  said at the regular media briefing on Thursday that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been and will remain integral and inalienable parts of  India . "As in the past  India  categorically rejects any reference to Jammu and Kashmir in such joint statement, the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the union territory of Ladakh have been and will remain integral and inalienable parts of  India ," he said. The  China -Pakistan joint statement issued after strategic dialogue held on July 24 also made a reference to  China -Pakistan Economic Corridor. The  MEA  spokesperson said the so-called corridor is in  India n territory and no material change should be made in this occupied lan

Revealed: Queen vetted 67 laws before Scottish parliament could pass them

Exemptions from environmental standards to be imposed on everyone else...amongst other things...but not on Queen Elizabeth 1st of Scotland. In our unwritten constitution, there are so many things which remain secret...until upturned by force of events, or long afterwards...The secret prerogatives of the Crown, for instance are buried deep... Quote<<< The Scottish government has given the Queen advanced access to at least 67 parliamentary bills deemed to affect her public powers, private property or personal interests under an arcane custom inherited from Westminster. The Queen’s consent procedure, which critics have called anti-democratic, has been used repeatedly by the monarch in recent decades to secretly lobby for changes to proposed UK legislation before it is passed by parliament. The extent of the practice in Scotland, where it is known as crown consent, has until now been unknown to the public. Queen secretly lobbied Scottish ministers for climate law exemption Researc

Managing Allied Expectations

By  Jonathan E. Hillman JULY 28, 2021 This month, the European Union’s vision for global connectivity took an important step forward. The EU Council  called  for operationalizing existing partnerships with Japan and India, establishing new partnerships with ASEAN and the United States, and identifying “high impact and visible projects” by early 2022. Reading between the lines, the EU is grappling with a challenge that all allied alternatives to China’s Belt and Road must confront: international politics and infrastructure projects have fundamentally different timelines. The political clock is what matters to most decision makers in the places where the European Union, United States, and others are trying to become more competitive. Electoral calendars always provide pressure, and in the aftermath of Covid-19, even unelected leaders are more desperate to deliver tangible improvements. The announcement of any foreign effort to provide higher quality projects will mean little unless it co

Virtual Event: Build Back Better World

Meeting the Global Infrastructure Challenge G7 leaders have agreed to an ambitious “Build Back Better World” (B3W) initiative to help fill the $40+ trillion infrastructure need in the developing world. The B3W will focus on climate, health and health security, digital technology, and gender equity issues and will provide an alternative for infrastructure funding to the China’s Belt and Road Initiative. On  Friday, July 30, at 1:00pm ET , CSIS will host a discussion of the G7 initiative and the essential elements of a successful U.S. global infrastructure strategy.   REGISTER & WATCH LIVE Featured Panelists: Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky ,  Chair, Parkside Global Advisors & Former United States Trade Representative Brendan Bechtel ,  Chairman & CEO, Bechtel Group Marcie Frost ,  CEO, CalPERS Stephen J. Hadley ,  Principal, Rice, Hadley, Gates, and Manuel LLC & Former National Security Advisor of the United States Moderated by: Matthew Goodman ,  Senior Vice President fo

The Future Is Like A Butler

Kristan J. Wheaton  I am the Professor of Strategic Futures at the US Army War College Imagine someone gave you a butler. Completely paid for. No termination date on the contract. What would you do? At first, you’d probably do nothing. You’ve never had a butler. Outside of movies, you’ve probably never seen a butler. You might even feel a little nervous having this person in the room with you, always there, always ready to help.  Once you got over your nervousness, you might ask the butler to do something simple, like iron your shirts or make you some coffee. “Hey,” you might think after a while, “This is pretty nice! I always have ironed shirts, and my coffee is always the way I like it!”  Next, you’d ask your butler to do other things, more complicated things. Pretty soon, you might not be able to imagine your life without a butler. The parable of the butler isn’t mine, of course. It is a rough paraphrasing of a story told by Michael Crichton in his 1983 book,  Electronic Life . Cric

What If "Innovator" Was A Job Title?

I have been thinking a lot about innovation recently.  It occurred to me that the US Army has a number of official specialties.  We have Strategists and Simulators and Marketers, for example.  Why not, I thought, make Innovator an Army specialization?   I tried to imagine what that might look like.  I know my understanding of Army manpower regulations and systems is weak, but bear with me here.  This is an idea not a plan.  Besides, what I really want to focus on is not the details, but how the experience might feel to an individual soldier.  So, this is one of their stories... I made it! The paperwork just became final. Beginning next month, I am--officially--a 99A, US Army Innovator. The road to this point wasn’t easy. I graduated college with a degree in costume design and a ton of student debt. After my plans to work on Broadway fell through (Who am I kidding? They never even got off the ground), I had to do something. The  Army looked like my best option . For the last two years,

Northern Afghanistan once kept out the Taliban. Why has it fallen so quickly this time?

Political and ethnic tensions have fueled new discord — and the Taliban has capitalized on these grievances Children displaced by fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, including in many districts in northern Afghanistan, gather in a temporary shelter in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on July 27. (M Sadiq/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) By  Yesterday at  6:00 a.m. ED fter the United States and NATO began their final withdrawal in mid-April, the Taliban  made advances  in more than 100 districts, mostly in the north. The  swift Taliban takeover  of large swaths of northern Afghanistan  stunned  the Afghan public — and Washington.  The Taliban  now controls at least  one-third  of the country’s 400 districts, leaving many wondering if the  Kabul government  will fall. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The rapid collapse of the north is surprising because this region was a stronghold against the Taliban during its previous reign from 1996 to 2001. Yet, shortly after the July depart

Afghanistan has to be free from malign influences: India on Pakistan

Jaishankar said the independence and sovereignty of Afghanistan can only be ensured “if it is free from malign influences” — a reference to Pakistan’s involvement. Written By  Shubhajit Roy  | New Delhi | Updated: July 29, 2021 7:05:34 am Jaishankar welcomes US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken. Describing the atrocities being committed by the Taliban in their advance across Afghanistan as “deeply troubling”, visiting US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken said Wednesday that this does not speak well of Taliban “intentions” and “taking over power by force” cannot be a path to international recognition. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who was listening when Blinken made these remarks, spelt out India’s redlines: that the outcome in Afghanistan should not be “decided by force on the battlefield”; that there is “broad and deep consensus” on a negotiation that leads to peace and cessation of violence; and that there should be a political settlement. ADVERTISEMENT Also Read  | Ant

Why is the Modi Government Backtracking on Promise of Caste-Count in Census-2021?

In 2010, the then UPA government did not get a caste-count done in the 2011 Census even after promising it! After the census was done, a socio-economic survey was conducted under the Ministry of Rural Development so that the number of OBCs could be estimated. Newsclick Team 28 Jul 2021 In 2010, the then UPA government did not get a caste-count done in the 2011 Census even after promising it! After the census was done, a socio-economic survey was conducted under the Ministry of Rural Development so that the number of OBCs could be estimated. But no one knows the numbers in that survey. In late 2018, the BJP-led government at the Centre promised that OBCs would be counted separately in the 2021 Census in view of reservation and other schemes. Some time ago however, the same government clarified that OBC or others will not be counted separately in this census too. Why is there such unity of opinion between the Congress and the BJP on the number of different castes etc. in the census not b

U.S.-European Cooperation on China and the Broader Indo-Pacific

Matthew P. Goodman , Senior Vice President for Economics On July 20, Matthew P. Goodman testified before a joint hearing of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittees on Asia and Europe to emphasize the need for U.S. engagement in Asia and allied cooperation on key economic issues. His written testimony and video of the hearing are linked below.  Read Testimony Here  

PEOPLOMACY VS. DIPLOMACY: THE DIPLOMATIC EVOLUTION

Mar 19, 2019   by   Kwang-jin Choi       COMMENT   PRINT AS PDF Diplomacy continues to evolve from times past to the present, reflecting contemporary trends of international relations and meeting the political needs of domestic stakeholders. This nomothetic proposition has been proved by a shift from the “conventional diplomacy” conducted between governments to a “public diplomacy,” performed for the foreign public, and a "citizen diplomacy,” which is synonymous with “people-to-people diplomacy” or “people’s diplomacy.” The key takeaway gleaned from this diplomatic evolution is the persistent emergence and incessant enlargement of the people’s power, which ultimately might herald an era of the people. Now, as democracy is universalized in a globalized world, the subsequent power gains among the people against authoritarianism are working to secure more space in the processes for not only domestic but also international politics. Consequently, the tectonic change in the sphere of d