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  1. Last 7 days
    1. operating in the world as it exists, has been scrupulously building a government-in-waiting. And in the two days since a Trump-appointee allowed the formal transition to begin, Biden's team has begun to examine the rusted nuts and bolts of the beleaguered institutions he will inherit.

      ||NatasaPerucica|| Natasa, this para is related to yesterday's discussion on the future diplomacy.

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  2. Nov 2020
    1. Summary of document

      • the main aim of a Technology Alliance is to counter fast tech growth of China; document contains detailed analysis of China's policies and approaches.
      • it focuses on supply chains (||VladaR||: potentially relevant for Geneva Dialogue; multilateral export control; new investement mechanisms ( ||TerezaHorejsova|| for various Geneva initiatives); standards (for Geneva-project).
      • Technology Alliance has a strong value-basis: promotion of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
      • 10 members are 'in'; others are considered; major dilemma is how to bring India in the Alliance.
      • risk of China taking western technologies via a few weak points: informal scientific/academic cooperation (||kat_hone|| this could be a reason for growing focus on new science diplomacy; Taiwan's semi-conductor industry which is easily accessed by Chinese tech companies and researchers.
      • how to define critical technologies among members of Alliance?
      • high relevance of digital standards, mentioning Geneva's organisation, and suggesting practical steps (e.g. funding delegations for standardisation bodies).
      • growing importance of open source solution + decoupling hardware from software as a way to counter-balance Huawei's lead in the field of 5G.

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    1. A U.S. Diplomatic Service for the 21st Century

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    1. To analyse renewing of USA diplomacy: 'Revitalizing the State Department and American Diplomacy'

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    1. Two new reports, one from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a think-tank, the other the result of an extensive project at Harvard University, offer thoughts.

      ||NatasaPerucica|| ||Katarina_An|| Could you find these reports (send links)?

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    1. ▪Statute 7: “ThePrinciple of Freedom and Responsibility in Science: the free and responsible practice of science is fundamental to scientific advancement and human and environmental well-being. Such practice, in all its aspects, requires freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists, as well as equitable access to data, information, and other resources for research.

      Statute 7 of the International Science Council

  3. Sep 2020
    1. But Zoom diplomacy can be just another dividing line between the haves and have-nots: Countries that can’t If your country lacks the funds for elaborate system of embassies or diplomatic travel are likely to have subpar broadband and 5G connections, too.

      parallel with digital divide (zoom and capital diplomacy)

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  4. Aug 2020
    1. Under this method, draft resolutions are circulated by the President of the General Assembly, which gives Member States a deadline of at least 72 hours, to raise objections. If there are no objections, the President circulates a letter, confirming that the resolution has been adopted.

      Explanation of 'silent procedure' which is increasingly used in diplomacy to accelerate decision making. It creates more dynamics in policy making.

      Kath, we can include growing importance of 'silent procedure' as a way to accelerate diplomacy. I can double check - but I think that it is practice developed in the EU which is now extended by the UN.

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    2. The same procedure will apply for a series of special high-level sessions scheduled to take place, including a commemoration of the landmark 75th anniversary of the United Nations; a summit on biodiversity; and a meeting to commemorate, and promote, the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

      In summary for the FF you can also include some of official info what will be held in hybrid way (online + in situ).

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    1. This article is particularly relevant for Kath's project on post-COVID diplomacy. It provides realistic analysis of challenges in diplomacy.

      Author argues that COVID-19 changes, including growing relevance of digital diplomacy, are here to stay.

      The most important insight is that shift towards new diplomacy will be driven by financial pressure on ministries of foreign affairs triggered by pandemic financial crisis and possibility to do diplomacy 'differently' (online). In democratic countries, this pressure will come from parliaments and general public that have been always suspicious of diplomacy as elitist profession.

      Another important point is about growing control of politicians over foreign policy and diplomacy.

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    2. With inevitably tighter budgets, foreign ministries will face some tough choices over the coming years.

      Financial pressure will be stronger on diplomatic services. They will be asked why they use resources to have people in embassies while they can use online meetings as they did during COVID-19 crisis.

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    1. Nicholas Burns, an ex-ambassador tonatonow running a project on the futureof American diplomacy at Harvard (theproject is non-partisan but Mr Burns is anadviser to Joe Biden), believes it is time to“ring the village bell”

      We should check about this project.

      ||TerezaHorejsova||

    2. More than two dozen govern-ment agencies now have people overseas,eroding the State Department’s primacy.Nowadays, the boss of a global Americancompany may have a one-on-one with ahead of state without going through theembassy,

      two reasons of the decline of the US diplomacy

    3. The dereliction of diplomacy

      decline of the US diplomacy ||Jovan||

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    1. "encouraged to move all side events to virtual platforms to limit the footprint and number of people in the U.N. building."

      Preparations for UN 75

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  5. Jun 2020