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  1. Oct 2020
    1. reflect on the huge attention generated by GPT-3 and what it heralds for the future research

      I haven't listened to this yet, but I'm curious how they reflect on GPT-3. Is the podcast just another way to feed the hype? ||MariliaM||||sorina.teleanu||||Jovan||||JovanNj||||djordjej||

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  2. Sep 2020
    1. Tikhanovskaya’s short video message had barely begun when the Belarusian representative, Yuri Ambrazevich, demanded it be switched off. He repeatedly interrupted the screening, raising procedural objections and insisting her words had “no relevance on the substance ... on the events that are taking place today”.

      significant issue for future hybrid meetings in that it's always easier to interrupt and raise objections when you're there in person? ||Jovan||||NatasaPerucica||||StephanieBP||

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    1. “hybrid diplomacy”

      Spanish / Argentine (?) paper picking up the term hybrid diplomacy ||Jovan||||NatasaPerucica||||StephanieBP||

    2. digital meetings become “equalizers of power”,

      not necessarily

    3. new modus operandi of the World Health Organization (WHO)

      how are they operating?

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    1. the saving in airfares and carbon emissions is vas

      environment and cost-saving

    2. re-evaluate their use of time, and to be more efficient

      greater effeicieny

    3. Through video calls you can maintain existing relationships, you cannot cultivate new ones.

      existing vs new relationships

    4. Many diplomats say they have felt like fish out of water over the past few months, rattling around empty embassies, reminding colleagues to unmute on video calls.

      quote

    5. “Actually what we have seen is that Zoom and other digital tools are making dialogue and negotiations more accessible, and can help to bring a wider range of people together – people who would never otherwise have been at the same table.”

      accessibility transparency -> but only for certain meetings

    6. “With Zoom, there is no real interaction, but compromise needs interaction and diplomacy feeds off compromise. It is all far too formal and hierarchical. We press the mute button at the end and we are no further. Everyone has set out their previous position in 12 monologues. Maybe it’s fine for businessmen, but not for us.”

      overstatement?

    7. confirming the importance of postings to diplomatic hubs ...

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    1. even more vital forum, if only as a place for members to vent grievances.

      That's a shocking view of the UN

    2. Mr. Trump also has abandoned or slashed support for U.N. agencies

      check on this

    3. “What is really frightening at this moment,” Dr. Walling said, is “the state of multilateralism in general, and whether the world’s governments and people will see the value of multilateral cooperation.”

      quote on the state of MLD what about the Alliance for Multilateralism

    4. increasingly collides with principles in the same Charter emphasizing national sovereignty and nonintervention in a country’s internal affairs.

      that's nothing new ... it's a dilemma at the foundation of the UN

    5. “There have been lots of ups and downs, but we’ve been on a significant down,

      useful quote

    6. “The U.N. is weaker than it should be,”

      useful quote

    7. been met with commitments totaling just a quarter of the goal. That response “barely justifies the description of ‘tepid,’” said Mark Lowcock, the top U.N. relief official.

      COVID emergency fund

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  3. Aug 2020
    1. from the balance of political appointees versus career professionals in ambassadorial appointments

      That's true for the US, but I would hesitate to generalise

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    1. “It’s power without responsibility.” He paused. “There’s so much power, and so little responsibility. This is not notional abstract power. This is real power about day-to-day lives. It’s both material and cultural and financial. The world has to know that this is how it works . . . There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark,” he said, quoting Hamlet a little melodramatically.

      nice quote on the 'real-world' power of algorithms

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    1. As far asAfrican-Americans are concerned, thenumbers are appalling,” says Ms Thomas-Greenfield. Just 2.8% of the senior ranksare black; a few years ago the figure was“upwards of 8%”, still short of a representa-tive share.

      diversity and equal representation in the US service

    2. At Harvard Mr Burns and three otherex-ambassadors are leading an ambitiousproject to reimagine the longer-term fu-ture of American diplomacy; they will pub-lish their proposals after the election.

      follow up

    3. “we employmore people to work in military grocerystores than we do foreign-service offi-cers”—and professionalising its envoys in-stead of “selling swanky diplomatic poststo rich buffoons”.

      useful quotes

    4. A nimbler entry-exam process,faster promotions and greater opportuni-ties to enter at every level would all help.

      diplomatic recruiting and staffing

    5. “There you have a wiping outof the career service.” Between 1975 and2014, the share of career diplomats in the50 or so jobs at assistant-secretary leveland above shrank from about 60% to 30%;now, says Mr Neumann, it is down to 8%

      the end of career diplomacy

    6. “If you don’t fund theState Department fully then I need to buymore ammunition,”

      great quote on diplomacy vs military might

    7. between a quarter and a thirdof a president’s ambassadors have been po-litical appointees, often hefty campaigndonors. In Mr Trump’s case the figure is43%.

      number of political appointees

    8. favoured political picks over careerdiplomats to a degree that is unprecedent-ed in modern times.

      even stronger trend now towards political appointees among US ambassadors

    9. “corediplomatic capability” (excluding outlayson security) declined by nearly a quarter inreal terms between 2008 and 2016.

      decline of US diplomatic capabilities

    10. mid-1990s after the end of the cold war,when America thought it could scale backdiplomacy

      longer-term problem with funding the US service. Similar developments in other countries in the 90s?

    11. increasing politicisation, poor profession-al education and outdated career structure.

      critique of US diplomatic service from 2015

    12. In total, nearly a third of Brit-ain’s ambassadors, heads of mission or go-vernors are women

      number of women in high-ranking diplomatic positions in Britain. Is this comparable to other countries? Is Britain ahead of the curve? See chart - Britain on top?

    13. NneNne Iwuji-Eme, Brit-ain’s High Commissioner in Mozambiquesince 2018, is the first black woman to holdthe rank. Officials would like to see morenon-white diplomats follow.

      race and the diplomatic service (Britain as example) - first high-ranking black person just recently appointed

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