Linee Strategiche – 18/09/2013

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– Aggression Against Libya: Looking at Past and Outlook for Future (II) (Alexander Mezyaev, Strategic Culture Foundation). The main specific feature of the resolutions N1970 and N1973 was total violation of the Libyans civil rights. No matter the both resolutions were allegedly  devoted to the protection of civilian population, it was made the main target in the most cynical way  Actually the both documents recognized only rebels as “civilians.” At the same time it was evident that the population predominantly remained faithful to the government. (…).

– Talented Mr Kerry Backslides on Russian Deal over Syrian Chemicals (Finian Cunningham, Strategic Culture Foundation). Observers of John F Kerry’s more than 40-year career as a successful politician on Capitol Hill note a consummate chameleonic quality in his wheeling and dealing. This dubious quality has helped him ascend from a callow anti-Vietnam war spokesman in the early 1970s to become America’s most senior diplomat who has distinguished himself in recent weeks as one of the most strident voices calling for military attacks on Syria. (…).

– Eliminating chemical weapons in Syria: will it really work? A conversation with Riccardo Redaelli (Jessica Carter, Aspenia online). The Syrian chemical weapons deal pulled off by the United States and Russia seems like a win-win situation for all parties. The US avoided an expensive war, Russia found its way back into the international spotlight and Syria gained precious time. But is the deal really feasible? We asked Riccardo Redaelli,  a Professor of Geopolitics and an Aspenia online contributor who worked in Iraq from 2005-2012 on the re-direction of Iraqi nuclear, chemical and biological scientists. (…).

– Rebalancing the Maritime Pivot to Asia (Abhijit Singh, The Diplomat). When it appeared, prior to the recent deal with Russia, that the U.S. might be preparing for military strikes against Syria, a chorus of voices emerged to prophesize that this latest Middle Eastern entanglement would have dire implications for the U.S. maritime pivot to Asia. (…).

– A World Free of Extreme Poverty – But by Which Path? (Laurence Chandy, Brookings). Over the past fortnight, India analysts have vied to offer the most compelling explanation of the country’s grim economic data—slowing GDP growth and a depreciating currency—and to identify policies that might turn these indicators around. Less than two months ago, the same experts were engaged in an equally excitable debate over a more positive set of economic numbers. After more than three decades in which the number of Indians living on under $1.25 a day consistently stood around the 400 million mark, the results from a new national survey unveiled by India’s National Planning Commission showed that this number had shrunk by around 100 million between 2009 and 2011. What had caused poverty to fall so far and so fast? (…).

– Business as Usual for U.S.-German Relations (Jackson Janes, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace). Regardless of who emerges as chancellor and how the ruling coalition is put together after Germany’s September 22 federal election, German officials will be faced with a transatlantic agenda that looks very familiar. (…).

– In Europa è ancora Obamania. Transatlantic Trends 2013 (Mario Del Pero, AffarInternazionali). Questa nuova, dettagliata radiografia delle relazioni transatlantiche presenta dati in parte scontati, ma anche qualche rilevante sorpresa. (…).

– Più Europa che America nel mirino degli italiani. Transatlantic Trends 2013 (Giampiero Gramaglia, AffarInternazionali).Il 16 ottobre, il presidente del Consiglio italiano Enrico Letta sarà ricevuto a Washington, nello Studio Ovale della Casa Bianca, dal presidente degli Stati Uniti Barack Obama. Un tempo – non lontano, invero – visite del genere servivano a ricevere una sorta d’investitura dal “grande amico e alleato” americano. (…).

– The Geneva Conversion (Christopher R. Hill, Project-Syndicate). The agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons reached by Russia and the United States is important not so much for what it could mean on the ground – which remains to be seen as inspectors begin to flow into Syria and, we hope, chemical-weapons stockpiles begin to be destroyed. Rather, the agreement’s main significance consists in the fact that it was struck at all: US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Geneva, that most traditional of diplomatic venues, and cut a deal on an issue of intense mutual interest. (…).–hill

– Shale Energy No Quick Solution (International Relations and Security Network). Many policymakers hope that shale oil and gas production will lead to greater energy independence. Deepak Gopinath isn’t so sure. He thinks that fracking is wasteful, expensive and is merely delaying the search and development needed for alternative fuels to counter climate change. (…).


– Singapore Emerges as LNG Trading Hub (Gabe Collins, The Diplomat). In the commodity markets, positioning is often much more important than production. Singapore’s leadership clearly understands this, and by creating the Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG), the city state is clearly leveraging its superior geographical and intellectual position to try and become Asia’s primary gas marketing hub. (…).

– Understanding India’s War on Women (Ram Mashru, The Diplomat). On September 13, four men involved in the horrific Delhi gang rage case were sentenced to death by hanging for the murder and rape of their 23 year-old victim. (…).

– Parliament’s Role in Pakistan’s Democratic Transition (International Crisis Group). Because of repeated direct or indirect authoritarian interventions during Pakistan’s history, its parliaments have either been absent, short-lived or rubber stamps for the military’s policies, their proceedings hollowed out and meaningless. Even under civilian rule, an overactive judiciary has repeatedly encroached on parliamentary prerogatives, while the executive branch has dominated the governance agenda; legislative advice and consent has been more a matter of form than substance. (…).

– Coase’s Chinese Legacy (Andrew Sheng, Xiao Geng – Project-Syndicate).  The recent death of Ronald H. Coase, the founding father of new institutional economics, is a great loss to Chinese economists who are seeking an effective framework for understanding China’s ongoing economic transformation. His legacy – insights into the role of firms, financial institutions, and the state in shaping the market and driving economic development – will prove crucial as China works to achieve high-income status. (…)


– Electrifying Africa: But A What Cost To Africans? (Eurasia review). Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs. (…).

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