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Geostrategic Diary – June 13, 2022 a.m.

First published in The Science of Where Magazine

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Algeria – Libya

  • June 12, 2022. By The Libya Observer. The Algerian Foreign Ministry has condemned the recent clashes that took place in the capital, Tripoli, on Friday night, between armed groups, warning all Libyan parties of the “consequences of bushing the country into chaos”. Algeria warns Libyan parties of bushing the country into chaos

Canada

  • June 10, 2022. By World Nuclear News. Terrestrial Energy – developer of the Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) – has signed an agreement with ammonia production technology supplier KBR to investigate the application of zero-emission thermal energy for the production of hydrogen and ammonia. IMSR to be considered for ammonia production : New Nuclear

Chad – Libya

  • June 12, 2022. By The Libya Observer. Gold worth 57 billion CFA francs ($91 million) leaves Chad each week heading for Libya, the president of the Chadian Transitional Military Council, Mohamed Idriss Deby told state broadcaster Tele Tchad in an interview aired on June 9, according to the American agency Bloomberg. $91 million worth of gold leaves Chad every week heading to Libya

Gaza

India

  • June 13, 2022. By Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan, ORF. Indian diplomacy is facing an international furor after a spokesperson of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made derogatory comments about Prophet Muhammad in a televised debate recently. Nupur Sharma, the BJP’s main spokesperson, made the comments during a debate last month while Naveen Jindal, another BJP official, followed up with a tweet about the Prophet. The tweet has been deleted, but the controversy from these comments has created a big headache for Indian foreign policy, at least temporarily. India Faces a Diplomatic Storm in the Middle East

India – West Asia

  • June 13, 2022. By VIF. Amb. Anil Trigunayat, Distinguished Fellow at VIF assesses, “West Asian states’ reactions to recent events in India”. The speaker identifies the impact areas in India-West Asia engagement and evaluates the response of the Indian government. West Asian states’ reactions to recent events in India

Iran

  • June 13, 2022. By Middle East Eye. Two Iranian aerospace officials, including a member of the Revolutionary Guards’ Corps (IRGC), were “martyred while on mission” in separate incidents inside the country, the Fars news agency reported on Monday. Iran: Two aerospace officials ‘martyred while on mission’
  • June 13, 2022. By Kurdistan 24. Two Iranian aerospace officials, including a member of the Revolutionary Guards’ Corps, were “martyred while on mission” in separate incidents inside the country, the Fars news agency reported Monday. Two Iran aerospace officials ‘martyred while on mission’
  • June 10, 2022. By World Nuclear News. Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it will remove 27 cameras used by the agency to verify and monitor the country’s implementation of its nuclear commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran to remove monitoring cameras : Regulation & Safety

Iraq

Libya

Qatar – Libya

Russia – Ukraine 

South Korea

  • June 10, 2022. By World Nuclear News. Unit 1 of the Shin Hanul nuclear power plant in South Korea was connected to the electricity grid for the first time on 9 June, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) announced. The unit – the first of two APR-1400 reactors at the site – is scheduled to enter commercial operation later this year. Korean reactor starts supplying electricity : New Nuclear

Syria

UK

  • June 10, 2022. By World Nuclear News. The first batch of waste has been removed from the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS) at the Sellafield site in the UK. The facility was built in the 1960s to store waste from the UK’s earliest nuclear reactors in water-filled chambers. Waste removal starts at Sellafield facility : Waste & Recycling

USA

  • June 13, 2022. By East Asia Forum. The election of Donald Trump to the US presidency in 2016 forced many to revise their assumptions about the nexus between the United States’ internal socio-political landscape and its role in international affairs. Trump’s first presidential term exposed the potential of an elite and popular constituency for isolationism, protectionism and xenophobia that was until then known to be influential at the margins, but thought not capable of capturing control of the US political system. Asia needs to remain alert to the threat of Trumpism
  • June 12, 2022. By Gary Clyde Hufbauer, East Asia Forum. Former US president Donald Trump looms heavily over the US political landscape. His celebrity candidates, JD Vance in Ohio and Dr Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, won their respective primary battles to become Republican Senate candidates in November 2022. Both are likely to win seats. Biden’s trade policy is wrapped up in domestic and Trumpian politics

DEFENSE, MILITARY

  • June 13, 2022. By Xu Yelu, Global Times. Following Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi’s speeches at the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday, Kishi continued to express Japan’s so-called “concerns” during his meeting with China’s State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday. Experts said that it was not surprising for Kishi, a long-time China-bashing politician to bring these issues up in the dialogue. Still experts said this first face-to-face meeting between both defense ministers in over two years signaled some goodwill from both sides. Japan continues to address ‘concerns’ over China during defense ministers’ meeting, attempting to take advantage from regional conflicts
  • June 13, 2022. By Deng Xiaoci and Wan Hengyi, Global Times. Only one day after alleging that “China’s military build-ups” would cause inevitable upgrade of military capabilities of its neighbors in his speech at the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Richard Marles met on Sunday with China’s State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe who is also attending the event, a first time for three years, which Australian local media hailed as a sign of breaking a two-year diplomatic stalemate between the two countries and marking a first step toward improved bilateral relations. Australia urged to show real actions to reset China ties amid confusing messages at key security meeting
  • June 13, 2022. By , The Strategist. The US and China came to Singapore’s Shangri-La security dialogue to argue and score points, to talk and to taunt. The US and China talk and taunt

PERSPECTIVES

  • June 13, 2022. By Al Jazeera. The global stockpile of nuclear weapons is expected to rise in coming years for the first time since the Cold War due to global tensions, a leading arms watchdog has said. In its annual report published on Monday (PDF), the Stockholm International Peace Research (SIPRI) said on Monday that all nine nuclear-armed countries are increasing or upgrading their arsenals. Global stockpile of nuclear weapons expected to rise: SIPRI