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USA/South Korea. US and South Korea Renew Commitment to Promoting Democracy (James Park, Fair Observer)

The summit in May between Joe Biden and Moon Jae-in delivered numerous positive outcomes that advanced the United States and South Korea as a future-oriented alliance. The two allies redoubled their cooperation in areas that are becoming more and more crucial globally, including emerging techclimate change and space policy.

Future Forward: US-South Korea’s Renewed Commitment to Promoting Democracy (fairobserver.com)

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Risk and human factor in the “glocal where” (by Marco Emanuele)

Persone In Piedi Sul Marciapiede Durante Il Giorno Di Pioggia

In the twenty years following September 11, the world seems not to have understood the lesson of that event. In fact, there have been no substantial political investments on the central theme of global rules to bring planetary governance towards objectives of sustainability, equity and security. In global forums, discussions and proclamations abound  while, in reality, the world is on fire.

Today everyone has (or should have) an understanding of the complexity of crises, of their interconnectedness. We live in the urgency of climate change, to safeguard global health, to govern mass migration and human mobility, to underline the demographic factor, to overcome inequalities, to “save” liberal democracies: all this, however, becomes possible if the great proclamations of the various G7, G20, etc. descend into the different realities in the evolving worlds.

Today, in addition to the risk in metamorphosis, we introduce two further elements: the importance of the human factor (complex and often unpredictable as it is in the nature of each of us) and the centrality of the glocal where.

In essence, it is a question of placing the where life of each of us takes place at the center of our reflection: if we are citizens of the world, first of all we are citizens in our territories. This is the reason why we believe that cities are the places where a glocal project for humanity can be rethought.

If, as Carlo Ratti said when interviewed by The Science of Where , cities and not states can be seen from space, the interest in cities is geostrategic.

It is in cities, in fact, that technologies evolve to organize and govern (considering risks and opportunities) public services and coexistence (the science of where); it is in the cities that international relations of the third millennium are evolving, relations of glocal proximity that take into account the human factor in an open where.

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PLA Rocket Force holds live-fire drills, testing new-type conventional missiles (Global Times)

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force recently conducted live-fire drills in the deserts in Northwest China in which it launched two new-type conventional short-range missiles that accurately hit “hostile” defense nodes despite them being well protected.

PLA Rocket Force holds live-fire drills, testing new-type conventional missiles – Global Times

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China/Tibet. World’s highest expressway opens to traffic (Global Times)

The world’s highest expressway, running between the city of Nagqu and Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, went into operation on Saturday, with the opening of the final 227-km section between Nagqu and Yangbajain, according to the Ministry of Transport.

World’s highest expressway opens to traffic – Global Times

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Abraham Accord. A Year since the Abraham Accords: Pick up the Pace of Normalization (INSS)

Yoel Guzansky, Udi Dekel
The Abraham Accords represent a substantial achievement for Israel. At the same time, the potential for improving both Israel’s strategic position and its response to the challenges it faces has not been fully realized. The shared regional threat from Iran was, and remains, the primary motive for the Abraham Accords. This drive, however, has lost momentum with the change in United States policy under the Biden administration. Inter alia, it seems that the US is far less willing to provide security and economic rewards to the countries that signed the Abraham Accords. Still, creating a wide range of countries that cooperate toward stability in the Middle East aimed at thwarting Iran’s influence in the region remains an important challenge and goal. Israel should therefore supply what it can missing in the security sphere and promote cooperation agreements that highlight the benefits of peace by removing bureaucratic obstacles that delay implementation of the agreements, and by recruiting business concerns and external partners for investment in infrastructure initiatives that contribute to prosperity.
A Year since the Abraham Accords: Pick up the Pace of Normalization | INSS
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Hezbollah. Into the Heart of a Hezbollah Terror Tunnel (BESA Center)

The Arabic language desk of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit marked 15 years since the Second Lebanon War by inviting Israeli media commentators to visit a Hezbollah terror tunnel on the border with Lebanon. I was one of the participants.

Into the Heart of a Hezbollah Terror Tunnel (besacenter.org)

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Taliban/al Qaeda. The Taliban and al-Qaeda: What Next? (BESA Center)

The Taliban proved that they value loyalty when they rejected US and Saudi pressure to hand over Osama bin Laden no matter the cost. The Taliban have since come to appreciate al-Qaeda’s fighting skills and contributions to the Afghan jihadists’ cause, and their return to power seems good news for the Islamist terrorist group.

The Taliban and al-Qaeda: What Next? (besacenter.org)

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Palestinians/USA/Palestinian Authority. A New Palestinian Authority NGO Decree Might Halt US Aid to the West Bank and Gaza (BESA Center)

President Joe Biden has said he wants to resume aid to the Palestinians, but recent Palestinian laws are making it difficult for him.

A New Palestinian Authority NGO Decree Might Halt US Aid to the West Bank and Gaza (besacenter.org)

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Afghanistan/Taliban/Middle East. Little Enthusiasm in the Middle East for the Taliban Victory (BESA Center)

The effect of visuals has often plagued the West in its war against terrorism. Now, the visual material from Afghanistan is coming to haunt the Islamists in the Middle East. Hamas cannot wax enthusiastic over Taliban when “the man in the street” in Kabul shows such a grim face.

Little Enthusiasm in the Middle East for the Taliban Victory (besacenter.org)

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