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Open newsletter – april 7, 2022 p.m.

COMPLESSITA, SCENARI, RISCHIO

Leggiamo, da Defense News: “NATO is set to establish a new trans-Atlantic initiative meant to speed up the development of critical technologies, with one Euro-centric headquarters stationed in London and more than 60 partner sites around its alliance. Last summer at the 31st annual NATO Summit in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced plans to establish the Defence Innovation Accelerator of the North Atlantic, or DIANA, based on the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency”.

Si tratta di una scelta che va nella direzione, non certamente nuova, di alzare il livello della difesa e della sicurezza in ambito transatlantico. Il progetto DIANA, ci sembra di poter notare, corre il rischio di dividere ulteriormente un mondo già diviso. Potremmo dire che, attraverso le tecnologie critiche, stiamo ricostruendo una nuova “guerra fredda”, un mondo che – lungi dall’essere nuovo e pur in un quadro molto diverso da quello di alcuni decenni fa – non ha perso il vizio di separarsi e di investire unicamente sulla competizione geostrategica. Pur comprendendo le ragioni di tali scelte, ci poniamo una domanda critica: quanto tutto questo va verso un mondo sostenibile ? Un pianeta profondamente interrelato, con società in evidente sofferenza e democrazie “in svuotamento”, può sopportare tale prospettiva ?

La nostra posizione, già espressa in precedenti elaborazioni, è di chi pensa che tali dinamiche, scelte strategiche, debbano essere compensate progettualmente dal ripensamento di un “mondo aperto”, capace di integrare le differenti visioni (da conoscere) in un progetto di civiltà. Dopo la caduta del muro di Berlino immaginavamo un mondo diverso ma, forse, ci eravamo illusi.

Oggi, però, è il tempo di prendere atto che scelte come il progetto DIANA appartengono alla forma mentis di classi dirigenti che non considerano il dialogo e l’inclusione come parti integranti di un pensiero strategico: questi aspetti, per noi intellettuali critici, sono fondamentali e non eludibili. Non possiamo arrenderci alla inevitabilità di una economia di guerra perché, se crediamo che la difesa sia un investimento necessario, altrettanto pensiamo che la sicurezza non sia riducibile a interventi lineari sul riarmarsi per proteggersi da rischi reali o potenziali.

Il tema è particolarmente complesso e sensibile e continueremo a lavorarci. Con spirito critico.

(di Marco Emanuele)

 

TODAY: 

  • AROUND THE WORLD
  • DEFENSE – MILITARY – SECURITY – CYBER – SPACE
  • PERSPECTIVES
  • RUSSIA – UKRAINE (impact, reactions, consequences)

 

AROUND THE WORLD

China

China – Afghanistan

  • China urges US to apologize, compensate Afghans for drug problems it inflicted on country, April 7. By Global Times. China expressed its appreciation for the Afghan interim government’s move to ban cultivation of narcotics in Afghanistan and stated that the US should apologize and compensate for its dishonorable role in the Afghan drug problem, according to spokesperson of China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday. The Afghan interim government recently announced a ban on poppy cultivation throughout the country, along with a ban on the manufacturing, use and transportation of other narcotics. (read more)

Finland

India – China

Iran

JCPOA

  • Are Iran and the US close to a new deal on nukes and sanctions?, April 7. By Al Jazeera. The Vienna talks aim to bring an end to the US sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on Iran’s nuclear programme. The original agreement between Iran and world powers – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – was signed in 2015, offering Iran sanctions relief at the time in exchange for Iran reining in its nuclear programme.  (read more)

Spain – Morocco

  • Spain PM in Morocco to mend ties after Western Sahara shift, April 7. By Al Jazeera. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is set to meet Moroccan King Mohammed VI during a two-day visit to Rabat that seeks to mark an easing of diplomatic tensions centred on Morocco’s disputed region of Western Sahara. Spain’s government has called Thursday’s meeting an opportunity to open a “new stage” in ties with Morocco based on “mutual respect”, but also to discuss “restraint from any unilateral action to honour the importance of all that we share and to avoid future crises”.  (read more)

Sudan

Taiwan

USA – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan

USA – India

Yemen 

DEFENSE – MILITARY – SECURITY – CYBER – SPACE

  • German Air Force banks on Israel’s Arrow-3 for national missile shield. April 6. By The German Air Force is looking to the Israeli Arrow-3 system to quickly field a defensive weapon against Russian Iskander and other missiles, according to a service spokesman. The push follows the “informal” approval by political leaders in Germany to initiate more concrete acquisition plans, the spokesman told Defense News. Internally, plans to erect a defense system for Germany and, potentially, neighboring countries, goes by the working title of “German Iron Shield.”. (read more)
  • Pentagon launches 5G challenge with millions up for grabs, April 6. By Colin Demarest, Defense News. The Department of Defense unveiled a multimillion-dollar 5G challenge this week that it says will promote the growth and adoption of a fifth-generation open ecosystem and related technologies. The competition, conducted in collaboration with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, focuses on open interfaces, swappable and compatible parts, and the development of a diverse, multi-vendor community. (read more)
  • Textron drone deploys on US Navy destroyer as contractor-operated ISR node, April 6. By Megan Eckstein, Defense News. Textron Systems has its Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System deployed on one U.S. Navy destroyer in the Pacific and will be operating on a second by the end of the year, a company official told Defense News. The Aerosonde system had been operating off the Navy expeditionary sea base Hershel “Woody” Williams for three years, with the system carrying an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) payload and a wide-area search payload to support maritime operations in the Atlantic, Wayne Prender, Textron’s senior vice president for air systems, said in a March 31 interview. (read more)

PERSPECTIVES

  • Bloc’s global expansion brings clashes, undermines regional security: expert, April 7. By Liu Xin and Xu Yelu, Global Times: South Korean and Japanese foreign ministers were invited to join the high-profile NATO session on Thursday for the first time as NATO seeks to gain cooperation from Asia to isolate Russia and pressure China over the Ukraine crisis. But analysts said the US is coercing more countries to choose sides in the crisis and using it as an opportunity to help NATO’s global expansion. (read more)

RUSSIA – UKRAINE (impact, reactions, consequences)