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Pensiero Strategico Progetto di civiltà

(Progetto di civiltà) Nel profondo dell’ “on life”

Per quanto il mondo si mostri sempre più difficile da comprendere, emerge la necessità del talento di mediazione tra tradizione e innovazione e tra globalità e località nonché di visioni complesse nell’incertezza. Gli strumenti della rivoluzione tecnologica, uniti al ri-pensamento delle scienze sociali e politiche, sono fondamentali.

Un’accademia per un progetto di civiltà, che qui sviluppiamo con lo spirito della “redazione complessa”, serve a ri-elaborare (elaborare continuamente) nuovi paradigmi culturali e operativi. Anche nelle migliori intenzioni, infatti, molto di ciò che si legge ha ancora un sapore novecentesco, si muove in un mondo che non c’è più. La stessa guerra guerreggiata, nell’era cyber, ha un sapore antico, di vecchi rapporti di potenza che si confrontano sul campo e che mietono vittime, feriti e profughi con la violenza del male “banale”. Ci sono poi le cosiddette vittime indirette, tutti noi e soprattutto i già esclusi dalla storia (anche nelle democrazie liberali …), che subiscono le conseguenze della guerra guerreggiata in termini di crisi alimentare ed energetica nonché di crescenti difficoltà economiche (così aumentando la forbice delle disuguaglianze, allargando il bacino del disagio sociale e minando progressivamente la coesione sociale).

Occorre, nelle condizioni date e guardando in prospettiva, ri-cominciare a pensare per l’azione strategica. Nulla può essere tralasciato perché l’analisi complessa della realtà deve considerare contemporaneamente tutti gli elementi e tutte le dinamiche che riguardano le nostre vite e che, nel bene e nel male, le condizionano positivamente e/o negativamente.

C’è un profondo nella vita “on life” e con quello dobbiamo fare i conti. Siamo per superare l’equivoca separazione tra ciò che sarebbe reale e ciò che sarebbe virtuale perché la tecnologia è parte della nostra vita (noi stessi la creaimo) e perché essa (ci) è sempre più indispensabile per supportare la nostra intelligenza nel trovare risposte complesse a sfide la cui complessità non aspetta.

Il futuro è in noi e già ci percorre. Un’accademia per un progetto di civiltà deve domandarsi: in quali ambienti “on life”, e con quali strumenti che abbiamo e che avremo, potremo elaborare scenari complessi di civiltà ? Non sfugga che, oltre alla necessità di elaborare nuovi paradigmi (valoriali, culturali, politico-istituzionali, economici e giuridici), abbiamo la responsabilità di tornare al “comune” e di ri-configurare servizi-per-il-comune, con al centro le relazioni, nonché di governare politicamente un mondo glocale. Intanto, il “mentre” che viviamo, la transizione dall’ordine che conoscevamo a un altro che ancora non c’è, chiede stabilità e alte mediazioni.

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FROM GLOBAL THINK TANKS – DAILY NEWSLETTER

AROUND THE WORLD

Japan

  • July 18, 2022. Donna Weeks, The Interpreter. From the breaking news notification in Japanese media around 11:30 in the morning on 8 July to vision a few days later of his hearse driving by the institutions of party and government in Tokyo’s political district Nagatacho that Abe Shinzo was shaped by and that he ultimately re-shaped during his tenure as Prime Minister, the sense of shock across the nation remained palpable. The shadow of Abe
  • July 18, 2022. East Asia Forum. On 8 July 2022, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was gunned down while giving a campaign speech in support of candidates for the 10 July upper house election. The killing of Japan’s longest serving prime minister shocked Japan and the world, and cast a sombre shadow over the election. Shinzo Abe’s legacy
  • July 17, 2022.  Fuma Aoki and Yves Tiberghien, East Asia Forum. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s initial easing of COVID-19 restrictions was dramatically reversed following the arrival of Omicron in late November 2021. He most notably shut down the Japanese border — bucking the trend of reopening in East Asia and causing consternation abroad. Is Japan ready to reopen its borders?
  •  July 17, 2022. Yusaku Yoshikawa, East Asia Forum. On 10 June 2022, Japan finally started allowing international tourists into the country for the first time in two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began. Seeking to balance its reopening and preventing the spread of infection, the Japanese government requires all tourists to wear face masks, and to be privately insured and chaperoned. The prospects of Japan’s post-pandemic tourism

Japan – India

  • July 16, 2022. Shashank Mattoo, ORF. As the votes came in, they confirmed what many had known. The LDP had triumphed in Japan’s Upper House elections and had paved the way to the great white whale of national politics: A revision of Japan’s pacifist post-war constitution. However, celebrations, if any, were muted. The death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cast a heavy pall over the proceedings. Even as the slain leader’s body made its way back to Tokyo, observers at home and abroad began to speculate about the implications of Abe’s assassination for Japan and the world. After Abe: Implications for India
  • July 16, 2022.  Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan, ORF. Abe’s role and legacy in transforming Japan’s role in global affairs, as well as in enhancing India-Japan ties, cannot be emphasized enough. Abe Shinzo’s Indo-Pacific Legacy

Pacific

USA

  • July 18, 2022. , Project-Syndicate, The Strategist. US President Joe Biden has framed America’s confrontation with China and Russia as an open-ended contest between democracy and autocracy. If that’s true, an American victory will depend not only on the country’s ability to outcompete its adversaries, but also on its success at safeguarding democracy at home. Can America’s ailing democracy continue to hold global sway?

USA – Red Sea

  • July 16, 2022. Sankalp Gurjar, Vivek Mishra, ORF. Two recent developments underscore the resurgent geopolitics of the Red Sea which is caught between great power politics and regional rivalries.  The United States (US) decision to establish a new multinational task force to focus on preventing the smuggling of arms and narcotics in and around the waters of Yemen; and the Iranian decision to bolster its presence in the Red Sea region point to opposite trends that may intensify the geopolitics of the Red Sea. The US and changing geopolitics of the Red Sea

USA – Taiwan

  • July 15, 2022. Harshit Sharma, VIF. The American policy of Strategic Ambiguity towards the “Taiwan Question” profoundly impacts stability in the Taiwan Strait. The United States of America has been following this policy to foster the maintenance of the status quo between the two countries across the Strait for a long time now. Strategic ambiguity discourages the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan) from taking unilateral military actions and effectively helps in maintaining the status quo. However, since the dynamics of the China-Taiwan-U.S. triangle have started changing enormously, the author opines that the long-standing American policy of strategic ambiguity can no longer be deployed by the United States to foster the status quo between the two countries across the Strait and maintain peace in the region, but a renewed policy of strategic clarity can. A Case for the USA to Embrace Strategic Clarity in the Taiwan Strait

Yemen

TOPICS

Cybersecurity

Defense, Military, Security, Space

  • July 17, 2022. Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One. Boeing is making investments to build new combat fighters, even though it hasn’t designed a front-line warplane in more than three decades, the company’s new defense boss said. Boeing’s Fighter Jet Business Is Not Dead Yet, New Defense Boss Says
  • July 18, 2022. Sohini Bose, Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury, Harsh V. Pant, ORF. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is standing on the threshold of a new inning, as it marks its 25th year in 2022. The past months have been momentous for BIMSTEC, as it adopted a charter at the fifth Summit Meeting in March to outline a clearer purpose for the organisation. During the summit, BIMSTEC rationalised its 14 diverse sectors of cooperation into seven core areas of interest, including Security. As competition for resources like energy heightens, BIMSTEC must ramp up its efforts to ensure security in the hydrocarbon-rich Bay. It must also deal with the other threats to this maritime space, such as transnational crime and natural disasters that are growing in intensity because of climate change. This brief reimagines BIMSTEC’s agenda on regional security and its priorities in the immediate future. BIMSTEC on the Cusp: Regional Security in Focus
  • July 16, 2022. Rahul Rawat, ORF. India’s defence budget for 2022-23 demands a close examination in the context of the country’s changing geopolitical environment and the modernisation of the Indian armed forces. India’s defence budget: The navy and its Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission
  • July 18, 2022. Abhijnan Rej, The Interpreter. If there is a cumulative lesson from the past few years, it’s that the era of “polycrises” is firmly upon us. A polycrisis is defined as the net effect from the non-linear interaction of many systemic risks spanning several natural and human-designed systems. One is playing out right in front of our eyes, whereby the economic effects of Covid-19 have amplified – and in turn, have been amplified by – those flowing from Vladimir Putin’s naked aggression, seriously rattling global commodities markets. Coupled with the worsening effects of climate change, the two shocks, cutting across systems, could lead to a dramatic upsurge in global hunger, United Nations agencies warned last month. That, in turn, could potentially trigger serious social unrest across the world, analysts fear. The Quad needs a futures focus
  • July 18, 2022. , The Strategist. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it’s fair to say, has already profoundly shaped the global discourse on nuclear weapons. In the deliberations at the inaugural meeting of the states parties of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna last month, the Ukraine war cast a long shadow over the utility and limits of nuclear weapons as a deterrent and as a tool of coercive diplomacy, the wisdom of having given them up, the incentives to either acquire them or shelter under another country’s nuclear umbrella and, above all, the cataclysmic risks of an all-out nuclear war that no one wants but everyone dreads. How much damage have Putin’s threats done to the nuclear non-proliferation regime?

Digital & Tech 

Energy

  • July 18, 2022. World Nuclear News. Westinghouse Electric Company has been awarded an engineering contract by Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning (NND) to plan the decommissioning of the country’s two nuclear research reactors, located in Halden and Kjeller. The three-year agreement includes options up to six years and is valued up to NOK1 billion (USD99 million). Westinghouse to help decommission Norwegian research reactors : Waste & Recycling
  • July 18, 2022. World Nuclear News. The Environment Agency has launched a four-week public consultation on NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited’s decision to store used nuclear fuel at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant under construction in Somerset, England, in a dry storage facility rather than a wet facility as originally planned. Dry used fuel storage facility now planned for HPC : New Nuclear
  • July 18, 2022. World Nuclear News. The Belgian government has asked energy company Engie to see if it can extend the operating life of Tihange unit 2 until the end of the winter peak electricity season. Belgium asks Engie to extend Tihange 2’s life : Regulation & Safety
  • July 18, 2022. World Nuclear News. Decommissioning of nuclear power plants can take many years and involve complex safety and storage issues. But one firm is doing its best to minimise waste by cleaning up old kit and selling the ‘pre-loved’ items at auctions. The auctions helping to recycle old nuclear power plants : Waste & Recycling

Health & Digital

  • July 18, 2022. Shania Kennedy, Health IT Analytics. NewYork-Presbyterian, with physicians from its affiliated medical schools, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (Columbia University VP&S), is collaborating with Cornell Tech and the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science (Cornell Bowers CIS) to improve cardiovascular care with artificial intelligence (AI). $15M Collaboration Aims to Advance Cardiovascular Care with Analytics, AI

Global

  • July 16, 2022. Navdeep Suri, ORF. The emergence of this new grouping is clearly an outcome of the Abraham Accords of Aug 2020 and the possibilities that they have created for Israel and the UAE to be on the same platform with India and the US. As President Biden moves to Saudi Arabia for the second leg of his visit to West Asia, we are likely to see a push towards integrating Israel through trade, technology, direct flights and people-to-people contact even with countries where full diplomatic ties may take some time to mature. I2U2 brings hi-tech food, clean energy projects