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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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Broader and Deeper: Transatlantic Responsibilities in the 21st Century (GMF)

Ian Lesser

The Western community of values has a shared responsibility to think more creatively across latitudes. We should take a more expansive and long term view of transatlantic relations.

Broader and Deeper: Transatlantic Responsibilities in the 21st Century | The German Marshall Fund of the United States (gmfus.org)

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Indonesia’s AI Promise in Perspective (CSET)

Kayla Goode, Heeu Millie Kim

The United States and China are keeping an eye on Indonesia’s artificial intelligence potential given the country’s innovation-driven national strategy and flourishing AI industry. China views Indonesia as an anchor for its economic, digital, and political inroads in Southeast Asia and has invested aggressively in new partnerships. The United States, with robust political and economic relations rooted in shared democratic ideals, has an opportunity to leverage its comparative advantages and tap into Indonesia’s AI potential through high-level agreements.

Indonesia’s AI Promise in Perspective – Center for Security and Emerging Technology (georgetown.edu)

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China/Canada – Extradition hearings in Canada for Huawei’s Meng come to a close (Al Jazeera)

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her Vancouver home to attend her last extradition hearing in the British Columbia Supreme Court [Don MacKinnon /AFP]

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her Vancouver home to attend her last extradition hearing in the British Columbia Supreme Court [Don MacKinnon /AFP]

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s fight in a Canadian court against extradition to the United States to face fraud and conspiracy charges has wrapped up after nearly 1,000 days of testimony. The chief financial officer of the Chinese telecom giant is accused of defrauding HSBC Bank by falsely misrepresenting links between Huawei and Skycom, a subsidiary that sold telecoms equipment to Iran.

Extradition hearings in Canada for Huawei’s Meng come to a close | Canada News | Al Jazeera

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South China Sea/USA – Harris’ Southeast Asian trip cannot roil South China Sea waters (Global Times)

Illustration: Chen Xia/GT

Illustration: Chen Xia/GT

US Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to leave Washington Friday for a planned visit to Singapore and Vietnam. According to Reuters earlier this month, a senior White House official said Harris will focus on defending international rules in the South China Sea, strengthening US regional leadership and expanding security cooperation during the trip.

Harris’ Southeast Asian trip cannot roil South China Sea waters – Global Times

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China/Afghanistan/USA – GT Voice: US in no position to meddle with potential rare-earth cooperation between China and Afghanistan (Global Times)

A US Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Helicopters are landing at the US embassy there as diplomatic vehicles leave the compound as the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital. Photo: VCG

A US Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Helicopters are landing at the US embassy there as diplomatic vehicles leave the compound as the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital. Photo: VCG

While the US’ bungled and embarrassing withdrawal from Afghanistan is still shocking the world, the American media has already started to worry about possible cooperation between the Afghan Taliban and China, especially when it comes to Afghanistan’s rare-earth resources.

GT Voice: US in no position to meddle with potential rare-earth cooperation between China and Afghanistan – Global Times

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China/Pakistan/Afghanistan – China to strengthen coordination with Pakistan on Afghan issues: FM (Global Times)

Afghan displaced children who fled from their homes during the fights take shelter in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2021.(Photo: Xinhua)

Afghan displaced children who fled from their homes during the fights take shelter in a public park in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2021.(Photo: Xinhua)

China and Pakistan need to strengthen communication and coordination to support a stable transition in Afghanistan, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday.
He made the remarks in the evening during a phone conversation with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, which also covered bilateral ties and Dasu terrorist attack in Pakistan.

China to strengthen coordination with Pakistan on Afghan issues: FM – Global Times

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China/USA/Taiwan/Afghanistan – DPP challenged for defending US, evading Taiwan-Afghanistan analogy to fool Taiwan people (Global Times)

A US Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Helicopters are landing at the US embassy there as diplomatic vehicles leave the compound as the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital. Photo: VCG

A US Chinook helicopter flies over the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Helicopters are landing at the US embassy there as diplomatic vehicles leave the compound as the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital. Photo: VCG

As the world watches with concerns over what has unfolded in Afghanistan over the past few days. Many have criticized the US for the habit of abandoning its allies and partners in times of trouble. But the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority of Taiwan is downplaying the huge blow to US’ reputation as an ally and attacking those who are discussing whether Taiwan will be tomorrow’s Afghanistan being abandoned by the US.

DPP challenged for defending US, evading Taiwan-Afghanistan analogy to fool Taiwan people – Global Times

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China/Canada – Global Times sends open letter to Canadian ambassador Dominic Barton, demanding release of Meng Wanzhou (Global Times)

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves the B.C. Supreme Court during a break in her extradition hearing on Tuesday local time in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo: VCG

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves the B.C. Supreme Court during a break in her extradition hearing on Tuesday local time in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo: VCG

As August 26 marks 1,000 days since Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada, the Global Times wrote an open letter to Canadian Ambassador to China Dominic Barton, demanding Meng’s immediate and unconditional release.

Global Times sends open letter to Canadian ambassador Dominic Barton, demanding release of Meng Wanzhou – Global Times

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