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Daily news – February 9, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Key4Biz, Reuters, RFE RL, The Jamestown Foundation, ThinkChina, US Department of State  AFRICA The criticality of climate finance for Africa. Amar Bhattacharya, Brookings: Climate finance will be critical for enabling Africa to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change and to ensure that its […]

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Daily news – January 27, 2022 a.m.

GEOPOLITICS & WORLDS Sulla crisi russo-ucraina. Tracy Wilkinson per Los Angeles Times: U.S. refuses to budge on Ukraine in response to Russian demands – Politico: Will There Be a War Over Ukraine? 13 Putin Watchers Weigh In – Julian Borger per The Guardian: Biden threatens Putin with personal sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine – Conor […]

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US won’t be able to evacuate Americans from Ukraine if tensions rise — official (TASS)

The US government will not be in a position to evacuate US citizens from Ukraine if tensions escalate, a senior US Department of State official said at a briefing. According to him, “military action by Russia could come at any time.” “The United States Government will not be in a position to evacuate US citizens […]

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability (US Department of State)

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL GENEVA, SWITZERLAND JANUARY 21, 2022 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  Foreign Minister Lavrov and I finished our meeting a short while ago, and I first want to begin by thanking Switzerland for hosting us, for its traditional hospitality, which is very much appreciated. I came to Geneva […]

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Taking Action to Expose and Disrupt Russia’s Destabilization Campaign in Ukraine (US Department of State)

In advance of a potential further invasion of Ukraine, Russian intelligence services, mainly the Federal Security Service (FSB), a U.S. sanctioned entity, have been recruiting Ukrainian nationals in key positions to gain access to sensitive information.  The FSB leverages these officials in an attempt to create instability in Ukraine.  In close coordination with the Government […]

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Supporting Multilateral Responses to the COVID-19 Crisis (US Department of State)

The United States is providing an additional $580 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to support seven partners who are working tirelessly in our global fight against COVID-19.  With the emergence of the Omicron variant, and continued challenges like equitable access to life-saving care and vaccines, the world is at a critical point in […]

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Statement on Jehovah’s Witnesses (US Department of State)

As members of the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance, we note with grave concern the increased repression of Jehovah’s Witnesses in a number of countries. We uphold the right of Jehovah’s Witnesses to practice their religion and their beliefs and their ability to adhere to being apolitical and pacifist without fear, harassment, discrimination, or […]

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The Sixth U.S.-ROK Senior Economic Dialogue (US Department of State)

On December 17, 2021, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Jose W. Fernandez and the ROK Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choi Jongmoon met in Seoul to co-chair the Sixth U.S.-ROK Senior Economic Dialogue (SED).  Under Secretary Fernandez and Vice Minister Choi reviewed progress on the deliverables announced by […]

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On the Release of the 2020 Country Reports on Terrorism (US Department of State)

The Department of State has issued the 2020 Country Reports on Terrorism (CRT), which provides a detailed look at the counterterrorism environment last year, fulfilling an important Congressional mandate.  Each year, the CRT provides insight on important issues in the fight against terrorism and helps the United States make informed decisions about policies, programs, and […]

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Joint Statement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, on the November 21 Political Agreement in Sudan (US Department of State)

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America and the United Kingdom are encouraged by the political agreement in Sudan, signed on 21 November 2021, and the reinstatement of Dr. Abdalla Hamdok as Prime Minister.  This is a first step to resolving Sudan’s political challenges and returning the country to […]

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Potential Deployment of the Wagner Group in Mali (US Department of State)

We are alarmed by a potential deployment of Russia-backed Wagner Group forces in Mali.  We understand that the reported deal — costing $10 million per month — diverts money that could be used to support the Malian Armed Forces and public services to pay for the deployment of Yevgeniy Prigozhin’s Wagner Group forces to Mali.  […]

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The United States-Malaysia Relationship (US Department of State)

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 14-15 where he will meet with Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob and Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah to discuss peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific as well as our strong bilateral relationship rooted in robust security, economic, and people-to-people ties.  […]