Artificial Intelligence and USA: National strategic approach against future technological threats

11.07/2020

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Artificial Intelligence (AI): too many words revolve around this concept, but there is not still a standard definition to define its meaning and importance. 

To start with, it is fundamental to understand what is generally meant by artificial intelligence. 

In the broadest terms, the AI it is the ability of a technological system to sort out problems or perform tasks and activities typical of the human mind and ability. Looking at the IT sector, we could identify AI as the discipline that deals with machines (hardware and software) capable of taking actions autonomously.

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The US–China Disruption and the World Order

11.07/2020

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China’s foreign minister recently declared that “some political for­ces in the US (United States)” are pushing US and China “to the brink of a new Cold War.” Many analysts too predict that Washington and Beijing are poised for a contentious ideological struggle that could unravel the world as it exists today. The fact, however, is we are still at a flux. Neither Beijing or Washington have truly come to terms with the next chapter in their interactions or its implications for the future international order. Each side will have a vote on the future course of the relationship. 

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Make COVID-19 Vaccine A Global Common Good

08.07/2020


114 World Leaders including 19 Nobel Laureates, 36 former Chief of State and Governments, Political Leaders, Artistes, International NGOs and Institutions have signed a call initiated by Yunus Centre to declare COVID-19 Vaccines as a global common good.

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Many Kathas for His Holiness

06.07/2020

Keywords: Tibet | Buddhism | Dalai Lama | India | China | Maoism | Nehru | Traditions | Spirituality | Science and Dogma | Pop Culture | History

In 1956, on the occasion of the Buddha Jayanti celebration, a prayer in Tibetan was composed for the long life of the young 14th Dalai Lama, then still living in Lhasa under Chinese occupation. The wish of longevity, at least, has been fulfilled. 

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‘Frozen conflict’ in Ladakh

06.07/2020

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India must not predicate defence on assumptions that are delusional

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Heartland Reunion: Geopolitical Chimera or Historical Chance?

04.07/2020 

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Anyone who has at least some idea about the theory of international relations should remember the oft-quoted formula put forward by the father of British geopolitics, Halford Mackinder: “Who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island; who rules the World-Island commands the world.” For those who are sceptical about geopolitical constructs and terminology, this logical chain may seem like a meaningless shamanic incantation. Over the course of a century, “Mackinder’s formula” was repeatedly criticized, corrected, repudiated, anathematized, parodied and ridiculed. And yet, strange as it may seem, not only has this formula survived an entire century, but it is also perhaps more relevant today than it was a hundred years ago.

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EU’s Plan B – more strategic autonomy

02.07/2020

Recent conflict between the US and Germany over troop pullout has become a focus of global opinion. On June 5, US President Donald Trump, without consulting Germany or NATO, unilaterally ordered the withdrawal of 9,500 US troops from Germany. Trump's reason may have been laid bare when he said that the US is not "the policeman of the world" on Saturday. According to media reports, EU foreign ministers will hold video talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday.

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Russia backs India for permanent UN Security Council seat during RIC meet

23.06/2020 

Russia’s reiteration of its endorsement of India’s candidature for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council game during a trilateral meeting with China and India. China is against India’s inclusion into the UN Security Council. 

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Only Modi is capable of taking the bull by the horns

23.06/2020 

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'Modi's finest political legacy ought to be a border settlement with Beijing,' asserts Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. 

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China- India border conflict: Five fingers or agreement?

16.06/2020 

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The Indo-Chinese border conflict at Ladhak has different explanations: China makes India responsible for a new assertiveness, infrastructure building in this region in order to fix new borders, the Trump-Modi meeting, the new Indian Hindu nationalism which by the Jammu/ Kashmir abrogation law also influences the Line of Control, etc. India on the other side claims that there is a new Chinese assertiveness, that it ist the first time that China claims that the Galwan valley as part of China and also points to other aggressive actions of China like in the South China Sea which was the model for Chinese encroachment step by step. Chinese and Indian hawks on both sides are proposing military action and voice alarmist warnings. As frontrunners ist the Tibetan exile community in India, which sees Mao Zedong´s five finger strategy at work:   

„Ladakh is the First Finger, China is Coming After All Five: Tibet Chief’s Warning to India

Lobsang Sangay said Beijing’s recent actions on the Line of Actual Control with India can be seen as following the ‘Five Fingers of Tibet strategy’ as was laid down by Mao Zedong.  

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'This is not about politics, it's about humanity'

16.06/2020 

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 'Political affiliations aside, can we not all agree that no child should be going hungry?'

During This summer holiday, there will be 1.3 million children going hungry and malnourished in England, accounting for 15.4% of state-educated pupils 

Furthermore, according to a recent report, ‘2.2 million people in Britain are severely food insecure – the highest reported level in Europe. This indicates that the UK is responsible for one in five of all severely food insecure people on the continent.’

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NATO and China: How to respond to the new „potential threat“?

16.06/2020

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Already at NATO´s 70 years meeting in 2019, the transatlantic alliance due to Trump´s pressure for the first time declared that China was a „potential threat“. Now in June 2020, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has asked the defense alliance to prepare itself more effectively against threats from China. The country is investing heavily in nuclear weapons and long-range missiles that could reach Europe, Stoltenberg told „Welt am Sonntag“.

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Erdogan’s Neo-Ottoman Empire in the making-what does the West want?

16.06/2020

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Erdogan advances in establishing his Neo-Ottoman Empire. The list is long: after supporting the Muslim Brothers everywhere in the Greater Middle East, equipping Islamist homicide militias from Syria to Libya, he becomes partly responsible for these civil wars and refugee flows, now portrays himself hypocritically as saviors of refugees and human rights, and is silencing the EU through the refugee deal, which he now wants to expand to Libya. After establishing a military base in Sudan, now marching into northern Syria and moving Turkish troops to Libya and also seeing his claims to gas deposits in the Mediterranean and the latter as his Mare Nostrum, building a second Bosporus channel, refusing NATO ships to pass through the Bosporus to the Black Sea, procuring S 400 rockets from Russia despite all NATO protests, as well as Russian nuclear power plants and, with Putin, sees itself as a new regulatory force in the MENA region, he is now reaching out to Pakistan and Central Asia. 

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SBAC2020 - The submission deadline extended until 10 August 2020!

11.06/2020

We invite academic papers, practitioner cases, and concept notes on innovative ideas on any issues related to social business. We especially invite submissions on social business issues in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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India-China Border Dispute: Is give and take possible after the occupation of the Galwan valley?

09.06/2020

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The latest standoff on the India-China border represents an escalation not seen since 1962. We have had many standoffs since then, but it always involved differing perceptions about the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In most sectors there is an overlap of these lines with Indian and Chinese claim lines going beyond each other’s LAC, sometimes by a few meters and sometimes by many kilometers. But we had tested Confidence Building Mechanisms (CBM) in place to keep the peace. But the latest standoff at the Galwan Valley represents a PLA ingress into a hitherto undisputed area. By doing so the PLA has thrown down the gauntlet. How does India now respond?

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We Need to Create a More Inclusive System of Global Governance

09.06/2020

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Two distinct but overlapping international agendas shape the complex global environment. The first reflects the concerns of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries; the second reflects new and emerging threats. The old world agenda is disintegrating quickly and the new one is yet to be set. As a result, the world has entered a period of increasing instability, volatility, and uncertainty. To minimize the risk of armed conflict and to shape the new agenda, major powers, regional organizations, and international institutions should focus on developing confidence-building measures in technical or regionally specific areas, such as arms control agreements, to build consensus and create acceptable dispute-resolution mechanisms. As consensus builds, new voluntary agreements on emerging challenges and on international rules, norms, and regimes should be developed. In this way, major powers and rising powers can work together to manage the risk of armed conflict and create a more inclusive system of global governance. 

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The Future of the Global Economy

01.06/2020

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The crisis in the global economy is a subject that engages many and affects most of mankind. Like all such issues we find little clarity but a lot of fire and brimstone. Few have tried to seek feasible solutions. Even fewer are qualified, experienced and with a usefully cosmic view of the world we live in to propose a way out. The global economy expanded at a frenetic pace of over 3.5% annually till it arrived at a precipice in 2008. It is at a steeper precipice now. This is a great opportunity to change this trajectory and get out from under the bubble. We need to find new pathways to get going. And clearly we are struggling. 

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Rethinking Education at the Time of Coronavirus Crisis: The Time is Now to Explore the Benefits of Nature-Based Education in Our Teaching Models

15.05/2020

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Coronavirus shows us it’s time to rethink everything. Let's start with education.The pandemic is a tough lesson in the workings of the natural world – and proves how vital a knowledge of ecology really is.’- George Monbiot (More on this a bit later) 

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Uniting behind a people’s vaccine against COVID-19

14.05/2020

Humanity today, in all its fragility, is searching for an effective and safe vaccine against COVID-19. It is our best hope of putting a stop to this painful global pandemic. 

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Covid-19: A call to save the planet, writes Valmik Thapar

06.05/2020

China’s irresponsibility has led to this crisis. So has the myopia of our political, business leaders 

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