Wednesday, February 22, 2012
By Ethan G. Loewi, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER
Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012
"The Harvard Kennedy School announced Friday the spring 2012 recipients of its Fisher Family Fellowship, an award that recognizes excellence and innovation in diplomacy and brings fellows to Cambridge to engage with both Kennedy School students and the broader Cambridge community.
The Fisher Family Fellows program, established in 2010 by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Future of Diplomacy Project, has selected three recipients: Shyam Saran, the Indian government’s former foreign secretary; Javier Solana, who has served as NATO secretary general and the European Union's high representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy; and Timothy P. Shriver, the president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics.
..."Saran and Solana will join the Fisher Family program’s inaugural fellow", Said Tayeb Jawad, who has served as Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, to share some of their most recent experiences as diplomats in the thick of the international affairs scene.
Saran will be in residence from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17, Solana during the month of April, and Shriver during the first week of April...."
Monday, February 13, 2012
Jerusalem -- Israel's prime minister has accused Iran of being behind a pair of car bombings against Israeli diplomatic targets in India and Georgia.
Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of lawmakers from his Likud Party on Monday that he believed the Iranians were responsible for the attacks in New Delhi and Tbilisi. Two people were wounded in India and the bomb in Georgia was discovered before it went off.
Netanyahu said Israel has thwarted other attacks in recent months in Azerbaijan, Thailand and elsewhere.
"In all those cases, the elements behind these attacks were Iran and its protege Hezbollah," he said.Iran has accused Israel of involvement in a series of killings of officials and scientists involved in its controversial nuclear program.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
INDRA is a Spanish information technology and defense systems company. Indra is listed on the Bolsa de Madrid and is a constituent of the IBEX 35 index. The company was named after a Hindu god Indra.
Indra is organised around three business areas: Information Technologies, Simulation &Automatic Test Systems, and Defense Electronic Equipment.
today news: Javier Solana receives a good income as adviser of INDRA. LINK
Indra (Devanagari: इन्द्र) or Śakra is the King of the gods or Devas and Lord of Heaven orSvargaloka in Hindu mythology. He is also the God of War, Storms, and Rainfall and is associated with Vajrapani - the Chief Dharmapala or Defender and Protector of the Buddha,Dharma and Sangha who embodies the power of all primordial or Dhyani Buddhas.
Indra is one of the chief deities in the Rigveda. He is celebrated as a demiurge who pushes up the sky, releases dawn (Ushas) from the Vala cave, and slays Vṛtra; both latter actions are central to the Soma (farmer: ="liquid gold") sacrifice. .... Indra appears as the name of an arch-demon in the Zoroastrian religion, while his epithetVerethragna appears as a god of victory.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Global Zero Commission Calls for U.S., Russia to Remove All Tactical Nuclear Weapons from European Combat Bases
Co-Chairs Amb. Richard Burt, Col. Gen. (Ret.) Victor Esin, Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger and SirMalcolm Rifkind Issue Groundbreaking Report at Munich Security Conference
Briefing Included Images Released by Global Zero of U.S. and Russian European CombatBases Where Tactical Nuclear Weapons May be Deployed
The Global Zero NATO-Russia Commission comprised of 15 eminent American, European and Russian security leaders and experts – and co-chaired by Amb. Richard Burt, Col. Gen. (Ret.) Victor Esin, Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger and Sir Malcolm Rifkind – issued a groundbreaking report at the Munich Security Conference today, calling for the United States and Russia to remove all of their tactical nuclear weapons from combat bases on the European continent.
“In Israel, there is undoubtedly a great fear in connection with Iran. But there is disagreement about what to do about it,” Solana said.
The Israelis know that the consequences of military action are unclear and the move could merely exacerbate the situation, he pointed out.
Solana added that the debate has provoked controversy among politicians, military officers and civilians in Israel.
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned ministers from his center-right Likud political party to avoid making statements on a possible military attack against Iran, saying such remarks could be damaging to Israel.
Later in the day, US President Barack Obama warned against the serious risks of a military campaign against Iran and underlined diplomacy as the favored solution to the impasse over Tehran’s nuclear issue.
The remarks come on the heels of a warning by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last week, saying there is a strong possibility that Israel will launch an attack on Iran in April, May, or June 2012.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program. Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the "option" of a military strike against its atomic facilities.
Iran refutes the Western allegations and argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
This is while the Israeli regime is widely known to possess between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads. Furthermore, Tel Aviv refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspections and rejects any international nuclear regulatory agreements."
Monday, February 06, 2012
Published 03 February 2012
A violent standoff in northern Kosovo risks halting its fragile dialogue with Serbia, and the latter's EU candidacy process, says the International Crisis Group...
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Crisis Group's Board of Trustees
Former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, NATO Secretary-General and Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain
...and EU CSFP High rep Ashton bashing goes on...
"...Perhaps the most comprehensive demolition came today from Stefan Lehne, a former senior Austrian diplomat who worked for Mrs Ashton’s predecessor, Javier Solana.
His analysis, "More Action, Better Service: How to Strengthen the European External Action Service" (PDFhere) is phrased diplomatically, as one might expect, but its exposition of the weakness of the EEAS is more devastating for the sober tone in which it is delivered. In some ways, he concludes, the situation is worse today than it was under the previous system of fragmented roles...."
"... we should consider the Berlusconi option: like Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany could just smirk at each other, and let the world know that Lady Ashton has lost their confidence.
If she stepped down, you could then appoint someone with a good contacts book and a degree of magnetism, or at least some confidence. Then, perhaps, the EEAS might have a chance of doing something useful."
maybe someone has an idea who could be this magnetic personality??
Munich Young Leaders Round Table on Security Policy
"...Friday, February 3, 2012, Discussion with Javier Solana de Madariaga
Javier Solana de Madariaga, former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and currently Distinguished Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, met the Munich Young Leaders on Friday evening for a discussion. Against the backdrop of Solana's rich experiences, issues such as the EU-relations towards the neighbors in the East, Spain's role in the debt-crisis, as well as the NATO-intervention in Libya and the situation in Syria were broached."
The Munich Security Conferenceand the Körber Foundation jointly hold the Munich Young Leaders Round Table on Security Policy. The Munich Young Leaders Round Table on Security Policy brings together young leaders in the field of foreign and security policy. (which happened to be at the same time like the security conf.)
“The Munich Young Leaders Round Table on Security Policy will give future decision-makers the opportunity to introduce new ideas into the security-policy discourse and strengthen their international networks.”
Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger,
Chairman of the Munich Conference on Security Policy
Thursday, February 02, 2012
2012.02.02. Austerity against Europe
"By Javier Solana / El Pais (Madrid). It is increasingly obvious to everyone that the economic collapse that began in late 2008 economic collapse is not any. Nearly four years after the beginning of the crisis, developed economies have not yet managed to start a sustainable recovery and even countries that are better off showing clear signs of weakness.
It is increasingly obvious to everyone that the economic collapse that began in late 2008 economic collapse is not over. Nearly four years after the beginning of the crisis, developed economies have not yet managed to start a sustainable recovery and even countries that are better off showing clear signs of weakness...By Javier Solana / El Pais (Madrid)
Not only is the fact that Europe is at risk of prolonged economic damage, but the highest long-term unemployment and popular unrest threatens to permanently undermine the cohesion of its social fabric. And on the political front, there is the very real risk that citizens no longer trust institutions, both national and European, and be tempted by populist appeals, as in other earlier times.
Europe must avoid such a possibility as is. Economic growth should be the top priority, because growth is the only thing you can do to get people back into jobs and Europe to pay its debts.
Obviously, there is an open debate on the best way to achieve recovery. The advocates of austerity argue that the debt has a negative impact on growth, while supporters of increasing the stimulus respond that is the low growth that generates the public debt, not vice versa, and that the austerity measures in periods of recession, only serve to make things worse.
Now, it is necessary that the Europeans agree on everything to find a way on which it is possible to reach a consensus. We can disagree about the long-term effects of injections of liquidity, but we can all agree that it is okay to let a profitable companies fall into bankruptcy because debt markets are not working. We need not agree on fiscal policy to understand that it is wiser to encourage investment to see how languishes our production structure. And we all know that it is more profitable to invest in re-educating the unemployed who allow long-term unemployment.
In any case, doubts about the negative impact of the austerity measures are becoming impossible to ignore.History teaches us that in times of deep recession, is more dangerous to remove the economic stimulus too early to wait until it's too late. A cut excessive spending in the current circumstances can lead us in a contraction in growth, which is already occurring: the International Monetary Fund forecasts that the eurozone will contract by 0.5 percent in 2012. Structural reforms are important to ensure sustainable growth in the future, but do not generate short-term growth, which is what Europe needs. Rather, in exchange for meeting certain minimum progress in reducing debt, Europe is in danger of causing long-term damage to their growth potential.
Compared to what is a new recession, the long-term cost of the stimulus policies is negligible. In many countries, current budget deficits are therefore not reckless that some governments have spent too much, but the temporary measures taken to address the crisis. Since interest rates are already low and the private sector is deleveraging, there is little risk that there expansionary policies causing inflation or end up eliminating private investment. By contrast, reductions in spending can reduce economic activity and, instead of reducing the burden of public debt, increase it.
Moreover, there is no reason to demonize public debt. From the economic standpoint, it makes sense that states share the cost of public investment and infrastructure projects and services to future generations, which will also benefit from them. However, it is alarming to note that today are being used in defense of austerity at all costs, the same arguments that became the 1929 financial crisis in the Great Depression. We can not let history repeat itself. Political leaders must take the initiative to avoid a social crisis caused by economic reasons. It is urgently necessary to undertake two performances.
Worldwide, more work is needed to address macroeconomic imbalances and create demand in surplus countries, including some developed economies such as Germany. Within the eurozone, it is necessary structural reforms and a more efficient public spending, which are key to retrieve a long-term growth and sustainable debt levels is what we need a grand bargain that would require countries that lack political credibility to undertake structural reforms.
The world is facing unprecedented challenges. Never before in recent history, had coincided with a recession so immense geopolitical changes like these. The temptation to defend first and foremost about national priorities wrong could lead to widespread disaster.
The austerity at all costs is the wrong strategy, and will not help. We can not let a misguided idea of "discipline" cause permanent damage to our economies and charge a terrible human price in our societies. All Europe must agree on a strategy of short-term growth and implement it as soon as possible."