EA August 2011

DELAY AT UN ON PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD WELCOME IN DIVIDED EUROPE

A sigh of relief could be heard heard throughout the chanceries of Europe when Palestinian geoffpaulpresident Mahmoud Abbas on Friday formally submitted his request to the Security Council for UN recognition of Palestine as an independent state, the 194th member of the UN. Given the heat and not much light the proposed submission had generated in Europe and America since the beginning of the year, officials welcomed the opportunity to bury the Palestinian bid in the machinery of the UN for weeks, if not months.

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LESSONS OF LIBYA FOR FUTURE WESTERN MILITARY FORAYS

The likely long-term importance of Libya for transatlantic military cooperation has been john barry 1
encapsulated by French President Nicolas Sarkozy:   “For the first time since 1949, NATO was placed at the service of a coalition led by two determined European nations.”

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MARIO DRAGHI – WHAT WILL NOVEMBER’S CHANGE AT THE TOP MEAN FOR THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK?

Will the European Central Bank (ECB) remain as powerful under its incoming new head,zienermarkus Mario Draghi?  A former head of the Central Bank of Italy, he has notably strong credentials. But no newcomer can be expected to bring to the job quite the same degree of credibility that has been acquired over the past eight years by the outgoing President, Jean-Claude Trichet.

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EUROPEAN UNION AND CHINA – GROPING TOWARD A RELATIONSHIP IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER

As the EU has pursued its evolution toward more diplomatic coherence along the lines laid out in the kerry.brown1Lisbon Treaty of 2010, one of the closest observers of the process has been the Chinese government. China became the EU’s largest single trade partner in 2008, notably the largest destination for Chinese exported goods, and China’s investments and other financial interests in the EU expanded in the last half a decade.

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  • World Radio Conference Outcomes

    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    The latest World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) wrapped up in late November after four long weeks of negotiations between 3400 delegates from around 165 Member States. All in all, the WRC resulted in positive outcomes for both 5G and Wi-Fi, and will benefit both the U.S. and Europe's communications agendas, particularly with respect to the decisions on spectrum to be allocated for the all-important 5G service. The effect will be to ensure the more rapid development of the next generation of mobile broadband in a manner consistent with U.S. planning and existing development.  Debates on 5G dominated the conference, but allocations for high-altitude platform stations (“HAPS”) sought by U.S. based firms were also favorable. As a result, plans to provide additional internet service to underserved areas may be accelerated.

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (rmckenzi@umd.edu).

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New from the Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

"Edge of a Precipice" by Nathan Crist

"Newpolitik" by Emily Hruban

 

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