CSP – WEEKLY UPDATES (10-16 Oct, 2020)

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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

I. Negative views of both U.S. and China abound across advanced economies amid COVID-19
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/10/06/negative-views-of-both-us-and-china-amid-covid-19/
II.
How Trump Brought Home the Endless War
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/how-trump-brought-home-the-endless-war
III.
AP Interview: Top Afghan negotiator lauds India’s support
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/oct/10/ap-interview-top-afghan-negotiator-lauds-indias-su/
IV.
Why the Quad Is the One Alliance Trump Cares About
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/10/08/why-quad-alliance-trump-cares-about-india-australia-japan-china/
V. Pakistan Is Doing Its Own Political Reengineering in Kashmir
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/10/12/gilgit-baltistan-election-pakistan-india-kashmir/
VI. Trump promised to bring China to heel. He didn’t and the result is a pitched conflict between the world’s two major powers.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-china-xi-biden/2020/10/11/9c6e3146-0270-11eb-a2db-417cddf4816a_story.html
VII. Trump wants nuclear accord with Putin by election
https://www.axios.com/trump-putin-nuclear-arms-control-russia-new-start-fb31869b-f42b-43ad-9aa6-ebf952179ded.html
VIII. Indians Seeing 60,000 Chinese Soldiers On Their Northern Border: Mike Pompeo
https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/indians-seeing-60-000-chinese-soldiers-on-their-northern-border-mike-pompeo-2308304
IX. ‘Trump waging war on Iranian nation courtesy of Israel lobby, Netanyahu: Analyst
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/10/10/636085/Trump-economic-war-Iran-behest-of-Israel
X. The US Navy’s ‘Manhattan Project’ has its leader
https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/10/14/the-us-navys-manhattan-project-has-its-leader/

RUSSIA & EUROPE

I. EU to Sanction Russia Over Poisoning and Belarus Leader Over Crackdown
https://www.wsj.com/articles/eu-sanctions-belaruss-lukashenko-over-violent-crackdown-11602505608
II. Belarus Will Not Be Broken
https://visegradinsight.eu/belarus-will-not-be-broken/
III. Saudi Arabia fails to join UN human rights council but Russia and China elected
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/13/saudi-arabia-fails-to-join-un-human-rights-council-but-russia-and-china-elected
IV. Two months after pioneering ‘Sputnik V’ launched, Putin announces registration of 2nd Russian Covid-19 vaccine, says 3rd on way
https://www.rt.com/russia/503473-second-covid-vaccine-anouncement/
V. Russia sees no prospect of prolonging New START treaty with US, but is not closing door on negotiations – Foreign Minister Lavrov
https://www.rt.com/russia/503477-russia-us-new-start-lavrov/
VI. EU sanctions 6 senior Russian officials over Navalny case, claims they knew about alleged Novichok poisoning of opposition figure
https://www.rt.com/russia/503572-russian-officials-sanctioned-navalny-case/
VII. Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan
http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/64204

MULTILATERALISM

I. ‘Staggering’ rise in climate emergencies in last 20 years, new disaster research shows
https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/10/1075142
II. New agreement in Iraq signals ‘a first and important step’ toward a better future
https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/10/1075102
III. UN chief welcomes Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire
https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/10/1075132

POLITICAL ECONOMY & NON-TRADITIONAL THREATS

I. SBP Weekly Data Report
http://www.sbp.org.pk/ecodata/index2.asp
II. Challenges facing economic recovery
https://www.dawn.com/news/1584608/challenges-facing-economic-recovery
III. Pakistan unlikely to avail $4.5bn Islamic Trade Finance Corporation facility
https://www.dawn.com/news/1584755/pakistan-unlikely-to-avail-45bn-islamic-trade-finance-corporation-facility
IV. The ticking time bomb of circular debt
https://www.dawn.com/news/1584617/the-ticking-time-bomb-of-circular-debt
V. Remittances surge 31pc to $7.14bn
https://www.sbp.org.pk/
VI. Impact of COVID-19 and Locust Swarms on Farm Households in Sindh, Pakistan: Analysis of Data from a Cross-Sectional Survey
https://www.adb.org/publications/impact-covid-19-locust-swarms-sindh-pakistan
VII. IMF WEO REPORT forecasts 1pc growth, rising unemployment for Pakistan
https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WEO#:~:text=Description:%20Global%20growth%20is%20projected%20to%20rise%20from%20an%20estimated,World%20Economic%20Outlook%20%28WEO%29
VIII. Air pollution could worsen Covid-19 outbreak in South Asia
https://www.dawn.com/news/1584664/air-pollution-could-worsen-covid-19-outbreak-in-south-asia
IX. World Bank Approves $12 Billion for COVID-19 Vaccines
https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2020/10/13/world-bank-approves-12-billion-for-covid-19-vaccines?cid=ECR_TT_worldbank_EN_EXT
X. The Hunger Virus: ” Abysmally low” funding for 55m people facing extreme hunger in seven worst-affected countries
https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/hunger-virus-abysmally-low-funding-55m-people-facing-extreme-hunger-seven-worst
XI. Tax intake: Pakistan to face additional hurdles: Moody’s
https://www.brecorder.com/news/40025691
XII. Climate change: Better warning systems needed for extreme weather – UN
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54514008