CSP WEEKLY UPDATES (November 12-18, 2022)

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THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & THE UNITED NATIONS

Ø  US raises $135m to combat food insecurity, aims to support Pakistani farmers

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2386769/us-raises-135m-to-combat-food-insecurity-aims-to-support-pakistani-farmers

Ø  Bridging the Afghanistan gap in Pakistan–US relations

https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2022/11/11/bridging-the-afghanistan-gap-in-pakistan-us-relations/

Ø  Initiative launched to enhance Pak-US trade

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2386757/initiative-launched-to-enhance-pak-us-trade

Ø  In Focus: Defense Primer: The United States Space Force

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF11495

Ø  Report: Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44245

Ø  In Focus: Pakistan’s 2022 Floods and Implications for U.S. Interests

https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF12211

Ø  Report: An American strategy for the Indo-Pacific in an age of US-China competition

https://www.brookings.edu/research/an-american-strategy-for-the-indo-pacific-in-an-age-of-us-china-competition/

Ø  Report: Renewing global climate change action for fragile and developing countries

https://www.brookings.edu/research/renewing-global-climate-change-action-for-fragile-and-developing-countries/

Ø  Ukraine war: Risks of spillover ‘remain all too real’, Security Council hears

https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/11/1130722

Ø  Iran: Thousands held for peacefully protesting must be released

https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/11/1130627

Ø  ‘Bridges across digital divides’ needed to boost development, Guterres tells G20

https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/11/1130707

Ø  COP27: ‘Zero tolerance for green washing’, Guterres says as new report cracks down on empty net-zero pledges

https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/11/1130317

Ø  Ukraine war: Risks of spillover ‘remain all too real’, Security Council hears

https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/11/1130722

Ø  Displaced families face winter hardships, UN refugee agency warns

https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/11/1130492

Ø  Sustainable food cold chains reduce waste, fight climate change: UN report

https://news.un.org/story/2022/11/1130532

Ø  Report Link: https://coolcoalition.org/sustainable-food-cold-chains-report/

Ø  WFP Pakistan Situation Report, 12 November 2022

https://reliefweb.int/report/pakistan/wfp-pakistan-situation-report-12-november-2022

Ø  Pakistan Country Climate and Development Report (November 2022)

https://reliefweb.int/report/pakistan/pakistan-country-climate-and-development-report-november-2022

 

RUSSIA & EUROPE
Ø  EU freezes Russian assets to the tune of €68 bln, says Politico
https://tass.com/economy/1538681

Ø  Putin to visit Yerevan for CSTO summit next week, Kremlin announces
https://tass.com/politics/1538827

Ø  Putin, Aliyev discussed energy cooperation – Kremlin
https://tass.com/politics/1538453

Ø  EU proposes loss and damange fund to help poor countries cope with climate crisis
https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/11/18/eu-proposes-loss-and-damage-fund-to-help-poor-countries-cope-with-climate-crisis

Ø  EU countries to plug defence spending gaps with €70 billion by 2025
https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2022/11/15/eu-countries-to-plug-defence-spending-gaps-with-70-billion-by-2035

Ø  ‘Not backtracking’: EU climate chief announces updated emissions goal at COP27
https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/11/15/not-backtracking-eu-climate-chief-announces-updated-emissions-goal-at-cop27

Ø  Poland blast ‘likely caused’ by Ukrainian air defence system – NATO
https://www.euronews.com/video/2022/11/16/nato-chief-holds-emergency-meeting-over-poland-explosion

Ø  Blackouts hit 10 million in Ukraine after Russian strikes
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/18/10-million-ukrainians-without-power-after-russian-attacks

Ø  NATO faces new challenge as Ukraine war spills into Poland
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/17/nato-faces-new-challenge-as-war-spills-into-poland

Ø  Ukraine grain export deal extended for four months
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/17/ukraine-grain-export-deal-extended-for-four-months

Ø  G20 leaders declaration denounces ‘Russian aggression’ in Ukraine
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/16/g20-leaders-declaration-denounces-russian-aggression-in-ukraine

Ø  EU launches military training mission for Ukraine’s armed forces
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/15/eu-launches-military-training-mission-for-ukraines-armed-forces

Ø  Istanbul blast: Kurdish group deny involvement as Turkey detains dozens over ‘terror attack’
https://www.euronews.com/2022/11/14/istanbul-blast-suspect-arrested-as-government-blames-kurdish-separatists-for-terror-attack

Ø  As Russia’s war in Ukraine drags on, Turkey’s role expands
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/15/how-turkey-positions-itself-during-the-war-in-ukraine

Ø  UN calls for Russia to pay reparations. How did countries vote?
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/15/un-calls-for-russia-to-pay-reparations-how-did-countries-vote

Ø  EU slaps more sanctions on Iran over protest crackdown
https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2022/11/14/eu-set-to-slap-more-sanctions-on-iran-over-protest-crackdown

Ø  CIA chief William Burns meets Russian spy boss Sergey Naryshkin
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/14/cia-director-meets-russian-counterpart-in-ankara

 

POLITICAL ECONOMY & NON-TRADITIONAL THREATS
Ø  SBP Weekly Data Report
http://www.sbp.org.pk/ecodata/index2.asp

Ø  IMF seeks details of $16bn post-flood reconstruction plans

https://www.geo.tv/latest/453075-imf-seeks-details-of-16bn-post-flood-reconstruction-plans

Ø  Talks with IMF on ninth review delayed further

https://www.dawn.com/news/1721528/talks-with-imf-on-ninth-review-delayed-further

Ø  Default risk soars amid political turmoil, delay in IMF talks

https://www.dawn.com/news/1721411/default-risk-soars-amid-political-turmoil-delay-in-imf-talks

Ø  Pakistan’s five-year credit default swap widens sharply

https://www.geo.tv/latest/452417-pakistans-five-year-credit-default-swap-widens-sharply

Ø  ‘Pakistan’s share in global arms export market growing’

https://www.dawn.com/news/1721398/pakistans-share-in-global-arms-export-market-growing

Ø  World Bank to provide $1.3b emergency relief

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2386746/world-bank-to-provide-13b-emergency-relief

Ø  Govt seeks IMF waivers amid flood-driven slippages

https://www.dawn.com/news/1721238/govt-seeks-imf-waivers-amid-flood-driven-slippages

Ø  Pakistan’s debt, liabilities climb 23.7% in first quarter of FY23

https://www.geo.tv/latest/452878-pakistans-debt-liabilities-climb-237-in-first-quarter-of-fy23

Ø  Circular debt keeps rising despite massive power tariff hike

https://www.dawn.com/news/1721237/circular-debt-keeps-rising-despite-massive-power-tariff-hike

Ø  Pakistan has enough dollars to meet foreign obligations, says SBP governor

https://www.dawn.com/news/1720998/pakistan-has-enough-dollars-to-meet-foreign-obligations-says-sbp-governor

Ø  Debt is costlier than we think

https://www.dawn.com/news/1720860/debt-is-costlier-than-we-think

Ø  Economic reforms: if not now, then when?

https://www.dawn.com/news/1720857/economic-reforms-if-not-now-then-when

Ø  Remittances drop as ‘unofficial channels’ thrive amid widening exchange rate gap

https://www.dawn.com/news/1720474/remittances-drop-as-unofficial-channels-thrive-amid-widening-exchange-rate-gap

Ø  Pak-US Green Alliance to help agri-productivity

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2385912/pak-us-green-alliance-to-help-agri-productivity

Ø  Oil falls on worries of U.S. rate hikes, China demand outlook

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/oil-falls-geopolitical-tensions-ease-china-covid-concerns-return-2022-11-17/#:~:text=HOUSTON%2C%20Nov%2017%20(Reuters),a%20barrel%2C%20down%203.3%25.

Ø  Why Pakistan is too big to feed

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2386181/why-pakistan-is-too-big-to-feed

Ø  Climate change risks may cut Pakistan’s GDP 18-20% by 2050: World Bank

https://www.geo.tv/latest/452956-pakistans-annual-gdp-can-fall-18-20-by-2050-due-to-climate-change-risks-wb

Ø  Reducing climate costs

https://www.dawn.com/news/1721419/reducing-climate-costs

Ø  Pakistan must take the lead at COP27

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2386183/pakistan-must-take-the-lead-at-cop27

Ø  Agriculture’s declining contribution to smog

https://www.dawn.com/news/1720864/agricultures-declining-contribution-to-smog

Ø  Pakistan among seven states to get climate disaster funding

https://www.dawn.com/news/1721042