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Archive for May 29, 2022

Newsline: EU mulls compromise to break deadlock on Russian oil embargo

Ambassadors from the 27 European Union member states will on Sunday examine a compromise that could enable them to break the deadlock on a sixth round of economic sanctions against Russia, including a landmark halt to Russian oil imports, EU sources told AFP. (https://news.yahoo.com/eu-mulls-compromise-break-deadlock-153240503.html) The compromise solution put to national negotiators on Sunday consists in excluding the Druzhba pipeline from a future oil embargo and only imposing sanctions on oil shipped to the EU by tanker vessel, the sources said. The latest round of proposed sanctions has been blocked by landlocked Hungary, which has no access to seafaring oil cargo ships and is dependent for 65 percent of its oil needs on Russian crude supplied via the Druzhba pipeline. Budapest has rejected as inadequate a proposal to allow it two years longer than other EU states to wean itself off Russian oil. It wants at least four years and at least 800 million euros ($860 million) in EU funds to adapt its refineries to process non-Russian crude and boost pipeline capacity to neighbouring Croatia.

Newsline: Saudi Arabia Names Veteran Diplomat as New Climate Envoy

Saudi Arabia appointed a veteran diplomat and former ambassador to the US as climate envoy, a task that had previously been mostly managed by the same ministry that controls oil production. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-29/saudi-arabia-names-veteran-diplomat-as-new-climate-envoy) Adel Al-Jubeir, minister of state for overseas affairs, will tackle the function along with his present job, in keeping with a royal order issued on Sunday. Al-Jubeir had beforehand served as overseas minister — a separate title. Al-Jubeir held key diplomacy positions throughout a interval that noticed heavy lobbying from the US authorities to persuade international locations that have been usually reticent to assist a worldwide local weather pact to as an alternative signal on. The Paris local weather settlement was signed by virtually each nation on the earth and it was ratified in November 2016. It wasn’t instantly clear what the appointment means for the local weather coverage of the world’s largest crude oil exporter — which has usually been directed by officers in its Ministry of Vitality.

Newsline: ‘Anticipatory diplomacy’ aimed to help US to better deal with crises

Diplomacy is about avoiding crises as much as solving them. Once a crisis is here, there is no choice but to deal with it in real time. A better way would have us foresee problems further in advance, give us more time to discuss them and develop a consensus around them, more flexibility in dealing with them, and a greater chance of ensuring resilience in the international system. An updated model for diplomacy — anticipatory diplomacy — would make it possible to confront global crises before they burst upon us. This approach means researching the years ahead to identify potential crises; engaging earlier and more often multilaterally to discuss the problems and shape consensus before crisis; partnering diplomacy with science to shape solutions; and using America’s power as convener to move issues from discussion to agreement. American diplomacy now must cope with a number of major issues: the war in Ukraine, climate change, the effects of the pandemic, migration, energy supply, food security, economic recovery, and the unconstrained explosion of activity in outer space. Reactive diplomacy — that is, responding when the crisis hits — no longer will suffice in many instances. (https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/3496422-anticipatory-diplomacy-would-help-us-to-better-deal-with-crises/) Businesses, organizations, academic institutions, NGOs do forward-planning as a core function. The Department of Defense intentionally, and in detail, researches the future to plan for protecting the country. American diplomats should do the same.