University of Melbourne: Partnership helps lay the foundations for treaty making in Australia

University of Melbourne: Partnership helps lay the foundations for treaty making in Australia. “Launched in a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the National Native Title Council, the new Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) website is a resource that aims to empower Traditional Owners through information, capturing the range and variety of agreement making with First Nations peoples in Australia and other parts of the world. Its purpose is to encourage transparency and knowledge around agreement making with a focus on nation building, First Nations governance and treaty making.”

Brookings Tech Stream: How China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats use and abuse Twitter

Brookings Tech Stream: How China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats use and abuse Twitter. “A little more than a year ago, China had almost no diplomatic presence on Twitter. A handful of accounts, many representing far-flung diplomatic outposts, operated without apparent coordination or direction from Beijing. Today, the work of Chinese diplomats on Twitter looks very different: More than 170 of them bicker with Western powers, promote conspiracies about the coronavirus, and troll Americans on issues of race. The quadrupling in the past year and a half of China’s diplomatic presence on a site blocked within China suggests that turning to Western platforms to influence the information environment beyond China’s borders is no longer an afterthought but a priority.”

Arms exports control: launch of online database increasing transparency on EU arms exports (European Union External Action)

European Union External Action: Arms exports control: launch of online database increasing transparency on EU arms exports. “Today the European External Action Service has launched an online database on its website that will allow everyone to consult and analyse the data on Member States’ arms exports in a user-friendly manner. The database contains information on the value, destination and type of arms export licenses and actual exports from Member States, covering the years 2013-2019. The database will be updated on an annual basis.”

Arizona State University: Mexico, U.S. ambassadors discuss digital diplomacy and social media

Arizona State University: Mexico, U.S. ambassadors discuss digital diplomacy and social media. “In a recent Convergence Lab and Future Tense event, Ambassador Bárcena and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau discussed the complex triangulation and impact of digital diplomacy on the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Future Tense is a partnership of ASU, Slate and New America that explores the social impacts of technology, and Convergence Lab is an ASU project that connects the university to partners in Mexico to explore common challenges and opportunities.”

ReliefWeb: Dedicated ‘United Nations Disarmament Yearbook’ website, now live, spotlights core peace, security challenges as global organization turns 75

ReliefWeb: Dedicated ‘United Nations Disarmament Yearbook’ website, now live, spotlights core peace, security challenges as global organization turns 75. “The Office for Disarmament Affairs launched a new website today featuring the latest version of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook….This new digital platform allows diplomats, technical experts, journalists and other readers to effortlessly navigate through a comprehensive overview of key developments and trends from the past year with respect to multilateral disarmament, non‑proliferation and arms control. The forty‑fourth edition of the Yearbook and its website include, for the first time, a collection of explanatory graphics and charts as well as a full chapter on gender issues in disarmament.”

CNN: Trump won’t attend United Nations General Assembly in person

CNN: Trump won’t attend United Nations General Assembly in person. “The decision, which White House chief of staff Mark Meadows revealed to reporters Thursday evening, will keep the President at least physically distant from the annual forum in New York City where even world leaders who don’t believe in global relationships make a pilgrimage to see and be seen.
It’s unclear in what capacity the President will participate in the event virtually.”

BBC: Global perception of US falls to two-decade low

BBC: Global perception of US falls to two-decade low . “America’s reputation among some allies has fallen to its lowest point in nearly two decades, according to a global survey. The findings of the Pew Research Center poll reflect public perceptions of the US in 13 countries. Positive views of the US has fallen to a median of 34% across the countries surveyed, and only 16% confidence in President Trump.”

CNN: China’s UK embassy calls for Twitter to investigate after ambassador’s account ‘likes’ pornographic tweet

CNN: China’s UK embassy calls for Twitter to investigate after ambassador’s account ‘likes’ pornographic tweet. “The Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom has called on Twitter to investigate after its ambassador’s official account appeared to ‘like’ a pornographic post. The apparent sexually explicit “like” was first identified by a London-based human rights campaigner on Wednesday. It quickly set off a storm online as Twitter users speculated about whether ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s account had been hacked.”

NPR: Biden’s Foreign Policy Is All About Relationships. That’s Harder Amid A Pandemic

NPR: Biden’s Foreign Policy Is All About Relationships. That’s Harder Amid A Pandemic. “The coronavirus pandemic has made big international summits nearly impossible. The same goes for extended meetings, dinners or most other scenarios where a President Biden could sit down with other heads of government and forge the relationships he sees as so key to reaching agreements with other nations.”

Union Bulletin: US seeks to reassure diplomats returning to Beijing after uproar

Union Bulletin: US seeks to reassure diplomats returning to Beijing after uproar. ” The State Department is seeking to reassure dozens of diplomats who are preparing to return to Beijing that China won’t be given total control over their coronavirus testing and that children and other family members won’t be separated if they are found positive, according to several people familiar with the matter.”

Washington Post: U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China over coronavirus as President Trump fumes

Washington Post: U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China over coronavirus as President Trump fumes. “Senior U.S. officials are beginning to explore proposals for punishing or demanding financial compensation from China for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to four senior administration officials with knowledge of internal planning. The move could splinter already strained relations between the two superpowers at a perilous moment for the global economy.”

The New York Times: While Shuttered at Home, China Exploits Social Media Abroad

The New York Times: While Shuttered at Home, China Exploits Social Media Abroad. “China says its diplomats and government officials will fully exploit foreign social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that are blocked off to its own citizens.”

The Africa Report: China’s new Twitter diplomacy in Africa used to challenge US critics

The Africa Report: China’s new Twitter diplomacy in Africa used to challenge US critics. “After many years of silence, Chinese envoys are now finding their voice… on Twitter. The Chinese government’s rapid adoption of Twitter over the past several months now appears to be entering a new phase as envoys across the continent are using the social media platform to launch much more pointed attacks against the United States and other critics.”

Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961–1963, Volumes VII, VIII, IX, Arms Control; National Security Policy; Foreign Economic Policy Microfiche Supplement (US Department of State)

US Department of State: Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961–1963, Volumes VII, VIII, IX, Arms Control; National Security Policy; Foreign Economic Policy Microfiche Supplement . “From 1993 to 1998, the Foreign Relations series published 13 microfiche supplements that included images of additional documents expanding upon issues addressed in corresponding print volumes in the Eisenhower and Kennedy subseries, which could not be printed due to space limitations. As an addition to the Office of the Historian’s digital archive of the entire Foreign Relations back catalog, the Office is digitizing the text from the microfiche images of these supplements and enriching it to create a full text searchable digital edition and ebooks.”