Bolton, GOP senators see their close ties challenged | TheHill


Many of the Republican senators dismissing the relevance of former national security advisor John Bolton‘s testimony to President Trump‘s ongoing impeachment trial are also his longtime friends and colleagues.

A fixture in Republican national security circles for decades and a former Fox News contributor, Bolton has long-standing relationships with much of the Republican conference.

The connections have put Republicans in a tough spot as Trump trashes his former advisor, with the senators walking a tightrope between defending Trump and respecting Bolton.

Source: Bolton, GOP senators see their close ties challenged | TheHill

Today’s Arctic Diplomacy Can’t Handle Tomorrow’s Problems | Defense One


The international structures that have helped address many Arctic problems through negotiation and cooperation are insufficient for the military and security challenges brought on by climate change.

Decades of diplomacy have fostered forums such as the Arctic Council, which regularly brings together stakeholders (including Arctic and non-Arctic government representatives, indigenous leaders, business interests) to seek agreement on issues such as search and rescue, oil pollution and scientific cooperation. Another one, the Arctic Frontiers conference, wraps up Jan. 30 in Tromsø, Norway. Other meetings like the Arctic Circle, Arctic Dialogues, and the Arctic Shipping Forum enable further debate.

But such meetings and institutions have been less successful at addressing military operations in the region.

Source: Today’s Arctic Diplomacy Can’t Handle Tomorrow’s Problems – Defense One

The US Navy Needs More Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchells | Defense One


To be clear – although I love a good tower fly-by as much as the next guy – I am not advocating for the particularly reckless attributes of Maverick’s character or his pursuit of that one admiral’s daughter. Rather, I am highlighting that he is a highly trained expert in a challenging, technical career field. After all, Maverick is “the only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last 40 years.” DoD should have paths for skilled operators in fields such as aviation who wish to continue to serve but are uninterested in higher rank or career-diversifying positions.

Modern warfighting disciplines often require years of dedicated and expensive training. A recent RAND study estimated that the initial cost to train a USAF fighter pilot ranges from $5.6 to $10.9 million.

Source: The US Navy Needs More Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchells – Defense One

Europe wants single data market to break U.S. tech giants’ dominance | Reuters


“Competitors such as China and the U.S. are already innovating quickly and projecting their concepts of data access and use across the globe,” it said.

By capitalizing on Europe’s vast quantities of industrial and professional data and technological innovation, the bloc can surge ahead, the document said.

“The winners of today will not necessarily be the winners of tomorrow,” according to the paper.

Source: Exclusive: Europe wants single data market to break U.S. tech giants’ dominance – Reuters

On eve of Brexit, Britain faces critical test to defend drug trial crown | Reuters


It’s 2023. Britain’s brightest and best drug researchers are packing their bags as clinical trials start to dwindle, leaving a nation renowned as a global leader in pharmaceutical development to face a future in the slow lane.

This is a worst-case scenario outlined by some scientists and industry experts in the wake of Brexit, which they say could deprive the country of its role as Europe’s leader in early-stage drug research, designing and hosting pan-EU trials.

Source: On eve of Brexit, Britain faces critical test to defend drug trial crown – Reuters

White House tells Bolton his manuscript contains classified material, cannot be published | Reuters

The White House has informed former national security adviser John Bolton that his book manuscript appeared to contain “significant amounts of classified information” and could not be published in its current form.

The letter from the White House National Security Council to Bolton’s attorney, Charles Cooper, and seen by Reuters, said the manuscript contained some material that was considered “TOP SECRET” that could reasonably be expected to cause “exceptionally grave harm” to U.S. national security if disclosed without authorization.

Source: White House tells Bolton his manuscript contains classified material, cannot be published – Reuters

Around the halls: Brookings experts on the Middle East react to the White House’s peace plan


The essence of the American logic — to the degree that there is one — appears to that a “realistic” deal must reflect the fact that Israel essentially won the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that terms necessarily favor the victor. There is, of course, a grain of truth to that, but one glance at the map in the Vision is enough to see what a farce this is.

The Palestinian state would be completely enclosed by Israeli sovereign territory (including Gaza’s territorial waters, permanently), and cut into at least six main blocs of land, connected by highways.

There is nothing stable or viable about the chimera they are proposing, any more than the status quo is stable.

Source: Around the halls: Brookings experts on the Middle East react to the White House’s peace plan

No pan-EU Huawei ban as Commission endorses 5G risk mitigation plan | TechCrunch


The European Commission has endorsed a risk mitigation approach to managing 5G rollouts across the bloc — meaning there will be no pan-EU ban on Huawei. Rather it’s calling for Member States to coordinate and implement a package of “mitigating measures” in a 5G toolbox it announced last October and has endorsed today.

It adds that Member States have agreed to “strengthen security requirements, to assess the risk profiles of suppliers, to apply relevant restrictions for suppliers considered to be high risk including necessary exclusions for key assets considered as critical and sensitive (such as the core network functions), and to have strategies in place to ensure the diversification of vendors.”

Source: No pan-EU Huawei ban as Commission endorses 5G risk mitigation plan | TechCrunch

No voting on EU resolution on CAA on Thursday


Sources said the European lawmakers agreed to delay the voting to get a direct perspective from about the CAA from External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar who is scheduled to visit Brussels to prepare the ground for Modi’s visit in mid-March.

The EU lawmakers also wanted to wait for judicial review of the contentious law by India’s Supreme Court.

Diplomatic sources said the vote on the resolution against the CAA may take place between March 30 and 31, but a debate on it will go on as scheduled later on Wednesday.

Source: No voting on EU resolution on CAA on Thursday: Govt sources

Exiled From Bolivia, Evo Morales Fights to Maintain Influence at Home


Morales, who fled into exile, first to Mexico and then Argentina, still insists he will lead the charge to topple the current, interim government. But he has faced a new and unexpected challenge to his political influence in Bolivia: an increasingly powerful current in his own party, the leftist Movement Toward Socialism—MAS, by its Spanish acronym—that favors a more moderate approach.

From the moment he fled Bolivia, it was clear that Morales had no intention of becoming a passive observer of the country he governed for 14 years.

Source: Exiled From Bolivia, Evo Morales Fights to Maintain Influence at Home