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INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGES FOR THE BIDEN PRESIDENCY

ByGeoffrey Van Orden “The intrinsic strengths of individual and national freedom, of free market economies, and the rule of law will continue to give the democracies and their allies overwhelming advantage, provided they work together” “America is back.  Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy  . ,” announced President Biden as he set out his foreign policy priorities at the State Department on 4 February.  His promise to reform “the habits of cooperation and rebuild the muscle of democratic alliances that have atrophied”,  must be reassuring to America’s allies, bruised by the last 5 years. But they will remember...

Universal human rights; the way forward

By Kaveesha Fernando LONDON, UK (CWBN)_  On December 10, 72 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. It was a momentous occasion - the culmination of two long years of work by representatives from all over the globe who worked together to form a single document which established a common global framework for human rights. Adopting the declaration was no mean feat. Two years was much longer than...

Embracing Solitude

By Melrie Monro (CWBN)_ Do you ever wonder what we would do or where we would be without the 24/7 connection to the entire community of a world, without the gigabytes and extensive amount of information available at a click. Why do you find it so hard to disconnect from the altar of social media? It seemingly feels like such a haunting thought to even part ways with your smart devices...

Over the immediate Biden Horizon

By Daniel Hamilton 🇺🇸 With Joe Biden confirmed as the next President of the United States, it is worth examining  in detail his foreign policy record, which is remarkable, to endeavour to draw some conclusions about what kind of President he will be on the world stage and how he may differ from Trump.  Some thoughts from me... Before looking at specifics, it is the length of Biden’s record that is...

Beginning of the Tech Era

By Harith Soysa Philippedes, the Greek Messenger, sacrificed his life approximately 2,500 years ago while in the process of communicating a message between two cities, Marathon and Athens; today, the story of Marathon is a mere legend and we live in a global village. A teenage girl from a remote village in India, can now take courses offered online from most of the prestigious universities around the world, and connect...

World Food Day 2020: A day of action against hunger

By Michelle Alles Singapore (CWBN)_World Food Day is today. Let's be grateful for all the food that made its way to us during the lockdowns imposed in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many realised the value of the food we enjoyed and are now more mindful of how much we consume. However, numerous people were not so lucky: some went hungry and others went through hard times to put a...

The response of Democracies to Security Challenges of the 21st century

LONDON (CWBN)_ Defence strategy and spending is being reviewed across the democracies after years of complacency. This recognises that changes in the strategic environment are taking place faster than anticipated and require urgent response and a shift in approach.  As examples, NATO has launched a ‘reflection process’ on its more challenging security environment and what should be the desirable shape and role of the Alliance in 10 years’ time. The...