Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, February 21, 2013
- Yesterday, Myanmar held peace talks between ethnic groups in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in an attempt to resolve the ongoing Kachin conflict.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested to diverting hundreds of millions of pounds sterling from foreign aid into security and defense.
- A French General appointed to head the EU’s mission to Mali urged the EU to equip the “very impoverished” Malian forces, stating equipping the forces was just as important as training them.
- A recent Amnesty International report (.pdf) found that South Sudan has been holding opposition forces without charges or access to lawyers since the unrest broke out in December.
- According to a diplomat who spoke to Reuters, major powers are prepared to make “a substantial and serious offer” to Iran next week during talks if Iran provides concessions on its nuclear program.
- Two years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia is looking for a new Prime Minister after attempts to form an apolitical technocratic cabinet failed.
- The US is considering extending the use of diplomacy to battle the theft of trade secrets.
- In his first major speech since becoming the US Secretary of State, John Kerry has defended the importance of foreign affairs spending for national security and growth.
- Foreign Policy covers the US State Department’s warning issued yesterday to all its citizens abroad to be afraid of everything, everywhere.