28 january 2021

On the Democracy Without Borders website, Robert Whitfield writes that even though artificial intelligence “is playing an increasingly dominant role in the lives of people around the world,” it is “subject to remarkably little governance, let alone global governance. There is a strong case for the establishment of a UN regime on Artificial Intelligence. Such a regime should include a supervisory body that can provide a democratic input. … To prepare the way, using perhaps the UN Secretary-General’s new multistakeholder advisory board on global AI cooperation as a springboard, it is proposed that a multi-stakeholder World Conference on AI should be organised in 2023.”

Didier Jacobs, author of Global Democracy: The Struggle for Political and Civil Rights in the 21st Century, writes in Foreign Policy In Focus, “The series of speeches on China given by the Trump administration last summer can be read as a declaration of cold war. This declaration is backed up by a growing bipartisan and international chorus of China hawks. … However, China doves must recognize that Chinese bullying is a reality, from the South China Sea to China’s trade war against Australia.” Jacobs says “a principled China policy would neither confront China nor cave in to it across the board. … A principled policy would give credit where credit is due and hold China accountable where it breaks the rules.”

Lawrence Wittner writes at History News Network that new United States President Joseph Biden “has the opportunity and, apparently, the inclination to challenge” the “irresponsible” nuclear policy of his predecessor Donald Trump. As a “long-time supporter of nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements…the new president will probably advance measures dealing with nuclear issues that differ significantly from those of his predecessor. Although his ability to secure U.S. ratification of new treaties will be severely limited by Senate Republicans, he can (and probably will) use executive action to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement, re-sign the Open Skies Treaty, block the U.S. production and deployment of particularly destabilizing nuclear weapons, and reduce the budget for nuclear ‘modernization.'”

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