MNANGAGWA STILL ON US SANCTIONS LISTS

The European Sanctions Blog gave a timely reminder on 27th November that the new Zimbabwe president remains subject to US sanctions, although the EU sanctions were lifted on 20th February 2016.  Coincidentally, the author of that blog also appeared for Mnangagwa and others in their attempt to have EU measures against them lifted.  See the OFAC Notice that includes the entry relating to Mnangagwa –

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/pages/20051123.aspx

INTERVIEW WITH CO-FOUNDER OF UK CONSULTANCY SEEKING TO REHABILITATE TERRORIST OFFENDERS

Dr. Angela Misra is the deputy chief executive and co-founder of The Unity Initiative (TUI), a specialist intervention consultancy based in the United Kingdom that focuses on rehabilitating individuals convicted of terrorist offenses; training prison, probation, and police staff; tackling absolutist mindsets in the wider community; and advising governments on countering-extremism strategies.

https://ctc.usma.edu/posts/a-view-from-the-ct-foxhole-dr-angela-misra-co-founder-the-unity-initiative

CTC SENTINEL

The Combating Terrorism Center is an independent, privately-funded, research and educational institution located in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point. The CTC Sentinel harnesses the Center’s global network of scholars and practitioners to understand and confront contemporary threats posed by terrorism and other forms of political violence.

Available free online, the latest edition, published 27th November, includes this interview.

FORMER FIU OFFICER CLAIMS ABOUT MALTA-AZERBAIJAN LINKS

The Malta Independent reports that during an interview in The Times with a former Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit official, Jonathan Ferris, and it also reports that Pilatus Bank whistleblower Maria Efimova fears for her life, should she return to Malta.  In the interview, Ferris, who had been sacked from the FIAU after the last election, tells the newspaper that the government is trying to stop him from publishing more details linking it to Azerbaijan’s ruling family.

On 26th November, Malta Today reported that the former investigator said he left shortly after an incident in which a minister demanded information on a police investigation.  He had already said he would produce documents alleging millions of euros were processed by the private bank Pilatus Bank for powerful Azerbaijanis.

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/82528/sacked_fiau_official_investigated_money_laundering_breach_by_malta_peps?src=ilaw#.Whsw0Lp2vmQ

Partners or Adversaries? Managing US-China Relations in the Era of Trump

Fascinating talk at the LSE on 16th November by Michael Mastanduno, Nelson A Rockefeller Professor of Government, Dartmouth College and the inaugural Susan Strange Professor of International Relations at LSE.  Considers the post-Cold War US-China “grand bargain” in economics and security is now unravelling, and faces new uncertainty in the era of Trump.  Including what could go wrong in the relationship, and produce conflict in the near future, or the next 10 or 25 years…

http://www.lse.ac.uk/website-archive/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=3935