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US Ambassador to Kuwait Alina L Romanowski

US stands with Kuwait to counter cyber threats

In a networked world, economic prosperity and the strength and security of our relationship can only be assured if we are unified in our approach to cybersecurity. Today once again our nations must unite as we did thirty years ago. This time, we must build our collective cyber-defense, against an enemy that may already be lurking within our critical systems ready to inflict damage not only on us but also on our allies and partners.

 

Keith Krach on building networks of trust

Stan McChrystal once told Keith Krach that he was one of the few leaders he’s known in business that we could put a uniform on tomorrow and be effective as a general officer in the United States Army. This week, Stan and Chris Fussell sit down with Keith Krach, the former Chairman, CEO, & President of DocuSign, the former Chairman and CEO of Ariba, and most recently, the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. They discuss Keith’s leadership across the public and private sectors, how to build trust in new teams, and why we should wear failure like a badge of honor.

Huawei logo in backdrop with mobile user.

Rewriting US Approach to China Threat

For four years, former President Donald Trump’s administration broke with previous U.S. governments to confront the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) head-on, pushing back against its malign actions aimed at remodeling the world to its own brand of techno-totalitarianism.

Keith Krach (L), U.S. undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, speaks to Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, during a funeral ceremony of former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui at the Aletheia University in Nee Taipei City on Sept. 19, 2020. (HSU CHAO-CHANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

US Changes Course on Taiwan in Defiance of Beijing

The tone of U.S.–Taiwan relations has dramatically changed under the Trump administration, particularly since a September 2020 visit to Taipei by Under Secretary Keith Krach that paved the way for new economic dialogue.

The Catalyst for Stronger US-Taiwan Ties

On September 17th, 2020, U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach landed at the Shung Shan Air Force Base in Taipei to become the highest-ranking State Department official to visit the island since the U.S. established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979. Wearing a face mask and giving his clasped hands signature salutation, Krach descended from a Gulfstream G-V jet to bump elbows with a greeting party of senior Taiwanese officials.

US Turns Tide on Huawei, Ending CCP’s 5G Master Plan

As of this month, more than 50 nations, representing over two-thirds of the world’s economy, and 180 telecom companies had joined the “Clean Network” initiative led by the U.S. government. The alliance includes 26 of the 27 EU member states, as well as technologically advanced countries such as Japan, Israel, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, New Zealand, and India. This triumph for the U.S. government seemed unthinkable at the beginning of this year, as the Chinese telecom giant, a dominant player in the global 5G market, seemed unbeatable.

U.S. Policy on China May Move from ‘America First’ to America & Co.

In tech, Metcalfe’s Law posits that a network becomes more useful in proportion to the number of its users, squared. That means big networks are much more valuable than small ones. A Silicon Valley veteran at the State Department is trying to harness the power of Metcalfe’s Law to build a network of nations to counter China—a notable change in tone after years in which the Trump administration pursued a go-it-alone, “America First” strategy.

The U.S. Will Overthrow the CCP Firewall

“Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall!” Famous words of US President Ronald Reagan shouted in 1987 Outside Brandenburg gate at the Berlin wall, to the Soviet leader inside the wall. This sentence came true two years later, the Berlin Wall fell, and the Soviet Communist regime collapsed in the cheers of the people. Now, the U.S. government has once again uttered the rhetoric of “Tear down the (CCP) firewall!”, leading people to speculate whether it will become the fuse to disintegrate the CCP regime.

2020 Has Shined a Light on Corruption

The pandemic of 2020 will be in the history books for a long time. But this year will also be remembered as the year that citizens of the world woke up to the truth about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) doctrine of concealment, co-option, coercion, and corruption.

The Paris Club is close to fully achieve the implementation of the DSSI

As of today, 38 eligible countries have requested to benefit from the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) by the Paris Club. Of these requests, 36 have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Paris Club creditors to implement the DSSI. These countries are: Angola, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Djibouti, Dominica, Ethiopia, Grenada, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyz Republic, Lesotho, Madagascar, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Yemen and Zambia. For Cabo Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe, Portugal, which is not member of the Paris Club, signed jointly with the Paris Club creditors both Memoranda of Understanding implementing the DSSI.

 

The Clean Network, an alliance of democracies to address the threats to data privacy, security, human rights, and trusted collaboration

How the Clean Network Alliance of Democracies Turned the Tide on Huawei in 5G

Two weeks ago, Brazil became the 50th Clean Network member, followed by Ecuador, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. In just six months, the Clean Network has grown to over 50 Clean Countries, representing 2/3 of the world’s GDP—180 Clean Telcos and many industry-leading Clean Companies like Oracle, Fujitsu, Cisco, Siemens, VMware, NEC, and HP. This alliance of democracies now includes 26 of the 27 EU member states along with technology savvy nations like Japan, Israel, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, Vietnam, New Zealand, and India. The Clean Network partners also include an increasing list of global heavyweights like NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, EU Commissioner Thierry Breton, Chairwoman of the Three Seas Initiative and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

40 Clean Countries, and 50 Clean Telcos have joined the Clean Network.

The Transatlantic Alliance Goes Clean

Since Secretary of State Pompeo announced the Clean Network and the European Union launched its EU 5G Clean Toolbox earlier this year, 40 Clean Countries, and 50 Clean Telcos, including the largest telcos like Reliance Jio in India, Telstra in Australia, SK in Korea, NTT in Japan, Hrvatskiin Croatia, Tele2 in Estonia, Cosmote in Greece, Three in Ireland, LMT in Latvia, Ziggo in the Netherlands, Plus in Poland, TDC in Denmark, O2in the United Kingdom, Singtel, Starhub, and M1in Singapore and all the major telcos in Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, U.S., and Taiwan have joined the Clean Network.