International Polity - Current Affairs for August, 2017

International Polity Current Affairs for August, 2017

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▼ Tilak Marapana is Sri Lanka's next Foreign Minister   [08-16-17]

Tilak Marapana of the United National Party (UNP) assumed charge as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister on Aug 15 2016, following his predecessor Ravi Karunanayake’s resignation last week.

Mr. Karunanayake stepped down, after being linked to a controversial businessman who has been accused of a key role in a bond scam at the country’s Central Bank.

Denying any wrongdoing, the ex-Minister said he was resigning to protect the government and the UNP that he was part of.

Mr. Marapana is the third Foreign Minister since the Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe combine formed government two and a half years ago.

In May, Mr. Karunanayake replaced Mangala Samaraweera, currently Finance Minister, in a Cabinet reshuffle.

Talk of Mr. Maranapana’s appointment earlier sparked criticism from sections in Colombo, who pointed to his 2015 resignation - he was Law and Order Minister then - after he reportedly defended a controversial maritime security company linked to a major corruption case.

In May, Mr. Marapana was brought back into the government as Minister of Development

▼ USISPF: US India strategic partnership forum launched   [08-7-17]

Aug 1, 2017 marks the official launch of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), a nonprofit corporation focused on stimulating business relations between the U.S. and India, and enhancing the strategic relationship between the two countries.

USISPF is committed to creating the most powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India.

Promoting bilateral trade is an important part of USISPF's work.

USISPF's mission reaches far beyond this. It is about business and government coming together in new ways to create meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens.

USISPF's leadership and Board have been carefully selected based on their unique expertise and strong government and business relationships in both the U.S. and India.

Mukesh Aghi will lead USISPF as President and Gaurav Verma will serve as Chief Operating Officer.

USISPF's Board of Directors will include:

  • Chairman John Chambers (Executive Chairman, Cisco),
  • Vice-Chairs Punit Renjen (Global CEO, Deloitte LLP)
  • Edward Monser (President, Emerson Electric),
Board Members:
  • Indra Nooyi (Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo),
  • Ajay Banga (President & CEO, MasterCard),
  • Ambassador Susan Esserman (Partner, Steptoe & Johnson),
  • Secretary William Cohen (Chairman & CEO, The Cohen Group),
  • Purna Saggurti (Chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch),
    Ambassador Frank Wisner (International Affairs Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs).
The launch of USISPF represents a new chapter in the US-India relationship, and a US-India partnership to new heights by prioritizing mutual opportunities that will benefit businesses, governments, and citizens in both countries.

About the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF):
  • USISPF was established in 2017 by a group of industry leaders in both countries who are committed to creating a powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India.
  • A non-profit organization, USISPF is focused on driving economic growth, job creation, innovation, inclusion, and entrepreneurship in the U.S. and India.
  • USISPF has a strong presence in the U.S. and India, including in New York, Washington DC, Silicon Valley, Mumbai and New Delhi.

▼ New sanctions on Russia, Iran, N.Korea approved by Trump   [08-3-17]

US President Donald Trump has signed legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia into law on Aug 2, 2017.

The US Congress voted last week by overwhelming margins for sanctions to punish the Russian government over interference in the 2016 presidential election, annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and other perceived violations of international norms.

Mr. Trump, who has made clear he wanted to improve relations with Russia, reluctantly accepted the new congressional sanctions, which also included Iran and North Korea.

The Bill had enough support in Congress to override a presidential veto.

Mr. Trump’s signing of the Bill followed some conflicting signals from the administration in recent days about the sanctions.

Iran: Know More

  • Iran is an Islamic republic on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf with historical sites dating to the Persian Empire.
  • Extensive marble ruins mark Persepolis, the empire’s capital founded by Darius I in the 6th century B.C.
  • The modern capital, Tehran, is home to opulent Golestan Palace, seat of the Qajar Dynasty (1794 - 1925), plus modern landmarks such as the 435m-high Milad Tower.
  • Capital: Tehran
  • Currency: Iranian rial
  • President: Hassan Rouhani
  • Supreme leader: Ali Khamenei
  • Official language: Persian

▼ US communications director Anthony Scaramucci fired by Trump!   [08-1-17]

US President Donald Trump fired his communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, on 31st July 2017 after little over a week in the job because of an obscene tirade.

Mr. Scaramucci’s departure follows one of the rockiest weeks of Mr. Trump’s presidency in which a major Republican effort to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system failed in Congress.

Additionally, both his spokesman and previous chief of staff left their jobs.

Scaramucci had been damaged by comments he made to The New Yorker magazine last week in which he attacked then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in profanity-laden terms.

Trump removed Scaramucci on the same day he swore in a new White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general who is expected to bring more discipline to running what has become a chaotic White House.

Scaramucci was named to the role only 10 days ago.