Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Mar 14, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Nasim Ahmed When pro-democracy protests started six years ago in Syria’s southern city, Daraa, few would have anticipated that the violent clampdown by the regime would trigger a brutal civil war. Even fewer would have expected it to last more than six years. While the war has been characteristically unpredictable,...

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

Mar 14, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – This month the European Union will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding treaty, the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community. There certainly is much to celebrate. After centuries of war, upheaval, and mass killings, Europe is peaceful and democratic. The EU has...

Venezuela’s silenced voices

Venezuela’s silenced voices

Mar 13, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy The harsh treatment of political opposition in society, and the forms of torture that await them in the country’s overcrowded prisons, is a worrying sign for the year ahead in Venezuela. By Cecile Rossi 2016 was an eventful year for Maduro’s presidency and his opposition. In January, the Democratic Unity Table (MUD),...

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Mar 13, 2017

Originally published by EurasiaNet.org EurasiaNet Commentary By Alexander Morrison Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained journalistic ignorance as Central Asia. News from what are patronizingly known as the “stans” rarely makes it into mainstream news outlets, except in connection to Islamic terrorism, authoritarianism, and ethnic and...

War Against the West

War Against the West

Mar 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ian Buruma NEW YORK – In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning National Socialism. Kolnai seems to have read every turgid treatise – most written by third-rate thinkers – extolling the...

Violence, Power Vacuum in Mideast, Fertile Ground for Terrorism

Violence, Power Vacuum in Mideast, Fertile Ground for Terrorism

Mar 13, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS    By IPS World Desk ROME/GENEVA, Mar 13 2017 (IPS) – Long decades of violence in the Middle East and Northern Africa, resulting from the proliferation of international and local conflicts, have strained the social fabric that once held peaceful Arab societies together, says a Geneva-based think tank...

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Mar 12, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate US President Donald Trump is finally getting down to the hard work of trying to please his blue-collar supporters and his administration’s resident plutocrats. The results so far are as incoherent as the electoral coalition that brought him to power. By Project Syndicate Donald Trump’s economic-policy agenda during the 2016 US...

Going Bananas Over Brexit

Going Bananas Over Brexit

Mar 12, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Samantha Sen LONDON (ACP-IDN) – The Brexit question as seen by the small and poor group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries is far simpler – and potentially far more lethal – than those the more usual Brexit debate engages with. It belongs less to debate on knock-on...

Nuclear Disarmament Is Humanity’s Common Cause

Nuclear Disarmament Is Humanity’s Common Cause

Mar 12, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Dr. J. Enkhsaikhan Note: Dr. J. Enkhsaikhan is Chairman of Blue Banner NGO and former Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations in New York and Vienna. This article comes in run-up to the UN General Assembly’s two sessions – scheduled for March 27-31 and June 15-July...

Why Assad’s military gains don’t translate to success in Syrian peace talks

Why Assad’s military gains don’t translate to success in Syrian peace talks

Mar 11, 2017

Dara Conduit, Deakin University The uprising in Syria will mark its sixth anniversary on March 15, but the Syrian war has far from run its course. Much has changed in the Syrian government’s favour over the past 18 months. Russia’s decision to formally intervene in the conflict in September 2015 buttressed the ailing regime’s air superiority and allowed it to...

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