Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

The Coming Ban on Nuclear Weapons

The Coming Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Mar 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Zia Mian PRINCETON – On March 27, the United Nations will start negotiations on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. It will be a milestone marking the beginning of the end of an age of existential peril for humanity. This day was bound to come. From the beginning, even those who set the world on the path to...

The five poverties of inequality

The five poverties of inequality

Mar 21, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Inequality is the worst kind of poverty, because inequality is precisely what causes it. Measuring poverty and allocating budget lines in...

Can China Save the Global Order?

Can China Save the Global Order?

Mar 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yong Deng ANNAPOLIS – At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos in January, Chinese President Xi Jinping, drawing on China’s own recent experience, spoke in defense of globalization, and offered a vision of inclusive, sustainable development. With US President Donald Trump’s administration turning its back on...

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Mar 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Sanders’ message about the ravages of runaway inequality hit home because it is true. By Les Leopold Bernie Sanders has the highest approval rating of any politician in the country with 61 percent approving, while only 32 percent disapproving, according to a March 15 Fox News poll. The Sanders 29 plus percent...

Private Military Companies Forming Vanguard of Russian Foreign Operations

Private Military Companies Forming Vanguard of Russian Foreign Operations

Mar 17, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Pavel Felgenhauer The massive Russian military involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad may be the first move to reestablish Moscow’s influence over the entire Middle East (see EDM, March 8). Russia has also been seeking contacts in conflict-ridden Libya, which still lacks an effective...

Latin America’s Barriers to Growth

Latin America’s Barriers to Growth

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Adriana Arreaza CARACAS – Latin America is expected to emerge from recession this year. But the region should not be overly optimistic. While economic growth is rebounding, it remains below 2%, on average. And in a global environment plagued by uncertainty, the balance of risks is not tilted in Latin America’s favor. The...

China’s Road to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

China’s Road to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Minghao Zhao BEIJING – A new crisis is brewing on the Korean Peninsula. In mid-February, North Korea conducted an intermediate-range ballistic missile test. On March 1, the United States and South Korea began a joint military exercise that is unprecedented in scale and intensity. These military drills will run until the end...

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,...

Military Spending in the Swampland

Military Spending in the Swampland

Mar 14, 2017

This article appeared originally on Dollars&Sense What now? What Next BY JAMES M. CYPHER On September 11, 1941, the U.S. War Department commenced construction of its new headquarters, the Pentagon: With each of its five sides running the length of three football fields, encompassing 4 million square feet of work space, it remains even today the world’s...

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...

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