Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Mar 3, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute With important national elections scheduled this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany, European officials on edge about possible Russian interference are pursuing various measures to counter it. But with a daily onslaught of fake and misleading news, repeated attempts to hack computer systems of “anti-Moscow”...

The Rapidly Increasing Urgency of Nuclear Zero

The Rapidly Increasing Urgency of Nuclear Zero

Feb 8, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rick Wayman* SANTA BARBARA, CA, USA (IDN) – October 24-25, 2016, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation brought together a small group of academics, activists and thought leaders to discuss how to shift the global discourse toward nuclear disarmament. The symposium, entitled “The Fierce...

Gotland: Sweden’s Crown Jewel in the Baltic

Gotland: Sweden’s Crown Jewel in the Baltic

Feb 1, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Jörgen Elfving The strategically placed Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic Sea, with an area of 3,183.7 square kilometers—that is, slightly smaller than California’s Sacramento county. The island is situated 330 km from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad Oblast and 110 km from the Swedish mainland,...

In the face of Trump’s Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act

In the face of Trump’s Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act

Jan 30, 2017

Sari Hanfi, American University of Beirut President Donald Trump has signed an executive order preventing nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia from entering the US. Syrian refugees are indefinitely banned, and other refugees are banned for 120 days. It’s not clear what comes next. During his campaign, Trump also stated his intention...

Germany in the Age of Trump

Germany in the Age of Trump

Jan 26, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States, and in his inaugural address he made it clear to the assembled US establishment that his administration does not intend to pursue business as usual. His motto, “America first,” signals the renunciation, and possible destruction, of the...

Can Saudi Arabia Reform Itself?

Can Saudi Arabia Reform Itself?

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Bernard Haykel PRINCETON – In 2017, Saudi Arabia will continue to pursue the two key goals that King Salman set when he acceded to the throne in January 2015: to reduce the economy’s dependence on oil revenues and government spending; and to position the Kingdom as a regional hegemon that can meet any threat, especially from...

6 Reasons Why Resisting Trump Is Not Enough: Here’s How We Might Be Able to Save Our Democracy

6 Reasons Why Resisting Trump Is Not Enough: Here’s How We Might Be Able to Save Our Democracy

Jan 10, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. If we don’t build an alternative movement, attacks on Trump could enhance his popularity rather than diminish it. By Les Leopold / AlterNet any progressives are in a major defensive crouch. We’re all about resisting everything Trump does, no matter what. We should stop his appointments, decry his PR efforts...

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

Ukraine’s corrupt counter-revolution

Dec 30, 2016

This article first appeared on openDemocracy By Sergii Leshchenko 30 December 2016 In Ukraine, revolution and reform has given way to reaction, with vested interests entrenching themselves even further.   Last week, as the world prepared for the Christmas holidays, Ukrainian MPs gathered in parliament at 10am, and departed 20 hours later. This legislative...

When Leaders Are True to Their Lies

When Leaders Are True to Their Lies

Dec 23, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ricardo Hausmann HANOI – What does the Venezuelan domestic payments crisis have in common with the death of the North American Free Trade Agreement, announced by Wilbur Ross, US President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next US Secretary of Commerce? These two seemingly disparate events are linked by the odd relationship...

The Trump Boom?

The Trump Boom?

Dec 7, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kenneth Rogoff CAMBRIDGE – After years of hibernation, will the US economy rouse itself for a big comeback over the next couple of years? With an incoming Republican administration hell-bent on reflating an economy already near full employment, and with promised trade restrictions driving up the price of import-competing...

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