Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Wars were and are far from Inevitable

Wars were and are far from Inevitable

Jun 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Frederick the Great of Prussia was a friend of Voltaire and enjoyed ribald evenings with the philosopher discussing the intricacies of life’s dos and don’ts. Before becoming king he was persuaded by Voltaire to become a pacifist....

Trump has Cards Up his Sleeves to Avoid Impeachment

Trump has Cards Up his Sleeves to Avoid Impeachment

Jun 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Viewpoint by Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – “The best lack all conviction”, wrote the Irish poet, William Yeats, “while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Is this not true of America today? Some of the “best” are working to bring down President Donald Trump, yet are...

Veterans For Peace Mobilise To Resist Militarism

Veterans For Peace Mobilise To Resist Militarism

May 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Brian Trautman* WASHINGTON, D.C. (IDN-INPS) – The United States is the most militarized and jingoistic nation on earth. Its foreign policy is guided by imperialist militarism, neoliberal capitalism and racial xenophobia. For more than sixteen years now, three presidential...

The Left Must Vote for Macron

The Left Must Vote for Macron

May 4, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis LONDON – In 2002, Jacques Chirac, the French right’s leader, faced Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the racist National Front, in the second round of France’s presidential election. The French left rallied behind the Gaullist, conservative Chirac to oppose the xenophobic heir of Vichy collaborationism....

Korean Peninsula: Conflict Prevention ‘Our Collective Priority’ But ‘the Onus Is on the DPRK

Korean Peninsula: Conflict Prevention ‘Our Collective Priority’ But ‘the Onus Is on the DPRK

Apr 30, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By António Guterres Following are excerpts from UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the Security Council on Non-Proliferation/DPRK on April 28, 2017. – The Editor NEW YORK (IDN) – The situation on the Korean Peninsula is one of the longest-standing and most serious...

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...

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