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...

We Must Succeed in Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons

We Must Succeed in Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons

Mar 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Sergio Duarte, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs* NEW YORK (IDN) – For the first time since the foundation of the United Nations the majority of the international community seems prepared to take a bold and fundamental step leading to the abolition of nuclear...

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...

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...

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Lyndal Rowlands UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 2017 (IPS) – In the midst of responding to the worst humanitarian crisis since records began, the UN is now faced with potential funding cuts from its biggest donor, the United States. On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump released “America First: A...

China Should Keep Squeezing North Korea

China Should Keep Squeezing North Korea

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Rocket launches galore in North Korea. Colours and flames in the sky. It’s all a bit like a peacock spreading his tail. Murders abound. Is this a butcher’s shop – an uncle, a half-brother and a couple of high-placed generals and no doubt...

UN Is Committed to Reform But Warns of Abrupt Funding Cuts

UN Is Committed to Reform But Warns of Abrupt Funding Cuts

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By J Nastranis Note: This is the first in a series of reports analysing U.S. policy towards multilateralism in general and the UN in particular. – Editor NEW YORK (IDN) – While United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed strong disapproval of President Donald...

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,...

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...

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...

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