Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Huge Health Needs for World’s One Billion Migrants

Huge Health Needs for World’s One Billion Migrants

Feb 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   ByIPS World Desk ROME/COLOMBO, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – With an estimated 1 billion migrants today –or one in every seven people– their health needs are huge. Nevertheless, health systems are struggling to adapt and consequently access to health services among migrant populations varies widely and is...

Chinese Acquisitions Undercut Taiwan, U.S. Semiconductor Industry Edge

Chinese Acquisitions Undercut Taiwan, U.S. Semiconductor Industry Edge

Feb 7, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By Peter Wood China’s central Party leadership recognizes that the Chinese economy must shift away from light manufacturing and intermediate goods like steel to higher value-added manufacturing.  In July 2016 the Chinese State Council Information Office published the “National Informatization Development Strategy...

China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

Jan 23, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Brahma Chellaney NEW DELHI – If there is one thing at which China’s leaders truly excel, it is the use of economic tools to advance their country’s geostrategic interests. Through its $1 trillion “one belt, one road” initiative, China is supporting infrastructure projects in strategically located developing countries, often...

Taming the Chaebols

Taming the Chaebols

Jan 20, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lee Jong-Wha SEOUL – The indictment of Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent at Samsung, is but the latest explosive development in the political scandal that has been rocking South Korea. Already, the National Assembly voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, the daughter of former president Park Chung-hee, on December 9. The...

Chinese President Xi Claims Global Leadership – Discreetly

Chinese President Xi Claims Global Leadership – Discreetly

Jan 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Excerpts From Speech at World Economic Forum Following are detailed excerpts from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic 45-minute speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 18, 2017 in which he calls for a world free of all nuclear weapons, and a global...

A Socialist Market Economy With Chinese Contradictions

A Socialist Market Economy With Chinese Contradictions

Dec 30, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Adair Turner LONDON – The year 2016 ends with slightly higher forecasts for global growth and inflation. In part, that reflects expectations of a big new fiscal stimulus in the United States under President Donald Trump. But equally important is the strength of the Chinese economy, with buoyant industrial production fueling...

The Emergence of the Wang Qishan Faction

The Emergence of the Wang Qishan Faction

Dec 23, 2016

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Willy Wo-Lap Lam The proverb “mandarins can set big fires, but common folks can’t even light a candle” is often used to describe the often-outlandish privileges enjoyed by the authorities. After the recent Sixth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee conferred upon Xi Jinping the lofty...

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

India expects to get almost 60 percent of its electricity from clean energy by 2027

Dec 23, 2016

Originally published on ThinkProgress That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early. By Natasha Geiling In ten years, India could get almost sixty percent of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources, according to a government forecast published this week. According to a draft of the country’s 10-year energy...

Rights Situation in North Korea Worries UN Security Council

Rights Situation in North Korea Worries UN Security Council

Dec 12, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Santo D. Banerjee NEW YORK (IDN) – Two days after the United Nations human rights wing drew attention to more than 60 years of “involuntary” separation between families from the two Koreas and called for steps to encourage reunion and alleviate suffering, senior UN...

Oil Price Decline Might Force Timor-Leste Stay Put as LDC

Oil Price Decline Might Force Timor-Leste Stay Put as LDC

Dec 11, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By UNCTAD GENEVA (IDN-INPS) – Covered in steep hills and tropical forest, the tiny almost-island nation of Timor-Leste (East Timor) faced an uncertain future when it became independent from Indonesia in 2002. But using its newly discovered oil for the benefit of its 1.2 million...

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