Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Taliban Captures 2 Districts in Central Afghanistan

Taliban Captures 2 Districts in Central Afghanistan

Jul 24, 2017

Heavy fighting is raging in central Afghanistan where officials say the Islamist Taliban has captured two key district headquarters and is assaulting government outposts in nearby areas. Insurgents stormed Taywara district in Ghor province early Sunday, after seizing control of the border district of Kohistan in the adjoining northern province of Faryab,...

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Jul 16, 2017

Irfan Ahmad, Max Planck Institute This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative between The Conversation and the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. This is the second in a series, After Populism, about the challenges populism...

Nobel laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies at 61

Nobel laureate and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies at 61

Jul 13, 2017

BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, the famed Chinese dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize while jailed for his pro-democracy writings, has died in a hospital in northeastern China at the age of 61. The Chinese judicial bureau said Liu died Thursday of multiple organ failure. Liu had terminal liver cancer and had been granted parole in…...

Reforming the International Financial System

Reforming the International Financial System

Jul 13, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 13 2017 (IPS) – When we fail to act on...

For India’s Urban Marginalized, Reproductive Healthcare Still a Distant Dream

For India’s Urban Marginalized, Reproductive Healthcare Still a Distant Dream

Jul 11, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS    By Stella Paul CHENNAI/LONDON, Jul 11 2017 (IPS) – In a semi-lit room of a southern Chennai neighborhood, a group of women sit in a circle around a table surrounded by large cardboard boxes of “Nirodh” – India’s most popular condom. Clad in colorful saris, wearing toe rings and red dots on their...

The North Korean Missile Crisis

The North Korean Missile Crisis

Jul 11, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Kaushik Basu NEW YORK – On January 2, then-President-elect Donald Trump, referring to North Korea’s effort to develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, assured his Twitter followers, “It won’t happen!” But it has. On July 4 – Independence Day in the US – North Korea gave Americans an unwanted birthday...

Xi Jinping and China’s Traditionalist Restoration

Xi Jinping and China’s Traditionalist Restoration

Jul 8, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Zi Yang In 1934, confronted with rising pro-communist sentiments in his country, Chiang Kai-shek, leader of China’s Nationalist Party, launched the neotraditionalist New Life Movement (新生活运动) as part of a comprehensive anti-communist program that sought to use traditional values as a counterweight against...

The Asian Financial Crisis — 20 Years Later

The Asian Financial Crisis — 20 Years Later

Jul 5, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Martin Khor Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. PENANG, Malaysia, Jul 5 2017 (IPS) – It’s been 20 years since the Asian financial crisis struck in July 1997.   Since then there has been an even bigger global financial...

1997 Asian Crisis Lessons Lost

1997 Asian Crisis Lessons Lost

Jul 5, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 5 2017 (IPS) – After months of...

East Asia’s real lessons

East Asia’s real lessons

Jun 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Jomo Kwame Sundaram Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 21 2017 (IPS) – International recognition...

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