Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Towards Peace by Pursuing Live and Let Live Policies

Towards Peace by Pursuing Live and Let Live Policies

May 23, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Somar Wijayadasa* NEW YORK (IDN) – Foreign policies – an integral part of any national strategy – command the highest priority of all nations. Since World War II, several foreign policies of super powers did not yield expected results even though all policies and concomitant...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why Assad’s military gains don’t translate to success in Syrian peace talks

Why Assad’s military gains don’t translate to success in Syrian peace talks

Mar 11, 2017

Dara Conduit, Deakin University The uprising in Syria will mark its sixth anniversary on March 15, but the Syrian war has far from run its course. Much has changed in the Syrian government’s favour over the past 18 months. Russia’s decision to formally intervene in the conflict in September 2015 buttressed the ailing regime’s air superiority and allowed it to...

Tensions in the Balkans should be carefully watched but not exaggerated

Tensions in the Balkans should be carefully watched but not exaggerated

Mar 7, 2017

Loïc Trégourès, Université de Lille 2 – Université de Lille Tensions have been on the rise again between Serbia and Kosovo, prompting European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini to visit the Western Balkans last week. Her visit was timely: on March 2, a French court postponed the extradition of former prime minister of Kosovo,...

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