Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Jun 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME/GENEVA, Jun 20 2017 (IPS) – Between 2010 and 2015, nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a major independent, neutral organisation ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence informs....

Children Now More Than Half of the 65 Million Displaced

Children Now More Than Half of the 65 Million Displaced

Jun 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UNITED NATIONS, Jun 20 2017 (IPS) – Around 20 people are newly displaced every minute of the day, according to a new report. In its annual Global Trends report, the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR has recorded unprecedented and concerning levels of displacement around the world....

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....

Senseless Murders of Human Rights Activists in Colombia: An Interview with the NGO, Somos Defensores

Senseless Murders of Human Rights Activists in Colombia: An Interview with the NGO, Somos Defensores

Jun 7, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Tobias Fontecilla, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs To download a PDF version of this article, click here.  This interview was originally conducted in Spanish, and translated by the author. Earlier this year, COHA wrote about the ongoing, violent targeting of social leaders and human rights activists in...

Civilian Casualties Mount in Battle to Re-take Mosul

Civilian Casualties Mount in Battle to Re-take Mosul

Jun 7, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Mark Lattimer Mark Lattimer is the Executive Director of Minority Rights Group International LONDON, Jun 7 2017 (IPS) – East of Mosul, many of the lands liberated from ISIS stand empty. Driving through the Nineveh plains, traditional homelands of Iraq’s minority communities of Yezidis,...

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...

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