Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Nuclear Disarmament, Trump and the Nordic Countries

Nuclear Disarmament, Trump and the Nordic Countries

Mar 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Lowana Veal REYKJAVIK (IDN) – When asked what Sweden thought the Trump Administration should do by way of contributing to nuclear disarmament, the Swedish ambassador in Iceland, Bosse Hedberg, replied: “At this point in time, I am not aware of any common Nordic position being prepared in...

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

How Much Europe Can Europe Tolerate?

Mar 14, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – This month the European Union will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding treaty, the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community. There certainly is much to celebrate. After centuries of war, upheaval, and mass killings, Europe is peaceful and democratic. The EU has...

War Against the West

War Against the West

Mar 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Ian Buruma NEW YORK – In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning National Socialism. Kolnai seems to have read every turgid treatise – most written by third-rate thinkers – extolling the...

Going Bananas Over Brexit

Going Bananas Over Brexit

Mar 12, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Samantha Sen LONDON (ACP-IDN) – The Brexit question as seen by the small and poor group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries is far simpler – and potentially far more lethal – than those the more usual Brexit debate engages with. It belongs less to debate on knock-on...

Calais Migrant Camp Closure Drives Refugees To Paris Streets

Calais Migrant Camp Closure Drives Refugees To Paris Streets

Mar 10, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Melissa Chemam* Note: This article is being reproduced courtesy of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s online Journal ‘International Politics and Society’ published on March 7, 2017 with the headline Refugees Welcome? PARIS (IDN-INPS) – Since the destruction of the...

Turkey’s Death Spiral

Turkey’s Death Spiral

Mar 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Andrew Wachtel BISHKEK – The series of terrorist attacks that have struck Turkey over the last year are sending the country – once viewed as a democratic, secular model for the Middle East – into a death spiral at the very moment when its people are to vote on a new constitution next month. Tourism – which previously...

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,...

Germany’s Misunderstood Trade Surplus

Germany’s Misunderstood Trade Surplus

Mar 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Marcel Fratzscher BERLIN – Now that Germany’s current-account surplus has reached a record €270 billion ($285 billion), or close to 8.7% of GDP, the ongoing debate about its economic model has intensified. Eurozone politicians and Donald Trump’s administration in the United States are each blaming the other for the economic...

Inequality is the real backstory to Sweden’s riots

Inequality is the real backstory to Sweden’s riots

Mar 3, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By George Lakey Mohandas Gandhi famously said that the root of violence is inequality. His view helps us understand what’s behind the headlines about recent rioting in immigrant neighborhoods in Sweden. No one was killed, although one police officer did actually shoot at a rioter — an exception to...

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

Mar 3, 2017

Richard Maher, European University Institute With important national elections scheduled this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany, European officials on edge about possible Russian interference are pursuing various measures to counter it. But with a daily onslaught of fake and misleading news, repeated attempts to hack computer systems of “anti-Moscow”...

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