Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

The Ban Treaty and the Nuclear-Armed States: From Irrelevance to a Game-Changer

The Ban Treaty and the Nuclear-Armed States: From Irrelevance to a Game-Changer

Jul 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Alyn Ware Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND), examines how to use the ban treaty to impact on the policies and practices of the nuclear-armed States and their nuclear allies. NEW YORK (IDN) – When the gavel came down...

Veterans Ask US.to Sign UN Treaty Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Veterans Ask US.to Sign UN Treaty Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Jul 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon, Samantha Ferguson NEW YORK | SAN FRANCISCO | ST. LOUIS (IDN) – On July 7 2017, the United Nations, in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of...

NATO, OSCE Asked to Pursue Nuclear Disarmament in Europe

NATO, OSCE Asked to Pursue Nuclear Disarmament in Europe

Jul 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jutta Wolf BERLIN (IDN | PNND) – Fifty Parliamentarians from 13 European countries have sent a letter today NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Chair of the OSCE Minister Sebastian Kurz, urging these two key European security organizations to pursue dialogue, détente and...

The Iran Paradox

The Iran Paradox

Jul 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Michael Mandelbaum Misagh Parsa, Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed, Harvard University Press Jay Solomon, The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East, Random House WASHINGTON, DC – Of the states that emerged from the twentieth century’s three great...

Nukes and the Global Schism

Nukes and the Global Schism

Jul 13, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By  Robert C. Koehler The United States boycotted the U.N. negotiations to ban — everywhere across Planet Earth — nuclear weapons. So did eight other countries. Guess which ones? The international debate over this historic treaty, which became reality a week ago by a margin of 122 to 1, revealed how deeply split the...

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...

A Landmark Achievement for Nuclear Disarmament

A Landmark Achievement for Nuclear Disarmament

Jul 10, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Sergio Duarte, Ambassador, former High Representative of the UN for Disarmament Affairs* UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – A large majority of the international community, together with governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions, achieved an important milestone in the...

Civil Society Rejoices at the New UN Treaty Marking the Beginning of the End of Nuclear Age

Civil Society Rejoices at the New UN Treaty Marking the Beginning of the End of Nuclear Age

Jul 10, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Ramesh Jaura UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – When the United Nations member states adopted on July 7, 2017 a legally-binding treaty banning nuclear weapons and prohibiting a full range of related activities, it was a historic and highly emotional moment not only for Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez of...

‘Combination of Reason and Heart’ Results in UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

‘Combination of Reason and Heart’ Results in UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

Jul 8, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Ramesh Jaura UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – In what was a “historic” and a highly emotional moment at the United Nations, member states adopted on July 7, 2107 a legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. “The world has been waiting for this legal norm for 70 years,” since the...

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...

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