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A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

A Dark Shadow Looms Large Over UN Talks On Eliminating Nukes

Feb 25, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rodney Reynolds WASHINGTON DC (IDN) – The 193-member UN General Assembly is to hold two key sessions – in March and in June – in what is expected to be a do-or-die attempt towards the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. “Whether 2017 will be the year that sees nuclear weapons being...

A Baltic Test for European Arms Control

A Baltic Test for European Arms Control

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Volker Perthes and Oliver Meier BERLIN – Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2014, its political and military relations with the West have deteriorated sharply. Russian military redeployments, exercises, and threats have increased insecurity across Europe. NATO has responded by increasing its military presence in...

The Rapidly Increasing Urgency of Nuclear Zero

The Rapidly Increasing Urgency of Nuclear Zero

Feb 8, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rick Wayman* SANTA BARBARA, CA, USA (IDN) – October 24-25, 2016, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation brought together a small group of academics, activists and thought leaders to discuss how to shift the global discourse toward nuclear disarmament. The symposium, entitled “The Fierce...

UN Chief Guterres Committed to a Nuclear-Weapons Free World

UN Chief Guterres Committed to a Nuclear-Weapons Free World

Jan 27, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jaya Ramachandran GENEVA (IDN) – Within less than four weeks of taking office, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has pledged to “actively pursue the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction and the strict regulation of conventional weapons”, arguing...

U.S. Moves into Age of Nuclear Uncertainty – and Ignorance

U.S. Moves into Age of Nuclear Uncertainty – and Ignorance

Jan 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rodney Reynolds WASHINGTON, DC (IDN) – With the inauguration of Donald Trump as the new President on January 20, the United States moves into an age of nuclear uncertainty – and perhaps ignorance. The frightening prospects took a bizarre turn when a day earlier Trump’s nominee for Energy...

Were UN Plans to Ban Nukes Pre-empted by Trump?

Were UN Plans to Ban Nukes Pre-empted by Trump?

Jan 20, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Andy Hazel   UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 2017 (IPS) – UN member states wanting to ban nuclear weapons may make little headway in 2017, after US President-elect Donald Trump pre-empted their agreement by proposing to expand the United States nuclear arsenal. In one of their final decisions of...

Iran’s Nuke Agreement Survives Without a Shot Being Fired

Iran’s Nuke Agreement Survives Without a Shot Being Fired

Jan 18, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Rodney Reynolds UNITED NATIONS (IDN) – During the height of the U.S. presidential election campaign last year, Republican candidate Donald Trump threatened to tear up the 159-page Iran nuclear agreement on live television. In characteristic “Trumpism”, he dismissed the Joint Comprehensive...

Seeking Nuclear Disarmament in Dangerous Times

Seeking Nuclear Disarmament in Dangerous Times

Nov 22, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Alice Slater Alice Slater is the UN NGO Representative for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and serves on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War. NEW YORK (IDN) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has championed efforts for nations to make good on their pledges to abolish...

Iran Deal Is Key Test of Trump’s Commitment to NATO Allies

Iran Deal Is Key Test of Trump’s Commitment to NATO Allies

Nov 14, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Eli Clifton and Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Nov 10 2016 (IPS) – Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton threatens to mainstream the Islamophobia, misogyny, racism, and anti-Semitism that swirled around his candidacy and supporters. On the foreign policy front his comments were no less shocking. But...

Nuclear Disarmament – A Challenge for the New UN Chief

Nuclear Disarmament – A Challenge for the New UN Chief

Oct 15, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Alyn Ware* NEW YORK (IDN) – The United Nations General Assembly has on October 13 affirmed António Guterres, the former Prime Minister of Portugal and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as the next United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG). The UN Security Council had on...

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