Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

A Pax Russica in the Middle East? Putin will have to do more to make it stick

Feb 24, 2017

Luigi Narbone, European University Institute Can Russia succeed where the West has failed, stabilising the Middle East and North Africa through some kind of Pax Russica? The question might have sounded strange not so long ago, but in less than two years, a mix of decisive action, unwavering and often ruthless use of military power, and bold political-diplomatic...

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it

Feb 17, 2017

John Brewer, Queen’s University Belfast; Olivera Simic, Griffith University; Roberto Saba, Universidad de Palermo, and Stephanie Perazzone, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies After 55 years of civil conflict that killed some 220,000 citizens, Colombia is indubitably on the path to peace. Juan Manuel Santos’s government has signed...

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...

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

Feb 9, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Baher Kamal ROME/GENEVA, Feb 9 2017 (IPS) – “The world is in a crisis, not least because governing élites have estranged themselves from the needs and aspirations of ordinary people. This sense of being left behind has lead the latter to rebel against their country’s stratified governance,”...

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...

Trump’s status quo for Palestine-Israel isn’t so bad, unless you’re a Palestinian

Trump’s status quo for Palestine-Israel isn’t so bad, unless you’re a Palestinian

Feb 7, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor   By Professor Kamel Hawwash   The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States appears to have emboldened Israeli politicians. Many clearly feel that their strongest ally will henceforth provide them with the chance to complete their colonial project and in the process end any hope of freedom...

Will Colombia’s most ‘stubborn’ rebel group agree to peace?

Will Colombia’s most ‘stubborn’ rebel group agree to peace?

Feb 7, 2017

Fabio Andres Diaz, International Institute of Social Studies On February 7, two months after signing a peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas, the Colombian government begins formal negotiations with the country’s second-largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army, or ELN. The group remains active, recruiting FARC deserters and co-opting areas...

A Swedish Billionaire Invites Ideas for a New UN

A Swedish Billionaire Invites Ideas for a New UN

Feb 6, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By J Nastranis NEW YORK (IDN) – Laszlo Szombatfalvy, a Swedish billionaire of Hungarian origin, is willing to pay US$5 million to anyone who comes up with innovative ideas for revamping the global governance system as currently manifested in the 71-year old United Nations now facing a...

Krugman Divulges What Trump’s Unhinged Phone Calls With Foreign Leaders Really Mean

Krugman Divulges What  Trump’s Unhinged Phone Calls With Foreign Leaders Really Mean

Feb 3, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. How would you handle it if you had an employee behaving this erratically? By Janet Allon / AlterNet February 3, 2017 Two weeks into the Trump presidency and Paul Krugman, is already at wit’s end. “America and the world can’t take much more of this,” Krugman writes in Friday’s column. While...

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

Feb 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Johan Galtung The author is professor of peace studies, dr hc mult, is founder of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment and rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University-TPU. He has published 164 books on peace and related issues, of which 41 have been translated into 35 languages,...

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