Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

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...

Nuclear Risks in North East Asia Call For A Mutual Pullback

Nuclear Risks in North East Asia Call For A Mutual Pullback

May 7, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs This is the text of a statement issued on May 4 by Pugwash President Jayantha Dhanapala, Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, Executive Committee Chair Steve Miller, Council Mark Suh and Executive Committee’s Tatsujiro Suzuki....

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...

We Must Succeed in Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons

We Must Succeed in Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons

Mar 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Sergio Duarte, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs* NEW YORK (IDN) – For the first time since the foundation of the United Nations the majority of the international community seems prepared to take a bold and fundamental step leading to the abolition of nuclear...

China’s Road to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

China’s Road to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Minghao Zhao BEIJING – A new crisis is brewing on the Korean Peninsula. In mid-February, North Korea conducted an intermediate-range ballistic missile test. On March 1, the United States and South Korea began a joint military exercise that is unprecedented in scale and intensity. These military drills will run until the end...

China Should Keep Squeezing North Korea

China Should Keep Squeezing North Korea

Mar 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Rocket launches galore in North Korea. Colours and flames in the sky. It’s all a bit like a peacock spreading his tail. Murders abound. Is this a butcher’s shop – an uncle, a half-brother and a couple of high-placed generals and no doubt...

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...

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Syria 6 years on: What does the future hold?

Mar 14, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Nasim Ahmed When pro-democracy protests started six years ago in Syria’s southern city, Daraa, few would have anticipated that the violent clampdown by the regime would trigger a brutal civil war. Even fewer would have expected it to last more than six years. While the war has been characteristically unpredictable,...

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Stalin’s Giant Pencil: Debunking a Myth About Central Asia’s Borders

Mar 13, 2017

Originally published by EurasiaNet.org EurasiaNet Commentary By Alexander Morrison Few parts of the world are the subject of as much sustained journalistic ignorance as Central Asia. News from what are patronizingly known as the “stans” rarely makes it into mainstream news outlets, except in connection to Islamic terrorism, authoritarianism, and ethnic and...

Why Assad’s military gains don’t translate to success in Syrian peace talks

Why Assad’s military gains don’t translate to success in Syrian peace talks

Mar 11, 2017

Dara Conduit, Deakin University The uprising in Syria will mark its sixth anniversary on March 15, but the Syrian war has far from run its course. Much has changed in the Syrian government’s favour over the past 18 months. Russia’s decision to formally intervene in the conflict in September 2015 buttressed the ailing regime’s air superiority and allowed it to...

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