Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

China demands India pulls back troops in border dispute

China demands India pulls back troops in border dispute

Jul 24, 2017

China has demanded that India pull back its troops from a contested region high in the Himalayas, warning New Delhi not “to push your luck” amid a festering border dispute. According to Indian officials, about 300 soldiers from either side face each other about 150 metres apart on the Doklam plateau, an area also claimed by…...

Israeli measures at al-Aqsa will ‘increase resistance’

Israeli measures at al-Aqsa will ‘increase resistance’

Jul 22, 2017

The new measures of control implemented by Israeli forces in Jerusalem’s Old City after a deadly gun battle will only lead to more attacks and an escalation in violence, analysts say. The installation of metal detectors and turnstiles at the entrance to al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the site of the attack, has enraged Palestinians, who believe the…...

The Middle East’s Next War

The Middle East’s Next War

Jul 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy. Rather, it is likely to open a new...

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Modi’s polarising populism makes a fiction of a secular, democratic India

Jul 16, 2017

Irfan Ahmad, Max Planck Institute This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative between The Conversation and the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. This is the second in a series, After Populism, about the challenges populism...

Is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?

Is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?

Jul 15, 2017

On August 1, 1966, after the collapse of last-ditch attempts by Nigeria’s power brokers to prevent the impending civil war, Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu said only one thing would make the rebels cease fire: “that the Republic of Nigeria be split into its component parts; and all southerners in the North be repatriated to the South…...

ISIS After Mosul

ISIS After Mosul

Jul 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Daoud Kuttab RAMALLAH – Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that the Islamic State (ISIS) had been driven out of Mosul, the city where the group first announced its self-styled caliphate three years ago. Before long, ISIS is expected also to lose Raqqa, its last stronghold, on which its grip is already...

Senseless Murders of Human Rights Activists in Colombia: An Interview with the NGO, Somos Defensores

Senseless Murders of Human Rights Activists in Colombia: An Interview with the NGO, Somos Defensores

Jun 7, 2017

Originally published on COHA By Tobias Fontecilla, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs To download a PDF version of this article, click here.  This interview was originally conducted in Spanish, and translated by the author. Earlier this year, COHA wrote about the ongoing, violent targeting of social leaders and human rights activists in...

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...

The White House Crack-Up

The White House Crack-Up

May 18, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Elizabeth Drew WASHINGTON, DC – On both sides of the White House fence, near-nervous breakdowns abound. The White House staff is said to be in a state of near collapse – bouncing from one presidential crisis to another, trying all the while to hide from a screaming president. On the other side of the White House fence, much...

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....

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