Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

How Trump Could Blunder Into War With China

How Trump Could Blunder Into War With China

Feb 25, 2017

This article was originally published on Fair Observer. By Conn M. Hallinan China may bully its neighbors, but turning foreign territorial disputes into a superpower conflict between nuclear-armed rivals would be a huge mistake. In his January 13 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson made...

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...

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Syria’s Balance of Terror

Feb 24, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Omar Ashour LONDON – As the civil war in Syria nears the six-year mark, the mounting death toll and constantly shifting military landscape is making a mockery of the diplomatic track. With yet another round of talks on the horizon – new United Nations-led discussions are scheduled to begin today in Geneva – it’s worth asking...

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Feb 21, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   Analysis by Roberto Savio* ROME (IDN) – Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle! Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has...

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,”...

Iraq army, Shia militias execute Sunnis in east Mosul

Iraq army, Shia militias execute Sunnis in east Mosul

Feb 8, 2017

Originally published on Middle East Monitor By Middle East Monitor Grim footage has emerged from eastern Mosul, supposedly “liberated” from Daesh control late last month,showing members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and men who appeared to be from the Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) paramilitary organisation executing unarmed men in the...

Syria: grassroots democracy, future prospects (Part II)

Syria: grassroots democracy, future prospects (Part II)

Feb 5, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Part two of this interview with Joseph Daher explores some of the experiments in grassroots democracy and the possible futures in Syria. JOSEPH DAHER What do you make of events in the Kurdish areas of Syria, particularly what David Graeber has called “the remarkable democratic experiment” in Rojava? What is the...

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,...

Broken politics: from 9/11 to the present

Broken politics: from 9/11 to the present

Jan 30, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy By David Held The years since 9/11 have cast a dark shadow over global politics in many respects. But we have the option of recalling where the pursuit of authoritarianism leads. The inauguration of President Trump, the separation of the UK from the European Union, the rise of the populist right across the US and...

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