Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) – Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report. Though very real and significant progress in...

The WTO Reborn?

The WTO Reborn?

Feb 22, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Arvind Subramanian NEW DELHI – For too long, the World Trade Organization has languished, to lift a reference from T.S. Eliot, by the “waters of Leman” (Lake Geneva). Once the world’s preeminent multilateral trade forum, the WTO has been steadily marginalized in recent years, and recent rebukes of globalization, such as the...

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

El Chapo, story of a kingpin — or why Trump’s plan to defeat Mexican cartels is doomed to fail

Feb 21, 2017

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – currently faces 17 drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and money laundering charges in the US, accrued over the past quarter-century. The timing of his extradition, on President Barack Obama’s final day in office, led to much speculation...

Making Crises Great Again

Making Crises Great Again

Feb 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jeffrey Frankel CAMBRIDGE – Debates about financial regulation tend to focus on quantity, not quality. But “more versus less” isn’t so much the issue; the details are. And when it comes to financial reform in the United States, President Donald Trump is unlikely to get the details right. Earlier this month, Trump issued an...

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Authorities Urged to Disclose Anti-Money Laundering Efforts

Feb 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   Seoul, South Korea – February 4, 2017: Hundreds of People at Gangnam calling for punishment of president Park Geun-hye and Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong who has been questioned in corruption probe.- Editorial credit: Sagase48 / Shutterstock, Inc.By IPS World Desk ROME / BERLIN, Feb 15 2017 (IPS)...

Time to Reduce U.S. Military Presence in Middle East

Time to Reduce U.S. Military Presence in Middle East

Feb 15, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jonathan Power* LUND, Sweden (IDN-INPS) – Reporting on President Donald Trump’s new energy policy which plans for a big increase in domestically produced oil and gas, the Financial Times reported: “Exports of gas have begun, with the first shipments of Liquefied Natural Gas leaving...

Who funds the think tanks?

Who funds the think tanks?

Feb 10, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist A new report shows how ‘highly opaque and deceptive’ methods are used to shape public perception, writes Tony McKenna. The current political landscape is fraught, treacherous and more difficult than ever to navigate. The EU referendum in 2016 saw the Leave vote carry the day, but the decision to ‘Brexit’ has created...

Trump’s Chaos Theory of Government

Trump’s Chaos Theory of Government

Feb 6, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Jacek Rostowski WARSAW – In the weeks since Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, it has become clear that he intends to roll back the progressive-egalitarian agenda that is commonly associated with “political correctness” to the starting block – not just in the United States, but globally. Stephen...

Three Surprises in 2017

Three Surprises in 2017

Jan 31, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Anatole Kaletsky LONDON – Economic pundits traditionally offer their (traditionally inaccurate) New Year predictions at the beginning of January. But global conditions this year are anything but traditional, so it seemed appropriate to wait until US President Donald Trump settled into the White House to weigh in on some of...

Shocks for Developing Countries from President Trump’s First Days

Shocks for Developing Countries from President Trump’s First Days

Jan 30, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Martin Khor Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre, a think tank for developing countries, based in Geneva. PENANG, Jan 30 2017 (IPS) – His first days in office indicate that President Donald Trump intends to implement what he promised, with serious consequences for the future of...

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