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...

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...

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...

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

How Europe Should Deal With Trump

Feb 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Wolfgang Ischinger MUNICH – Donald Trump’s presidency poses a stress test for Europe, for transatlantic relations, and for the world as a whole. Indeed, in many ways, Trump’s “America first” policy is defined by its opposition to the internationalist US foreign policy of the past eight decades. For starters, Trump says that...

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...

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...

US Threatens to Penalize Allies on UN Voting

US Threatens to Penalize Allies on UN Voting

Feb 7, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2017 (IPS) – The United States and most Western donors have traditionally exercised their financial clout to threaten developing nations who refuse to fall in line on critical UN voting either in the Security Council, the General Assembly or the Human Rights...

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...

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...

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