Analysis

Why populist uprisings could end a half-century of greater economic ties

The world economy is nearing what international policymakers fear could be a dangerous turning point… Source: Why populist uprisings could end a half-century of greater economic ties – The Washington Post Read More »

Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War

The United States, Russia and China are now aggressively pursuing a new generation of smaller, less destructive nuclear weapons. The buildups threaten to revive a Cold War-era arms race and unsettle the balance of destructive force among nations that has kept the nuclear peace for more… Source: Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War – The New York Times Read More »

Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock?

Since fighting broke out in March last year, Yemen’s war has taken a devastating toll on this poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula. The conflict between the insurgent Huthi movement on the one side and the government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, supported by a Saudi-led international coalition on the other side, has cost the lives of… Source: Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock? | Crisis Group Read More »

The Urgency of a Moral Economy: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Centesimus Annus

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Today we celebrate the encyclical Centesimus Annus and reflect on its meaning for our world a quarter-century after it was presented by Pope John Paul II… Source: The Urgency of a Moral Economy: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Centesimus Annus Read More »

Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has a formidable record in its efforts to promote peace in a particularly turbulent region. Still, reform is essential to give the organisation new impetus, and is ever more urgent as insecurity worsens throughout the Sahel and Lake Chad regions… Source: Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa – International Crisis Group Read More »

China Doesn’t Need to Compromise on Taiwan

The ‘Finland Option’ is a bad deal for Beijing.. Taiwan, as widely understood, is one of the most dangerous flash points in U.S.-China relations, and has fair probability to serve as catalyst for crisis and war. In a recent article in the National Interest, Ted Galen Carpenter made an… Source: China Doesn’t Need to Compromise on Taiwan | The National Interest Read More »

Comment: How many guns is too many guns?

Something is broken in our firearm laws when people are allowed to build up their own private arsenals. By David Shoebridge * How many guns is too many guns? It’s not just an academic question. In NSW, the extent of gun ownership tells us something about how the gun… Source: Comment: How many guns is too many guns? | SBS News Read More »

Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters

To understand the significance of Hillary Clinton’s repeated dealings with Goldman Sachs and its top executives since the financial crisis, we have to bring together two strands of history. One concerns Bill and Hillary Clinton’s long-running connections to Goldman, among their closest with… Source: Clinton and Goldman: Why It Matters by Simon Head | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books Read More »

The Global Refugee Crisis: Statement by the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group

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The challengeThe Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group calls on world leaders to take more coordinated, better principled action to address the global refugee crisis. The scale of the tragedy shines the spotlight on just how remiss the international order has been in managing, much less settling, the conflicts that… Source: The Global Refugee Crisis: Statement by the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group – International Crisis Group Read More »

The Myth of Saudi Power

The ‘Salman Doctrine’ can’t back up its tough talk.. Mohammed Nuruzzaman Analysts from the Gulf Arab states are generally upbeat about Saudi Arabia’s possible military dominance in the Gulf neighborhood and the Middle East… Source: The Myth of Saudi Power | The National Interest Read More »

Brexit and the Balance of Power

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Faced with a rising China, a declining but risk-inclined Russia, and the prospect of prolonged turmoil in the Middle East, close transatlantic cooperation will be crucial to maintaining a liberal international order over the long term. By weakening both Europe and Britain, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would threaten such an order… Source: Brexit and the Balance of Power by Joseph S. Nye – Project Syndicate Read More »

Q&A With Christine Lagarde

With so many financial markets driven by the utterings of central bankers, the words of the woman who is in effect the central banker’s central banker matter enormously. Christine Lagarde, 60, who is about to begin her second five-year term as head of the International Monetary Fund, has a remarkable… Source: Q&A With Christine Lagarde Read More »

The Saudi Succession Stalemate

Is Saudi Arabia’s leadership crisis inevitable? After more than two decades of domestic drift under geriatric rulers and overdependence on U.S. protection in a dangerous region, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is starting to stand up to shape its own future. There are two… Source: The Saudi Succession Stalemate | The National Interest Read More »

Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border

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On both sides of the Syria-Turkey border, the uncompromising strategies of Ankara, Turkey’s insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and its Syria-based affiliate, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), are propelling a dangerous conflict toward escalation. The lone force able to head it off is the United States, and if it fails, Islamic State is ready to exploit any new disorder… Source: Steps Toward Stabilising Syria’s Northern Border – International Crisis Group Read More »

Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity

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AFP/ Raul ArboledaSince 1961, the international community has invested huge resources to enforce the UN mandate to create a “drug free” world. Yet, after decades of interdiction and eradication, organised crime around the globe has merely shifted routes and markets. Massive corruption, violence and human rights abuses are… Source: Statement on Lessons from Latin America: UNGASS Must Not Become a Missed Opportunity – International Crisis Group Read More »

America’s Kurdish problem: today’s allies against ISIS are tomorrow’s headache

There’s one thing, and maybe one thing only, that American leaders agree on when it comes to the Middle East: The Kurds are our best friends against ISIS… There’s a reason for that: Kurdish forces are dedicated, dependable, and successful. In Iraq, Kurdish forces have cut ISIS supply lines in the country’s north, laying the… Source: America’s Kurdish problem: today’s allies against ISIS are tomorrow’s headache – Vox Read More »