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Geopolitics

Climate Change and Geopolitics: What's Really at Stake

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

Forced migration, food insecurity and failure of government to provide for basic population needs make populations far more susceptible to extremism, political uprising and wide-scale destabilization.

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifica...

Iran-Saudi Rift Complicates Geopolitics of the Mideast

David Oualaalou | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Should military conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia erupt, the United States might have no choice but to assist its longtime ally. But given some of the kingdom's latest efforts are completely contrary to U.S. interests, do we really have to?

Can Science Predict Political Turmoil?

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 01.04.2016 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

Does the rise of Trump herald an era of home-grown fascism? Human intelligence and vast quantities of metadata seem ill-equipped to help forecast geopolitical events at this scale. Despite decades of sophisticated political science and game theorizing, the truth is that we are very bad at anticipating great historic turns. Why?

The Dynamics Of Compassion

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

War doesn't work. Bombing ISIS doesn't work. Closing our border to Syrians -- or Mexicans -- doesn't work. Yet "we," by which I mean the whole world, go back to this suicidal behavior again and again and again. Why are we violent but not illiterate?

Mapping the World's Territorial Disputes

Max Galka | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Max Galka

In this map, every country shaded in red is involved in a territorial dispute of some kind. Yellow markers represent disputed territories.

The European Union And China On The New Silk Roads

David Gosset | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
David Gosset

The complex but irreversible integration of the European continent and the renaissance of the Chinese civilization arguably constitute the most significant factors of change of our time, the wise articulation of these two processes can only be mutually enriching and a source of growth and stability for our global village.

Russia Outsmarts the U.S. in Syria: A New Geopolitical Outlook

David Oualaalou | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Recent developments confirm a major shift in the balance of power in the Middle East. It appears to me that Russia is dictating the pace of events, raising the question of whether Syria is becoming a proxy war between the United States and Russia.

Grandmaster of the Great Game

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

After six years of silent preparations, the Obama White House has recently unveiled some bold diplomatic initiatives. As these moves unfold, Obama is revealing himself as one of those rare grandmasters who appear every generation or two with an ability to go beyond mere foreign policy and play that ruthless global game called geopolitics.

Exodus 2015: The World Wakens to a Wall

Jon Van Til | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Jon Van Til

What is happening geo-politically in our world that stirs this human disaster that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán seeks to withstand on his Serbian border?

As We March Closer to War

David Yankovich | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
David Yankovich

Is the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East by raising an American flag over every Arab country? War should be the last resort, but the great chessboard of the world is maneuvering against the United States, and analytically, we are wholly unprepared to go to war if our enemies unite.

Lack of a Strategic Vision Suggests Saudis Learned Nothing From US Mistakes in Iraq

David Oualaalou | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

More than a decade ago, Saudi Arabia pressed the United States to think twice before invading Iraq; however, the desert kingdom is demonstrating an as...

What's Next for the Equality Movement? A Western Perspective

Mihai Pătru | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mihai Pătru

There is no doubt that the latest wins achieved by the LGBT community opened another chapter for the equality movement. While marriage equality in the U.S. and Ireland has drawn attention to the LGBT situation around the world, there has been increased interest regarding next steps.

What Are the Saudis and Hamas Planning Behind Our Back?

David Oualaalou | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

This rapprochement with Hamas also explains, to some degree, the reason behind King Salman's decision to reshuffle his cabinet a few months ago. This and other moves suggest King Salman is more sympathetic to religious conservatives than his predecessor, the late King Abdullah.

FIFA: The Geo-Politics of the Global Game

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Sports
Marco Vicenzino

Although geopolitics will always play some role in shaping international football, it should not be allowed to dictate its course. This further underscores the fundamental need for FIFA's transformational reform and restoring the credibility of the global game.

Iran's Nuclear Accord: An Opportunity, Too Much Noise, or a Strategic Mistake?

David Oualaalou | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

How significant might President Obama's deal be? Let's use American presidential history to frame the question.

Saudi Arabia Ditches the US for Russia: Does It Matter?

David Oualaalou | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Step back and calmly contemplate the geopolitical shift taking place in the Middle East. Does anyone realize what's happening beyond what the headlines read? The answer is may be.

US Needs to Think Twice About Antagonizing Russia

David Oualaalou | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

I fear U.S. foreign policy has become dependent on politicians who prefer short-term gains over long-term strategies. They prefer confrontation instead of diplomacy.

How America Should Fix FIFA

Vishal Khetpal | Posted 06.18.2015 | Sports
Vishal Khetpal

As it serves justice, America now faces an obligation to construct a culturally competent organization -- one that fairly governs international soccer for the greater good. Or else these arrests will soon become meaningless, and FIFA will fall back into its old habits.

Surreptitious Totalitarianism

Daniel Raphael | Posted 06.12.2015 | College
Daniel Raphael

How many people reading this have heard of Turkmenistan? The isolated central Asian nation has geopolitical importance due to its proximity toward both Iran and Afghanistan, but beyond that is virtually unheard of.

Two Hundred Years of 'Containment' -- Imperial History Revisited

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It might have been the most influential single sentence of that era: "In these circumstances it is clear that the main element of any United States policy toward the Soviet Union must be that of long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies."

Geopolitics in HD at The New Museum Triennial

Christian Hendricks | Posted 05.19.2015 | Arts
Christian Hendricks

Surround Audience, as is titled the 2015 New Museum Triennial, closes later this week after a three-month run full of reviews, performances, lectures, screenings, and a quirky ad campaign.

Saudi Arabia Continues to Turn Screws on U.S. Shale

James Stafford | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
James Stafford

As Saudi Arabia continues to ramp up production, taking market share away from U.S. shale producers, U.S. shale is being forced to cut back. This story has been told many times over the past few months, but the data is finally confirming the success of Saudi Arabia's strategy, albeit a minor one thus far.

Are Low Oil Prices Here to Stay?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It's often said that you can't get economists to agree on anything. Well, oil economists certainly can't agree on future prices, with commentators suggesting anything from $20 to $200. Seldom has there been such a discrepancy in forecasting, though the median forecasts seem to be somewhere between $60 and $70.

Cyprus: Russia's Potemkin Village in the European Union?

Athéna Tacet | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

The recent deal between Cyprus and Russia may seemingly have no real short-term impact on the EU or Russia's politics in the Balkans. But it is in fact part of Russia's grand design to bypass the sanctions, stabilize and increase its foreign expansion in the EU, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.