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Africa Unsure of Its Place on World Stage

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Obadias Ndaba

While the media touted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as a sign of Africa's "rising" and its soon-to-be key role on the world stage, the truth is quite the opposite. African leaders' love for summitry isn't a sign of a rising continent, but rather, a sign of confusion, weakness and lack of direction.

The Geopolitics of Oil Promotes Islamic Fundamentalism. Ben Affleck's Political Correctness Doesn't. Tell Sam Harris.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It feels good for many people to look at Islam without looking at the bigger picture of geopolitics and foreign policy, but doing so allows us to repeat the same mistakes, while focusing intently on only part of the problem.

The Best Way the U.S. Can Help Fight ISIL Is Staying Out

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

If the past is any indication of what could result out of this "mission," the U.S., the nation leading the way with words, guns and treasure, is likely to fail simply because every time it has gone there it has made things worse.

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.11.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

On Japan and China: Taking a Stand, Not Taking Sides

Gareth Evans | Posted 08.14.2014 | World
Gareth Evans

We have not yet seen any renewed attempt to re-establish the "Quadrilateral Security Dialogue," comprising Japan, Australia, the U.S., and India, which conducted joint military exercises in 2007 and was seen by China as a hostile containment enterprise. But it is not hard to imagine that this is still very much on Abe's wish list. The dangers should not be exaggerated. But, with strategic competition between the U.S. and China as delicately poised as it is, and with the economic interests of Australia, Japan, and many others in the region bound up just as intensely with China as their security interests are with the U.S., rocking the boat carries serious risks.

The Window of M&A Opportunity for Transformative Deals Remains Open

Pip McCrostie | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Pip McCrostie

A broad-based recovery across a variety of sectors driven by the US should see market conditions continue to foster this trend -- making the next 6-12 months an ideal window of opportunity to do transformative deals.

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

The Geopolitics of Soccer

Jacques Attali | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Jacques Attali

In the face of such promises and threats, it makes no sense to be optimistic or pessimistic: We are not spectators of the world in motion, but players. Only spectators may be content with being optimistic or pessimistic. As for players, they are neither the one nor the other at all times. They play.

Criminal Wrongdoing and the CIA

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

According to the operating consensus, the American public has no right to know what the CIA is up to, even when what it's up to is extremely questionable in terms of dealing with our officially proclaimed enemies; and liberating such data from the crypt called classification is criminal behavior.

Five Reasons Why the Sky Is Not Falling

Gareth Evans | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Gareth Evans

BUDAPEST - When it comes to geopolitics, there is always a market for gloom. Business has been booming in this respect lately, with The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and many less exalted journals full of claims that the global order is crumbling, America's ability (and willingness) to save it is in terminal decline, and the prospect of avoiding major conflict in the decade ahead is illusory. Plenty of recent events -- along with the ghosts of 1914 and 1939 -- have boosted the reputations, royalties, and revenues of today's doomsayers. There is Russia's adventurism in Ukraine; China's territorial assertiveness -- and Japan's new push-back nationalism -- in East Asia; continuing catastrophe in Syria and disarray in the wider Middle East; the resurgence of atrocity crimes in South Sudan, Nigeria, and elsewhere in Africa; and anxiety about renewed communal strife in India after Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi's stunning election victory. But, though global political conditions are hardly as good as they could be -- they never are -- there are plenty of grounds for thinking that they are not nearly as bad as so many are claiming. Here are the five most important reasons not to lose as much sleep as some pundits say you should.

History Returns With A Vengeance to Northeast Asia

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

Misguided nationalism is rearing its ugly head in some instances. The political dynamics of the region is shaking the geopolitical plate from under the surface. Dr. Kissinger once said, "history knows no resting places and plateaus." To me, history knows no end. Here in Northeast Asia, it is returning with a vengeance.

The All Powerful President?

Patty Culhane | Posted 05.12.2014 | Media
Patty Culhane

Politicians like to talk about the U.S. being the envy of the world. No one likes to admit that power still has its limits. It just seems to go against the American grain. When people talk about a weak president, perhaps the next step shouldn't be to look at his personality, but the position of the country.

Europe's Grown-Up Moment

András Simonyi | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
András Simonyi

The last thing Ukraine needs now is a paternalism. They need an understanding and helpful West. One that sees the big strategic picture, its own interests and the interest of the Ukrainians in cohesion.

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Allowing these war crimes allegations to go unaddressed would undermine important international legal norms while rendering true reconciliation in the country an even more remote prospect.

Miscarriages of Justice: Why the Church Should Be (and Isn't) Compelling To Rising Generations

Christopher Cocca | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

Christians believe different, often contrasting things about Jesus. Even so, there are fundamental points of reference across the traditions and theo...

Why Détente With Iran Is a Historic Game Changer

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

We are at a potential cusp, a transformational moment in the Gulf and the Middle East where détente with Iran could radically change the geopolitics and economics of the region. The opportunity should not be missed.

The Importance of De-Hyphenating India

Cleo Paskal | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Cleo Paskal

If healthily engaged, India could help in understanding the concerns of sections of the world that are often underrepresented, and be a valuable partner in growth as geoeconomics shift.

Iran and the West: From Lose-Lose to Win-Win

Milad Jokar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Milad Jokar

As the United States is militarily moving away from the Middle East, it needs a long-term strategy to stabilize the region and for institution building. And as Iran is geopolitically central to the region, they both need to end the deadlock and find a way out of this crisis.

Putin's Great Game

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Howard Schweber

Putin's game is larger than Syria, and his audience is not the American voters, although he is happy to take advantage of the dysfunctional state of American politics. Putin's audience is somewhere else entirely: the capitals of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and China.

Taking the Scare out of Scarceonomics

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.25.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

So, what does the scarceonomics of food, water, energy, and other critical commodities mean for governments, economies, investors, and consumers? If we apply some lessons learned and a little ingenuity, the prospects could be positive.

Algeria at Davos: Refocusing on Energy, Security, Globalization's Impacts

Peter Gardett | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Peter Gardett

Issues of national security, of globalization and of the role of business in increasingly transparent societies have been raised at Davos but have attracted less attention since the financial crisis; this year, attendees say, that is likely to change.

War in Syria: Geopolitics of the Conflict

Milad Jokar | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Milad Jokar

What is happening in Syria is no longer about a democratic movement against a dictatorship, nor is it simply a civil war between two camps. Syria has become the theater of a proxy war.

China Tells Canada Not to Let Politics Interfere With Business

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 12.25.2012 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

With Beijing warning the Candian government not to let political matters interfere with business affairs, the race to tap into North American shale may be a reflection of the broader geopolitical issues at stake.

Turkey, Syria and the Geopolitics of Identity

Peter Henne | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
Peter Henne

The Syrian shelling of Akcakale -- a Turkish village on the Syrian border -- and Turkey's military response against Syrian targets was shocking. How did the Turkish-Syrian relations go from close-and-getting-closer to on-the-brink-of-war?

Can Egypt Defuse the Iranian Nuclear Crisis?

Michael Hughes | Posted 11.04.2012 | World
Michael Hughes

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has a historic opportunity to help resolve the Iranian-Israeli nuclear imbroglio by leveraging Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Tel Aviv and exploiting its newfound goodwill with Tehran.