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The Geopolitics of Soccer

Jacques Attali | Posted 06.24.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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 05.27.2014 | 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.

Designing Geopolitics

Carla Leitao | Posted 09.09.2012 | Arts
Carla Leitao

Designing Geopolitics, the second of a series of events organized by D:GP [The Center for Design and Geopolitics] at CALIT2/UCSD, La Jolla/San Diego, ...

Sex in Afghanistan, Religion in China and Debunking Goldman Sachs at the Sunnyside Documentary Festival

Vivian Norris | Posted 09.01.2012 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

French filmmakers and funders defend auteur-driven works, finance documentaries that ask tough questions, and fight back against a mainstreaming of factual filmmaking, is one of the strong suits of Sunnyside.

"Collateral Damage" From Afghan Turmoil -- the TAPI Pipeline

John C.K. Daly | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
John C.K. Daly

As the reverberations on the March 11th attack by a U.S. soldier on two Afghan villages continue to abrade U.S.-Afghan relations, the deteriorating security situation there will more than likely claim another victim: the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline.

With Iran, How Hard Do Sanctions Really Bite?

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 05.11.2012 | World
Daniel J. Graeber

Planned oil embargoes by the European Union could be seen as largely symbolic moves by opponents of the Islamic republic, though it's the pressure on Tehran's finances that appear to be striking the biggest blow.

2012-2020: Where Mythologies Clash

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The decade ahead will be a testing time as it marks the peak clash between two mythologies -- or rather, two defining eras.

Falklands Flare Up -- Could a New Oil Find Re-Ignite an Old Conflict?

John C.K. Daly | Posted 04.24.2012 | World
John C.K. Daly

News that the Falklands' oil industry could potentially be worth $180 billion in royalties and taxes has reignited the smoldering diplomatic dispute between London and Buenos Aires.

Weeding Out Corruption In India

Cleo Paskal | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Cleo Paskal

From the newly educated middle class to those in rural areas, people are becoming aware that the local corrupt officials are part of a larger system that is smothering the country and stealing the future from their children.