In early September, with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization reeling from a Russian land grab just outside the alliance’s borders , President Barack Obama traveled to NATO member Estonia to deliver a message to the unnerved Baltic states.
The 2015 Munich Security Conference has focused like a burning glass on the dilemmas of Western crisis management in international security. While the desire to maintain a united position on the war in Ukraine was apparent, divisions over strategy and tac
Climate change is already wreaking havoc throughout the developing world. Vietnam, for example, has reported that natural disasters, some of them exacerbated by climate change, have caused annual losses equivalent to 2% of its GDP. In agriculture-dependen
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The South China Sea ranks high on any list of the world’s geopolitical hotspots. But though the region has been volatile for centuries, the last two decades have witnessed a subtle shift in the underlying drivers of conflict. Through most of the second h
For the past two weeks, I have focused on the growing fragmentation of Europe. Two weeks ago, the murders in Paris prompted me to write about the fault line between Europe and the Islamic world. Last week, I wrote about the nationalism that is rising in i
The Global Risks Report is an annual study published by the World Economic Forum ahead of the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
When Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the Philippines on December 6, memories of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,300 people, were fresh in people’s minds. Some 227,000 families – more than a million people – were evacuated ahead of Hagupit’s arri
Today’s US-China joint announcement on climate change and energy is the most important advance on the climate change agenda in many years. While the full ramifications will only be known at the climate summit in Paris in December 2015, the two largest C02
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The article by Vuk Jeremić for THE TIMES of London: Scots must realise that a vote for independence will not be without repercussions for the rest of the UK and Europe.
If the world is to solve the climate-change crisis, we will need a new approach. Currently, the major powers view climate change as a negotiation over who will reduce their CO2 emissions (mainly from the use of coal, oil, and gas). Each agrees to
The current events just show, once more, the lack of political courage and will on the international community’s behalf, a community that grows
As we face fresh turmoil around the world today, many fear history will not only repeat itself, but that we will be unable to meet key new challenges
We have developed a highly mechanised, energy intensive, high throughput economy that is chewing up the planet’s resources at a ferocious pace
International law itself is at a crossroads. The US, Russia, the EU, and NATO cite it when it is to their advantage and disregard
In recent years, scholars have developed a significant body of evidence to support the notion that good governance leads to improved economic growth...
Madeleine Albright once argued that
Any diplomacy manual always recommends resorting to History and Geography as complementary sciences
Achieving sustainable development will be the overriding strategic challenge of this generation. Throughout most of history
The private sector cannot make the transition from a waste-based economy to a renewable one by itself. This transition can only happen if we
I called the year 2013 a year of transition, and so it has been. Since the fall of Lehman Brothers five years ago, Europeans, and mostly
Sustainable development is both a way of understanding the world and a way to help save it. As a method of understanding the world