Crowded Waters: The South China Sea's Next Big Flashpoint?

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 seco

The New Drivers of Europe's Geopolitics

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

The Global Risks report 2015

The Global Risks Report is an annual study published by the World Economic Forum ahead of the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Disaster and Development

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

The Climate Breakthrough in Beijing Gives the World a Fighting Chance

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 larges

How Was Life? - Global Well-being since 1820

How Was Life?: Global Well-being since 1820, OECD Publishing

It may be hard to find allies outside the Union

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.

The Limits of Climate Negotiations

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

What Are We Waiting For?

The current events just show, once more, the lack of political courage and will on the international community’s behalf, a community that grows

Transforming the United Nations From Raison dEtat to Raison de Planete

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

Sustainability and Management Competence

We have developed a highly mechanised, energy intensive, high throughput economy that is chewing up the planet’s resources at a ferocious pace

Ukraine and the Crisis of International Law

International law itself is at a crossroads. The US, Russia, the EU, and NATO cite it when it is to their advantage and disregard

Good Governance as a Post-2015 Millennium Development Goal

In recent years, scholars have developed a significant body of evidence to support the notion that good governance leads to improved economic growth...

France and the Balkans in the New Age

Madeleine Albright once argued that

From Kosovo to Crimea

Any diplomacy manual always recommends resorting to History and Geography as complementary sciences

Global Cooperation in the Age of Sustainable Development

Achieving sustainable development will be the overriding strategic challenge of this generation. Throughout most of history

The Role of Government in the Transition to a Sustainable Economy

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

A Centenary and 194 Stages in 2004

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

The Age of Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is both a way of understanding the world and a way to help save it. As a method of understanding the world