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The lost climate change leadership

The lost climate change leadership

September 12, 2017 at 4:01 PM

The general perception within the climate change circles is that the United States is fast losing the leadership position it once held in charting the climate change future. The fact is that there hasn’t been any country that has consistently in recent times taken audacious steps of leading efforts toRead More

Kenyan Elections: Mixed feelings

Kenyan Elections: Mixed feelings

September 6, 2017 at 3:59 PM

 “Africa is Rising!”. This popular cliché came first to mind following the announcement of the 4-2 majority decision by the Kenyan Supreme court to annul the 8th August 2017 presidential elections results and order fresh one. The reason? It “was not conducted in accordance with the constitution” and therefore theRead More

Propaganda and Tibet

Propaganda and Tibet

September 1, 2017 at 10:40 AM

The idea for this article was born in a bar in the city of Xi’an, far away from the stuffy Beijing auditorium where I spent the month of May attending lectures on Chinese law. A couple of friends and I were having a pint at the bar of our hostelRead More

Global FX and Currency – Mid-Year Review

Global FX and Currency – Mid-Year Review

August 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Across the world, there is one trend emerging strongly. This is the trend of  political and economic decision-making starting to make less sense than ever before.  We thought it would interesting to evaluate the impact that has had on the foreign exchange and currency markets. From a macro-economic perspective, the major themeRead More

Solving the North Korean Crisis

Solving the North Korean Crisis

August 16, 2017 at 5:05 PM

The North Korean crisis has escalated in tension since Kim Jong-Un’s successful ICBM test on the 4th of July. It’s an issue that cannot be ignored since it threatens the collective security of East Asia and soon, the US. Identifying the future challenges this crisis is reserving for policy makersRead More

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence

August 10, 2017 at 4:27 PM

Are Scotland and Catalonia willing to do what it takes to achieve independence? In 2007, the Scottish National Party launched a proposal of holding a referendum over Scotland’s independence. In 2009, some activists detached from mainstream Catalan parties launched the same proposal in Catalonia and actually held unofficial referenda that drove more than a million people to the polls voting overwhelminglyRead More

Russia: Beating NATO without firing a bullet

Russia: Beating NATO without firing a bullet

July 28, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Author’s note: This article assumes, for the sake of argument, a decisively pro-NATO position in order to analyze the security prospects of Baltic NATO members. Readers are encouraged to keep in mind that the following offers an intentionally biased perspective. In the north-east corner of the European Union, between theRead More

ISIS and Women: With, Against and Victims

ISIS and Women: With, Against and Victims

July 21, 2017 at 11:16 PM

Last week, an ISIS fighter was dressed in women’s clothes as he attempted to bomb refugees. This is not the first or the last time that a women’s attire was used as a tool by violent extremists. In 2015, a group of ISIS fighters wore women’s clothing in an attemptRead More

South Asia’s Space Race

South Asia’s Space Race

July 16, 2017 at 5:14 PM

 During the ideological struggles of the Cold War, the United States and Soviet Union faced off in the space race. That competition culminated in the greatest feat of human exploration in history with the moon landing on July 20 1969. Almost 50 years later, a new rivalry is pushing aerospaceRead More

Russia: “Old world” thinking and economic sanctions

Russia: “Old world” thinking and economic sanctions

July 16, 2017 at 5:07 PM

In early June, Putin sat down for an interview with Oliver Stone in which he was asked for his opinion on U.S. Senator John McCain; more specifically, he was asked for his opinion on the senator’s allegations calling Putin a butcher and thug. Though praising Senator McCain’s patriotic commitment toRead More