Government & NGOs, Society & Culture
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 15:53:29 03/04/13
With the Syrian civil war about to turn two years old and the death toll approaching 70,000, some are saying it is time for the U.S. or the UN to intervene. Could arming the anti-Assad rebels bring an end to the war? Or would it bring greater instability to the region?
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 20:02:48 02/28/13
Why were the recent Israeli elections results so different from expectations? Why were the main issues domestic ones, with little attention paid to Iran or the Palestinian situation? For answers to these questions and more, look to Yoram Peri's expert analysis of the complexities of Israeli politics and concerns.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 22:19:32 02/27/13
I think there's tremendous potential in the technology, but we have to use it responsibly. We need to figure out how we create the right structures that empower and maximize the good and constrain the evil.
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 20:01:10 02/25/13
In this masterly and comprehensive talk, Andrew Nathan looks at the world from Beijing's viewpoint and sees a very challenging environment for China. He identifies four rings of security concerns: inside China's territory; its 24 surrounding countries; six regional systems; and the rest of the world.
[LESS INFO] 2 VIEWS | ADDED 15:39:12 02/25/13
For years, large global organizations, like the G-20 or the UN, have failed to cooperate on major international challenges, like climate change. Is mini-lateralism, in which a few major world powers work together to tackle these problems, a viable and ethical alternative?
[LESS INFO] 2 VIEWS | ADDED 21:09:42 02/22/13
By 2030, probably more than half the world's population is going to enjoy middle class living standards. That, in moral and ethical terms, is a remarkably positive development, because the capacity of people to escape the imprisonment of poverty is going to grow dramatically in the next few decades.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 15:05:28 02/19/13
President Obama called al-Qaeda a shadow of its former self, but the organization is making inroads in Mali and Algeria and some say it is as dangerous as ever. How much of a threat is al-Qaeda? Has the terrorist group made a comeback?
[LESS INFO] 2 VIEWS | ADDED 17:35:36 02/15/13
As more people become prosperous and interstate conflicts diminish, there is a convergence between East and West, says Kishore Mahbubani. Now we have to change our mindset accordingly and act as one united world on issues such as climate change. One important step is to reform the UN.
Public Affairs: The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
[LESS INFO] 4 VIEWS | ADDED 17:42:05 02/11/13
With a breadth and depth of knowledge spanning not only current geopolitics but centuries of history, Robert Kaplan shows us the crucial importance of geography in shaping our destinies. Geography still matters, and always will.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 17:37:28 02/11/13
Americans' view of Iran as an illegitimate system in imminent danger of overthrow is wrongheaded, wishful thinking, say the Leveretts. The U.S. needs to come to terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, not as a favor to Iran, but to save its own position in the Middle East and avert another war. Nixon went to China. Obama needs to go to Iran.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 15:22:51 02/11/13
When Iceland was hit hard in the 2008 financial crisis, it responded by doing everything Western economic theorists told it not to. It has made an impressive recovery, but financial problems remain. Should other countries follow Iceland's unorthodox model?
[LESS INFO] 1 VIEWS | ADDED 15:13:05 02/07/13
The new world, the 21st century is about global communication and global citizenship. I see this particularly in the young people.
[LESS INFO] 4 VIEWS | ADDED 18:54:51 02/01/13
The greatest responsibilities fall on the people with the most power to act. But if we live in democracies, then we are the people who choose the people with the most power to act.
[LESS INFO] 0 VIEWS | ADDED 17:12:03 01/30/13
What if everything we believe about nuclear weapons is wrong? Reexamine the facts and you'll see that the arguments for nuclear weapons aren't powerful; they're preposterous. They are an unpersuasive collection of wishful thinking held together by nothing more than fear and rationalization.