October 21, 2017

Turkey’s Dangerous Referendum

Turkey's leader will apparently stop at nothing to centralize power — and every move that backfires makes him even more desperate. Read More »

El Salvador Votes for Water over Gold

The people of El Salvador and their international allies against irresponsible mining are celebrating a historic victory. After a long battle against global mining companies that were determined to plunder the country’s natural resources for short-term profits, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has voted to ban all metal mining projects.   The new law is aimed at protecting the Central American ... Read More »

Is ASEAN a Newfound Voice for the Rohingya?

Myanmar has long valued ASEAN for the protection it provides not only from the wider international community but also its fellow members. But the unwillingness of Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya issue has pushed ASEAN members towards new forms of protest. This failure is already a tragedy, but for ASEAN it might become a disaster. Read More »

Saudi Arabia the Next stop on China’s Maritime Silk Road

The growing partnership between China and Saudi Arabia signals a consequential shift in the Middle East–Asia security architecture and will be an increasingly important space to watch. Read More »

New Libyan Militia’s Oil Strike Risks Wider Conflagration

Libyan factions are once again fighting for control of key oil installations in the Gulf of Sirte’s “oil crescent”. The latest offensive risks reducing Libya’s oil production and is undermining efforts to broker a peace deal. In this Q&A Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst for Libya, assesses the fallout. Read More »

Scotland Headed to a Second Independence Referendum

The future is extremely uncertain, although once the Brexit negotiations between the UK government and the EU get properly underway there may be greater clarity as to what sort of impact that is having on opinion in Scotland, which is back in campaign mode and referendum. Read More »

Famines in the 21st Century? It’s Not for Lack of Food

Famines result from cumulative processes we can observe and predict. That means we can prevent them through timely public action. Read More »

View from Africa: Trump’s Very Own Russiagate in the Making

A look at the still-evolving scandal that is consuming all the oxygen in President Trump’s White House: the many threads of his administration’s politically potent tie-up with the Russians. Read More »

What Does Trump Mean for Asia?

Governments in Asia and elsewhere would do well to focus actively on ways to mitigate the uncertain and potentially dangerous results of erratic or irresponsible US international behavior as early as possible, advises one analyst. Read More »

Asia’s Coal Plans Promise Development, Deliver Premature Death

A new report from Greenpeace and Harvard says Chinese-financed coal projects in Asia could lead to 70,000 premature deaths a year. Read More »