August 17, 2017

Asia’s Coal Plans Promise Development, Deliver Premature Death

Over 70% of China's electricity is supplied by coal-fired power plants. One of the most noticeable features of these power plants is the cement cooling towers. (Photo by V. T. Polywoda, Creative Commons License)

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 »

West Africa Prepares Military Action Against Gambia’s Jammeh

Nigerian Navy's NNS THUNDER. Nigeria has deployed a warship off Gambia's cost.

Yahya Jammeh will certainly be removed if West Africa decides to use force. But that will come at a heavy price for The Gambia, the neighboring states and the world as a whole Read More »

Geo-politics and Afghanistan

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Is South Asia witnessing the beginning of a new geo-political game between two obvious blocs (Indo-Afghan-USA and Moscow-Beijing-Pakistan-Iran) divided by conflicting views on sources of terrorism and shared interests in regional peace and development? Read More »

Afghanistan’s Coming Water Crisis

River Kabul passing through the Afghan capital. (Photo by koldo, Creative Commons License)

Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan’s water infrastructure in a mess, and as refugees return to the country the prospect of water-related conflicts rises. Read More »

Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

Marines, Afghan National Police Stay Vigilant in Southern Afghanistan. (Photo by DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons License)

Despite President Obama's promises of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the United States is settling in for the long haul. Read More »

China’s Role in an Emerging Global Order

A view of Shanghai skyline. (Photo by Bon Adrien, Creative Commons License)

For some commentators, China’s rising international status presages the eclipse of a Western-dominated liberal order. In reality, China’s position within an emerging global order that is both inclusive and legitimate has yet to be clearly defined. Read More »

Fethullah Gülen: Public Intellectual or Public Enemy?

Fethullah Gulen. (Photo via video stream)

It may sound farfetched that a scholar living in Pennsylvania planned the overthrow of the Turkish government. But Turkey is demanding the U.S. extradite the Hizmet leader. Read More »

Next Steps in Libya

Forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan Ground Forces on outskirts of Sirte preparing battle to liberate the city from the so-called Islamic State militants in May this year. (Photo via RT video stream)

Economic and government stabilization in the face of political and security challenges. Read More »

Terrorism in Nice and France’s Troubled Colonial Legacy

A view of a vigil for the victims of Nice terrorism attack in Nice. (Photo via video stream)

Nice is an elegant and striking city, set against the azure Mediterranean. But there is history and politics behind the waving palms. Read More »

Sir Chilcot Iraq Inquiry and Fraudulent Geopolitical Wars

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Following on the heels of Brexit the Chilcot Report — also called by some a “devastating catalogue of lies and mistakes” — will likely generate long-term consequences for Nato’s thus far consensual security architecture. Read More »