World

December, 2014

  • 5 December

    Turkey’s Strategic Miscalculation in Middle East

    The 2011 Arab revolutions hugely effected Turkey's orientation towards the Middle East. Its foreign policy moved from a diplomatic, non-interference policy to an interventionist, revisionist one, even imperialist to some people. In terms of policymaking, Turkey resembled the US, relying on its military might to shape the direction of its foreign relations. But now it risks losing all its gains achieved in the last decade.

  • 2 December

    Guyanese President Shuts Down Parliament

    President Donald Ramotar has prorogued the country's parliament for six months (discontinuing the body, without dissolving it), aggravating already polarized political times in Guyana.

  • 1 December

    Pope Francis: Back to the Middle East

    Pope Francis is desperately attempting to preserve Christianity as a viable faith in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He realizes that it is vital that he and Christians have the support of the Turkish government and its Islamist president in this endeavor.

  • 1 December

    Is the Myanmar Regime Splintering?

    The return of direct military rule is becoming increasingly unlikely in Myanmar, particularly due to how this would undermine the economic benefits of the reform process. But the degree to which the current regime remains a unified entity will directly affect the country’s future trajectory and its prospects for a democratic future.

November, 2014

  • 30 November

    Northeast Nigeria – A Forgotten Crisis

    A major crisis in brewing in northeastern Nigeria where more than 400,000 people, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians escalate.

  • 30 November

    Corruption Killing Africa’s Rhinos and Elephants

    The poaching and trafficking of wildlife has reached pandemic levels throughout Africa, threatening a growing number of species with outright extinction in our lifetime.

  • 23 November

    Mexico’s Undead Rise Up

    With 43 disappeared student teachers presumed dead, Mexican popular resistance is creating new alternatives to the militarized narco-state.

  • 16 November

    Kuwait Sentences Bidoon Children to Illiteracy

    The Kuwaiti state refuses to issue birth certificates to stateless children, denying their very existence from the moment of their birth. The Bidoon issue is a long-standing one in Kuwait, but the government is now using different tactics to isolate and ostracize members of this group.

  • 15 November

    Middle East: Wine, Blood and Gasoline

    Mahmoud Abbas is doing everything in his power to prevent a general uprising, which might quite well endanger his regime. But pressure from below is mounting. Popular wisdom in Israel has already found a name for the situation: "Intifada of Individuals". For the Israeli security chiefs, that is a nightmare.

  • 15 November

    The Big Chill: Tensions in the Arctic

    As the climate warms and the ice melts, the Arctic could become the next great theater of global cooperation—or a battlefield.