Views Digest

July, 2014

  • 16 July

    French Force Rides the Winds of Change in Sahel

    France may be shutting down its military operation in Mali, but that doesn’t mean French troops are going anywhere anytime soon. Instead, Operation Serval will be replaced by the bigger, brasher and bolder Operation Barkhan, France’s master plan to forever rid the Sahel of the scourge of Islamist extremism.

  • 15 July

    Wars Without Winners

    Contrary to the view that extremism thrives when America is absent, empirical facts indicate that the opposite is truer. And each of the countries at the center of global concerns over extremism is in fact one that has seen direct or indirect western intervention, not western absence

  • 15 July

    A Clean Energy Revolution in the Caribbean

    Burdened by high energy costs and situated on the front lines of a changing climate, Caribbean countries are on the verge of a sustainable energy revolution. Clean energy technologies are making headway throughout the Caribbean—and the U.S. should take note.

  • 15 July

    Malala: The Journalistic Ethics of Source Well-being

    Malala’s security was not an issue as long as the poor child served the editorial interests of the elite media outlets.

  • 13 July

    Fasting Smart in Ramadan

    With Muslim holy month half complete, so are energy levels. Food during Ramadan can be both a virtue and vice. Fasting individuals need to eat the right food to keep themselves full and fit

  • 13 July

    Can Renewable Energy Power the World?

    Despite the potential of clean energy, fossil-fuels reign supreme in the energy world. This has to do with various political and economic factors that make it impossible for clean energy to flourish.

  • 13 July

    Libya Edging Towards Civil War

    Libya’s crippling security dilemma has sparked massive protests and placed a roadblock in the path of the national dialogue. Now, with Libya running out of time to find a peaceful way forward, the alternative could mean a messy and divisive conflict engulfing the whole country.

  • 12 July

    Why A Pak-Afghan Water-sharing Accord is Needed

    By favoring a resource capture strategy Afghanistan may well have wasted a decade of potential development in the Kabul-Indus basin. But it may not be too late to engage in meaningful and constructive dialogue with Pakistan to make projects such as the 1,200 megawatt hydropower project on the Kunar River move forward, particularly considering the potential for benefit sharing, including flood control, sediment control and hydropower.

  • 6 July

    A New Normal for Iraqi Kurds?

    Taking advantage of the power vacuum left by the flight of the Iraqi security forces from Mosul and its environs, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has sent its peshmerga fighters into large swathes of northern Iraq, most notably Kirkuk and its oilfields. These gains have given the KRG new forms of leverage with Baghdad in negotiating Kurdish nationalist demands. They also have triggered expectations of Kurdish statehood among the Kurdish population of Iraq, a long-sought goal that could be bankrolled by large-scale, independent Kurdish oil exports.

  • 3 July

    The Geopolitics of the Islamic State

    Both the West and the Gulf Arabs suggest that the terrorism that they dislike against themselves is acceptable to others. The history of their policies suggests that Western and Gulf Arab intervention leads inexorably to the creation of police states (as in Egypt) and terrorist emirates. Al-Baghdadi has announced that his vision is much greater than that of the Saudi King or the government in Tehran. He wants to command a religion, not just a region. Of such delusions are great societies and cultures destroyed.