Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

Governments and Social Movements Disagree on Future of Cities

Governments and Social Movements Disagree on Future of Cities

Oct 22, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Emilio Godoy QUITO, Oct 21 2016 (IPS) – The Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development and the alternative forums held by social organisations ended in the Ecuadorean capital with opposing visions regarding the future of cities and the fulfillment of rights in...

How Europe Left Itself Open to Terrorism

How Europe Left Itself Open to Terrorism

Oct 22, 2016

 by Sebastian Rotella ProPublica, Oct. 18, 2016, 8 a.m. Embed from Getty Images This combo shows handout photos released by French Police in Paris early on January 8, 2015 of suspects Cherif Kouachi (L), aged 32, and his brother Said Kouachi (R), aged 34, wanted in connection with an attack at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in the French capital that killed...

Free Trade in Chains

Free Trade in Chains

Oct 22, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate Chatham House’s Paola Subacchi examines the causes and consequences of today’s anti-globalization backlash, guided by insights from Stephen Roach, Dani Rodrik, Joseph Stiglitz, and other Project Syndicate commentators. By Paola Subacchi LONDON – At the beginning of the new millennium, when the world was deemed “flat”...

Irregular war, and how to reverse it

Irregular war, and how to reverse it

Oct 21, 2016

A military-led response to violent movements such as ISIS and al-Qaida misses the wider global forces that are triggering their rise. This article first appeared on openDemocracy By Paul Rogers The long-awaited military assault on ISIS in Mosul began on 16 October, two years and four months since the movement seized the city in its advance across northern Iraq....

Syria’s Darkest Hour

Syria’s Darkest Hour

Oct 21, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Javier Solana MADRID – The conflict in Syria becomes more complex every day that it continues, and the country’s prospects have gotten only worse. The daily horrors that Aleppo’s besieged citizens are now experiencing mark a new low point, following the collapse of the latest ceasefire, brokered by the United States and...

The battle for Mosul is too little, too late in the fight against the Islamic State

The battle for Mosul is too little, too late in the fight against the Islamic State

Oct 21, 2016

By Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Embed from Getty Images An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic-State (IS) militant positions, from his position on the top of Mount Zardak, a strategic point taken 3 days ago, about 25 kilometres east of Mosul on September 9,2014. Kurdish forces in the...

Two Who Moved Through Europe’s Revolving-Door Prisons Get Terrorist Designation

Two Who Moved Through Europe’s Revolving-Door Prisons Get Terrorist Designation

Oct 21, 2016

Embed from Getty Images US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (L) walk through a memorial to pay tribute to the victims killed in the attack of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, on January 16, 2015 at the entrance of the weekly newspaper office in Paris. Twelve people were killed, including cartoonists...

Privatization the Problem, Rarely the Solution

Privatization the Problem, Rarely the Solution

Oct 21, 2016

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   Jomo Kwame Sundaram was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 20 2016 (IPS) – Privatization has been one of the pillars of the...

The Case for UK Import Substitution

The Case for UK Import Substitution

Oct 21, 2016

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Robert Skidelsky LONDON – The most dramatic economic effect of the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote has been the collapse of sterling. Since June, the pound has fallen by 16% against a basket of currencies. Mervyn King, the previous governor of the Bank of England, hailed the lower exchange rate as a “welcome change.” Indeed,...

The Debate Over Syria Has Reached a Dead End

The Debate Over Syria Has Reached a Dead End

Oct 19, 2016

Two mutually exclusive, warring narratives now dominate discussions—and neither is sufficient to bring the country back from the brink. Republished with permission from The Nation Embed from Getty Images A Syrian man sits in the rubble following a barrel bomb attack the previous day on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Mashad in the northern Syrian city of...