Perspectives on Geopolitics, History, and Political Economy

The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

The Unnoticed Demise of Democracy

Jul 24, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Roberto Savio ROME, Jul 24 2017 (IPS) – Politicians are so busy fighting for their jobs, they hardly seem to notice that they risk going out of business. Democracy is on the wane, yet the problem is nowhere in Parliaments. Common to all is a progressive loss of vision, of long term planning and...

Astana Economic Forum Focuses on Sustainable Energy

Astana Economic Forum Focuses on Sustainable Energy

Jul 19, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Ramesh Jaura This is the sixth in a series of articles from Kazakhstan which being geographically located both in Asia and Europe, considers itself a Eurasian country. The articles are based on information gathered during a visit from June 7 to June 15 on the occasion of the opening of...

Extreme Weather Wiping Out Hard-Won GDP Gains in Hours

Extreme Weather Wiping Out Hard-Won GDP Gains in Hours

Jul 14, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Kenton X Chance BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jul 14 2017 (IPS) – With Antigua and Barbuda joining St. Kitts and Nevis as the two eastern Caribbean nations to attain middle-income country status, a senior diplomat has identified climate change as a major factor preventing other nations in the grouping from...

Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Jul 12, 2017

One of the biggest icebergs in history has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf, according to scientists who have been monitoring a growing crack for months. Satellite images confirmed that the trillion-tonne iceberg had broken away and was adrift at sea. “The calving occurred sometime between Monday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 12, when...

The G20’s Misguided Globalism

The G20’s Misguided Globalism

Jul 7, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik HAMBURG – This year’s G20 summit in Hamburg promises to be among the more interesting in recent years. For one thing, US President Donald Trump, who treats multilateralism and international cooperation with cherished disdain, will be attending for the first time. Trump comes to Hamburg having already walked out...

Latin America’s Rural Exodus Undermines Food Security

Latin America’s Rural Exodus Undermines Food Security

Jun 17, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Fabiana Frayssinet This article forms part of special IPS coverage for the World Day to Combat Desertification, celebrated June 17. BUENOS AIRES, Jun 17 2017 (IPS) – In Latin America and the Caribbean, which account for 12 per cent of the planet’s arable land, and one-third of its fresh water...

The Rise of the Food Barons

The Rise of the Food Barons

Jun 15, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Christine Chemnitz The industrial-agriculture sector has long faced criticism for practices that contribute to climate change, environmental destruction, and rural poverty. And yet the sector has taken virtually no steps to improve quality and sustainability, or to promote social justice. This is not surprising. Although...

Caribbean Leaders Want Swifter Action on Climate Funding

Caribbean Leaders Want Swifter Action on Climate Funding

Mar 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By Desmond Brown ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) – When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars. The storm dumped 15 inches of rain on...

2030 Agenda A Roadmap For Conflict Prevention

2030 Agenda A Roadmap For Conflict Prevention

Mar 1, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Miroslav Jenča Miroslav Jenča is UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Following are his keynote remarks originally delivered on February 17, 2017 at a working luncheon at the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the UN in New York under the title ‘Political and...

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy

Feb 22, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS   By IPS World Desk ROME, Feb 22 2017 (IPS) – Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new United Nations’ report. Though very real and significant progress in...