Craig Moran

Craig Moran is an independent geopolitical consultant. He has almost two decades of experience advising on and facilitating geopolitical strategies in various fields such as energy and natural resources planning, tourism development, assessing and advising on political and security risks, and handling constitutional and legislative issues across multiple territories.

Carbon Capture: A Bold Solution or Pipe Dream?

Jun 29, 2018

As of 2016, renewable energy still accounted for only about 18% of the world’s total final energy consumption. Could a new carbon-capture technology really provide a viable approach to reversing the effects of climate change? That’s the ambitious claim of British Columbia-based tech company, Carbon Engineering, in a peer-reviewed paper...

Electric Cars Drive Demand for Greener Metals

Dec 23, 2017

There are growing calls for ethically sourced rare minerals and a rising demand for low-carbon metals — even at a higher price point. When it comes to the fight against climate change, the conversation has focused nearly exclusively on how to bring down levels of one element — carbon. But what...

Plastic Pollution: Turning a Problem into a Solution

Nov 06, 2017

Can waste-to-energy technology help solve the global plastic pollution crisis? When it comes to plastic pollution, it turns out there is a list of worst offenders. According to new research, just 10 rivers — eight of them in Asia — are responsible for up to 95% of the plastics choking...

Fighting Corporate Corruption in Asia

Sep 05, 2017

Is the Samsung conviction too little, too late? It seems that three was the magic number for South Korean consumers eager to see the fall of Lee Jae-yong, the de-facto head of Samsung Group. On August 25, Lee was convicted of bribing ousted President Park Geun-hye and was sentenced to...

Tick Tock Goes the Doomsday Clock

Jul 27, 2017

With North Korea, the doomsday clock inches ever closer to midnight. On July 22, General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, publicly announced that North Korea’s nuclear missile program has matured to the point that Pyongyang can now launch a “limited missile attack” against the...

Why US-China Cooperation is Important in Dealing With North Korea

Oct 27, 2016

US-China cooperation and a coherent strategy are necessary to roll back the nuclear ambitions of North Korea. In response to North Korea’s fifth nuclear test in September, Chinese and American diplomats are negotiating sanctions to limit the nation’s energy trade, according to sources at the United Nations Security Council. This new effort...

Thailand’s Pseudo-Democracy Has Become a Reality

Sep 13, 2016

Has the August referendum cemented the Thai public’s approval of a military government? On August 7, Thailand held the long-awaited referendum on its draft constitution. While the junta claims that the proposed constitution will usher in an era of peace and stability, critics argue that it will only serve to formally entrench the military’s...

Thailand is Headed Down a Dark Path

May 19, 2016

The culture of fear in Thailand today has cemented the nation’s status as an ailing democracy. The nations of Southeast Asia have collectively achieved a degree of notoriety for their structural instabilities—the typically gradual process of political change abandoned for recurring power vacuums and institutional landslides. In this respect, Thailand is...

The Time Has Come for China to Rein in Kim Jong-Un

Jan 20, 2016

With its claim of testing a hydrogen bomb, North Korea hopes for a ticket back to the negotiating table. It isn’t unusual for the new year to be seen in with a bang, but when, on January 6, North Korea claimed it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, reactions of...

Thailand is Playing a Game of Smoke and Mirrors

Jan 05, 2016

While British and American officials are coming into conflict with the military, Thailand’s relationship with the EU has been hit. With Thailand’s slow road back to democracy looking like it has no end in sight, the military junta led by former General Prayuth Chan-ocha is looking for ways to divert international...

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