Even Kuross

Even Kuross is a management consultant based in Oslo focusing on public sector issues. Kuross holds double Master’s degrees, one each from University College London and the London School of Economics, in Security Studies and International Relations. He is particularly interested in US foreign policy, NATO and energy policies.

Is Desalination the Answer to a Thirsty Planet?

Jan 10, 2017

Globally, over 300 million people rely on desalinated water for some or all of their water needs. There is perhaps no place more fitting for innovation in desalination and water treatment technology than Israel. From the modern state’s founding until today, its culture has in many ways been defined by its constant...

The Future of Hydropower

May 26, 2015

Given the strains climate change is putting on the planet’s limited resources, what role can hydropower play in the future? The Three Gorges Dam in China is the largest hydroproject in the world. Spanning 2.4 kilometers across the Yangzee River in Hubei Province, the dam captures 84.7 terawatts per hour...

Remittances Play a Dual Role in Developing Economies

Apr 03, 2015

Remittances play a vital role in spurring economic development and providing financial assistance to those in need. Western Union’s distinct yellow and black signs litter small towns across America. One of their largest customer bases are migrants who regularly visit their local Western Union office to wire money to family...

Water Scarcity Risks Being a Source of Conflict

Mar 04, 2015

The depletion of freshwater resources will inevitably lead to tension, conflict and migration among large swathes of the world’s population. [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.] Yemen, an impoverished desert country racked by years of conflict, instability and misgovernance, may soon add another dubious distinction...

Water Inc.

Dec 10, 2014

The commodification of water supplies around the world reflects a growing trend of the privatization of natural resources. Coca-Cola’s iconic red and white logo is one of the world’s most recognizable brands. Its signature beverage, for which the company is named, is the world’s most popular carbonated drink. Every day,...

Central Asia Is Leaning East Toward an Energy-Thirsty China

Nov 24, 2014

Central Asian states are turning away from Russia and toward China as a market for their natural resources. While Moscow’s attention is directed towards its western border, another geopolitical development is taking place in Central Asia, where a number of hydrocarbon-rich states are being openly courted by Beijing as they look...

Vox Populi: The State of American Populism, Then and Now

Nov 04, 2014

The Tea Party and the Occupy Movement can be seen as contemporary examples of a long-standing American tradition of populist politics. Americans will head to the polls this week to cast votes for their chosen champions, as the long-awaited midterm elections finally arrive. In the run-up to the election, Democrats...

The Rise of Private Military Companies (Part 2/2)

Aug 20, 2014

The changing climate of warfare, growing instability and increased globalization have created a market for PMC services. [Read part one here.] The role of private military companies (PMC) ranges from security to training to participating directly in combat as auxiliary troops. PMCs have been used all around the world for...

The Rise of Private Military Companies (Part 1/2)

Aug 13, 2014

The changing climate of warfare, growing instability and increased globalization have created a market for PMC services. The rise of private military companies (PMCs) over the past few decades has been nothing short of meteoric. Operating in a realm once believed safe from privatization, PMCs have taken over various functions...

World War I: One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare

Aug 04, 2014

World War I, which saw the first use of chemical weapons, has changed attitudes to their use. In 2013, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the little heard of Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the award was given to the group...

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