The Year to Protect People and the Planet

January 13, 2022

In October 2021, a vote by the UN Human Rights Council recognized that we all have a right to a safe, healthy and sustainable environment. Our most fundamental human rights are inextricable from the health of the natural world, including the right to adequate food and even the right to...

Is Afghanistan Going to Break Apart?
January 10, 2022

Is Afghanistan Going to Break Apart?

Can a Non-Lethal Eco-Terrorism Strategy Pay Off?
January 07, 2022

Can a Non-Lethal Eco-Terrorism Strategy Pay Off?

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes
January 05, 2022

How the Legal Landscape Is Changing for War Crimes

The Global Climate Crisis Is the New Frontier of Justice

The Global Climate Crisis Is the New Frontier of Justice

January 04, 2022

These past two years have made the international community finally realize that complex global challenges and crises will not go away easily and are likely to become the norm rather than the exception in this turbulent 21st century. First, the COVID-19 pandemic is obviously far from over....

Making Sense of Vladimir Putin’s Long Game

Making Sense of Vladimir Putin’s Long Game

December 24, 2021

On November 21, Bloomberg reported that US intelligence had shared Russian plans for a potential invasion of Ukraine with its NATO allies. Estimates indicated about 100,000 soldiers in around 100 battalion tactical groups were deployed on the Ukrainian border. Since then, this troop buildup has...

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Needs a Rethink

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Needs a Rethink

December 21, 2021

In 2019, former US President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation about a conversation he had with Donald Trump, the incumbent president at the time. He said Trump called him for advice about China. Carter, who normalized US ties with China in 1979, told the president that the United States had...

ASEAN’s Myanmar Strategy, Slow But Steady

ASEAN’s Myanmar Strategy, Slow But Steady

December 21, 2021

On December 6, the world saw Myanmar’s leaders ousted by a military takeover earlier this year receive their first verdict in a series of trials. National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were both initially sentenced to four years in prison for inciting...

When the Green Deal Is a No Deal

When the Green Deal Is a No Deal

December 20, 2021

Let’s start with a tricky question. Is the European Union’s Green New Deal a path toward the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050, as European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen sees it? Or do you agree with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s view of the deal as a...

COVID Has Forced Us to Rethink Education and Exams

COVID Has Forced Us to Rethink Education and Exams

December 20, 2021

Many people have been concerned with the disruption to children’s education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since early 2020, schools throughout the world have been shut during repeated national lockdowns. While some children are used to attending classes virtually, others struggle to even...

Could There Be War With Russia?

Could There Be War With Russia?

December 17, 2021

First, let’s be clear: Russia already invaded Ukraine. At the end of February 2014, Russian soldiers without insignia seized key facilities in Crimea and then helped secessionists in eastern Ukraine some weeks later. Crimea is now under Russian control and a civil war continues to flare up over...

The Response to Russia’s Brinkmanship Over Ukraine

The Response to Russia’s Brinkmanship Over Ukraine

December 16, 2021

The Russian military buildup along Ukrainian borders conducted over the last few months — similar to an escalation by Russia in April — has led to new direct talks between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. The biggest fear in the West is whether...

Amid the Pandemic, Eating Disorders Are on the Rise

Amid the Pandemic, Eating Disorders Are on the Rise

December 15, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc across the globe, it leaves a multitude of long-lasting consequences in its wake. Among them, a host of mental health issues including an uptick in depression, anxiety and stress-related disorders. One of the less frequently discussed, however, is eating...

Can Self-Help Diplomacy Lower Political Heat in the Middle East?

Can Self-Help Diplomacy Lower Political Heat in the Middle East?

December 13, 2021

Since the end of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, the United States has been the unchallenged dominant power in the Middle East and North Africa. As such, it often saw its role, for better or worse, as fixing the region’s many problems. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq and Saddam Hussein, Iran,...

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