36(3) Spring 2015 Archive

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36(3) Spring 2015, Americas, Asia, Economics, Environment, Europe, Features, Politics

Frontier mentality has no place in the Arctic

Often we hear about the Arctic as a place buffeted by international and regional pressures — pollutants from agriculture, planetary climate impacts, and rising...
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36(3) Spring 2015, Eastern Europe, Environment, Features, Human Rights, North America, Politics, Western Europe

Indigenous Rights: The Hidden Cost of Arctic Development

The delicate environmental and political balance that composes the Arctic has made it one of the most hotly contested regions in the world. This...
"Mr. Pipo Connected" by Nevit Dilman - CC BY­SA 2.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(3) Spring 2015, Analysis, Economics, Global Notebook, Politics, Western Europe

European Policy: A Nudge in the Right Direction

A man in the UK opens his email after receiving his monthly energy bill. Along with a smorgasbord of information about energy conservation and his current spending...
Shanghai shimmers in the night. The Chinese Communist Party hopes to make the city an international financial hub by 2020.
36(3) Spring 2015, Asia, East Asia, Economics, Global Notebook, Politics

Shanghai 2020: Understanding the Cautious Pace of Reform

In the spring of 2009, China’s State Council announced its plans to transform Shanghai into an international financial center by 2020. This announcement recalled the historic establishment of the...
The Euro monument in front of the European Central Bank. By Adrian Petty, CC BY-SA 3.0, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(3) Spring 2015, Economics, Europe, Politics

Europe’s Economic Policy Conundrum

The Eurozone economy is stalling. Growth forecasts have been revised down. Inflation is falling, well below the level consistent with the definition of price stability (two percent)....
US and African troops participate in a ceremony for US Army Africa's exercises Natural Fire 10 in Uganda in 2009. One of the principal missions of US Army Africa is to promote security and stability in Africa. By United States Army, Public Domain, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
36(3) Spring 2015, Africa, Central Africa, Current Feature, Eastern Africa, North Africa, North America, Perspectives, Politics, Security, Southern Africa, West Africa

Have US Priorities in Africa Changed: Do Security Concerns Trump Others?

At the end of the first ever US-Africa Leaders Summit on August 7, 2014, President Obama declared that it had been an “extraordinary event,” citing the accomplishments...
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36(3) Spring 2015, Eastern Europe, Featured, Features, Politics, Security, Western Europe

The Arctic: A Place Apart

The Arctic model and the role of NATO The Arctic has always been a place apart. It is unique for its climate and geography:...
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36(3) Spring 2015, Americas, Asia, East Asia, Economics, Environment, Europe, Features, North America, Politics, Security, South Asia, Western Europe

Some BRICS in the Arctic – Developing Powers Look North

In an age of rising powers, there remain few purely regional affairs. With ascendant powers eager to assert their growing influence overseas, many national...
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36(3) Spring 2015, Asia, East Asia, Featured, Perspectives, Politics

Korean Unification: A New Kind of Peacebuilding Project

In January 2014, South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s reference to the unification of the two Koreas as a potential “economic bonanza” caused a resurgence...
United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, South African President, Jacob Zuma, COP President, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and Executive Deputy Secretary, Richard Kinley at the 2011 Durban Conference (COP 17). At COP 17, the countries acknowledged the gap between their commitments and achieving the two degrees Celsius objective.
36(3) Spring 2015, Africa, Americas, Asia, Environment, Europe, Features, Politics, Science & Technology

A World Price for Carbon: A Necessary Condition for an Effective Global Climate Agreement

In the following text, I will demonstrate three things. First, that humankind is losing the battle against human-induced climate change, the impacts of which...