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The inequality conundrum

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
The inequality conundrum

Humans have discussed the origin and outcomes of income inequality for millenniums. The sacred texts of all major monotheistic religions generally denounce it, but contemporary interpretations of the same faiths often disagree about the best way to remedy it, or if a remedy is even necessary. Aristotle considered it corrosive for political communities; European medieval […]

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Outlook for Asia in 2019

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Outlook for Asia in 2019

At the UN General Assembly in September, U.S. President Donald Trump projected an “America First” worldview that American sovereignty and national interests were more important than multilateral international institutions and agreements. Conversely, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been attempting to increase his country’s involvement in international organizations and multilateral pacts. Last autumn, CNN geopolitics analyst […]

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Africa: What to expect in 2019

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Africa: What to expect in 2019

Africa in 2019 will continue to cope with a number of difficult and debilitating challenges: Terror, civil conflict, climate warming and drought, corruption, poor governance, weak rules of law and inconsistent and lacklustre leadership. For all of those reasons, sub-Saharan African migrants will still attempt, in great numbers, to enter Europe by crossing the Sahara […]

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Russia: More of the same in 2019

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Russia: More of the same in 2019

Based on its current behaviour and existing trends, what can we expect from Russia in 2019? Unfortunately, we should expect more of the same. This conclusion about the continuation of this state of siege in Moscow’s relations with the West flows directly from the nature of Russia’s regime. Without a marked change in the regime’s […]

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The online threat to democracy

| December 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
The online  threat to democracy

When U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in late October 2018, one of the clear messages he delivered to Putin was to stop meddling in U.S. elections. Bolton underlined that Russian interference, particularly in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, had damaged Russia’s own interests and also been “particularly harmful […]

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China’s Red Sea ambitions

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
China’s Red Sea ambitions

At the end of July, two very large crude oil tankers from Saudi Arabia were attacked with anti-ship missiles by Yemeni rebels from the eastern shore of the Red Sea, just north of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. One of the tankers was damaged slightly in the stern. As a result, the Saudi government ordered a […]

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Latin America: Seize the moment

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Latin America: Seize the moment

As the destination for three-quarters of Canadian merchandise exports, and a little more than half of our services exports, the United States of America will remain Canada’s largest trading partner for the foreseeable future. However, events of the last several months emphasize the need for Canada to diversify its trade. The imperative to re-balance the […]

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Africa: Unable to feed itself

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Africa: Unable to feed itself

Africa no longer feeds itself. Forty years ago, sub-Saharan Africa’s then 500 million people could grow enough staples — maize, wheat, rice, yams, cassava, sorghum, millet and the ancient grain known as teff — to keep most inhabitants free from hunger. But now there are about 1 billion sub-Saharan Africans and soon there will be […]

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Securing food in uncertain times

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Securing food in uncertain times

Food security is the state when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Food security is about more than subsistence, more than what people […]

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Fleeing oppression in Turkey

| October 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Fleeing oppression in Turkey

ATHENS — A father runs across the park, his seven-year-old daughter in tow and all his worldly possessions crammed into two overloaded backpacks, one on each shoulder. In his pocket, he has tickets to Milan for which he paid 35 euros each. Why Milan? Because it was the cheapest European destination the day he bought the […]

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