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Water Scarcity Forces Business Leaders to Legislate

John Briscoe l McKinsey Quarterly l February 2010
Increasing water scarcity worldwide is quickly becoming one of the major challenges of the 21st century, which policymakers and business leaders will have to tackle together. Policymakers need to realize that certain technologies developed by ...More

More Security for the Global Energy Market

David G. Victor et al. l Foreign Affairs l February 2010
The global energy market is headed towards a crisis. With the entry of China and India, new consumer nations that do not necessarily seek to satisfy their energy needs by the usual commercial deals are forcing their way into the market. Rather they ...More

The Need for an International Environmental Agency

Philippe Hugon l IRIS l February 2010
The high hopes placed in the multilateral decision-making process at the Copenhagen Climate Conference were sorely disappointing. The meeting brought 192 states and 110 heads of state and government together but failed to bring about an ...More

Designing Financial Sustainability

Garry Schinasi | Bruegel l January 2010
The United States and the European Union are establishing a series of new tools for ensuring financial control and preventing new financial crises. The EU is setting up a European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) for macroprudential control and a European System of ...More

Europe Must Act Tough on Climate Change

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research | January 2010
According to the latest scientific research, the climate is warming more rapidly than previously anticipated, not least because the oceans are progressively losing their ability to absorb CO2. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) warns ...More

Turn the Focus on Kashmir

Joshua Gross | Foreign Policy | January 2010
The U.S. government has all but ignored the conflict in Kashmir and espoused a "hands off" approach on the issue. However, pressure to engage is increasing. After all, a resolution of the Kashmir conflict, which pits two nuclear powers against one another, is closely ...More

Europe: Quality Instead of Quantity

Reiner Klingholz | Hoover Institution | January 2010
The European Union is set to lose 50 million inhabitants by 2050, which is equal to the populations of Greece and Poland combined. Not only does Europe’s population persistently decrease, it continues to age as well. Europe’s demographic decline ...More

Disarmament: The Need to Engage all Nuclear Powers

Joseph Nye et al. | Brookings Institution | November 2009
Differences between the United States and the Russian Federation since the end of the Cold War have bogged down the nuclear disarmament process. Since 96% of all nuclear weapons remain in the hands of the former adversaries, Washington and ...More

Berlin and Washington Disagree on Russia Policy

Stephen F. Szabo | Washington Quarterly | November 2009
From arms reduction to Afghanistan to Iran, it is in Washington's best interest to ensure cooperation with Moscow on a wide range of issues. Policy-makers in Washington now have to choose between different options for dealing with Moscow: rely on ...More

Asia Should Focus on its Own Markets

Stephen Roach | McKinsey Quarterly | November 2009
Asia faces dramatic economic change in the coming decades. In order to preserve economic growth, Asian markets need to abandon their excessive export orientation and reliance on foreign markets such as the American and European ones. As a result of the global ...More


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