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Zulfiqar Shah: Pakistan’s Sindh region has witnessed the devastating impacts of climate change. The region now faces security problems due to increasing rural poverty, ethnic and demographic tensions, and internally displaced persons. Regional and federal policy needs to step in to prevent further conflict, food insecurity, and state failure.
The globally changing climate has had more catastrophic impacts on the Sindh region of Pakistan than on any coastal area of South Asia. The reduced rainfall and slowing of major water channels occurs alongside more intense and unpredictable flood seasons. The resulting conditions have hurt the region's biodiversity, resulting in the increased rarity of many species and the worsening of agricultural capabilities.
This ecological ...More
Valentina M. Gevorgyan: At the recent Chicago Summit, NATO made sure to prioritize partnerships on its agenda. The South Caucasus region is one that can greatly benefit from NATO partnership, especially where security and justice are concerned. NATO’s efforts in the region should aim at resolving frozen conflicts, including the Nagorno Karabagh conflict.
In May 2012, more than five dozen delegates gathered in Chicago at the largest summit in the history of NATO to discuss the challenges of the transatlantic community. The summit recognized the importance of existing cooperative frameworks as well as further engagement with multiple partners. It has become a priority to look at how partner countries progress in their relationships and deal with significant problems, especially ...More
NATO: On 6 and 7 September NATO’s Secretary General visited the South Caucasus – a region that is strategically important to the Alliance. NATO has been progressively deepening dialogue and cooperation with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia since the early 1990s.
All three partners provide valuable support to NATO-led operations, while benefiting from NATO support for security and defence-related capacity building and reform. The South Caucasus is a crossroads of civilizations, situated between the Black Sea to the west, the Caspian Sea to the east and bordering Turkey, Russia and Iran. The region has been of considerable geostrategic importance through the ages – and continues to be so ...More
Rusudan Vashakidze: What should Georgia expect from its relationship with Russia even if the West gets nothing but aggressive energy policy and a disregard for international law? Four years after the August War in 2008 the road to the West for the young democratic country remains dynamic and filled with geopolitical struggles.
After the Bucharest Summit in 2008 where it was stated that Georgia would become a member of NATO, the dynamics of the NATO - Georgia relationship shifted to encompass higher expectations. The aftermath of the 2008 August War saw in increase in nihilism toward Western countries and leaders as some demanded severe punishment for Russia. Today, the picture is different. In accordance with poll results, I can say that ...More
Pop Irina Ionela: The European Union’s strategy in its economic relations with China needs to be coherent, feasible and more interest-based. The EU could take on several initiatives, including granting China market economy status, negotiating a bilateral investment agreement, and improving EU-China relations within international institutions.
The European Union's strategy in its economic relations with China can be developed in several directions. Its overall consistency and efficiency can be reinforced through: expansion of EU institutions' presence in China, adaptation to China's 12th Five Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development (2011-2015), and monitorisation of China's SEI policy, China's OFDI, and China's European government debt purchases. Also, in order to ...More
Foreign Affairs: Editor Gideon Rose interviews Columbia University professor Andrew Nathan on China’s global perspective and the current state of US-China relations. Nathan discusses US government policy towards Beijing and how transitions in Chinese leadership will affect the country’s assertiveness.
Source: Foreign Affairs' Youtube Channel
Editorial Team: The EU not only finds itself in a fiscal crisis, it is also faced with a crisis of confidence. We need a broadly based public debate on alternative proposals for the future of Europe. With this in mind, the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s international conference explores different perspectives and policy proposals. Atlanitic-community.org is a media partner and invites you to attend the conference or watch the live stream.
partners at the Heinrich Boell Foundation write about the "Europe's
Common Future" conference: „The EU not
only finds itself in a fiscal crisis, it is also faced with a crisis of
confidence. Both crises mutually reinforce one another. To many citizens, the
call for ʺmore Europeʺ sounds like a call for more centralisation,
for imposed austerity programmes and a reduction in social benefits. ...More
Aaron Thomas Walter: This paper considers the relationship between the United States, Israel and Iran. The primary finding of this study suggests that the actions of all three countries are anchored in the realist realm and will continue to be bound to the concepts of power and security.
This paper considers the relationship between the United States,
Israel and Iran on the security issue of Iran's nuclear weapons program through the lens of the realist paradigm. The discussion draws on
understandings of realism in order to develop a hypothesis that allows
us to make predictions about the US-Israeli relationship, Iranian
intentions, and Israeli and US actions towards Iran.
The article concludes that US-Israeli ...More
David Murdo Ian Macdonald:
A lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics, Katerina Dalacoura has worked extensively on the Middle East. In Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East, Dalacoura seeks to answer the question: does Islamist terrorism relate to a lack of democracy in the Middle East?The view that a lack of democracy in the Middle East is responsible for the rise of Islamist terrorism became conventional wisdom ...More
Memo 42: Irregular immigration policy needs restructuring in a way that benefits both destination countries and the immigrants. The EU and the US should focus policy efforts on strengthening cooperation with sender countries, increasing the incentives for legal migration, and targeting the legalization of irregular immigrants.
Atlantic Community members and contributors support the restructuring of the EU and US irregular migration policy. As the two largest destinations for irregular migration, they stand to learn from each other. Irregular, often referred to as illegal, migration policy should take into account the needs and realities of host countries and the rights and freedoms of migrants. First and foremost, the issue ...More