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Geopolitics

The Chilean Winter and Return of Student Activism

Aug 08, 2011 at 07:37 | John Daly

While the United States and Europe stagger around blindsided by their self-inflicted economic wounds, the rest of the world has been enthralled by the dramatic events occurring in the Middle…

Will Russia and China Collapse Before 2020?

Aug 08, 2011 at 07:26 | Al Fin

The key factor that will determine Russia’s collapse will be the price of oil. Five years ago, a balanced budget required only $30 per barrel of oil. This year, it…

The Trial of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak - The Trial of the 21st Century

Aug 05, 2011 at 07:48 | John Daly

Given the fiscal bloodletting in Wall Street and London on Wednesday, the West and its bureaucrats be forgiven for its internal financial navel-gazing. Nevertheless, a historic moment is occurring…

The Drug War as an International Manifestation: Effects

Aug 05, 2011 at 07:16 | Andrew Smolski

At the moment in México, a protest movement has started called the No Mas Sangre (No More Blood) movement. This movement is attempting to show that people do not support…

Brazil Reiterates Support for Argentina over Falklands

Aug 04, 2011 at 07:44 | John Daly

The British lion south of the border is looking more than a tad scrofulous these days. On 29 July in the wake of a meeting between Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez…

The Quiet Revolution: Latin America Moving Away from Washington’s Influence

Aug 01, 2011 at 07:22 | John Daly

Perhaps the biggest foreign-policy story of the past decade, thoroughly overlooked by the American media after 9/11 and its subsequent monomaniacal focus on terrorism, security and the wars in Iraq…

China’s Ongoing Territorial Disputes

Jul 22, 2011 at 07:53 | John Daly

While the West is pummeled by China’s rising economy, neighbors fear possible Beijing territorial claims. The dazzling rise of the Chinese economy over the last decade has been the 21st…

America: Why Aren’t You Protesting?

Jul 21, 2011 at 08:01 | Andrew Smolski

As noted by Richard Heinberg on June 22nd, 2011, the media has lacked the ability to connect the economic situations in the Middle East and their uprisings to what is…

Energy and Politics - The Love-Hate Relationship between Russia and Ukraine

Jul 20, 2011 at 08:01 | John Daly

Russia and Ukraine resemble nothing so much as Siamese twins that have grown up, now detest each other, but share organs difficult, if not impossible, to separate. The two…

Europe’s Ongoing Ambivalence Towards Turkish EU Membership

Jul 15, 2011 at 10:31 | John Daly

Amidst the European Union’s many problems, from the tanking of the economies of a number of its poorer member states to trying to prop up the euro, an issue from…

Tajikistan, A Frail Nation-State Amidst the New Great Game

Jul 14, 2011 at 08:13 | John Daly

The past two decades since the 1991 collapse of Communism have seen the Russian Federation and the U.S. involved in an updated version of the 19th century’s “Great Game’ for…

Short-Sighted U.S. Policy Towards Pakistan Imperils All of South Asia

Jul 13, 2011 at 07:55 | John Daly

The U.S. State Department and the Department of Defense both contain some of Washington’s “best and brightest.” As massive bureaucracies, they also both contain a number of dimwitted people, who…

Africa Takes Tentative Steps Towards Establishing a Free Trade Zone

Jul 12, 2011 at 08:09 | John Daly

Poor Africa – exploited in the 18th and 19th century by European colonialists intent on the Dark Continent’s riches of gold and salves, exploited in the late 20th century by…

The Strategic Importance of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia

Jun 29, 2011 at 08:10 | The Oil Drum

The small archipelago nation of Bahrain can't seem to stay out of the news lately, as the government continues its containment of civil protests that it perceives as a threat…

Global Uprisings and the Failure of Modern Economics and Modern Politics

Jun 22, 2011 at 07:52 | Post Carbon

Media reports often fail to connect recurring demonstrations in Greece and Spain with those in the Middle East and North Africa (Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain). After all, the…

Resource Wars: Geopolitics in a World of Dwindling Energy Supplies

Jun 20, 2011 at 07:34 | Post Carbon

As nations compete for currency advantages, they are also eyeing the world’s diminishing resources—fossil fuels, minerals, agricultural land, and water. Resource wars have been fought since the dawn of history,…

Is NATO Being Used by Washington In Libya to Hurt Chinese Interests?

Jun 13, 2011 at 07:17 | John Daly

As U.S. Secretary of Defense continues his victory lap around U.S. foreign bases, scolding NATO allies along the way for failing to pull their weight in the alliance, it is…

Special Report on World Corruption

May 09, 2011 at 22:07 | Economywatch

Iraq and Afghanistan sit near the top of a list of the world’s most corrupt nations despite years of occupation by Anglo-American forces and more than $1 trillion of US…

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Operation Jellyfish

May 05, 2011 at 16:16 | Editorial Dept

We don’t normally publish press releases at OilPrice.com – but felt the below by Jellyfish would be of great interest to visitors. Regular readers are aware that we follow trends…

Central Asian Governments Preparing for their Own "Arab Spring"

Apr 29, 2011 at 08:02 | RFE/RL staff

Like the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia also suffers from poverty, corruption, heavy-handed governments, widespread unemployment, and scant opportunities for the young. All too aware of the similarities,…

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