Global Outlook

Curated expert opinion on intractable contemporary issues

Climate, Copper, Conflict

By Volker Boege  |  04 May, 2021

When Simon Thompson, the chairman of the multinational mining giant Rio Tinto, was criticised by local NGOs at Rio Tinto’s AGM, held on 9 April 2021, over plans for a huge copper mine in Arizona, he responded by arguing that his company is committed to the fight against climate change, and argued that the transition to a low-carbon economy will necessitate the expansion of copper production.

Afghanistan: Where Imperial Hubris Goes to Die

By Ramesh Thakur  |  01 May, 2021

In 2009, as I gazed at the gaping hillside holes in Bamiyan where once two imposing Buddha statues had stood as silent sentinels for more than 1,500 years, two emotions were dominant. The first was the internalisation of the northern limits of India’s borders in the ebb and flow of history. The second was sadness at the cultural vandalism of religious fanatics, little knowing that 11 years later, the UK and US would themselves be consumed with the destruction of statues honouring historical figures based on a Manichean reinterpretation of the past through the prism of current faddish morality.

Arms for Peace? The Risks of the “European Peace Facility”

By Martina Fischer  |  28 April, 2021

On March 22, 2021, the Council of the European Union adopted an agreement on the European Peace Facility“ (EPF), a new instrument established by the member states of the European Union, which aims to support activities in the framework of the “Common Security and Defence Policy”.

Three Puzzles in South Korean Diplomacy Discourse

By Chung-in Moon  |  26 April, 2021

South Korea must keep a strong alliance with the US and maintain a strategic partnership with China.

China’s Geopolitical Reach Extends to Iran and Could Embrace Afghanistan

By Ramesh Thakur  |  20 April, 2021

After an attack on its main nuclear facility in Natanz on 11 April, very likely by Israel, President Hasan Rouhani said that Iran will begin enriching uranium to 60 per cent. From a technical point of view, that would put Iran within a short sprint to full-fledged weapon-grade (90 per cent) of uranium enrichment.

In Support for Myanmar’s Democracy, Conditions Apply

By Ramesh Thakur  |  15 April, 2021

Myanmar has a history of coups and long periods of military rule. The depth, size and persistence of the protests means a return to civilian control of the government is not an impossibility, but the legacy of past military brutality means indefinite junta rule is also possible.

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