Global Outlook: Contemporary Peace Research and Practice

Curated expert opinion on intractable contemporary issues

Global Outlook: Contemporary Peace Research and Practice

Pipe Dreams: Nord Stream 2

By Herbert Wulf  |  30 July, 2021

The US and the German governments just agreed on a compromise about the controversial and long-debated Nord Stream 2 pipeline that is planned to supply natural gas from Russia to Germany. The supply of natural gas by Russia is not new.

Fiji COVID Poverty Crisis

By Paulo Baleinakorodawa and Upolu Lumā Vaai  |  27 July, 2021

After almost a year of being community COVID-free, Fiji Islands, one of the popular tourist destinations in the Pacific, is currently experiencing an exponential increase in active cases since the Delta variant, second wave of the Corona virus, landed on her shores in April 2021. The outbreak has recorded, to date, a total of 22,443 active cases and 177 deaths over the past three months.

Myanmar’s Pandemic: The UN Must Act!

By Stein Tønnesson  |  23 July, 2021

More than 1/3 of those tested for Covid-19 in Myanmar now test positive. The crematorium in Yangon can hardly handle all the bodies. Many health workers remain on strike since the February 1 coup. When they try to help people on a voluntary basis, they risk arrest. Social media is full of desperate requests for oxygen.

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.

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