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  DAILY REPORTS
A good week for global governance (Nov 22)
Authors: Alan S Alexandroff, University of Toronto, and Yves Tiberghien, UBC For global governance watchers, this was the big week of the year. Between 7 November and 16 November, the world witnessed an APEC meeting in Yanqi Lake near Beijing complete with a bilateral China–Japan ‘breakthrough’ and a major US–China climate deal; an historic ASEAN […]


Where are Hong Kong’s moderate democrats? (Nov 21)
Author: Steven Yet, University of Toronto After weeks of protests, the protracted stalemate in Hong Kong doesn’t appear to be over. While the Occupy Central movement has brought together civil society groups to protest for democratic change, the movement lacks active participation from the political side. Progress cannot be made unless the Occupy Central movement […]


Why the AIIB presents an opportunity for New Zealand (Nov 21)
Authors: Cassandra Shih, Victoria University of Wellington, and Benedict Xu-Holland, ANU. So far 20 countries have taken up China’s open invitation to found the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Notably absent at the signing were Australia, Indonesia and South Korea, who did not definitively respond to the invitation. Until a week before the signing it […]


SPENGLER Dumbing it away (Nov 21)
A current of Russian and Chinese opinion, including some foreign-policy specialists, holds that the US chose to destabilize the Middle East intentionally. That is paranoid nonsense. How could the Americans be so stupid? We could, and were. Lieutenant-General Daniel Bolger's insider explanation of the blunders that led to the present situation in the region is convincing and should be circulated as an antidote to the paranoia. (Nov 21, '14)


THE ROVING EYE Washington plays Russian roulette (Nov 21)
Washington loaded the gun long before Vladimir Putin accused the United States of provoking him to pick it up - and long before most watching the game of Russian roulette could identify the weapon as caliber Cold War 2.0. With the bullet marked once for "Eurasian integration" and twice to target "regime change", Barack Obama is holding tensions high. When Hillary Clinton seizes the day, all bets will be off. - Pepe Escobar (Nov 21, '14)


Iran takes center stage in East-West struggle (Nov 21)
The Atlanticist camp is only now realizing Iran’s economic and geostrategic worth as momentum shifts towards the emerging Eurasian juggernaut. Tehran may covet the massive US energy market, but the decades when the West tried to Balkanize the country won’t be forgotten overnight. - Ramin Davoodi (Nov 21, '14)


Western bloodlust and a third intifada (Nov 21)
Musings by US media on the nature of Palestinian uprisings, or intifadas, ignore that these are driven neither by a clear political agenda nor defined goals. Until intifadas are understood more aptly as the awakening of a divided society - rather than a call for violence targeting Israelis - outsiders will continue to misinterpret them. - Ramzy Baroud (Nov 21, '14)


Political Islam in Bangladeshi democracy (Nov 20)
Author: Mubashar Hasan, Griffith University Recently Bangladesh was side-tracked from an electoral democracy. Earlier this year, the ruling party Awami League formed government after a one-sided election. Bangladesh’s major opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), boycotted the election on the grounds that it was not taking place under a neutral caretaker government and that […]


Survey Reveals 2014 Election Major Driver of Optimism in Afghanistan (Nov 20)
By Abdullah AhmadzaiOn September 21, Ashraf Ghani sent his first tweet as Afghanistan's new president: "Thank you, all! Our work for a better & prosperous Afghanistan starts today. I request everyone to join us in this vital national task." Despite what seems like a daily news ticker of doom – "insurgent violence on the rise in Kabul," "opium cultivation at an all time high," "bribery rampant in customs system" – millions of Afghan citizens defied security threats to vote in this year's elections...


Does the Ghani Administration Mean a Greater Role for Women in the Afghan Economy? (Nov 20)
By Katherine LohAt his inauguration on September 29, President Ashraf Ghani thanked his wife, Rula, for her support during the campaign, and to the surprise of many in Afghanistan, promised Afghans that she would continue her work advocating on behalf of the nation's 750,000 internally displaced people. Having previously served as the country's finance minister in 2002-2004...


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