Patrick Johnson

The Promise of Canada’s Nanotechnology Industry

nanotechcan, cc Flickr University College London Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, modified, cc 2.0

Nanotechnology is still a game-changer in global innovation.

Bond Markets Herald an End to Cheap Government Debt

CC Flickr Tracey O, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Spiking yields in German and US bond markets suggest that the end may be near for cheap government debt.

Briefing: The Battle for Kobane

Flag of the Islamic State, cc GlobalPanorama

The Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain-al-Arab, has been the site of fierce fighting between Syrian Kurds and Islamic State (ISIS) for over three weeks. Some have even come to see it as a crucible for President Obama’s military strategy, arguing that if ISIS can still make territorial gains despite US air strikes, the chances for total victory over Islamic State are pretty bleak.

Three International Water Conflicts to Watch

Ilisu Dam floodplain cc Senol Demir

Sustainable development of trans-border waterways has always been daunting for national governments, and climate change is only making things more difficult. Here are three international water conflicts to keep an eye on in the coming years.

The East-West Ukraine Freeze Will Not Spread to the Arctic

Arctic Ownership Map Nasa

The economic potential of the Arctic has helped keep relations between Arctic Council members cordial since 1991. But does Canada’s recent snub at a council meeting in Moscow mean that things are about to change?

Russia Moves to Annex Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine Flag, cc Flickr Nicolas Raymond, modified

The Geopoliticalmonitor’s Patrick Johnson argues that Russia is posturing for the eventual annexation of Ukraine’s eastern regions. 

Has Honduras Turned the Corner?

Protest in Athens in 2010, CC Flickr Joanna, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Since the constitutional crisis and coup of 2009, Honduras has inhabited international headlines for all the wrong reasons. It’s possible that this is about to change.

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