Climate Change

Madame la Maire: Paris, Reform, and the Improbable Rise of Anne Hidalgo

7 November 2017; Anne Hidalgo, Mayor, City of Paris, speaking during a press conference during the opening day of Web Summit 2017 at Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Web Summit via Sportsfile, cc Flickr Web Summit, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

All eyes on the upcoming Paris election, where the next president of France could be in-the-making.

Greenland: A New Frontier of Great Power Competition

Greenland, cc Flickr Greenland Travel, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In opening its doors to foreign investors, an independence-minded Greenland could be ushering in a new era of geopolitical competition in the Arctic.

Outlook 2020: The Year in Drought

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Tracking the most vulnerable and food-insecure regions in the year ahead.

The Bering Strait: A New Chokepoint for Great Power Competition

The attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) rests in the Arctic Ocean after surfacing through three feet of ice during Ice Exercise 2009 on March 21, 2009. The two-week training exercise, which is used to test submarine operability and war-fighting capability in Arctic conditions, also involves the USS Helena (SSN 725), the University of Washington and personnel from the Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones, U.S. Navy. (Released), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Annapolis_ICEX.jpg

The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.

Development as a Response to External Exigencies

Indus Valley, cc Flickr Karunakar Rayker, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

We must not forget that development is a means to an end, a way for society to stand on its own two feet. It is not an end in and of itself.

The Geopolitical Impact of Climate Change in Vietnam

SubmergedTree in Laos, cc Basile Morin, modified, 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Submerged_tree_under_a_dark_and_cloudy_sky_in_Si_Phan_Don.jpg

As a country that’s particularly susceptible to climate change, Vietnam will face a daunting assortment of security, economic, and political challenges in the decades to come.

Is Indonesia Abandoning Its Capital?

JakartaFlood, cc Flickr Seika, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, modified

Sure, Jakarta might be underwater in less than five decades. But doing something about it is easier said than done.

China’s Two-Headed Energy Policy

ChinaCoal, cc Flickr GPA Photo Archive, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In the fight against climate change, Beijing is advancing an energy policy that is simultaneously playing the good cop and the bad cop. But it doesn’t need to be this way.

The Green New Deal and the War on Commercial Aviation

United airlines, cc Flickr ERIC SALARD, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Though we may take it for granted, air travel is still a miracle of modern society.

Outlook 2019: The Year in Drought

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Tracking some of the most vulnerable and food-insecure regions in what is expected to be the hottest year ever.

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