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Sze Ping Lo: Towards a New Environmental Imagination | 09/08/2016 Sze Ping Lo, CEO of WWF-China, is equal parts activist and intellectual. Now in his early 40s, in a recent conversation Lo looked back on his distinguished 20+ year career as an environmentalist in China and reflected on the experiences and insights that have brought him to his current agenda in the green movement.
The U.S. Election Is a Referendum on American Values | 08/01/2016 Liberalism is the simple but powerful idea that freedom and equality are values worth defending. It has been a guiding light for U.S. politics since the country's founding. And yet, faced with Trump's radical departure from American principles, voters are in effect being asked to defend liberal values at the polls this fall.
Welcome to Canada: the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge | 07/12/2016 In just under a year, Toronto's universities raised more than CAD$4.3 million and helped 19 Syrian families (99 people) settle in Canada, with many more on the way. And it all began at Ryerson University. Cukier and Jackson tell the inspiring story of how they mobilized support. Jackson even cancelled her wedding reception and donated the funds to RULSC.
Integration and the European Migration "Crisis" | 06/16/2016 How we treat the millions arriving in Europe will affect all our futures, writes migration expert Jenny Phillimore. "We can genuinely welcome people, accept them as part of our world, support them to have the same opportunities as us, and adapt to our increased diversity, or we can exclude them and await the social and economic consequences."
The Symbiotic Relationship between Western Media and Terrorism | 05/24/2016 Mass media and terrorism have become ever more intertwined in a mutually beneficial relationship often described as 'symbiotic.' This column examines that dynamic and outlines the need for news organizations to balance the public's right to know against the ability of militants to exploit news coverage to promote their beliefs.
Legacies and Prospects of Joint Criminal Enterprises in Europe | 04/14/2016 In March 2016, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was convicted of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Of course, this is a positive step. Yet punishing individuals while preserving the culture and society that allowed them to commit crimes in the first place seems close to pointless.
The Lonely Resistance: Protesting Chinese Resource Exploitation on the Tibetan Plateau | 03/14/2016 China has dammed every major river in Tibet with many more dams in the planning stage. This and the pollution of waters through mining have created serious problems for Tibetans and those in neighboring countries. Despite political repression and profound isolation, Tibetans are struggling to make these dire conditions known to the rest of the world.
What Does Singapore Owe its Migrant Workers? | 02/10/2016 In Tuas View, an industrial neighborhood in Singapore, migrant workers have little reason to leave their buildings. They live in a 15,000 square foot dormitory, where they enjoy fitness centers, movie theaters, food courts, and even a beer garden. Take a closer look, however, and a darker reality emerges.
Sidelined at the Summit: Indigenous Peoples Ignored in the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement | 01/25/2016 It is no exaggeration to say that Indigenous Peoples are the frontline defenders in the fight against the forces perpetuating climate change. Yet despite lip-service about their importance, the richer, more powerful countries saw to it that Indigenous Peoples and their voices were largely unseen and unheard at the Paris Conference.
Will China Promote Autocracy along its New Silk Road? | 12/14/2015 China's ambitious "One Belt One Road" project is planned to span across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. It's estimated that it will affect the lives of 4.4 billion people and generate $2.1 trillion in gross production. Is this the beginning of a sinocentric "New Asian Order"--and would that be such a bad thing?
The Aging of the Cuban Embargo and the Coming Era in U.S.-Latin American Relations | 11/10/2015 The decades-long U.S.trade embargo is still in force, yet meanwhile time has not stood still for Cuba. Lynn Holland looks at Cuba's network of overseas alliances, which range from trade to education, medical diplomacy, and peacekeeping. She goes on to discuss areas of fruitful cooperation between the U.S. and Cuba.
The Global Ethic and Law | 10/27/2015 "While not legal in character or aspiration, the Global Ethic nevertheless offers useful perspectives in critique of law," writes Bradley Shingleton, co-editor of the recently published volume, "The Global Ethic and Law."
Talking Peace in Person | 09/11/2015 Middle East peace talks have stalled. The 2014 war in Gaza caused the deaths of more than 2,000 people. Yet a group of 600 Palestinians and Israelis who have lost family members during seven decades of conflict have turned their backs on thoughts of revenge, and campaign for reconciliation. Peter Singer spoke to some of them.
Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question | 08/17/2015 "Germany today is earnest in its desire to be a good European neighbor, but it does not believe that it can or should pay any cost as part of this role," writes David Miles. "One problem is that economic, not ethical values have become the lodestone of the European Union."
To Sow the Wind: An Argument Against the War on Terror | 07/28/2015 The just war tradition--a tradition that once thought war tragically endemic and sometimes justified, but never simply, unambiguously just--has lost its profound Augustinian political skepticism and moral realism, argues David Widdicombe. Wasn't the restraint of force always a better (foundational) idea than the pursuit of justice?
The Strategic Importance of U.S.-China Trade Ties | 06/03/2015 Everyone worries about the escalation of China's maritime disputes in the South China Sea. But the greatest long-term threat to U.S.-China relations may be something far less vivid, warns analyst Ali Wyne.
Towards Non-Western Histories in International Relations Textbooks | 05/08/2015 "Exceptionalism" and many other concepts didn't originate solely in the West, yet most international relations textbooks continue to focus on Western history when outlining the evolution of the international order. Francis Grice shows what a lopsided, misleading worldview this is, and suggests how to move towards providing truly global histories.
Rethinking the Prevention Mandate of Peace NGOs: An EastWest Route | 04/07/2015 How can peace NGOs be more effective, both at preventing conflict and maintaining peace? Greg Austin of the EastWest Institute looks at the record of the last two decades with special reference to the International Crisis Group and EastWest Institute. He analyzes NGOs' strengths and weaknesses, and proposes a way forward.
Killing and Cartoons | 03/02/2015 This year Paris and Copenhagen learned that there are still people willing to kill for cartoons. The dilemma of what to think about their publication remains. What to do? Moral philosopher David Rodin tackles the difficult questions surrounding free speech in liberal societies.
Examining the Potential for an American Truth and Reconciliation Commission | 02/05/2015 The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner catalyzed discussions nationwide over race relations in the United States. Surely it's time for some kind of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). But how would it work? This essay examines other TRCs--including two in the U.S.--and proposes a solution tailored to fit America in all its diversity.