Geopolitics in the 21st Century

The idea of a multipolar world has dominated international relations since the end of the Cold War. But is it still an accurate description? New developments have the potential to reshape the field of geopolitics. A look ahead, at the emergence of city-states, the rise of China and the precarious future of the transatlantic alliance.

Passage to India...

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

Setting the Rhythm, fr...

Iran is facing a historic opportunity to shift the balance of power in the Persian Gulf region. The regime in Tehran stands to benefit most from the unrest of 2011.

Russia At The Crossroa...

The age of collapsing empires seemed to be long over. Yet with the rapid disintegration of the European Union and the failure of Russia’s attempt to liberalize its crumbling empire, the discussion is not when - but how - we will face a new round of colossal geopolitical change.

The Three Evils of Glo...

The high promises of the UN have remained unfulfilled: Instead of a global community, we see conferences for Heads of State and the proliferation of UN agencies. If the UN wants to remain relevant, Ban Ki-Moon might want to look to Brussels for guidance.

Has the UN Become Obso...

The UN was never intended as an forum for global democracy. At its core, the United Nations are an aristocratic body - and will always remain that way. Instead of pressing for UN reform, the task is creating alternative institutions that can fulfill the promise of global democracy.

As the US Pivots towar...

The US is engaged in a strategic shift: President Obama has declared that in the future, more American attention and resources will be devoted to the Pacific region, rather than the Atlantic. Amidst an existential crisis, the EU must begin to find its own place in the Pacific century.

The Hegemony Of Pop...

America's political and military influence might decline - but its culture remains a global point of reference. Hollywood came before the US Army set foot on foreign shores, and it will remain long after military bases have been relocated. Culture gives meaning to our lives - even when that meaning

Bush, Bismarck and Bra...

We live in a world that is neither multilateral nor unipolar. Geopolitics has become an open marketplace with numerous self-interested players. There are no more allies, only interests.

The End of America...

America is losing its global hold onto power. The reasons for that can partially be found within America's borders. Rising levels of inequality and indiscriminate budget cuts threaten to undermine US politics and the domestic foundations of an international superpower.

Welcome to Disneyland...

America is shifting its attention to the East - away from Europe and towards the Pacific region. The EU is dropping down on the priority list. There might be a time when the continent is reduced to a tourist destination without political or military clout.

The Voice of the South...

The machinery of global governance is changing. Influential states from the Southern hemisphere are emerging as the old world is losing its political and economic influence.The multilateral and democratic character of South-South cooperations like IBSA could become a viable alternative to Western go

A New Ancient Regime...

The 21st century is marked by a retreat to the balance of power that characterized the Vienna Conference in 1815. International diplomacy is marked by the perpetuation of the status quo and the solidarity of the ruling classes against political change.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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