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It’s Never Been This Good

Contrary to what environmentalists, anti-globalisation campaigners and other economic curmudgeons like to think, the world is not going to hell in a handbasket, writes Allister Heath

Read Here – The Telegraph, London

Megacity Mayhem

Due to unprecedented urbanization around the world, future population growth will be overwhelmingly concentrated in lower- and middle-income settings. And this is giving rise to sprawling cities – and slums – some of whom are emerging as geopolitical actors in their own right. Transformations in urban geography are thus precipitating changes in global governance.

Read Here – OpenCanada

Battling Over Resources

Resource security is now a priority for governments the world over. Markets for many resources are likely to remain tight and unstable as demand growth outstrips production and stocks struggle to recover. Government interventions in resource markets, such as biofuel mandates and export controls, often make things worse. In the medium term, climate change will create local scarcities in vital resources such as food and water, increase market instability by disrupting production and trade, and by fuelling conflict.

Read Here – Chatham House

The Challenge Of Addressing Global Challenges

A new and unprecedented report prepared by a team of Chinese and American strategic thinkers concludes that the two countries are not adequately addressing critical global challenges of the 21st century.

Read Here – The Atlantic Council

Bridging The Rivers

The Indus Water Treaty must move beyond its logic of compensation and water sharing between India and Pakistan to address the energy and ecological concerns of Jammu & Kashmir

Read Here – The Hindu

Will More Babies Make China Sing Louder?

With about 20 per cent of the world’s population, China has a strange problem: there are more boys than girls (sounds a bit like the situation in many parts of India) and it’s a population that is getting old faster than it should be if China still wants to keep growing its economy on the back of a large workforce. An ageing population coupled with a shrinking workforce is a recipe for disaster. Apparently China could have added 400 million to its population in the past three decades if the single-child policy wasn’t in place.

Read Here – BusinessWorld

Look Who’s Leading

We live in a world where no single country or group of countries can provide dominant, sustainable global leadership—G-Zero, as I call it—and that’s in large part because so many countries lack solid leadership at home, writes Ian Bremmer.

Read Here – Reuters

A New Nuclear Neighbourhood

Although there is currently no operational nuclear power plant in the ten countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), regional governments have begun investing seriously in such programs. They have been motivated by several factors ranging from rising electricity demands to the perceived need to seek energy security, energy autonomy, and the diversification of supply.

Read Here – CSIS

India’s Place In The Ice

Instead of joining the race to commercially exploit this pristine region, New Delhi must use its position in the regional council to push for a global mechanism to prevent an unseemly gold rush.

Read Here – The Hindu

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