On the consequences of the MH17 crash, China’s domestic insurgency and Big Data | This Week’s Top Hot Links #131

25 Jul

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at two different perspectives on the consequences of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. First, how will the accident affect Dutch-Russian relations? Secondly, is the West being forced to finally change the way it approaches Russia? The Top Hot Links also analyse the role that US detachment played in the formation of the new BRICS Development Bank. It then looks at China’s growing insurgency in Xinjiang. Lastly, we explore the role of Big Data in conflict prediction and in monitoring public information around the world.

On water scarcity and future of urbanisation | This Week’s Top Hot Links #130

18 Jul

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs analyses the challenges posed by the threat of water scarcity to government and companies, and takes a look at the future largest cities in 2030. It also provide a critical assessment of Sino-American relations, and on how and why a conflict must be avoided at all costs. Furthermore, it looks at technologic innovation and its implication for the relations between labor and capital. Finally, it gives an outline of best practices and future challenges of cyber security.

CROP International Studies in Poverty Prize 2014

17 Jul

CROP, The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty hosted at the University of Bergen, is looking for original, high-quality, alternative and critical academic manuscripts for the CROP International Studies in Poverty Prize 2014.

Works challenging the dominant thinking and knowledge about poverty and providing sound contributions to the eradication and/or prevention of poverty in our world are especially welcomed. Poverty must be the central focus of the monograph. CROP is especially (but not exclusively) interested in the themes of Poverty and Human Rights, Gender Disparity, Policy Innovation, the MDG process, and Global Justice.