China’s corruption scandals, US-Israel relations and fighting in Libya | This Week’s Top Hot Links #132

1 Aug

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at Xi Jinping’s unprecedented anti-corruption campaign and how his adversaries’ fear might bring them closer together. We then keep looking at China and how the slow embrace of internet by Chinese business should make productivity soar. The links also analyse Israel mistrust on the US attempts to bring about a ceasefire in Gaza. Next, US investments in Afghanistan have outspent the Marshall Plan but have failed in making the country economically independent. Finally, we examine the risk that the renewed fighting in Libya could render the country a de facto failed state.

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.

Evaluating Elections in Europe and Egypt | This Week’s Top Hot Links #129

4 Jun

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the impact of elections in Egypt and Europe, and examines what they really reveals about those in power and the opinions of those casting the votes. It also provides a critique and defence of US domestic and foreign policy, from the viewpoints of two different authors. Finally, it analyses foreign troops in Afghanistan, Taliban insurgency, and the political realities for the country.

Analysing America’s Global Position and Nigerian Politics in Wake of Abductions | This Week’s Top Hot Links #128

7 May

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the long-term strategy that is needed to address Russia’s advancement into Ukraine, exploring the possibilities of inviting Finland and Sweden to join NATO. We look at what the abduction of 200 school girls by suspected Islamist militants really tells us about Nigerian politics, and highlight a brief overview of world politics for the week from the Economist. The Economist also gives us a succinct summary of Thomas Piketty’s “Capital”, the new economic bestseller, and explains why everyone is reading it. Finally, we analyse the US global position and the challenges Obama is facing in relation to this.

Is it really a lack of confidence that prevents women filling top posts in politics? | This Week’s Top Hot Links #127

24 Apr

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the political and economic situation in China, both as it stands today, and as it projects into the future. We also explore a debate between two writers on the status of geopolitics and power-plays in international relations. Next, an interesting look into the reasons behind the under-representation of women in politics, of which the latest reasoning is that women do not express enough confidence to be considered for these high-powered roles – do you think this is a fair analysis? Finally, with the historic reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, we look at exactly what this means for Palestinians relations with Israel and the peace process.

Peace Attempts in the Middle East and Assessing the Theory of War |This Week’s Top Hot Links #126

17 Apr

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the work Obama has ahead of him if he intends to forge a new relationship for the US with the East in his upcoming trip to Asia. The links also look at the theory of war, by calculating the moves and outcomes between Nato, Russia and the West. Next, we examine the New York Times article which calls for an end to failed peace talks brokered by the US between Israel and the Palestinians and for a move towards more pressing issues such as Ukraine. Finally, we look at the flaws in democracy and the impact election year can have on a democratic country – not all of it positive.

Human Rights in the EU and Peacekeeping in Darfur |This Week’s Top Hot Links #125

11 Apr

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at the future of Indian politics as the elections approach, and studies the role Islam and religion in Russia’s intervention in Crimean affairs. It also looks at the likelihood of the peace process in the Middle East surviving after John Kerry’s recent attempts to establish a deal between Israel and the Palestinians appears to be sinking. Finally, this week we explore human rights in the EU and UN’s peacekeeping efforts in Darfur.