Global Challenges

  • Europe's persistent over-reliance on teaching the moral hazard lesson.

    A Link Between the Human Tragedy in the Mediterranean and the Crisis in Greece

    An element links the terrible human tragedy in the Mediterranean and the ongoing Greek crisis.  It is Europe's over-emphasis on moral hazard. 

    Moral hazard is the idea that people will act irresponsibly if they do not have to bear the consequences.  No doubt, the concept offers valuable insight, up to a point.  The problem lies with its excessive reliance.

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  • Hard choices will have to be made to resolve water woes.

    Global Water Demand Threatens to Outpace Supply Alarmingly Soon

    Globally, water demand is threatening to dangerously outpace supply, while in the US, dry states such as Texas and California are suffering from shortages and the future forebodes more suffering. For the North American shale boom, the lack of water is suffocating. Amid this doom and gloom, a water revolution emerges, led by energy industry figures who realized the endless potential of tapping into new water sources and processing them with advanced desalination technology that, for the first time ever, is economically feasible. 

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  • It's payback time by Pakistan to Saudi Arabia.

    Pakistan's Sharif Put on the Spot by Saudi Arabia

    Stung by his complete failure to muster the parliamentary support needed to join in a Saudi-led intervention in Yemen’s civil war, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is now counting the costs of his $1.5 billion folly.

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  • The recent terror campaign in East Africa shows no signs of abating.

    The Economic Narrative of Terrorism in East Africa

    The recent university terror attack at Garissa on 2 April 2015 marked the highest number of deaths in one single terror attack in the history of Kenya. Surpassing the 67-recorded deaths in the Westgate attack on 21 September 2013, the 148 lives lost in Garissa went into records as the most horrible of all al shabaab attacks on Kenyan grounds.

    Looking at it from my perspective, I see that in a slow but sure pace, the criminal masterminds of terror in Kenya are fastening their grip on our land and making great success strides each day.

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  • Japan's Abe caught between the far right and his neighbors.

    Japan Prime Minister Abe's Historical and Geopolitical Balancing Act

    Those who seek reconciliation with Japan’s neighbours and those who would rather paint a picture of a glorious wartime past still tears at Japan. These differences in attitude are never more apparent than between the increasingly nationalistic Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership and the liberal Imperial family.

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  • Japan's Abe is using hostage situations to change the SDF role.

    Japan's Security Reforms and the 'Chameleon Policy'

    On 21 January 2015, the Japanese government received a threat from the Islamic State (IS) that it would behead two Japanese hostages unless Japan paid a US$200 million ransom. The message from IS pointed to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement that Japan would offer US$200 million in assistance to states countering IS as part of a US$2.5 billion assistance package for Middle Eastern states. How will the hostage crisis impact Japanese foreign policy, and especially Japan’s use of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF)?

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  • Understanding Islamophobia and the Islamic State.

    Understanding the Far-reaching Effects of the Islamic State

    For decades, and especially since 11 September 2001, many academics, policymakers and activists have struggled against what they consider unacceptable attacks on Muslims and Islam itself. Over a decade before President Obama used the same words, President Bush said of the War on Terror, ‘Ours is…not a war against Islam’.

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  • Flat learning profiles question the value of more time spent in classrooms.

    Reports Show Education in South Asia is in Crisis

    South Asia is home to a growing youth population and widely considered to benefit from the “demographic dividend” in the coming decades. The United Nations Population Fund’s State of World Population 2014 report The Power of 1.8 Billion: Adolescents, Youth and the Transformation of the Future therefore call for increased investment in youths and adolescents.

    Schooling versus learning

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