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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WPR Articles June 30 — July 6


WPR Articles June 30 — July 6

Geo-Economics Moves Front and Center as Connectivity Reshuffles Global Politics

By: Nikolas Gvosdev | Briefing
Globalization has created new connections between states while simultaneously opening up divides within them. Forging, or forcing, economic connectivity is the driving force for international politics in the 21st century, and geo-economics is the framework through which it can be best understood.

Iran’s Conservatives Stifle Moves to Expand Women’s Rights

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
Women’s groups in Iran recently reported that women were barred from attending a major volleyball tournament featuring the men’s Olympic team. In an email interview, Val Moghadam, a professor of international affairs at Northeastern University, discusses the state of women’s rights in Iran.

With Strategic Spillover Rising, Now Is the Time for an Arctic Security Forum

By: Seth Andre Myers | Briefing
Pundits and foreign ministries have latched onto the notion that the Arctic is an entirely peaceful region, ruled by laws and immune to geopolitical shocks. But the reality on the ground is that security issues are already increasingly affecting the region, which lacks a forum to discuss them.

Why This Time’s Different for the Border Clashes Between Ethiopia and Eritrea

By: Samuel Ramani | Briefing
Recent border clashes between Ethiopia and Eritrea brought an uneasy peace that had lasted 16 years to a dramatic end. While both countries blamed each other for the hostilities, the causes of current tensions differ markedly from those in the past, with implications for efforts to calm them.

New Ways of Defining Success in Post-Disaster Recovery

By: Ilan Noy | Feature
Hurricanes, storms and tsunamis aren’t necessarily devastating, but when they are, repercussions are dire. The better off a society, the less severe the impact, but the economic consequences can be far-reaching. Worse, reconstruction efforts can replicate the vulnerabilities that led to disaster.

After Return of Political Violence, Can Mozambique Regain Post-War Stability?

By: Charles Pembroke | Briefing
Dialogue between the government of Mozambique and the Renamo opposition advanced this week, with the ruling Frelimo party naming its final negotiating team. But the opening of talks are just an initial step in the peace process, which will likely be subject to fraught and protracted negotiations.

In Dealing a Blow Against Globalization, Brexit Highlights Interconnectedness

By: Frida Ghitis | Column
The reverberations from the Brexit referendum extend far beyond the U.K. If resentment over the impact of globalization was one of the motivating forces behind the voters’ decision, the global extent of the decision’s impact offers proof of just how irretrievably interconnected the world has grown.

Rajoy Likely to Benefit From Spain’s Continued Political Deadlock

By: Maria Savel | Trend Lines
Spain held its second general election in six months on Sunday, but the results didn’t move the needle much from December’s vote. Once again, the country faces the prospect of continued political deadlock if acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is unable form a viable governing coalition.

Can Nairobi’s Citizens Tackle Their City’s Rapid Urbanization?

By: The Editors | Trend Lines
In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss the backlash against liberalized trade in the context of the Brexit vote. For the Report, Abigail Higgins talks about the challenges of Nairobi’s rapid urbanization.

Why the U.S. Military Must Get Creative About War Games—and How It Can

By: Steven Metz | Column
Exploring ways to identify possible futures demands creativity, but that is often rare in large, bureaucratic organizations like the military. To get around this, the U.S. military relies on collective creativity. One of the most important methods for this is the use of analytical war games.

Drone Casualty Data Highlights the Limits, and Downsides, of Transparency

By: Ellen Laipson | Column
The Obama administration recently released data on civilian casualties from U.S. drone strikes. While the administration deserves credit for finally acting on its own pledge, total transparency on this and other security issues is not easy, may not resolve disputes, and in some cases is undesirable.

A Year After Algiers Accord, Flexibility Is the Key to Durable Peace in Mali

By: Kamissa Camara | Briefing
June 20 marked the one-year anniversary of the peace deal between the government of Mali and separatist Tuareg fighters that sought to bring sustainable peace to the country’s north. But a year later, Mali’s security and political context have dramatically evolved, creating challenges for the peace process.

The Biggest Casualty of the U.S. Presidential Campaign? Free Trade

By: Michael A. Cohen | Column
So far free trade has been the biggest loser in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. But much of the criticism of liberalized trade is not only simplistic and often factually wrong, it fails to present a full picture of how trade impacts the American economy—and in particular American workers.

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