Redrawing the Gulf
The Gulf region has become a powder keg as Saudi concerns over Shia expansionism keep growing. And yet, the Sauds now fear a very similar phenomenon to what originally brought them to the throne.
The Islamic Republic’s government involves a sophisticated system of checks and balances. President Rouhani has proved himself to be very adept at navigating the various forces at play and giving the country a more moderate line.
The tensions in Saudi Arabia are more political than religious. Keeping this in mind, as well as paying attention to the lessons of history, could lead to the recognition that the Kingdom’s neighbors might be better viewed as competitors than enemies.
Ethnic cleansing as a viable solution to any geopolitical conflict is something nobody today can advocate.
But the ongoing war in Syria is forcibly shifting its demographics, leaving little alternative to partition.
Five years ago the Arab world blew up, and the flames are still raging. What at first had been euphoria quickly turned to chaos.
What cannot be denied, though, is that the uprisings were the spark of an epochal change.
The new year bodes ill for African security, as Islamist terrorism has become a new normal. Exacerbating the problem is the fact that governments are either too weak or too corrupt to counter the growing jihad.
Crude oil's downward slide
A new balance of power is emerging among the world’s biggest oil producers. As the price continues to decline, or merely hovers at their current levels, these countries will need to have their economies in order.
Lower oil prices have made extraction by means of fracking too expensive. As a result, many fledgling companies have gone bankrupt. Does this mean that fracking was just a flash in the pan?
Beijing has always insisted that Taiwan is inseparable from mainland China. But for decades the Taiwanese have been under the protective wing of the United States.
As communist China’s power increases, Taipei is being pressed into a decision.
Creating a friction-free culture of sharing that encourages collaboration with customers and ensures team continuity is the cornerstone of a new type of leadership, one which fosters innovation.
Climate change may soon be affecting the world’s most important chocolate- producing regions. Barring a concerted effort by farmers and producers to adapt,
the world’s chocolate lovers may face a dire situation in the not- so-distant future.