What can we expect out of COP 26?

What can we expect out of COP 26?

By Shelley Inglis Here’s how global climate negotiations work and what’s expected from the Glasgow summit.  Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Scotland to discuss what to do about climate change. It’s a complex process that...
Is it the end of the American century?

Is it the end of the American century?

By Stephen Hoadley This ‘evidence’ of US unreliability, weakness and failure is partial, out of context, and lacking in historical perspective. Fifty years ago, as I began my teaching career at the University of Auckland, the United States began withdrawing its forces...
What is the state of democracy in Latin America?

What is the state of democracy in Latin America?

By Francesc Badia i Dalmases This year’s election cycle will tell us whether political systems in the region can deal with social tensions made worse by the pandemic. Aseries of elections in Latin America this year, either held already or scheduled to take place, are...
How big is the economy of authoritarian regimes?

How big is the economy of authoritarian regimes?

By Stefano Riela Stefano Riela asks how big the economies are of authoritarian regimes.  The economy of authoritarian regimes comprises 30% of the World economy (see the red line in the figure). This percentage is on the rise, in contrast to what Francis Fukuyama...
Will COVID-19 transform world politics?

Will COVID-19 transform world politics?

By Steve Hoadley Will the current COVID-19 outbreak stimulate further international cooperation as did the infections of the 20th Century, or will it undermine cooperation, weaken regimes and alter geopolitics as did the epidemics of the prior two millennia? We humans...