This week, the world talked about climate change, knowing that consequences of global warming are serious. The key word now is "managing", because it is difficult to turn the ship from its steady course at once. Next week brings elections, and India is in our focus, while keeping an eye on the pols in Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of genocide in Rwanda. Economy and the 100th anniversary of the First World War are permanent fixtures, while we also think about popular culture and IR.
Climate change as risk and opportunity - In the wake of the IPCCC report that was published earlier this week, read this Project Syndicate article by Field and Barros who argue that better education, preparation and infrastructure are key to managing climate change.
The biggest democratic elections in the world - Some 815 million voters are going to chose from 1,616 political parties in the parliamentary elections that take place in India from April 7 to May 12. FRIDE, a think tank from Madrid, has an interesting policy brief on this matter.
Great power politics and Ukraine - This Bloomberg Businessweek article argues against the Cold-War style of containing Russia. “It would be costly in terms of military preparation and military risks, and costly in terms of some issues where we need a degree of Russian cooperation,” says Joseph Nye, a Harvard professor famous for his work on soft power.
Books and the Great War - More than 25,000 books have been written on the First World War. And there are more of them coming to shed more light on this “defining” period in the history of the 20th century, writes the Economist.
Bitcoin and global economy - Have you invested into this virtual currency? Then, better stay updated and follow the ongoing debate, via the Economist.Game of Thrones is back - Are you a popular culture aficionado?The Game of Thrones is back with a new season, which can make us think about popular culture as a lens for understanding International Relations, writes Nikola Vujinović in his Journal of Regional Security article.