The civil war ravaging Syria has left more than 220,000 dead in little more than four years, and nearly eight million uprooted by violence. Another 3.8 million people have fled the country, seeking refuge in neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Northern Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt.
According to the newly released UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Global Trends Report, 59.9 million individuals were forcibly displaced in 2014. This number represents a 40 percent increase over three years, revealing the rapid growth rate of displacement.
Last year’s G7’s summit was the first in over twenty years with no Russian participation. As German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts this year’s G7 Summit in June, Russia again is conspicuously absent. A year after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the G7’s suspension of Russia from its club of democratic, industrialized nations, the Group’s remaining members face a fundamental question: what is the role of Russia–and of the G7–in global affairs?
Russia was arguably the least popular world power in 2014. According to new data from the Gallup World Poll, Russian leadership has a median international approval rating of 22 percent and a 36 percent disapproval rating, the highest of any country. This is cannot be a surprise following the annexation of Crimea, covert intervention in Eastern Ukraine, and assassination of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
On 20 March, I met Ilya V. Ponomarev at a Starbucks near Federal Triangle metro station for coffee. It was a gloomy day but thankfully neither of us was caught in the rain. Ponomarev, just coming from a slew of meetings, did not order anything. He came in alone and looked like his picture, tall, blue eyes, and bearded. This is true save for the weariness from days meeting with business people and entrepreneurs.
Few cities can evoke the same sense of promise as Shanghai can. For more than a century, the sprawling metropolis, now teeming with more than 25 million people and home to the world’s busiest transport hub, has been the crucible of modern China. There, on the Yangtze River estuary, the old world blends incongruously with the new amid a glittering riot of steel and glass and incandescent light.
New Zealand and Brazil are separated by more than 7,500 miles. The two countries seem to have little in common, apart from long white beaches and lush rainforests. But for decades both have struggled with similar developmental challenges, and that struggle has made Wellington and Rio de Janeiro important voices in the global debate on poverty.
Has the growth of global civil society promoted popular self-government, and most particularly in developing countries? Many advocates of progressive social change have championed civil society—the “third sector”—as an arena of virtue, which has the capacity to overcome domination in government and exploitation in the free market economy.
One after another, they fill front-page headlines—Tehran, Tahrir, Wall Street, Puerta del Sol, Gezi Park, Euromaidan, Hong Kong.
The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO is a memoir of Admiral James Stavridis’s experience as NATO’s supreme allied commander. The first half of the book is essentially a chronological account of his experiences as NATO’s military leader, from learning of his appointment from Secretary Robert Gates to navigating through the crises that faced Adm. Stavridis throughout his tenure—everything from managing NATO operations in Afghanistan, the intervention in Libya, the Syrian civil war, and more.
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