Opinion: The EU meets its perfect storm
Europe’s migration crisis is about to get worse – much worse. Efforts to interdict the migrant flow and funnel aid funds to the countries of origin will prove ineffective or counterproductive. The problem is less the size of the exodus than European leaders’ refusal to address its causes. We know what policies will work, but that knowledge is useless if politicians will not face facts.
Opinion: Putting Europe back on track
These days, it is easy to forget that European integration is a huge success. The founders were right that the free movement of goods and people would bind the continent together and promote peace. But national governments and centralizing democrats have spoiled a good idea through their own timidity and ambition. If the European Union is to play a global role, it must return to its roots.
GIS Dossier: Mexico
Mexico’s relationship with the United States was driving change in the country long before it became the focus of President Donald Trump. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) dramatically altered its economy, allowing it to become a key provider of manufacturing and agricultural goods to the U.S. But Mexico is also a gateway for drug trafficking to its northern neighbor, fueling corruption, organized crime and widespread violence. The latest GIS Dossier surveys the analyses and predictions from our experts on this critical Latin American country.
Central America under Trump’s shadow
The Trump administration’s policies will have a huge impact on Central America – even if they are not intended to. A trade dispute with Mexico could end up benefitting the region. But tighter border security measures or cutting of funding for improving democratic institutions will prove disastrous.
President Trump’s impact on Latin America
We do not know how much Donald Trump does not know about Latin America. If he keeps his campaign promises, the U.S. economy could suffer as much as Mexico’s or Brazil’s, and illegal immigration could get worse. A lot will depend on the new president’s learning curve.
EU’s migration crisis deepens
A year has passed since German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany to Syrian refugees on August 31, 2015, dealing a savage blow to the Schengen Agreement and teeing off a profound political conflict among the European Union states. Leaders in Brussels espouse official optimism about their ability to resolve eventually the multiple challenges that stem from this crisis. Even under an optimistic scenario, however, things are likely going to get much worse before they can begin to get better.
War on Drugs crippling Northern Triangle countries
The United States has been trying for decades to solve its drug problem with a failing War on Drugs. Washington has militarized its response in places like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The trouble is that these countries’ militaries are part of the problem: violence is not helping.
Japan’s closed door to immigrants heralds population decline
Japan faces a daunting demographic challenge. Both the general populace and the working-age population are graying and rapidly decreasing in size. In recent years, the number of deaths has outpaced the number of births by around 300,000 per year. If the country’s birth rate remains constant, this figure will continue to rise by tens of thousands annually. ...
Bangladesh must keep India, China in play as climate exodus looms
Bangladesh faces a host of deep-rooted social and environmental problems. With the exception of a few city-states and small island nations, it is the most densely populated country on earth. Global warming and seasonal storms threaten the livelihoods, and sometimes the lives, of much of the population in the low-lying coastal regions. A radical form of political Is...
French presidential election: The politics of illusion - Sarkozy and Hollande
Are the two French presidential frontrunners, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande confronting the real issues of their country as they head, almost neck and neck, towards the first round of France's presidential elections on April 22? It is questionable, writes GIS expert Dr Emmanuel Martin, who examines the pledges of each candidate as the election campaign offi...