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Contributor PerspectivesOct 31, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Workers watch in 2012 as water is released from the Three Gorges Dam, a gigantic hydropower project on the Yangtze River in central China.
The Return of Big Infrastructure as a Geopolitical Tool
Big infrastructure is back. Long relegated to a secondary development objective by the West, China's gambit to use infrastructure as a vehicle for promoting foreign policy objectives is changing the geopolitical landscape. Infrastructure is the highest priority in almost every developing country. As I learned from working in 49 of them, when you ask the leaders about their top development priority, the answer is always the same: roads, power and water. Not necessarily in that order, and communications infrastructure is increasingly in the mix, but the response is consistent everywhere. That's because infrastructure -- along with security and good governance -- makes economic growth and stability possible.
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AssessmentsJul 5, 2017 | 09:15 GMT
Few regions on the planet have declined in strategic relevance as dramatically as the Caribbean. Over the course of 400 years, the Caribbean Basin evolved from a key area of competition for the European powers to a geopolitically uneventful space dominated by the United States.
How the Caribbean Faded From the Geopolitical Scene
Few regions on the planet have declined in strategic relevance as dramatically as the Caribbean. Over the course of 400 years, the Caribbean Basin evolved from a key area of competition for the European powers to a geopolitically uneventful space dominated by the United States. Much like Latin America, the region is a collection of states that developed separately from one another. Divided by the sea, as well as language and cultural barriers left by European authorities, each country created its own economy and political system. And now many of these isolated mini-states face economic challenges posed by their small size and limited economic options.
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Contributor PerspectivesJul 13, 2016 | 07:59 GMT
Collapse of civilization?
The Dawn of a New Dark Age
"The end of a world," ABC News called Britain's vote to leave the European Union on June 24. As if in agreement, the pound immediately racked up its biggest-ever one-day loss against the dollar. Over the next three days, the Dow Jones index fell 4.8 percent, London's FTSE 100 lost 5.6 percent, and some $2 trillion in assets evaporated. This is bad, and worse may yet follow. But is it the beginning of the end? There have been plenty of crises worse than this one in the past 100 years, but none of them ended the world. The Great Recession that erupted in 2008, the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the 1997-98 Asian and Russian financial meltdowns, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989-91, the oil spikes of 1973 and 1979 -- the list goes on, but civilization always survived. Even the material destruction of the World Wars, which claimed
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