No wonder people get global warming and poverty wrong

In 2009, the second edition of Mark Maslin’s book Global Warming. A Very Short Introduction appeared in the well-known series published by Oxford University Press. According to Maslin’s website, the book has sold over 40,000 copies – and yet it betrays a fundamental flaw in thinking, knowledge and understanding before…

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The Other Side of Security. Energy in the East Rarely Receives Enough Attention

Although the December-January pricing spat between Russia and Ukraine focused attention on Europe’s dependence on outside sources of gas, the political/energy security nexus in East Asia has been acute for decades. In the mid-1990s, Kent E. Calder published the book “Asia’s Deadly Triangle: How Arms, Energy and Growth Threaten to…

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Post-imperial attitudes: Britain after the war and Russia today

MOSCOW. (Ian Pryde for RIA Novosti) – In November 1992, the president of the Kyrgyz Republic, Askar Akayev, a research physicist before going into politics, told me in an interview that although the former Soviet republics were flying apart just like the universe after the Big Bang, eventually they would…

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