Blogs & Opinion


Manufacturers Win if Conflict Minerals Requirements Are Axed – But That’s Not Likely

2 May 2017 | Jennifer Hermes

Manufacturers stand to win if the current administration succeeds in its efforts to all but repeal The Dodd-Frank Act, which the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has called harmful and co...

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Chinese Delegation Blows up at Anti-Conflict Diamond Meeting to Sideline Taiwan

2 May 2017 | Robbie Gramer

Australia kick-started an international meeting on conflict diamonds, the Kimberly Process, on Monday with an indigenous-themed welcome ceremony. It was supposed to be a nice touch to give its interna...

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The European Conflict Minerals Regulation – What Are the Key Take away Points?

28 April 2017 | Paul Davies and Michael Green

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation (the Regulation) was approved by the European Council on 3 April, 2017. Publication in the Official Journal of the European Union will be the next step in the...

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De-Securitising the Indus

27 April 2017 | D. Suba Chandran

During recent years, water-sharing arrangements between and within countries in South Asia have been rife with multiple problems. Some of these have even led to episodes of violence — involving shut...

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Natural Resource Reform at Home – Not Walls – Will Stem the Tide of Migrants

21 April 2017 | Michael Jenkins and Emily E. Harwell

The answer to stemming the flow of migrants from troubled countries is not concrete walls and stricter laws – as British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump would have us believ...

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The Water Mirage - Understanding Crisis Narratives around Water

21 April 2017 | Charlotte Grech-Madin

Given the existential value of water for all, it is perhaps unsurprising that water is embedded in discourses of security and crisis. The field of water security is broadly conceived by academics and...

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An Iconic River in Conflict: A Photo Journey along the Salween River

20 April 2017 | International Rivers

The Salween River holds a unique place among the world’s great rivers, not only due to its vibrant ecosystem and the rich biodiversity that it supports, but also because it remains largely untouched...

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Violence and Water Scarcity Threaten Historic Quadruple Famine

19 April 2017 | Erica Martin and Sara Merken

An international food crisis is currently unfolding on a scale not seen since World War II. More than 20 million people in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen are in danger of famine. UN Under-Se...

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Why is Coca Production on the Rise in Colombia?

19 April 2017 | Ross Eventon

In early March 2017, the United States government and the United Nations announced large increases in the amount of coca being cultivated in Colombia. Speaking at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs...

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China is Playing Peacemaker in Myanmar, but with an Ulterior Motive

18 April 2017 | Doug Bock Clark and Corey Pattison

In early March, Myanmar’s government sat down with a coalition of ethnic rebel groups, including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), trying to jump-start peace negotiations that had sputtered out af...

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