• Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/GettyThe World Today

    After the departure of ISAF, what would an Afghan peace process look like?

    Military force is increasingly being used to end civil conflicts, but this cannot bring stability to Afghanistan. The international community must find ways to nurture an inclusive peace process.


    Caroline Hartzell is Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College and director of its Center for the Study of Global Issues

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    The money has gone East

    But the rise of China need not mean the demise of the West


    Dr Ruan Zongze is Vice-President and Senior Fellow at the China Institute of International Studies as well as Editor-in-Chief of the CIIS journal, China International Studies.

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    Speaking only English could prove a handicap in a globalized world

    That the English language is now dominant in the world should make life easier for its native speakers, one might think. Alas no. It means everyone else is at least bilingual and in a globalized market, more employable


    Michael Worton, CBE, is Emeritus Professor of Arts and lately Vice-Provost at University College London

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    Expert view: Ebola

    Other diseases are at risk of being overlooked

    706Philip Angelides Professor David L Heymann CBE
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    Afghanistan: Rula Ghani

    The role of a 'first lady' in Afghanistan is fraught with historical baggage


    WT Staff

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    Climate change: Global warming down on the farm

    The meat and dairy industries have as much an effect on global warming as transport yet public awareness is still low


    ‘Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector’, a Chatham House Research Paper

  • The World Today

    Jargonbuster: Jargon of 2014

    2.0/3.0 originally from web 2.0 which described a site that used technology beyond the static pages of earlier web sites. Now used to sex up any incremental change anywhere.

    Synergy, and its sister, Synergizing, is the magic which makes merged organizations more productive. As rare in nature as the philosopher’s stone.

    Boots on the ground was first used in 1980, a synecdoche for troop deployment in a foreign country. Bizarrely it has taken until the boot-less drone era to catch on.

    New Normal was so on-trend that it spawned a US sitcom under that title. It was canned after the first series, which shows that in our fast-changing world, some things do stay the same.

    World War III featured in a phrase used by Einstein in 1949 when total obliteration seemed to be the likely result of the next conflict. But what do people mean when they use it now?

    Nontrivial, and its cousin, nonobvious, have escaped from the worlds of mathematics and patent law to plant the standard of Newspeak in academic and policy discourse. Doubleplusungood.

    Holistic used to be confined to alternative therapies. Now it is applied to any project that aspires to greater sophistication than George Bush’s post-invasion plan for Iraq.

    Conscious uncoupling is PR guff to give the impression that a celebrity couple’s separation was different from break-ups of ordinary folk. It has infected headlines about Obama’s relationship with Democrats and must be banned from discussion of Scotland’s relationship with the UK.

    Reform-minded was often coupled with ‘youth’ to mean articulate people in the Arab world who want what we want. It should have a red flag attached saying: ‘Good for TV but not necessarily representative of the masses’.

    Shakespeare was right. We are all players and everything we do, up to high-level diplomacy, is a game. So ideas or individuals that change the rules are inevitably game changers. But shouldn’t diplomacy aim to make everyone a winner?


    WT Staff

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    Date with history: Ten years of Freedom of Information requests

    Open government has its costs, but they are worth paying


    Jon Baines is an expert on information rights law and data protection

  • The Cloche d'Or economic activity zone which host companies and multinationals in Luxembourg. Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty ImagesThe World Today

    Corporate tax cuts don’t work

    They create few jobs and the investment they attract is footloose


    John Christensen is director of the Tax Justice Network. Nicholas Shaxson is author of Treasure Islands, a book about tax havens

  • Apartments in Lisbon are being snapped up by foreign investors. Photo: Mario Proenca/Bloomberg via GettyThe World Today

    Postcard from Lisbon

    Portugal’s golden visa attracts the rich, but not everyone is happy


    Rogério Miguel Puga is Assistant Professor at the New University of Lisbon