5 August 2013


The Arctic's ongoing commercial and geographic globalization is irreversible, writes Charles Emmerson in the new issue of The World Today. With so many countries now vying for influence and resources, keeping security in the high north on an even keel will require careful, long-term diplomacy, he writes.

Several articles examine the implications of the new 'cold rush' for the environment, for the energy industry and for international law. Pavel Baev writes that global interest in Arctic affairs is unsettling Moscow, whose policy has become 'a muddle of inflated goals and eroding capabilities'.

Away from the icy north, lack of fresh water is a practical issue. Water security expert Mark Zeitoun analyses growing tensions over the great rivers of the Middle East, arguing that it is only a matter of time before these begin to play out into political tensions across borders.

Ahead of Germany’s federal elections in September, Almut Möller from the German Council on Foreign Relations says that while Angela Merkel is likely to retain power, her 'no alternative' mantra is now misleading and will be open to challenge.

By contrast, Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto senses a rare moment of political consensus. He believes this offers the chance to transform the Mexican economy, so future generations will not have to go to the US for a decent wage.

Elsewhere, Chris Bryant MP offers eight tips for politicians wanting to utilize Twitter effectively. 'People are looking for politicians to be engaging – and to engage,' he writes.

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