The Great Debate UK

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Forget the drama: A solution for Crimea

By Anatole Kaletsky
March 28, 2014

President Vladimir Putin has disastrously miscalculated and Russia now faces deeper isolation, tougher sanctions and greater economic hardship than at any time since the Cold War. So declared President Obama after the NATO summit in Brussels.

from Ian Bremmer:

The G7 and the limits of Russia’s ‘political isolation’

By Ian Bremmer
March 28, 2014

 

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama delivered the major address of his weeklong trip to Europe, focusing on the Russian incursions into Ukraine and the coordinated Western retaliation. “Together, we have isolated Russia politically, suspending it from the G8 nations,” Obama said. For annexing Crimea, Russia was punished with temporary exile from this coalition of advanced industrial democracies, a group of Western countries that collectively act on their shared values.

from The Great Debate:

Putin’s new ‘values pact’

By Nina Khrushcheva
March 26, 2014

Now that Russia President Vladimir Putin has swallowed Crimea, the question becomes: What if the peninsula doesn’t satisfy his appetite for new Russian territory? What if the only thing that will satiate his hunger for power is the goulash known as eastern Ukraine? Or does he then move on to Moldova, and then on and on?

Changing weather patterns mean meteorology is more important than ever

By Guest Contributor
March 24, 2014

–Julian Hunt is former Director-General of the UK Met Office, and a Visiting Professor at Delft University of Technology. The opinions expressed are his own.–

The missing debate about nuclear security

By Guest Contributor
March 24, 2014

–Behnam Taebi is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, specialising in nuclear issues, at Delft University of Technology. The opinions expressed are his own.–

from The Great Debate:

Nuclear terrorism prevention at a crossroads

By Kenneth N. Luongo and Kenneth C. Brill
March 24, 2014

The crisis in Ukraine underscores the prescience of the international efforts to eliminate all nuclear weapons and weapon-grade material there after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Their success lowered the danger of deadly nuclear assets falling into the wrong hands.

from The Great Debate:

How technology widens the gender gap

By Corinne Woods
March 21, 2014

The Internet and mobile phones have transformed our connections to people around the world. This technology has also, however, led to a widening gender gap in poorer countries. For it is largely men who control the information revolution that helps to educate, inform and empower.

Is controlling your own pension really a good thing?

March 20, 2014

A central pillar of George Osborne’s 2014 budget was the announcement that pensioners will no longer have to buy an annuity upon retirement and that they would have more control of their pensions pots, including the freedom to withdraw cash without incurring penalty tax changes.

Backing up the rhetoric

By Guest Contributor
March 20, 2014

John Angood–John Angood is Tax Senior Manager at BDO LLP. The opinions expressed are his own.–

The Mediocrity Trap

By Guest Contributor
March 19, 2014

Sheila Lawler–Sheila Lawlor is Director of the London Think Tank, Politeia. The opinions expressed are her own.–