Americas

Critically Assessing the “Smart City”


The phrase “smart city” is on the lips of urban planners and policy makers everywhere in recent months. Cities from London and Barcelona to Hangzhou and Rio de Janeiro are being hailed as “smart,” “wired,” and “networked” with their expansive grids of sensors, intelligent lighting, adaptive traffic signals, and...

Global

The INF Treaty Must Be Saved


The Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty has been in danger of collapsing in recent years. Russia has been developing a new ground-launched cruise missile that contravenes the treaty, and NATO has raised concerns over the deployment of Russian missile systems to the exclave of Kaliningrad. Russia asserts...

Asia

Securing an Olympic Legacy


Pyeongchang, a rural county in one of the poorest regions in South Korea, recently hosted 60,000 security forces, alongside an influx of security infrastructure that included such state-of-the-art military technology as interceptor drones, aircraft equipped with facial recognition scanners, and sensor systems that...

Europe

NATO’s New Cold War: A Nuclear Arms Race in US-Russian relations


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the world’s most effective collective defense alliance, playing a fundamental role in the structure of transatlantic security. For the United States, NATO ultimately proved triumphant when the Cold War ended...

Africa

Debt-for-Nature Swaps: Revisiting the Concept Following the Seychelles Deal


At the end of February 2018, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced that it reached a debt-for-nature agreement with the Republic of Seychelles.  As part of the deal, private investors (including the Foundation) purchased $20 million of Seychelles’...

Asia

Engaging China to Address the North Korean Security Threat


As Washington seeks to achieve more favorable security conditions in the upcoming negotiations with North Korea, the Trump administration must continue to maintain pressure on Pyongyang. However, the administration misses a crucial part of the North Korean...

Americas

Great Power Influence in Latin America: A Historical Comparison


A recent report from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) highlighted the rise of China’s “sharp” power in Latin America. Sharp power builds upon the classic work of Joseph Nye, who developed the concept of soft power, or efforts to exert influence...

Americas

How to Make NAFTA Great Again


The Trump administration rightly wants to make sure that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) works for ordinary Americans. However, instead of abolishing NAFTA altogether, the Trump administration should focus on reforming it to serve better the...

Americas

Transcript and Audio: Charged Affairs’ Conversation with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, 2010–2014


Costa Rica is currently between the two rounds of its 2018 presidential elections, to be decided on Sunday, April 1. In an historic electoral cycle, the country’s traditional parties have been left out of the second round. Meanwhile, Mr. Fabricio Alvarado...