World food prices are soaring. The pressures are building on governments to do something, but what can be done? While nature has played its part in contributing to the current crisis, a mix of political miscalculations and other man-made blunders is fueling the rise in prices, threatening social stability in many parts of the world. Asia is no exception.
Past food crises have been largely event driven. The current crisis is starkly different, writes legendary environmental thinker Lester Brown.
Much of the suffering in poor parts of the world caused by rising food prices is man-made, writes scholar and activist Walden Bello. The free-market restructuring of agriculture in developing countries, which neo-liberals in the developed world have advoc
Geography, a burgeoning population and a corrupt and inattentive government in the Philippines have defined the country's vulnerability to rice shortages. But the latest crisis over rice supplies was more the product of panic than reality.
North Korea is no stranger to food shortages, even famine. With global agricultural prices soaring, the country is set to experience yet another famine.
Following the attacks of 9/11, the Bush administration placed high hopes on its Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). Maritime policy analyst Mark Valencia believes PSI has chalked up a mixed record, and lacks the kind of widespread support it needs.
The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) is a realistic and necessary choice in an imperfect international legal and political environment — but the United Nations is not the most appropriate place to implement PSI.
The painstaking effort to get North Korea to relinquish its nuclear ambitious under the six-party talks is finally bearing fruit, in large measure because of a belated US commitment to make the process work.
Comparing US policy toward North Korea between the Clinton and Bush administrations puts in stark relief the failures of the latter.
Without an understanding of the complex dynamics of contemporary Russian politics, it is difficult for outside observers to make sense of the recent presidential transition, writes Russian political analyst Nikolay Petrov.
After years of tension between China and Taiwan, the election of Ma Ying-jeou as Taiwan's new president in March was a turning point in cross-Strait relations, writes Hong Kong political scientist Baohui Zhang.
The earthquake that jolted China in May shook more than buildings and the ground beneath them. It also moved the government to act in ways that surprised and pleased observers at home and abroad, at least initially.
With high energy prices rocking world markets, Indonesia is at a crossroad.
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