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For international security analysts, humanitarian operations planners, and humanitarian logisticians, the ability to identify emerging global hot spots is crucial. Over the coming months, areas such as Syria, the Crimea, Venezuela, Sudan, and the Central African Republic will no doubt make a list of potential shatter belts, complex emergencies, and geopolitical flashpoints worth monitoring.

Why the G8 'Commitments' Lacked Measurable Actions

Last month G8 leaders met at the exclusive Lough Erne golf resort in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Yet, what were the practical implications for those living in extreme poverty around the world or – for that matter – the 99 percent of people living in the G8 countries? Were concrete actions taken?

Before the summit, I wrote a piece about measurable actions the G8 should take that would bring meaningful change to people around the world. So, how did they do?

The Post-2015 Development Agenda: 10 Things to Celebrate, and Get Behind, in the High-Level Panel Report

The UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel has released its much anticipated report on the post-2015 agenda, and initial reactions from civil society generally range from pleasant surprise to “wow.” When the panel was appointed last July, with three heads of state as co-chairs, civil society organizations were skeptical that such a high-level group could produce the “bold, yet practical” framework mandated by the secretary general.

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In the coming weeks, an atmospheric river may be flowing over the Bay of Bengal, and the implications could be nothing short of historic. 

Syria and Climate Change – Framing the Relationship

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With High Hopes For The Future: Obama's Moral Imperative To Address Climate Change

It's no secret that Abraham Lincoln is Barack Obama's favorite former president. The connections between the 16th and 44th presidents are often discussed, and even more so since Daniel Day-Lewis vividly reintroduced Lincoln to the world in November. So on the eve of his second inauguration, it is a safe bet that President Obama is plumbing Lincoln's experience for inspiration and strength.

With High Hopes For The Future: Obama's Moral Imperative To Address Climate Change

It's no secret that Abraham Lincoln is Barack Obama's favorite former president. The connections between the 16th and 44th presidents are often discussed, and even more so since Daniel Day-Lewis vividly reintroduced Lincoln to the world in November. So on the eve of his second inauguration, it is a safe bet that President Obama is plumbing Lincoln's experience for inspiration and strength.

On Day One: Ensuring Food Security

Dear Mr. President,

You have many pressing priorities on your plate as you enter into a second term, but one area where your leadership can continue to make a difference here at home and abroad is a focus on global food security. How to feed a hungry world in a sustainable manner is one of the most vexing problems we will have to face in the coming years, but not an insurmountable task.

Tackling Chronic Hunger Together In 2013

Chronic hunger and undernutrition will be on my radar in 2013 as InterAction’s members intensify their efforts to solve a problem that has no place in the 21st century.

The Fingerprints of Climate Change on Two Extreme Natural Disasters

In the last few months, West Africa and Haiti have suffered major disasters of epic proportions. In West Africa, both Niger and Nigeria experienced the worst flooding in decades, which has impacted over 2 million people. And, after a summer of unusual drought and flash floods, Haiti's agricultural sector suffered a fatal blow from Hurricane Sandy that has created a severe crisis for 1.5 million people.

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