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Dr Ahmadinejad, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the (Iranian) Bomb?

In his now-infamous speech at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu stated that he believed that deterrence would not work against a nuclear-armed Iran due to Islamist fanaticism. This is perhaps an over-simplistic view of international relations. Photo: Dokeyhotey, FlickrWhile intelligence agencies and politicians in the West have been talking about Iran’s ambition to acquire nuclear weapons since 1995, it’s rather slipped under the radar of public debate until now. So far economic sanctions, computer viruses and (alleged) Mossad/CIA death squads don’t appear to have yielded any results and the prospect of any direct US and/or Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities seems to have been left on the shelf for the moment. So assuming that Iran does get its hands on a functioning nuclear weapon, what are the consequences really going to be for international security in general and the Middle East in particular

by Colm Delaney

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E-Government – Towards a Digital Single Market

Government by ICT - e-government is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Photo: alexis.mons on flickrThe whole world is undergoing a recession which is making us rethink our social, economic and political strategies in order to adapt to the new situation. The crisis made us realize how interconnected our world is, reaching all levels of societies. Our society is a knowledge-based one, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the base of this knowledge-based world. It allows us to instantly receive and share ideas, services, and technologies wherever they are located in the world. But its use does not have to be limited to private or business use; it can also be extended to the public sector. E-government is a new concept, developed in the early 2000s, that tries to make a connection between a government and its citizens. Now, more than ever, governments must foster this idea in order to take globalization to the next level.

By Christina Håkansson

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Will DESERTEC Sand Up?

Northern Sahara, near the coast of Morocco. Photo: Amru_essam on flickrThe deserts of the world receive more energy from the sun within six hours of one day than humankind consumes within a year. Imagine there was a way to collect, store and transmit all this energy - would both conflicts over limited fossil fuels and excessive emissions of carbon dioxide  soon be things of the past? In 2009, a consortium of twelve European businesses has, together with the DESERTEC Foundation, taken on this vision and has presented an ambitious concept which is supposed to provide sustainable energy for North Africa and Europe.

By Anna Scholz

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