Global HotSpots

Exploring countries and issues that are (potential) volcanoes

Sample editions

Japan Must Own Up to Past Actions by Martin Sieff

Syria’s Civil War and the World’s Oldest Refugee by Behzad Yaghmaian

Egypt: How Freedom Finally Arrives by Patrycja Sasnal

War and Peace in Asia: There Are Always Choices by Jean-Pierre Lehmann

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On the leading — if not bleeding — edge

In geology, hot spots are volcanic regions on the earth’s surface, usually where tectonic plates meet. Hot spots may lie dormant for a long time, then unexpectedly erupt with earth-shaking consequences.

Translate molten magma into political risk — and you can see that hot spots don’t just exist in geology, but shape the global political landscape as well.

Think of what’s going on inside Pakistan. Or India. Or Thailand. Or Syria, Sudan,

Argentina or Ukraine. Tectonic shifts are underway in these societies that don’t just have local or regional ramifications.

They concern key issues of human development, such as religious tolerance, respect for women, democracy, human rights.

To capture the leading — and, sadly, often also the bleeding — edge of these trouble spots, we have created our Global HotSpots column.


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