Geordie Jeakins

About Geordie Jeakins

Master of Global Affairs candidate at the Munk School of Global Affairs (Toronto, Canada)

The New Liquid Gold – Water Insecurity In The Middle East

The Middle East is a region characterized by contrasts. Oil-rich Qatar maintains a GDP-per-capita of more than 100 times destitute Yemen. Beirut’s celebrated cosmopolitanism lies less than 300 miles from Raqqa, the capital of the now defunct caliphate of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Jordan acts a beacon […]

The Autocrat And The Invisible Hand: The Catastrophe Of Populist Economics In Erdoğan’s Turkey

On August 10, the Turkish Lira, the country’s national currency, fell in value to reach just 1/6th exchange rate with the US dollar. The value of the currency has rallied only transiently since then and continues to lie at 6 Lira to 1 USD. By comparison, the Lira sat at […]

Russian Indictments Put Spotlight On Dangers Of Cryptocurrency Money Laundering

On July 13th, United States Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released bombshell indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers for charges of hacking the Democratic National Convention servers during the 2016 Presidential Election. The revelations sent shockwaves through the media and the public by decisively proving Russian tampering with the election […]

A Summit Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand: Prospects For A G7 In Turmoil

Despite hopes that it might present an opportunity for a fresh start, the meeting of this year’s G7 in Charlesvoix, Canada, instead only further divided its membership against itself. To many hopeful onlookers, the chance for the leaders of the organization to meet and discuss issues of fundamental importance appeared […]

‘Dollar Diplomacy’ Reborn: The Geopolitical Implications Of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment

On August 15, 1934, the last remaining United States Marines departed Haiti, bringing an end to almost two decades of American occupation of the Caribbean country. This action represented the fulfilment of the ‘Good Neighbor Policy,’ announced by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt the year before, whereby the United States would […]

European Union Budget 2021-2027: Is The European Union Circling The Wagons?

On May 2, the Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources for the European Union is set to announce proposals for a new budget for the 27-country organization, which holds the potential for a major geopolitical shakeup. The upcoming budget must contend with a large financial hole left by ‘Brexit,’ as […]

ASEAN Sydney Summit: A Chance For Unprecedented Regional Cooperation

On March 17 and 18, Australia hosted its first ever summit for ASEAN, marking a potential turning point between the country’s relationship with its Southeast Asian neighbors. The Special Summit, hosted in Sydney, represents a major change in the region’s geopolitical dynamics for multiple reasons. The summit appears to have […]

Dictatorship With Chinese Characteristics

On February 25th, in a bland announcement, nearly three decades of Chinese political leadership was upended. In a clear break with precedent, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party proposed removing the constitutional restriction on term limits for the office of President and Vice-President. Previously, officeholders had been allowed […]

The Brewing Proxy War In Northeastern Africa

In rapid-fire succession, a series of events appears to be pushing much of Northeastern Africa inexorably closer to a region-wide conflict. Within hours of each other, Sudan closed their border with neighbouring Eritrea and declared a popular mobilization, seemingly foretelling a war between the two nations. Ultimately, the roots of […]

The Middle East’s Quadrille Dances Around Palestinian Hopes

Once more, the turbulent Middle East appears to be on the cusp of a major geopolitical realignment. The rising pace of the region’s interstate quadrille (an 18th & 19th century dance which involves repeated changing of partners) is seeing the development of strange bedfellows. In particular, many observers remark that […]