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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Israeli Diplomats Instructed to Support Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy Moves

According to a recent leak of diplomatic cables, Israel has instructed its foreign ambassadors to lobby their host countries in support to Saudi’s actions towards Lebanon. First disclosed by Israel’s Channel 10 news, the diplomatic cables appear to show a convergence in the foreign policy goals of Israel and Saudi […]

Jihadi Violence Makes Inroads In Burkina Faso Amid Social Unrest

While the international community cheers the rapid contraction of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, jihad movements continue to make inroads in the oft-forgotten West African region. Burkina Faso, one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, has, remarkably, been largely spared from terrorism in past […]

Top Brazilian Generals Test The Waters For Military Intervention

On September 19, one of Brazil’s most distinguished military officials, General Antonio Hamilton Martins Mourão, published a Facebook post stating his support for military intervention to resolve the ongoing political crisis within the country. Augusto Heleno, a four-star general in the Brazilian army, defended the comments of his colleague, who had […]

Kurdish Independence: Iran, Iraq, And Turkey Form A “Military Triangle”

A rare sight for the highly polarized Middle East region in which the interests of a number of historic rivals may be converging. A series of meetings between high-ranking officials appear to indicate that Turkey and Iran, along with Iraq, are moving forward with an alliance of convenience, despite supporting […]

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Shines Sobering Light On American Political Culture

On October 1, American-born Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers in Las Vegas, Nevada. The attacker opened fire from a room in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, starting at 10:05 PM, local time, killing 59 and injuring at least another 527 individuals. The attack, which lasted […]

Israel Wades Into Contentious Kurdish Independence Question

In a speech during a ceremony at the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear his support for the creation of an independent Kurdish state. As Reuters reported, the September 12 speech saw Netanyahu expressed his approval of Kurdish independence stating that […]