04 May 2021
The end of the ‘Forever War’

The end of the ‘Forever War’


THE multi-generational United States (US) War against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan is drawing to a close. The final phase of ending what s...
27 April 2021
Addressing the climate conundrum

Addressing the climate conundrum


ON 22-23 APRIL 2021, President Joseph Biden of the United States (US) convened a virtual climate summit of 40 world leaders; among them the Honourable...
20 April 2021
Rebuilding and vulnerability: SVG and La Soufrière

Rebuilding and vulnerability: SVG and La Soufrière


THIS IS PERHAPS the most difficult article I have written since I started writing for Searchlight. This difficulty arises from the fact that just und...
01 April 2021
What the Suez Canal Blockage Means for Global Trade

What the Suez Canal Blockage Means for Global Trade


On Tuesday 23 March 2021, a large ship blocked the Suez Canal. Up to the time of writing, efforts to unblock the Canal had proved futile. The Suez Can...
23 March 2021
A broken, battered world

A broken, battered world


THE FORMER English philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, wrote in his 1651 book, Leviathan, that in the natural state of humankind, life is nasty, brutish, and...
09 March 2021
Gender equality: The unfinished business of our time

Gender equality: The unfinished business of our time


I WRITE today’s article in commemoration of International Women’s Day which was celebrated on March 8. This year, International Women’s Day was...
02 March 2021
The Case for a more Inclusive Multilateralism

The Case for a more Inclusive Multilateralism


IN ITS STRICTEST sense, multilateralism refers to cooperation between three or more countries. However, many readily associate it with cooperation am...
23 February 2021
WTO gets first African and female boss

WTO gets first African and female boss


Roughly one week ago, the World Trade Organization (WTO) confirmed Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its new Director-General (DG). Dr. Okonjo-Iweala previou...
16 February 2021
A Lockdown is not a Panacea to end CoVID-19

A Lockdown is not a Panacea to end CoVID-19


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), extensive physical distancing measures and movement restrictions, often referred to as ‘lockdowns...
09 February 2021
Vaccine Nationalism is a Zero-Sum Game

Vaccine Nationalism is a Zero-Sum Game


A YEAR AGO, developing a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by the end of 2020 seemed like an impossible task. Afterall, ...