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Playing with Fire: China’s Balancing Act between Discipline and Control

“Catching Tigers and Swatting Flies” is a popular nickname for the anti-corruption program instituted by current president of China and…

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Amazonian Oil Spills: Corporate Neglect and Social Responsibility

A break in Peru’s main oil pipeline has been spilling oil into a river in the Peruvian Amazon since late…

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Avoiding a “Lost Generation” of Syrians

The Syrian refugee crisis needs no introduction. Since the start of the conflict in 2011, an estimated 11 million people…

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Trouble in Thailand: Political Conflict Shakes the Tightrope of Democracy

The May 2014 coup d’etat in Thailand was the culmination of nearly a year of continued political crises, marked by…

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Conflict Over the Kurds: The United States and Turkey

U.S. policymakers across the political spectrum have recognized that to effectively combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS),…

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France and ISIS: The Russian problem

“I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone” is my favorite line from the famous French…

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Germany’s Foreign Minister Calls for More Trans-Atlantic Cooperation, Condemns Politics of Fear

In a visit hosted by the Elliott School of International Affairs on Tuesday, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank Walter…

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“Brexit” a bad move

British Prime Minister David Cameron recently set June 23 as the date for the highly-anticipated referendum to decide the future of…

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Bleak Predictions at the 2016 Munich Security Conference

The 52nd Munich Security Conference (MSC) has come to an end and has left the world with a litany of…

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Renewed Hope – and Old Challenges – for Indo-Pakistani Cooperation

Recent developments in Indian and Pakistani relations may provide cause for cautious optimism. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made history…

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Myanmar’s Transition: NLD Enters Uncharted Waters

The sidewalks of the city of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, serve as a perfect metaphor for the problems the country…

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Why We Can’t Call it Radical Islamic Terrorism

In light of the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, the discussion surrounding the term radical Islamic terrorism has…

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The Fight Against ISIS: Redefining the Traditional Coalition

By Rachel Furlow With the global community still reeling over the recent Daesh (ISIS) attacks on Paris, Beirut and Baghdad,…

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Time to Ditch First-Past-the-Post Voting

By Conor McGrath Last month, Canada’s Liberal Party swept to electoral victory, ending Stephan Harper’s 9 year-long Premiership. The Liberal’s…

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Would you like to cancel your reservation? Influencing Chinese economic policy

By Sydney Erhardt At the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama is opting not to stay at his usual hotel….

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The United States and the Refugee Crisis: A Promising Start

By Conor McGrath   Just over a week after the world awakened to images of Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body splashed…

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Analyzing the Iran Deal

If you bat one eye at CNN, Fox, or any major news network, you know the current hot debate is…

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The Yemen Crisis and American Grand Strategy

Saudi Arabia has begun an aggressive airstrike campaign to combat the Iranian-supported Houthi rebels by controlling the Yemeni skies and…

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Corruption in Brazil forces accountability

Corruption in Brazil – In recent weeks, corruption scandals have rocked the political landscape in Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff’s popularity…

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100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide: A Look into the Future of The Armenian-Turkish Relations

April 24th marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A century later, the genocide remains controversial as Turkey and Armenia disagree on the events of…

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US-Cuba Relations: Why the Embargo Had to Leave & What Comes Next

Blog post by: Christian Martinez Lopez December 17th 2014 will remain permanently engraved in diplomatic history as the day when…

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The Greek Economy: Examining the Current Situation & the Potential for Growth

Blog post by: Konstantine Kosmidis On Tuesday March 31st, I had the honor to attend a seminar hosted by the International…

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Is Athens burning? Reflections on a Divided Europe

Blog post by: Sam Kramer January’s elections in Greece left no uncertainty as to the popular opinion there. Far-left, anti-Euro…

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Double Take: Israel

Politics Transcended  Blog post by: Alisa Laufer When considering challenges present in the American political scene—before the economy, the environment, or…

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Protecting Cross-Border Clean Water Programs

Earlier this month, President Obama introduced his 2016 budget proposal and, to no one’s surprise, Congressional Republicans dismissed most of…

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Double Take: Ukraine

Blog post by: Michael Chacon Russia is currently in an economic tumble. The country’s stock market declined by 30% in the…

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Mexico’s International Role: Emerging power or failed state?

Blog post by: Ana Isabel Abad When the international media writes about Mexico it seems like an all or nothing…

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The US-Japan Alliance: Will It Last in the Future

Blog post by: Cheng Zhang The 1951 U.S.-Japan military alliance has been a historically controversial issue. The military alliance places Japan…

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Double Take: ISIS

What role should the US play in countering ISIS and ensuring both regional and national security? Blog post by: Grace Mausser…

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Hong Kong’s Struggle for Democracy

By: Leeann Ji After lending Hong Kong to Great Britain for more than 150 years, China has learned to not…

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Double Take: Millennium Development Goals

What Comes After the Millennium Development Goals? Blog post by: Cole Ettingoff In 2000, as the world entered the new millennium,…

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Ebola in the United States: An Epidemic of Fear

On January 18th, the Washington Post published an article on the nearly empty US Ebola treatment facilities in Liberia. For…