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Venezuela’s Oil Paradox

The current economic crisis in Venezuela has led many news sources to call the country’s economy the worst in the…

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Geopolitical Implications of Moving Israel’s American Embassy to Jerusalem

In international affairs, simply the location of a building and some employees can be a point of controversy. This reality…

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Unmuffled and Undaunted: Latin America Condemns Trump Wall and Anti-Immigrant Sentiments

The Americas may have never felt so divided between North and South. In response to Trump’s promised border wall and…

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Coral or Coal?

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s––and the world’s––greatest natural wonders. Composed of over 540 islands, the Reef has…

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Immigration & the Legacy of Colonial Attitudes in Britain and France

In the wake of the results of the June 2016 Brexit referendum and the unexpected result of the U.S. presidential…

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Ethiopia 2016: Downward Spiral or Growing Pains?

Ethiopia has been on the rise. For the past fifteen years, Africa’s second-most populous country has posted undeniably impressive marks…

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What an Independent Kashmir Can Offer

Tensions have been rising between India and Pakistan over Kashmir again. Both India and Pakistan lay claim to the Kashmir,…

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Libya Today

On November 9th, the International Criminal Court announced that in 2017 it will focus on prosecuting war crimes in Libya…

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Chavistas Halt Venezuelan Progress

Despite winning the presidency in a special election only three years earlier, the latest polls show that Venezuelan President Nicolás…

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Moldova Holds First Direct Presidential Election Since 1996

Politics have never been an entirely local affair in Moldova. Wedged between Ukraine and Romania, the country has long been…

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Forced Repatriation – A New UN Mandate?

The Kenyan government, now with the backing of the United Nations, has ordered the refugee camp in Dadaab near the…

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In a World of Trumplomacy

Following the election of far-right populist Donald Trump to the US presidency, the international community has begun to anxiously shuffle…

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President Joyce Banda at GW: A Conversation on Women’s Empowerment in Africa

The George Washington University community had the opportunity this past weekend to hear from former President of Malawi Joyce Banda,…

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Cybersecurity: An Urgent Need for Action and Awareness

Last October was National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which ironically came on the heels of a vast Internet breach in September…

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A Conversation with Emma Ashford on Oil and National Security

Emma Ashford, a research fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute, lead a wide-ranging discussion on oil and national security at…

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Avoiding a Cuban Relapse

Every year since 1991, the United States has voted in favor of the sanctions that it imposed on Cuba ….

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Why a War in the Baltics is Unlikely

With the geopolitical situation between the Russian Federation and the United States becoming increasingly belligerent, some American and European leaders…

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A Conversation with Ambassador Shinn

Why is a region of over one billion young, industrious people so widely ignored by media circles? Why is a…

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Education in Shambles: How Students Suffer when Natural Disasters Hit

Hurricane Matthew’s effects on Haiti have been disastrous since it hit the country on October 4. Buildings have collapsed and…

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The Maldives: Tropical Haven or Human-Rights Hell

The Maldives are a picturesque, tropical paradise. The lush archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean and is considered by…

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Orbán’s Counter-Revolution

“Today we decided that only we . . . can decide who we want to live with.” Hungarian Prime Minister…

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The Quietly Continuing War in Israel-Palestine

On September 30, world leaders from 75 countries gathered in Israel to pay their respects to the late-esteemed statesman and…

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Parking Ticket Diplomacy: The Giuliani Approach

Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, is President-elect Donald Trump’s top choice for Secretary of State, the…

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The Northern Triangle: A Call To Action and a Key To Security

Since the spring of 2014, the United States has been struggling to deal with an unprecedented influx of young, unaccompanied…

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The Economic and Political Case for Accepting Refugees

In 2015, an estimated 1.8 million refugees attempted to seek asylum within the borders of the European Union. Most of…

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Assessing Rodrigo Duterte’s First Hundred Days in Office

Even before declaring his candidacy for President of the Philippines last November, Rodrigo Duterte was no stranger to controversy. Throughout…

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Who is Fighting for Mosul?

More than two years after the fall of Mosul to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, an…

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Enter Uribe: Why Colombia’s Failed Peace Agreement is Not Surprising

On October 2, in front of a crowd of diplomats dressed in white, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos proudly shook…

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Unfreezing Ukraine

Once a hot conflict, Ukraine is now frozen in place. Despite the Minsk ceasefire agreement signed in 2014, and again…

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New Pakistani Legislation Promotes Women’s Rights

In October, the Parliament of Pakistan unanimously passed historic legislation for women, declaring that perpetrators of “honor killings” can no…

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Talking Down: How Elitist Rhetoric Does Nothing to Help the Establishment

Across the globe, mainstream political parties are facing renewed opposition in the form of populist sentiment from both sides of…

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Rethinking the Jihadist Threat in Syria

Amidst the chaos, suffering, and confusion of the Syrian Civil War, popular rhetoric in the media has understandably swung towards…

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The 9/11 Bill and the Future of U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

On September 28, 2016, Congress overrode President Obama’s veto of a bill for the first time in his presidency. The…

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Flying Bullets and Conflicting Narrative: Kashmir’s Newest Bloodshed

The issue of the disputed Kashmir region in South Asia, which has long loomed over traditionally strained India-Pakistan relations, has…

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To What Extent Does Xinjiang Influence Chinese Foreign Policy?

On August 30th, an ethnic Uyghur man drove a van laden with TNT into the Chinese embassy compound in Bishkek,…

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Syria: A Hard Pill to Swallow

Little more than two weeks after the latest ceasefire fell apart, the U.S. has cut off talks on Syria with…

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American Prestige in Decline, Thanks Obama

Upon Air Force One’s landing in Hangzhou, China, for the G20 summit in early September – amid U.S.-China tensions and…

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Questionable American Airstrikes in Syria

On September 17th, 2016, the United States made a fatal mistake, carrying out an airstrike on Syrian government troops that…

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A Conversation on Global Press Freedom

Delphine Halgand paints a dismal portrait of the state of press freedom in today’s world. The U.S. Director of Reporters…

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Tensions remain high in France following this summer’s burkini ban

A new aspect of Islamic life is under attack in France following recent acts of terror – the burkini. Often…

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What the 2016 LegCo elections mean for Hong Kong

The last time I discussed the political situation of Hong Kong a few months ago, I predicted that the Hong Kong Legislative…

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Shifting Dynamics of a Nuclear North Korea

On September 9th, North Korea conducted its fifth and most recent nuclear test. While we often look at Kim Jong…

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The Reduction in Arctic Ice Cover Strains Naval Forces and Poses Security Threats

Violent extremism in the Middle East. A smoldering cauldron in the South China Sea. Civil war in Syria. Russian aggression….

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What Does Islam Karimov’s Death Mean For Uzbekistan and Central Asia?

Central Asia’s largest country by population, Uzbekistan, is currently going through its most crucial leadership transition in recent history. On…

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Brazilian Ex-President Lula Looks Abroad for Support

On Wednesday, September 21, attorneys Valeska Teixeira and Cristiano Zanin Martins from the Brazilian law firm Teixeira & Martins Advogados…

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A Plea for Justice: A Conversation with a Kurdish Refugee

Nearly every day the news is awash with the unrest in Turkey and the instability that has crippled the region….

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On The Current South African Political Crisis and the Failure to Fully Eradicate Apartheid

  The year was 1994, and the Apartheid regime had finally been replaced by majority rule. With it, the highly…

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ODA and Corruption: Vietnam’s Development Scheme Walks a Thin Line

Japan’s postwar foreign policy has been structured around its Official Development Assistance (ODA) program, proactive measures designed to improve human…

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Europe’s Transnational Security Shortcomings

The terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22 has brought the European security complex under increased scrutiny for alleged shortfalls,…

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The Power and Politics of “Almost”

On April 14th, 2016, a Russian Su-27 jet crashed into a RC-135 US aircraft. Presidents Obama and Putin – after…