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Assessing the Trump Administration’s Policies on Iran and its Potential Implications

On October 13, President Donald Trump announced his administration’s new strategy on the Iranian regime that has been a headache…

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The Globe Special Edition: Brazil

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The Media’s Disappointing Reaction to the Attack in Somalia

It is no shock that 2017 has been a painful year for the world. Twenty-three people were killed in an…

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One Country, Two Systems

This past summer, Hong Kong residents celebrated the 20th anniversary of the island’s handover from British back to Chinese rule….

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China’s Nineteenth Party Congress: What it is and What is at Stake

The highest-ranking Chinese Communist Party members gathered in Beijing on October 18th for the twice-a-decade National Party Congress. The Party…

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The Implications of Hybrid Warfare on European Security

What exactly is “hybrid warfare”? The term has received criticism for being too vague. Michael Kofman and Matthew Rojansky have…

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What the 2017 Snap Election means for Brexit

Despite repeatedly claiming that she wouldn’t do so, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election to be…

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Full Stop for the Kony Op? The Case for American Withdrawal from a Central African Manhunt

It was an unprecedented time in American conscience: widespread, bipartisan outrage, reinforced by the hefty force of popular culture, spurred…

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Egypt: Reexamining an Old Friendship

  On April 3, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made his first visit to the White House in a meeting…

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The Little Blue Men of the South China Sea

In recent years, China has become much more aggressive in its claims in the South China Sea. The Chinese government…

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Marxism’s Modern Revival

In contrast to the global rise of populism that headlines the news each day, a more nuanced upsurge in exhibitions…

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Munich Security Conference 2017: Post-Truth, Post-West, Post-Order and Other Insights for Posterity

Every year some of the most respected minds in international security policy descend on Munich, Germany for the Munich Security…

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Two New Presidents, One New Future: US-Somali Counterterrorism Cooperation in 2017

From the Korean War and its long-lasting repercussions, to the devastating 9/11 attacks and their staging ground in Afghanistan, many…

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President Trump: Take Care with Latin America

The United States’ foreign policy in Latin America over the last few decades has centered around the promotion of peace…

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The Dayton Straightjacket: Bosnia’s Accession to the European Union

By Olivia de Vesci In September 2016, the 28 member states of the European Union accepted Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership…

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The Dawn of a New Empire: Are Companies the New Countries?

By Devon Fitzgerald Once upon a time, the sun never set on the British Empire. And when its time in…

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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…