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  Crisis in the Crimea

Crisis in the Crimea There’s nothing like an invasion to shake up the world order. Russia’s take-over of the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and the West’s inability to stop the annexation reveals the limitations of the current balance of power.  The …

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  Sochi 2014: Russia, Globalization, and the Olympics

As preparations are underway for the most expensive games in Olympic history, Russia faces quite a few globalization challenges. Some challenges are directly related to government policy, such as a recent law passed in the Duma that strips protections given …

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  A Latin American Reset: Ten Elections in Thirteen Months

From October 2013 to December 2014, there will be ten national elections in Latin America. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Uruguay are either having presidential or legislative elections, or both. In most of …

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  Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

With one debt crisis averted in Washington, another one is still brewing on the horizon in Puerto Rico. The consequences of a default would have a wide-spread impact beyond the island as Puerto Rico’s bonds are a major part of …

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  Progress on Millennium Development Goals with less than1000 days to go

In 2015, the day of reckoning will appear and countries worldwide will have to defend their policies and achievements towards the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) put forth by the United Nations. Conceived of and passed in 2000, the eight …

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  Hassan Rowhani and the Rise of a Moderate Voice

In a period of unrest, few events in the Middle East have given cause for hope.  The recent victory of Hassan Rowhani as Iran’s new president marks a new era in Iranian foreign policy, and more accurately displays the character …

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  Life after Chavez

Within minutes of the announcement of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, media outlets worldwide covered this breaking story. Considered larger than life, Chavez ruled Venezuela with an iron fist for the past 14 years. In 1998, Chavez came …

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  Hydraulic Fracturing: a Practice Hidden Beneath Murky Waters

The Japanese artist, and widow of the late John Lennon, among other celebrities, started a campaign in an attempt to sway public opinion against fracking (Artists against fracking). In spite of the lack of hydraulic fracturing data, government policy was …

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  Somalia, a State Again

In January 2013, the United States formally recognized the first Somali national government since 1991 when the Siad Barre dictatorship was overthrown and the country fell into a period of statelessness (Hogg, 2008). After a three-year battle with AMISOM, the …

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  What Germany Thinks About Globalization

Germany has benefitted from globalization, it’s economic and labor polices allowed the country to thrive despite the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009. The country though faces stark demographic challenges, with an aging population and a shrinking workforce. Many fear that the …

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