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  BRICS: The New World Powers

There is a new era arising in international relations. The rise of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) is changing power dynamics in world affairs. While the U.S. maintains its superpower status, it is increasingly being …

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  Fallout from Japan’s Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster

Sadly, responses to natural disasters often highlight the best and the worst of globalization. Unfortunately, the aftermath of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan serves as a perfect case-study to examine the role of globalization in …

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  What South Africa Thinks about Globalization

  South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. The country is struggling to bring restitution to its black majority, while developing itself economically. While equal access to schooling was guaranteed in 1996 Schools Act, access …

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  A New Middle East?

Long characterized as region run by autocratic leaders, the Middle East is dawning on a new era. It all began when protestors in Tunisia forced the ouster of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Within days, rallies were held across Egypt …

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  What Brazil Thinks About Globalization

Brazil is the largest and most populous country in South America, has the 8th largest economy in the world,1 is celebrating its first female president, Dilma Rousseff, and is planning to the host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. …

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  Buy Local Movement: Regional Pride or Protectionism?

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest grocer, has jumped on the Buy Local bandwagon and recently announced that it is increasing its produce from local farmers. Because of its global presence and extensive supply chain, the impact of this decision will be …

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  What Oman Thinks About Globalization

Oman’s development has followed a different path than other countries in the region. Oil was only discovered in the mid-1960s. Financial constraints and political instability further hampered economic development until the 1980s. Oman transformed itself from a developing country to …

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  What Kuwait Thinks About Globalization

As the saying in the region goes: “Kuwait is the past, Dubai the present, and Qatar the future.” Kuwait gained its independence in 1961. It has had ongoing disputes with Iraq, leading up to Iraq’s invasion of the country in …

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  What Qatar Thinks About Globalization

  Qatar is a small peninsular country, bordered by Saudi Arabia, and ruled by Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Known as the home of Al Jazeera, Qatar is seeking to become the center for education in the region. …

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  What Saudi Arabia Thinks About Globalization

  Established in 1932 by King Abd-al-Aziz, Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammad and Islam. Wahhabism, a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam, was adopted in the 1700’s and has been practiced there ever since. Descendents of King …

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